By MyFM's Jake Archer - I really forgot how much I hate Red Sox off days. They are also ten times worse when the team is rolling like they are right now. We've got to find a way to get through a day with no Boston baseball, so let's touch on a few lingering thoughts and observations from the season so far.
Xander Bogaerts Is Still Good- Isn't it weird how a guy like Xander Bogaerts can be a very good player when he's not dealing with a nagging injury anymore? It's almost like that was a big deal! Now Xander has started the season off swinging the bat very well and with authority. I'm excited to see him claw his way back into the "best shortstop in the game" conversation.
The Starting Rotation Has Been Historic- There is nothing better in the world than a team with good pitching. These Red Sox have it so far as they are now the only squad in MLB history whose starters allowed 1 or 0 runs in each of the first six games of the season according to Elias Sports Bureau. It's also the longest such streak for Boston at any point in the season since May of 2000 when they went eight straight. Let's see if they can break that record as well.
Hanley Is Hitting- I'm scared to get excited about Hanley because we've seen him go on these little tears before. He gets excited and invested and that's when his play skyrockets. He's a threat at the plate right now and on the basepaths. He's also playing good defense at first base when asked to! I love it and I really hope he's motivated to win like he says he is. After all the talk about being on the TB12 Method and hitting 30 homers while swiping 30 bags, I'm pretty juiced for a fun Hanley season. I hope things keep going well.
I Don't Like Matt Barnes Or Joe Kelly- I've never really been a big Matt Barnes guy, but him and Joe Kelly just give me no confidence right now. I was certain that one of them was going to blow the game last night, and Matt Barnes did. If it wasn't for a good relay throw to the plate, he's the loser and my tone is a lot angrier right now. It stinks that there aren't a lot of better options out in the 'pen for Boston.
JD's Outfield Play Needs Work- I knew that Martinez wasn't a good defender and we got our first glimpse of that last night as he made an odd attempt to catch a sinking fly-ball off the bat of Justin Bour. I'm not going to lose my mind over it yet, but I really hope he is out playing defense as little as possible this season.
JD's real name is awesome- For the first time last night, I got curious about what JD stood for. After a quick Google search, I found out it was Julio Daniel. That is quite the name and it certainly fits this big mashing stud we now call our own. I'll probably just be calling him Julio Daniel now, by the way.
David Price Pitching The Home Opener Should Be Interesting- Well, tomorrow afternoon the Red Sox will kick off their home schedule with David Price on the mound. Opening Day at Fenway is always special and it's going to be interesting to see how David Price pitches. He's been very good through spring training and one start and I hope the crowd let's him know that. We need to get off on the right foot, so let's hope for another gem.
Giancarlo Stanton Is Already Getting Booed In New York- I know, this isn't about the Red Sox. In a way though, it is because all year long New York and Boston will be monitoring each other. I'll be criticizing the Yankees at any chance that I get and that goes extra for the man they call Giancarlo. Stanton struck out FIVE times yesterday in the Yankees home opener and the New York faithful actually booed him. Sure he can smoke the ball, but that's when he actually makes contact. I couldn't love it more. They are taking a guy who has never had any pressure to perform and already stressing him out. Is it too early to say he's going to be a disaster in the cold weather and the spotlight? A Platinum Sombrero at the plate says no.