The Red Sox just completed a 4-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, bring their record to 7-6 in the early goings of the 2009 season. Masterson and the bullpen pitched well, and the offense brought the thunder with a 12 run, 15 hit assault. To keep things somewhat in perspective, the O’s might just have the worst pitching staff ever constructed.
So just two weeks into the season – not even a full 10 percent of the way through – let’s take a look at the team:
The Sox are 7-6 and have outscored opponents 67-59. Take out today’s game and they would be giving up more runs than they scored.
Jed Lowrie and Julio Lugo are both on the DL, leaving Nick Green as the starting shortstop. Green is currently batting .240 and has committed two errors.
David Ortiz has zero homeruns. Jason Varitek has three.
Manny Delcarmen has not yet given up an earned run. Neither has Ramon Ramirez.
Josh Beckett has 20 strikeouts in 19 innings.
It’s been a confounding two weeks with surprises both good and bad. Generally these things even out over the course of the year and players end up doing what they are expected. If that holds true, Tek will stop hitting homers and Papi will start, and the team will be just fine.
What say you, Red Sox Nation, is the glass half full or half empty?