Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Red Sox have had some bizzare streaks this season, and we're less than a month in. Earlier, they went 0-for-32 with runners in scoring position, and now their last six wins have been by one run. It's all just a little odd.

If the Red Sox can turn their season around, we may look back at last night as one of the turning points. The bullpen was pretty gassed after the extra inning loss to Baltimore on Sunday and Monday's marathon 13-12 win over the Blue Jays. Clay Buchholz came up huge in going 8 innings, giving up 1 run and getting the 2-1 win. The only assistance needed from the bullpen was an inning from Ramon Ramirez, who got the save. Terry Francona was able to stay away from using Papelbon, Bard and Okajima. Combined with Thursday's off day, this gives a weary bullpen a much needed break.

Taking 5 of 6 (so far) from the Orioles and Blue Jays is all well and good, but the real test of where this team is going starts next Monday, when they play seven games against the Angels and Yankees. Given that they are 2-8 against the playoff contenders they have played so far (1-2 each against the Yankees and Twins and the 4 game sweep by the Rays), we'll know a lot more about what 2010 is going to be like by a week from Sunday.

UPDATE: I wrote this at lunch today, but didn't get to post it until after Jon Lester spun his 7-inning shutout gem tonight, with Bard and Paps working the 8th and the 9th. Oh, and the Magical Mystery Tour of Darnell McDonald continues as he scored one run and drove in the other in the 2-0 win. So we sweep the Jays, get back to .500 and go into Camden Yards with a little momentum on our side. This is more like it.


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