The day off after opening day is always the longest off day of the year. We just get started and we are raring to go and then we have to wait 48 hours for another game. Totally lame. Plus, it's even longer after a tough loss like yesterday. Despite the tough loss on opening day there is plenty to be optimistic about heading into Saturday's game. I'll divide them into 4 categories: home runs, triples, doubles and singles. Home runs being the top performers and singles being the biggest disappointments.
Jon Lester- he was outstanding yesterday, this may be the year that he wins 20
Late inning rally- the team showed a little bit of the '03-'04 spunk with that comeback in the 9th off of a closer who was perfect in save opportunities in '11.
Ryan Sweeney- Had two big hits and showed a little pop. Hopefully he'll make us forget Andrew Bailey. For a guy who is known for his D he looked awfully bad on the Jackson triple (only real blemish on the day for him though).
Dustin Pedroia- Outstanding at bat to start off the 9th. He looks to be determined to get the team back to the playoffs hopefully everyone else gets tickets to the Laser Show
Bobby V- I thought he did a solid job of managing the team yesterday, but it was fairly easy game to manage thanks to the SPs. He made the right moves in the 8th and 9th they just didn't pay off.
Cody Ross- Hit the ball hard a few times and he seems to have fit into the clubhouse very well. Just wish he caught that ball that Avila hit in the 7th. He's going to be a classic Boston Dirt Dog player and fan favorite.
The bullpen- Not a good start. Morales was the only one who got his job done. Even if Aceves does get the job done as closer there is a big hole in the set up spots. I know I'm flip flopping already, but this is based on just yesterday's game. I still think they will be a strength eventually.
Youk- His bat looks slow and to me he just doesn't have a good look about him. He may be a candidate for a slow start this year with a 2nd half surge.
Let me know who you felt performed well and not so well in the comments section.