Monday, April 4, 2016

Opening Day!

Opening day 2016 is finally here for the Red Sox.  It's a time of great optimism in New England.  Even though the white stuff is still falling in parts of the region the beginning of baseball season means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner.

Let's use this post as our running diary for opening day.  We'll keep updating all things Red Sox in the comments section as information becomes available.  The starting lineups, the weather report and other information will be posted as it becomes available. Here's a look at the weather report in Cleveland today  It appears as though it will be cold but playable in Cleveland today.

Here's my prediction for today's batting order, admittedly this isn't an extremely difficult prediction at this point, but there may be some differences in the order itself.

RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Xander Bogaerts
DH David Ortiz
1B Hanley Ramirez
3B Travis Shaw
LF Brock Holt
C Blake Swihart
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

SP David Price

Game 1 of 162 is seven hours away! Let's go Red Sox!!

12 comments:

  1. Postponed until tomorrow at 1:10 pm.

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  2. That is a real bummer after gearing up for today for so long. Is it supposed to get any warmer tomorrow in Ohio? I guess the silver lining is that once tomorrow finally gets here, we'll have 9 days in a row with Red Sox games.

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  3. It won't be too much warmer. I guess the fact that it got moved to a 1pm start instead of 4pm made it likely to be a little warmer. The only sure thing at this point is that we will play 3 games this weekend in Toronto.

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  4. The extended forecast for Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday isn't looking good either. Rain and snow showers are expected, but the good news is that it's going to be a little bit warmer. This is the Red Sox only trip into Cleveland this season, so it will be interesting to see how they get these three games in over the next three days.

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  5. Sox up 4-2 in the top of the 6th with Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw getting the rally going with some big hits...just as I predicted ;)

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  6. Tarawa looking like he has something to prove. Koji looking like he still has a little something left in the tank. Carson with a fresh arm to bolster the group in May. The best closer of his generation anchoring. Maybe I was wrong about this pen.

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    1. And Clay Buchholz looked like a true ace on opening day last year. Let's not get carried away. With that being said I am optimistic about how they won the game today.

      It's one day, but it did go exactly according to plan. As I said in my MLB preview the Sox could get a ten win bump just from the four guys that pitched today, but it's tomorrow that we have to worry about. On the days when Koji/Taz can't pitch can we trust Matt Barnes, Robbie Ross Jr. and Tommy Layne to get the job done? And who else in the starting rotation is going to step up?

      With that out of the way here's the good news: 1. We have a bona fide ace to pitch once every five days and every time he does we have an excellent chance to win the game. 2. We have a bona fide closing ace to lock down a lead every time we get to the 8th/9th with a lead. 3. The young players in the lineup, in particular Betts, Bogaerts, Bradley Jr., Shaw and Swihart appeared to have a higher comfort level and a higher confidence level on the field today.

      It's also only one game, but I have to say that I was impressed with Hanley's level of investment today. He's perfectly capable of falling a part just like he did last year, but he showed a lot of positives today. I know I've been extremely critical of him in the last week or so, but here's to hoping he proves me wrong. (In fairness to Clay Buchholz, I should mention that Hanley hit two home runs on opening day last year, so one game does not make a season)

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  7. The B Boys are legitimately exciting. I totally agree with Barry that as a group they already look more poised and confident on the field. I think of all of them as young kids, but none of them are rookies any more. They are all experienced major league players now who have been here and done this. No matter what happens with the overpaid Hanley and Sandoval, no matter if the rotation isn't good enough or if Pedroia falls off a cliff when he's paid through 2021, we are watching a special group of players coming into their own in front of our very eyes, and doing so at the premier positions on the field - up the middle at catcher, SS, CF, (and RF).

    The fact that Blake Swihart caught nine innings (and showed patience at the plate drawing two walks) in 34 degree weather in a t-shirt with his tribal sleeve tat hanging out tells me all I need to know about him. He's a stud. I'm 10000% in on Blake Swihart. Sign me up for a Swihart t-shirt jersey right now.

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  8. Here's another thought I had during the game yesterday: the Big Papi Retirement Tour is sure to hog a lot of headlines throughout the season - we'll be seeing and reading a lot about the various gifts and video montages cities around the country put on for him. It will get tiresome quickly. We'll hear a lot of bellyaching about it from the Lords of the Keyboards on Twitter (I can see the sarcastic Pete Abe tweets about the incessant retirement ceremonies already). But here's the thing: between the Big Papi Retirement Tour and the hot stories of Fat Panda on the bench and Hanley playing 1B and the shaky back end of the rotation, the B Boys will be free to develop and play while out of the spotlight. Usually young heralded players in the Boston media fishbowl would have a ton of pressure on them, but there are so many other storylines with this team that they are free to just play the game. I like it.

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  9. The Sox have the same lineup for game two as they did in yesterday's opener with Clay Buchholz on the mound. Weather in Cleveland looks a little warmer (around 50 at first pitch), but possible rain showers starting around 8pm.

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  10. I've seen reports of the tarp being on the field in Cleveland and I saw another tweet that said there was a meeting at 3pm to determine what to do about tonight's game. It's 4pm now and no official announcement yet. It seems like they're at least going to try and get the game in. The weather report I saw has a little window from 4-8 with no precipitation. Hopefully they can get the game in tonight. I really wanna watch this team play again.

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