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The 2018 baseball season is officially three weeks old, and the Red Sox have established themselves as one of the best teams in the league. There was speculation that the success of the first two weeks was inflated due to poor competition, but Boston showed they can dominate anyone. Let’s take a look at the good, some more good, and what little bad there is to find. The team’s on fire, it’s hard to write bad things. Here is the Boston Red Sox week three recap.
Boston Red Sox week three recap – The Good
Eduardo Rodriguez/The starting pitching in general
The starting pitchers had another wonderful turn through the rotation, but Eduardo Rodriguez probably had the most encouraging outing of the bunch. Rodriguez underwent knee surgery in the off-season, and made his season debut two weeks ago. While his first outing was a mixed bag, his Friday outing was highly encouraging.
E-Rod went six innings against the Orioles, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out eight. He used all three of his pitches, which is crucial to his success. His control was on point, as he allowed just two walks all game.
This rotation has been special, but if E-Rod can pitch up to his potential, it could be a historical unit. Rodriguez is just 24 years old, and was considered a top prospect not long ago. It’s only one start, but this is the potential he has. With him, Sale, Price, Porcello, and a soon to be healthy Pomeranz, this starting rotation has no weak spot.
J.D. Martinez/The offense in general
Boston’s offense has official woken up, as the Red Sox bats have been among the best in the league this past week. The offense slowed down on Sunday against the Orioles, but most of that can be placed on the freezing game temperature. In the other five games, the Red Sox offense averaged an absurd 8.8 runs per game.
However, of all the breakout performances, the most notable is that of designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The big slugger was brought in to be the power hitter the 2017 Red Sox lacked, and he lived up to expectations and then some this past week.
Martinez began his week by driving in two runs against the Yankees in their 14-1 victory. He launched a double to straight away center that missed being a grand slam by approximately two feet. Don’t cry for Martinez, though, because he launched a grand slam the very next day.
Martinez kept building off those great two games. In all, Martinez finished his week with two home runs, eight hits, and nine runs batted in. Overall, an excellent week for the Sox clean up hitter.
You know exactly why Kelly is in the good. New York Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin slid into Brock Holt while trying to turn a double play. It was a dirty slide, and both benches emptied, although no fight broke out.
A few innings later, team hero Joe Kelly retaliated. With Austin up to bat, Kelly drilled him in the side, and Austin slammed his bat to the ground. He wasn’t set on charging the mound, but Kelly called him up, and a fight ensued. Kelly won the battle, and everyone was throwing punches.
With this action, Kelly escalated himself from frustrating bullpen option to folk hero. Kelly can’t go anywhere without a standing ovation, and he’s currently the most popular man in Boston. While the Red Sox lost that game against the Yankees, Kelly’s actions made that game one of the most memorable of the short season.
The Red Sox had a great week by just about every measure. The bats slowed on Sunday in 30 degree weather, but that’s understandable. Really, everyone had a great week. That is, except for…
The Red Sox took two of three against the New York Yankees, with the lone loss coming when Price took the mound. The lefty only went one inning and clearly didn’t have it. He gave up four runs, including a two-run shot to Gary Sanchez, before leaving the game with a hand injury.
After the game, it was revealed that Price lost feeling in his hand. Obviously, not being able to feel makes grabbing a baseball difficult, so his struggles were understandable. Fortunately for Red Sox Nation, the injury doesn’t appear serious, and he should miss little or no time with the hand injury.