WRAPPING IT UP FROM FENWAY PARK
The Red Sox are 3-5 with losses in four of their last five games. They're not off to a very good start but the same is true of the rest of the American League East.
“I don’t think we’re scuffling. I just don’t think we’ve started,” left fielder Jonny Gomes said. “It’s too early in the season — offensively, defensively, pitching — to say we’re scuffling. … We're not in reverse. We're just in neutral.”
Felix Doubront has allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits and four walks over eight innings in two starts. The lefty arrived at spring training full of confidence but that has translated to the field so far.
Doubront looked good for two innings tonight then couldn't escape the third inning, a 38-pitch debacle that saw Texas score five runs on six hits.
“I don’t know what happened because I’ve been feeling great, amazing really,” Doubront said. “I can’t let myself get negative because there’s a long season to go.”
John Farrell, as he's supposed to, defended Doubront and it only has been two starts. But It seems telling that Brandon Workman pitched four innings in relief tonight then was optioned to Triple A Pawtucket to continue working as a starter. He could easily be put on roughly the same schedule as Doubront and groomed as replacement if the lefty does not improve.
Workman is clearly one of the best 12 pitchers on the roster, maybe even one of the best six or seven, and deserves to be in the majors. But this is a case of roster management. He has minor league options and others do not. To activate Craig Breslow off the disabled list, the alternative was either option Workman or, quite likely, lose a pitcher off the roster to another team. That's not a good idea on April 8.
A few notes:
* Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was the
designated hitter on Tuesday, was 2 for 3 before leaving the game with a tight
left quadriceps. He will be sent back to Texas for an examination and
will not be with the Rangers for the final game of the series.
* The Sox are 15-30 against
Texas since 2009, their worst record against any American League opponent in
* Jackie Bradley Jr. is 8 of 20 this season with two doubles. His two-run double off the wall in the seventh inning was evidence of his learning the majors. Bradley worked the count full and hammered a fastball away to the opposite field. That's the Bradley the Red Sox saw in the minors. He also made a nice running catch in right field.
Bradley is on the team at least until Shane Victorino returns. But once Victorino comes back, that decision could be a difficult one. The best outfield could ultimately be Grady Sizemore in left, Bradley in center and Victorino in right field.
* A.J. Pierzynski is 6 of his last 10. Early season stats are amusing sometimes. He went from .125 to .333 in 48 hours.
* Mike Napoli is 9 of his last 19.
* Burke Badenhop has allowed nine hits in five innings. That bears watching as he adjusts to his return to the American League.
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