Game 3: Sox top O’s 4-3

The Sox took two of three from the O’s to open the season. Birthday boy, Koji, needed just seven pitches to close out the game and earn his first save.  Can he keep this ridiculous pitching up?

This will be a quick post.  I am off to Opening Day and the Ring Ceremony. Yes!

Peavy takes the mound against Marco Estrada of the Brewers. Why do is there inter league play so early in the season. I find that annoying.  There should be a set period for inter league play. MLB, in all its wisdom, decided to just toss the inter league games all over the schedule.  Arrrggghhh.

It’s been nearly six years since Peavy faced the Brewers. Back in the day, he owned them. In 31 innings he struck out 37 with an ERA of 1.99.  But, that was a different Peavy ago. Peavy had a decen spring, so if he’s healthy and staying away from fishing knives, he should be a solid starter for the Sox this year.  Those days of being a number one guy are gone, but he’s a nice fourth starter – reliable and savy. Estrada is an average pitcher. He turns 30 this year and did not make much of an impact in the majors until 2011. He walks about two guys per game and strikes out between 8 and 9. We’ll see if he can withstand the rigors of the Red Sox lineup and grinding at bats. I expect he’ll be gone by the sixth and we’ll see what the Milwaukee bullpen can do.

Game MVP? Xander Bogaerts.

 

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