Good thing it is only Spring Training, because the Red Sox have lost all four games they have played this week going 0-4. In the first game on on the 26th, the Red Sox fell to the Rays 7-3. None of the expected players did much in the game, but Rusney Castillo had another mental error. He overran a base in a 4-3 game and took the Red Sox out of annoying. According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, “Rusney could be running himself out of the picture.”
On the 27th, the Red Sox fell to St. Louis 7-2. Brian Johnson lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed four runs in his second start of the spring. Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts eached has two hits in the loss.
Yesterday, the Red Sox fell to the Yankees 5-4. Sam Travis continued his great spring training with a solo shot. Pablo Sandoval had an RBI double in the game also. Kyle Kendrick, who is battling to make the team, gave up two runs in three innings pitched. After he gave up a two run shot to Greg Bird, he retired eight out of the last nine batter he faced.
In today’s matchup against the Orioles, the Red Sox got blown out by a score of 12-5. Andrew Benintendi got his first hit in Spring Training with a two run homer off of Dylan Bundy. Henry Owens showed no signs of being MLB ready by getting hammered in just two innings. Owens gave up four runs on four hits and walked three. A little more concerning was Tyler Thornburg once again could not finish an inning. He gave up four runs, a walk, and hit a batter. He did not receive any help as Benintendi made an error, but Thornburg once again not sharp. Fernando Abad also struggled giving up a three run homer and manager John Farrell stated that Abad “has to earn a spot and has been told that.”
Rick Porcello threw a bullpen session on February 26th and stated that he is on a five day routine from here on out. If this timeline holds, Porcello will be in line to start the opener at Fenway on April 3rd against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
David Price threw a bullpen session yesterday. Faced nine battter in two innings.
Chris Sale will throw his sim game tomorrow and if everything remains the same, it seems this will be the order of the rotation going into the season.
Hanley Ramirez has yet to play first base this spring due to some shoulder soreness. It does not appear serious, but something to monitor going forward.
Xander Bogaerts has left the Red Sox to join the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, which begins March 9th.
David Price was warned by MLB about his pitching delivery does not seem to understand why. Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald followed up by saying that Eduardo Rodriguez was also warned last year.
Steven Wright is still working his way back from shoulder injury, but did have some good news. Wright threw a bullpen session yesterday and will throw live batting practice Friday. He was also working with former knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Josh Rutledge has yet to play in a spring training game this season. Rutledge has had some issues with his surgically repaired right knee according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.
The Red Sox rotation will have some more known names on them in the next five days. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball tomorrow followed by Porcello, Johnson, Price, and Sale in that order.
Second basemen Dustin Pedroia has stated that he has taken some training tips from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Michael Kopech, who was involved in the Chris Sale deal, struggled in his first start. He gave up four runs in only one inning pitched, but he did hit 100MPH on the radar gun. The other big part of that trade, Yoan Moncada, is hitless in seven at bats, but has drawn four walks.
The Red Sox built a brand new sleep room at Fenway Park and are encouraging more naps from players.