On Tuesday in an effort to enhance the team chemistry, the team spent the night going to see the movie, “Patriots Day” as a few of the members of the Red Sox had just completed their game that day and were loading the busses in preparation to travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians.
Rob Bradford reports that while yes, they are behind a majority of the arms throughout the Sox spring training camp, both knuckleballer Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz should be ready to go by opening day. This yields any discussion that the team may need to change the rotation for the beginning of the season.
Chris Sale appeared on WEEI’s, “Kirk and Callahan” on Wednesday morning and expressed his readiness to get the season going. He handled himself with great poise throughout the hot box that is Kirk and Callahan and seemed to express his eagerness to play.
Sale also was asked on the show about his issues with the White Sox management. He stated that he thought that was blown out of proportion.
On Thursday the Red Sox held their annual Spring Training game against the Northeastern Huskies. The Sox placed Brian Johnson on the mound who spent last season in the minors. Johnson also battled an anxiety disorder, which took him out of commission for an extended period of time last season. Johnson went two full innings giving up no hits, one walk and three strikeouts. While this was only the Northeastern Huskies, this is still a strong performance worth noting as the Red Sox organization still holds hope that Johnson will one day be a strong major league performer.
The Red Sox toppled Northeastern by a score of 9-6 off of two three run shots by slugger Sam Travis who is back from an ACL tear suffered in triple A Pawtucket last season and newly acquired gold glove first baseman, Mitch Moreland.
On Friday, the Red Sox went toe to toe with the New York Mets in their first major league Spring Training game. The Sox looked to towering lefty, Henry Owens. Owens got jumped on early going just two innings while giving up two earned runs on three hits. Owens continues to disappoint as he was seen to be one of the next bright stars of the club.
The Red Sox offense was only able to get two runs on the board as they dropped Friday’s matchup by a score of 3-2. There were no true standout performances on the offensive end for Boston.
For another Friday note, the Sox spent the afternoon on a different kind of field, or court, as they shot some basketball. The story of the day here was relief arm Joe Kelly drilling a full court bomb picture perfect into the net. If that doesn’t tell you the Sox are going to mow down the American League this season, I do not know what will. But for my own personal side note… why did we freak about this? I’ve seen this done many, many times by my buddies. Am I just a bitter man? I guess so.
And finally on Saturday the Red Sox sent Roenis Elias to the mound to face off with the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota jumped out to an early 7-2 lead but the Red Sox battled back with a strong offensive outburst in the 4th inning as they tacked on three more runs cutting the lead to just two.
While there were no home runs hit for Boston, there was a plethora of doubles as the team totaled eight. Sam Travis, Dustin Pedroia, Christian Vazquez, Chris Young, Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Devon Marrero were the men behind the two baggers today.
Something worth noting is the Red Sox new eighth inning set up man, Tyler Thornburg, who was acquired through trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Travis Shaw, got his baseball brains beat in by a low tear Twins line up giving up four earned runs on four hits and one walk and only lasted just two thirds of an inning. I understand that it is only February, but his play is essential to a strong bullpen so keep an eye on his performance as we move forward this Spring.
Blake Swihart Throwing Update:
The news has been spread that Blake Swihart has been having issues behind the plate. And by behind the plate, I mean throwing the ball back to the pitcher. But don’t you fea, it seems as though his yips are gone and he is okay and the ball is no longer being fired over a disgusted Rick Porcello’s head anymore.
Lou Merloni of WEEI took to Twitter and had this to say about the matter today. “My final Swihart throwing update… he’s fine. End of story”.
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