Mission not accomplished.
While it wasn’t an exact copy of September 2011, a lot of the same elements were present this weekend. The Sox fell victim to poor pitching when they hit well, and poor hitting when they pitched well. They staged valiant comebacks, only to give the lead right back.
While it’s only three games of 162, fans do have a right to be concerned, particularly regarding the pitching.
After reports surfaced that Josh Beckett might be carrying a thumb injury, he went out Saturday and promptly gave up five home runs. Clay Buchholz, too, struggled in his first start since going out for the season last June. The bullpen, already being scrutinized after the injury to Andrew Bailey, imploded in several key situations.
The offense—though it took two games to get going—looked strong. Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Ryan Sweeney are all off to great starts, and every regular except for Kevin Youkilis recorded at least one hit in the series.
Although the sample size is small, we did still learn several important things about the Sox over the weekend. Here are five of them: