Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics: Recap and Thoughts

David MaystrovskyContributor IApril 2, 2008

It finally happened! I finally got to see my hometown team at a decent hour. No more waking up at 3 a.m. 

It warms the heart of every Boston fan to see Dice-K finally pitch well. I must confess that I've felt pessimistic about him since the end of last year, when going five innings and allowing three runs was considered a good outing.

Every time he pitched last year, I had a minor heart attack because all his pitches looked so hittable. While this phenomenon didn't exactly change yesterday, it was good to see that the A's hitters didn't seem like they were ready to play.

I did see some problems with the Red Sox. David Ortiz is still mired in that horrific slump. I love the guy, but you can't be hitting groundballs with the bases loaded. That's just not a formula for success.

And yet again, the old problem of leaving men on base and unproductive outs seem to plague the Sox as they have in the past. Eight men were left on base yesterday, a sign that perhaps the offense hasn't yet snapped out of the Spring-Training slumber. 

On the positive side, Julio Lugo is hitting .400. In all seriousness, if he just keeps himself above the Mendoza Line this year, I'll be happy. But I do think that it's time to trade him away and break in a few of our younger kids.

Josh Beckett is slated to start the Sunday game in Toronto against Doc Halladay. One can never be so certain about back injuries, although Beckett seems alright. Let's pray this doesn't become a daily facination a la Tom Brady's ankle.