MLB Boston Red Sox: Matsuzaka, Lester Blank Angels, Roll West Coast

Michael CampanellaContributor IApril 25, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 24, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Red Sox won 7-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After winning three straight at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox headed out west where they usually struggle, yet split with the Oakland A’s, then proceeded to sweep the newly refreshed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey pitched two shutout gems, while Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia got their bats swinging and chalking up some needed runs in this much vaunted offensive lineup.

After a horrendous start to the season and the chowder-heads screaming for retribution in Beantown, the Red Legs are back to a respectable 10-11 record, one game shy of .500 and ready to charge to the front of American League West.

Many pundits–prior to pitchers and catchers reporting–were all over the Sox wagon pushing them right to the top of the AL East and a large percentage of those having them flying the American League pennant as well as the World Series Championship flag.

The New York Yankees have a rockets-on-fire offense as well with Jorge Posada off to an enormous start. But the pitching of the Bronx Bombers has been suspect at best and they did nothing of grandeur in the offseason to improve those weaknesses.

The pitching staff for Boston has been always had flashes of brilliance and the offense was given a huge boost with Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez being added to the lineup.

After a 2-10 start–and 150 games left, it’s a long, long season.  

Many historical records were brought out about teams dreadfully finishing the season after such a horrible start. Truth be told, teams that generally start horribly are usually incompetent teams.

This is a great year for historical records to be broken.