Al Dannity says a freakish poor start is no reason for Red Sox fans to get worried. After all, Boston have only played four games.
Calm down everyone I’m going to give readers of this blog the benefit of the doubt and assume none of you will read too much into Boston’s 0-4 start to the season. That’s good, it also makes you more rational than ESPN. The panic button has been well and truly pressed in Bristol, with a column on how no team has ever started 0-4 and gone on to win the World Series. Yahoo’s Big League Stew points to the same historical anomaly although at least it takes a more light-hearted approach.
It’s impossible to say this without sounding like an over the top sports radio jock: the Red Sox have only played four games. Any prognostication of doom is based on such a small sample size that it’s not even worth considering. There have been lots of firsts in MLB betting history. Becoming the first 0-4 team to turn into a World Series ballclub after 162 games plus the playoffs isn’t exactly a notable goal.
Papi looks competent for once Can you remember the last time David Ortiz started a season without looking awful? Welcome to 2011 where Ortiz is a decent .267 with 2 homers, 4 hits, and 4 RBIs from his 15 at bats. It’s still early days but seriously, it’s been so long since Ortiz looked anything less than tragic early. The last two years saw Big Papi improve as the season wore on but he looks capable of actually putting together a solid month’s work in April for the Red Sox. That will make for a pleasant change.
This is still a loaded line-up Last year’s Red Sox were good; this year’s Red Sox have the additional talent of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. That makes them particularly potent. Gonzalez is off to a solid start but Crawford hasn’t had the brightest of beginnings. The former Tampa Bay Ray is too talented to stay down for long and, much like the rest of Boston’s under-performing batters, once he gets back in gear the Red Sox should be fine. Now is a time for Boston fans to take a deep breath and relax. Now if they’re 0-27 at the end of the month, that would be a different story.
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