FINAL: (1-1) Orioles- 7; (1-1) Red Sox- 2; WP: Cobb; LP: Perez
A pretty easy analogy can be seen with the 2018 and 2019 Red Sox seasons and the first two games of the 2020 season. Somehow, everything that went right in 2018 and the first game of 2020 went completely off the rails in 2019 and the Boston’s second game against the orioles. A lackluster start combined with mental errors and disappointing performances at the plate led to a 7-2 loss against the Baltimore Orioles. In a 60-game season where every game has a significant impact on playoff chances, losing to a team that won just 54 games last year is unacceptable.
J.D. Martinez: J.D. followed up his three-hit opener with a 2-for-4 night. Adding two singles, J.D. is now 5-for-9 for the season.
Jackie Bradley Jr.: JBJ also went 2-for-4 and made an incredible catch in center.
Mitch Moreland: In a small bright spot, Moreland recorded the team’s first home run of the season with a solo shot in the 6th.
Rafael Devers: After a hitless opener with an error, Devers did the same in game-2 going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and an error that led to an unearned run. So far, Raffy has looked underprepared and overmatched this season.
Andrew Benintendi: Like Devers, Benny is still looking for his first hit of the season after an 0-for-5 clunker out of the leadoff spot. If his struggles continue, either Verdugo or Pillar could replace Benintendi in right field.
Martin Perez: Perez was very shaky in his first outing with the Sox. The lefty allowed five runs (four earned) in the first two innings. Luckily, Perez settled down before being pulled after the 5th inning.
Plate Discipline: The Boston Red Sox struck out 11 times on Saturday and drew no walks. Part of this is due to the pitching of Alex Cobb for the Orioles, but those numbers are unacceptable.
Unfortunately for Boston, the most dominant player today was Orioles starter, Alex Cobb. Cobb made his first start in over a year after being sidelined with an injury in 2019.
He lasted for 5.1 innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. Additionally, Cobb’s control was impeccable, striking out six men without allowing any walks.