Even with the losses piling up, the Boston Red Sox have looked good so far this spring. New players seem to be fitting in just right, and there has been no reports of poor chemistry coming from Florida. With a week of spring training complete, there have been both positives and negatives to point out.
Things I Like
Xander Bogaerts has been swinging a mean bat this spring. He homered for the first time in yesterday’s loss and his outs have been loud ones. He has been hitting sixth in the lineup, the slot he should be hitting in come opening day. He has also been solid defensively and nobody is questioning his ability to play the position at this point during spring.
Catching phenom Christian Vazquez will never be criticized for his ability behind home plate. Chris Capuano, who had a rough go of it in his first spring outing, raved about the catcher to reporters after the game. Vazquez also knocked two hits and has been a media darling, receiving features from ESPN.com, as well as local media.
Grady Sizemore is still walking upright.
The veterans are resting. David Ross, A.J. Pierzynski, and Shane Victorino are being held out of action due to injury and I wouldn’t want it any other way. There is no harm in letting some of the young guys like Bryce Brentz get more playing time.
Things I Like Less
There has been a lack of offense so far this spring. It doesn’t alarm me, but it’s less fun to look at box scores of a game when there are four hits and zero runs. I need something to read more than clean pitching lines for opposing players!
Jake Peavy’s self-inflicted injury. Actually who am I kidding, I think it’s hysterical.
The Jackie Bradley Jr. (JBJ) watch on ESPN.com. Just let the kid play and try to do his best. There is no need to add any kind of pressure he may put on himself. I know he may not read it, but I am sure he has gotten a text or a page telling him about it.