Boston fans have been waiting 134 days for Red Sox baseball, and the wait was worth it. The Red Sox exploded for 13 runs against the Orioles on Opening Day, while also notching eight doubles in a 13-2 win. Most importantly, Boston showed that they can light up the scoreboard without Mookie Betts in the lineup.
Last year, the Red Sox received very little production from the back of the order. That was not the case on Friday night, as the 8th and 9th spots in the lineup, JBJ and Jose Pereza, went 7-9 with four doubles and four runs batted in. J.D. Martinez showed up as well, going 3-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.
This slaughter did happen against a team that lost 108 games last year, so this may not be indicative of what the Red Sox are normally capable of. Boston needs to capitalize on games like this where they play inferior opponents.
The offense will get all the headlines, but Opening Day starter Nathan Eovaldi deserves recognition as well. Eovaldi pitched six innings while only allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts to go with it. While Eovaldi did not miss many bats, he did induce a lot of soft contact.
Boston put this game away early by scoring 10 runs in the first four innings. This helped Eovaldi settle into the game. The starting rotation is in flux right now, but Eovaldi showed that he can be the Ace of the staff while Eduardo Rodriguez is out.
Game 2 of this three game set will take place at 1:35 PM today on NESN. Martin Perez will make his Red Sox debut against Alex Cobb. On Opening Day Boston showed that the offense will not struggle in 2020. A postseason appearance this season will come down to how well the pitching does, though.
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