A great AB by our future leadoff hitter for years to come. Six pitches and an infield single to start the game.
And Troy Tulowitki unleashes his cannon to first but Pedroia barely beats the throw. Two on and none out for the greatest hitter in the game, David Ortiz.
Perfect first pitch strike by Josh Fogg. Pinpoint location on that one. Ortiz quickly works the count back into his favor, 2-1. All four pitches have been kept down in this AB, which is a victory so far for Fogg. And a nice pitch to get him swinging. One down.
I don’t see why everyone is making such a big deal about who to start out of Lowell, Youkilis, and Ortiz. It is a no brainer for me, unless it would be against a tough lefty. Ortiz is arguably the best hitter in the game, and would be playing the first base position. And remember the first base position is an offensive position. His offense brings more value than that of what he will bring defensively. I am not saying Ortiz won’t make any significant mistakes there tonight, but the odds are he doesnt cost them the game with his glove. And he may not make any mistakes over there. And of course Lowell at third, as he is better defensively there than Youkilis.
Manny pops out. Two down.
In steps Mike Lowell. The other day in Rob Neyer’s chat he said that he does not like, for entertainment purposes, the aspect of working the pitcher. He just thinks it isn’t as fun to watch as it was in the 80’s, when offense’s were not so intent on taking so many pitches. In my opinion, I very much enjoy it when my [own] team is doing it. And it is incredibly frustrating watching an opposing team to the same to our starting pitcher. But overall, I like the approach, even from an entertainment standpoint. However, it is cool when guys like Cano are mixed in, and he aggressively chases after seemingly every pitch thrown.
I attempted this live blog, but am finished now. It is tough to concentrate on each pitch, as I sometimes like to do.