April 7, 2021

Red Sox Sweep Rays; Angel Hernandez Sucks; Judge Might Be Hurt (So Soon?)

After being swept by the Orioles, who are likely to spend the season mired in the AL East basement, the Red Sox went out and took three straight from the Rays, the defending AL champions. There's no figuring baseball, Suzyn.

Of the 20 times the Red Sox have started a season 0-3, this is only the second time they won their next three games (also 1951).

J.D. Martinez (.440/.481/.920) has eight extra-base hits in the season's first six games, tying the franchise record held by Billy Werber (1934) and Jose Offerman (1999). Martinez also has an extra-base hit in all six games, something only two other Red Sox players have done: Faye Throneberry (1955) and David Ortiz (2005).

Martinez's 11 RBI are the most by a Boston player through the first six games of a season since 1955, when Throneberry (12) and Sammy White (11) each did so.

Last night: The Red Sox trailed 4-5 with two outs in 12th inning and an 0-2 count on Alex Verdugo. Then Verdugo was hit by a pitch and he and Hunter Renfroe advanced on a wild pitch before Martinez's game-winning single.

Boston trailed in the 9th, 11th, and 12th innings. The last time the Red Sox won a game in which they trailed three separate times in the ninth inning and later was August 21, 1954, when they beat the Yankees 10-9 in 12 innings.
Yankees - 100 000 050 201 -  9 15  0
Red Sox - 001 030 101 202 - 10 12  1
New York Post:
Aaron Judge's health is already a concern.

The right fielder was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles with . . . "general soreness in his [left] side".

Judge didn't dive for a ball in right field [on Tuesday] . . . and didn't seem to run aggressively on the bases . . .


PK said...

Some Yankees never seem to run the bases aggressively, but I guess they mean relative to Judge’s baseline.

What metrics would we need to use to know if Gary Sanchez might be injured?

Unknown said...

A brief review of the attached clips suggests there is a certain alarming consistency in Hernandez's mistakes. It seems he is "seeing" a circular, or almost perfectly circular, strike zone. Definitely not seeing a rectangle. Maybe he just missed one very important day back in umpiring school.

FenFan said...

Of interest: Hernandez recently lost a racial discrimination case he filed against MLB back in late March. Part of the basis of his argument related to the fact that he has not been assigned to umpire the World Series since 2005. However, Joe Torre and MLB were able to prove otherwise, apparently without having to show videos like these as reason enough.