The Boston Red Sox began their quest to repeat as World Series Champion last weekend. As the team starts playing in their first spring training games, there are some questions that need to be answered. Here are some takeaways from the first spring training weekend games in Fort Myers, FLA.
Doubront was impressive in spring debut: Not only does Felix Doubront’s figure look improved this spring, but so does his pitching. The 26-year-old pitched two scoreless innings in which he struck out three and showed command of the strike zone with his fastball, with 18 of his 24 pitches thrown for strikes. If this was a preview to what Doubront will pitch during the regular season, then the Red Sox rotation will be even deeper than it was in 2013.
Peavy injures finger: Jake Peavy will miss a few days after cutting his finger with a fishing knife. The cut is on his non-throwing hand, so it won’t keep him out long term.
Team isn’t sure Sizemore can play every day: According to the Boston Herald, The Red Sox won’t know if outfielder Grady Sizemore can play every day until later this spring. Sizemore has played in two spring games so far as he attempts his comeback after not playing in the majors since 2011.
Jackie Bradley Jr. looks good so far: Bradley Jr. has started the spring 2 for 5 with an RBI and run scored. With the Red Sox not sure on how much Sizemore can play every day, the centerfield job is Bradley’s to lose.The rookie center fielder, batting eighth, had a Wall-ball double and scored in the fifth and singled home a run in the sixth. He was 2 for 3.
Webster struggled in first spring start: Red Sox pitcher Allen Webster was knocked around in his first spring start against the Minnesota Twins. The 24-year-old from North Carolina exited the game after 1 2/3 innings after giving up four hits and three earned runs.
Ranaudo showed potential in first start: Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo struck out four in two flawless innings in the Red Sox debut against the Twins. Last season in between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, he finished with an 11-5 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 140 innings. Ranaudo was once ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization and the fifth overall minor league prospect in Major League Baseball by MiLB.com.
Remy is back: Jerry Remy, analyst on NESN, returned to the booth for the first time since last August.