Straight Out the Gate

The 2011 season is finally under way and stress levels are high on the streets of Boston and St. Pete. While I want to resist the urge to overreact, these two teams had horrific starts and I can’t miss a chance to rip the winless, 170 + million dollar Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox

Coming off their first trip to the World Series, the Rangers thrashed this year’s AL favorites, hitting 11 home runs (combined traveling over 4,000 feet) on the way to outscoring them 26-11 in the series. Boston fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996, a season that began 0-5. Red Sox starters allowed 18 earned runs and nine homers in 15 1/3 innings this series. All that will equate to a series sweep for any team. There will be blood in Boston, there will be anger and castigation clogging the blogs and airwaves, jabs at Saltalamacchia and their hitless shortstops, and second-guessing of Theo Epstein’s foolproof strategy. They get a break tonight though, opening a series against the Indians.

Tampa Bay Rays

There is definitely a problem in Tampa when the Rays get swept by the Baltimore Orioles at home.  I can overlook their first series, but it’s the injuries that should have Ray’s fans panicking. Evan Longoria could be on the shelf for three weeks if you believe Joe Maddon, and Johnny Damon — a guy whose primary value at this point is his dependability — is hurting only three games into the season.  For the Rays to have a hope at being relevant, everything needs to go their way. They need to get some breaks. Losing their best player and their starting left fielder is not something they need.

P.S. Damon, leave the shuttle passes to Brett Favre

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3 Responses to “Straight Out the Gate”

  1. Taylor DeChant says:

    Later this week: First week fantasy allstars.. Stay tuned!

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    looking forward to it!! fantasy baseball is finally here!!! I’m stoked!

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