|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBWhile under normal circumstances teams don't enjoy early season rainouts, the Red Sox have been anything, but normal this season and may have actually appreciated the break when Sundays nationally televised showdown with the hated Yankees was postponed due to the torrential downpours on the east coast.
Much maligned BoSox manager Bobby Valentine may have been happiest of all not to have to hear the Beantown boo birds as he did in Saturdays epic loss. The Red Sox had a 9-0 lead before the Yankees posted back to back 7 run innings in the seventh and eighth against Boston relief pitchers. Nick Swisher hit a grand slam and Mark Texiera hit two homers, one from each side of the plate.
Valentine removed starter Felix Doubront after six innings and 99 pitches of work. Then the flood gates opened with Red Sox relievers giving up the fourteen runs. Vincente Padilla and ace closer Aceves were the main culprits, yielding 10 of the 14 runs in one third of an inning of work combined. Aceves took the loss.
Dustin Pedroia was 2 for 5 with a run batted in and Adrian Gonzales had a run scoring double. Red Sox catcher Saltalamacchia was 4 for 5 and Big Papa David Ortiz was 4 for 4 with a walk, before the bottom dropped out for Boston. Help is on the way however, if you call someone with an .070 batting average help. That person would be Marlon Byrd who was traded by the Cubs and new team president and former Beantown resident, Theo Epstein to Boston on Saturday.
The Bosox are obviously desperate for some outfield help too. The Red Sox are 4-10 on the season and 1-5 away from Fenway Park. Their matchup in the Twin Cities tonight will feature lefty Jon Lester 0-2 with an 5.82 ERA against journeyman righty Jason Marquis who is somehow 1-0 despite a hefty 7.20 ERA of his own.
Minnesota has had some problems of their own, going 5-11 to start the year and 2-4 in Target field. They were 6-2 losers to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Boston has been installed in baseball betting odds as a road favorite at -$149, while Minnesota is +$139. The moneyline is $120/$100 on the over/under of 8.5 runs.