Chris Gasper and Dan Shaughnessy join Arbella Early Edition to discuss the Red Sox decisions with the bullpen this season.
First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:
The Red Sox continue to use Fenway as their own little offensive playground.
Since April 20, the Red Sox are averaging exactly eight runs per game at home. That's just over a month of the covering 18 games.
They've also collected 10 or more hits in 16 of those 18 games, utilizing every bit of the field.
For the last two seasons, Fenway stopped being a tough place to play for opponents. But at home this year, the Sox have outscored opponents by 67 runs.
All of a sudden, the Red Sox are a triples team and Fenway is a triples haven.
A triple by Christian Vazquez - of all people -- gave the Red Sox a league-high 13 triples this season.
Fenway has a reputation for being a doubles park, but the ballpark has been home to 12 triples in 26 games - five by visiting teams and seven by the Red Sox. That translates into almost one every two games.
David Price was solid, but not spectacular.
The positives: Price got through the seventh inning for the fifth time this season. He walked just one and fanned six in seven innings.
He was hit hard a few times, with a homer into the visitor's bullpen allowed to Charlie Blackmon and a triple to the triangle for Carlos Gonzalez.
Consider it another step forward for Price, but it fell far short of dominant.
Koji Uehara's deception is heightened against teams that don't see him much.
Uehara allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu, but then fanned three in a row, finishing each hitter off with his trademark split-finger fastball.
That pitch can be tough to recognize for hitters who see it a few times per season. For those in the National League who are largely unfamiliar with Uehara's splitter, it's apparently some sort of Kryptonite.
Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss the Red Sox bullpen trouble with the news of Carson Smith missing the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery.