Friday's game between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays fell victim to Mother Nature. As the rain fell at Fenway, the Sports Tonight crew debates whether that was a curse or a blessing.
"It's early in the year," said Lou Merloni. "They've lost two games. I don't think it's good [that the game was rained out]."
The season started off in great fashion for the Red Sox, as they took two of three from both the Yankees and the Blue Jays on the road. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz appeared re-born under old friend John Farrell. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jose Iglesias injected youth into the lineup, and the offseason additions all seemed to be playing at the top of their respective games.
But the last few games have raised some concerns.
Beyond Lester and Buchholz, the rotation is unproven. John Lackey is on the DL, Ryan Dempster has been solid if unspectacular, and Joel Hanrahan has allowed three home runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work.
Bradley Jr. is hitless in his last 14 at-bats and Iglesias is back in Pawtucket.
The Sox have lost two in a row, but it's important to keep in mind it's still incredibly early in the season.
"I don't feel they've reached that point like in Bull Durham where they had to turn the sprinklers on," said Michael Felger. "It's not September 2011."
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