Brief history of Sox hurlers at the plate

Brief history of Sox hurlers at the plate
May 29, 2013, 4:45 pm
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(UPDATE: Looks like John Farrell been reading up on this blog. Lester's been pushed back to Friday in the Bronx, with Franklin Morales taking the mound tomorrow in Philly. Sure, that mostly has to do with Clay Buchholz needing a little more time, but whatever. Let's just pretend.)

Tonight at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Red Sox will play their first game of the season in a National League stadium, and with it will come a beautiful display of awkward at-bats.
 
Pitchers!
 
As you’d expect, Sox hurlers have had very little success at the plate during their yearly tour of NL. In fact, over the past five seasons, they’ve picked up a grand total of 10 hits in 104 at-bats. That’s a .096 average.
 
Last year, Josh Beckett and Franklin Morales had the team’s lone pair of singles. In 2011, John Lackey’s RBI double was the only hit of the year.
 
In 2010, Lackey went 2-5 with another double and Dice-K had two hits. Clay Buchholz had single in San Francisco, and celebrated by pulling a hamstring and missing the next month.
 
In 2009, Tim Wakefield singled and Beckett went deep. In 2008, Sox pitchers went hitless to the tune of 0-25 with 18 strikeouts.
 
Pitchers!
 
Right now, the Sox only have two games in Philly and then won’t play in another National League park until a six-game trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco in late-August. So, if you’ve got a thing watching guys stand a few feet from the plate and take three strikes with their bats glued to their shoulder . . . you better get it in now.
 
If not, then well, you’re a lot like me. I mean, I understand why it’s essential to have American League pitchers hit. At least within the realm of baseball’s weird set of rules. But from a the Sox perspective, there’s literally nothing to gain.
 
Even if Lackey holds his own tonight (oddly enough, he’s hitting .375 since joining the Sox), I can’t think of anything the Sox need less than trotting Jon Lester (who, along with Buchholz, has more on his shoulders than ever) out there for two or three at-bats. Given what happened to Clay three years ago in San Francisco, you’re basically going into every at bat thinking: “OK, the best thing that can happen right now is for Lester to strike out looking and walk back safely to the dugout.” How sad is that?
 
But that’s life for the next two nights.
 
Let’s hope for the best.
 
Pitchers!