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Sunday, April 28, 2013

You Won't Convince Me That There Aren't At Least A Couple Triple-A Teams Better Than The Astros

The Houston Doormats I mean Astros are a hell of a team, the Red Sox certainly enjoyed playing those scrubs this weekend at Fenway Park. This afternoon, Boston (18-7 overall, 11-5 home) padded its MLB-best record with an easy 6-1 victory over the Astros (7-18 overall, 3-10 road). All other teams in the AL should be doing cartwheels over having the worst team in MLB in the league.

I have no idea how Houston has already won seven games since they are beyond wretched. Boston beat them by five runs on Thursday, four runs on Friday and Saturday then five today. You know a team is truly hopeless when John Lackey (1-1) looks like a decent pitcher (6 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks) against them.

Houston scored first on Ronny Cedeno's RBI single in the first but it was all predictably downhill from there. David Ortiz (2 hits, 2 RBIs) tied it with an RBI single in Boston's first at bats and the Red Sox were off. Stephen Drew had a two-run triple in the fourth, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Carp (2 hits, run, walk) had RBI doubles in the firth and Ortiz closed out his fantastic homestand with an RBI double in the sixth.

Daniel Nava was 2 for 4 with a double and three runs in the win for Boston. He also made a sick diving catch for the last out of the game.

The Red Sox earned their day off tomorrow after going 7-3 at Fenway during their longest homestand of the season. They have won their last five games heading into a six-game road trip.

Less than a month into the season, Boston gets its second trip to Toronto. The Blue Jays (9-17 overall, 5th in AL East) are off to a miserable start. The Red Sox have a chance to bury them even further so early on. The pitching matchups certainly line up well for Boston with Jon Lester (4-0) facing Brandon Morrow (0-2) on Tuesday (7:07 p.m., NESN), Clay Buchholz (5-0) opposing Mark Buehrle (1-1) on Wednesday (7:07 p.m., NESN) and Ryan Dempster (1-2) gets Josh Johnson (0-1) on Thursday (7:07 p.m., NESN).

After that series, Boston goes to Texas for three games next weekend against the Rangers (16-9 overall, 1st in AL West) who have been the second best team in the American League in April.

UPDATE 4/28: Daniel Bard was sent back to Portland (Double-A) and Joel Hanrahan is expected to be recalled from Pawtucket (Triple-A).

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