Takeaways from Opening Day: The Red Sox love doubles, and they hit A LOT of them against the Orioles. Nasty Nate was, of course, nasty.
Opening Day for the Red Sox had Nate Eovaldi starting and you couldn’t ask for a better start from the right hander. His first pitch of the game was at 100mph. No big deal right? Cruising through six strong innings, Nate only gave up 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 4. His stuff was great, and if you questioned his ability heading into his Opening Day start, you were clearly proven wrong. With Sale and ERod out, Nate is the ace that is being trusted to lead this pitching staff, and he raised the bar high and set the tone for the rest of the rotation.
Pillar and Peraza had themselves each a great night for this debut with the Red Sox. Pillar went 3-5 with 3 RBI, and made an amazing catch in the first inning. Peraza went 4-5 with 2 RBI. Honorable mention goes to JBJ who went 3-4 himself. J.D. Martinez, batting second for the first time in his Red Sox career, went 3-5 with a walk and 3 RBI. With him batting second, he breaks up any of the two lefties that Roenicke throws at the top of the line up; most notably Benintendi and Devers, and it allows him the chance at an extra AB per game.
Do not sleep on this line up just because their quote unquote best player is no longer there. They can still score a lot of runs and take some of the pressure of the pitching if they can do this early into games. They showed that last night, beating the Orioles 13-2.
*Thanks Christy for helping me with this 🙂