Red Sox Piss On The Orioles Again, Start Their Season 12-2 For The First Time In Franchise History

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

Just gonna leave this here again:

Last night, the Red Sox hung seven runs on the Orioles, went to bed, woke up, came back to the ballpark and scored ten more. Just waiting on that Angels series for some real competition this year. Hector Velazquez took the mound for Boston on Saturday, who only made the rotation because Drew Pomeranz wasn’t healthy enough to start the season. The thing about Velazquez, though, is that he’s actually pretty damn good.

Velazquez made his major league debut in May of last year, giving up six earned runs in five innings. Since then, he’s appeared in eleven games, thrown 33.1 innings, allowing just seven earned runs, good for a 1.90 ERA. Included in that sample are the five innings that he threw against Baltimore today, striking out five batters, holding the O’s to a pair of earned runs.

Boston’s offense, though. They lost Xander Bogaerts, and they kept scoring a ton of runs. They lost Hanley Ramirez for a game, and still scored a ton of runs. They lost Mookie Betts today, and still scored a ton of runs. This lineup is relentless. If one guy goes down, the next guy in line steps up. Hanley returned to the lineup on Saturday and smoked his third homer of the season, driving in three runs on the day. That’s 15 RBI for Hanley this year, which leads the majors.

Who’s second in the majors in RBI? Well, that would be JD Martinez, who has been heating up over the last week or so. Martinez came into Wednesday’s game hitting .222 with a .692 OPS. After going 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season on Saturday, Martinez is up to .283 with an .857 OPS. That’ll keep climbing once it starts to warm up in Boston, too. Martinez never looked as bad at the plate as his numbers suggested early on. He was hitting a lot of balls hard that either were right at guys or were falling just short of being dumped into the bullpen. In a month or two, those are home runs. Get ready for a fun summer with Hanley and JD in the middle of that Red Sox lineup.

Andrew Benintendi has slowly but surely been snapping out of his early season funk, as well. He’s drawn the most walks in the league thus far, so his on-base percentage has been awesome — exceeding expectations, even. Nothing like a Yankee series to bust out of a slump. Since the start of the Yankee series, Benintendi is six for his last 17 (.353) with a couple doubles, a triple, and 6 RBI. With the win, the Red Sox move to 12-2, the first time that they’ve been 12-2 in their 118-year history.

Final score: Red Sox 10, Orioles 3