Remember when we traded for Jake Peavy while he was injured? That was fun. Peavy was broken and stayed broken for a long time. Sox fans were looking for that great pitcher that we thought we were getting.
It seems like that pitcher has come back. Yes, I know it’s still April and anything can happen. But Peavy looks good. In Wednesday’s game, he pitched seven innings and only gave up one run while striking out eight. Not bad for someone who detached a muscle.
Offensively, the Sox exploded tonight. Adam Dunn looked great tonight. He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout and three walks. That one hit was a key hit. In the sixth inning, Tommy Hunter loaded the bases. Orioles manager Buck Showalter pulled Hunter and replaced him with Troy Patton with two outs in the inning. With a full count from Patton, Dunn doubled to left and cleared the bases, putting the Sox up 8-1 which would be the final score.
You know who else looked fantastic again?
And that’s not me being biased because he’s my favorite player EVER. AJ’s batting .400 right now. I can’t think of any time where AJ has had an April like this. He’s already hit four home runs this season, including the one he hit tonight. Hawk mentioned that AJ didn’t hit his fourth home run last season until July. JULY!!!
Do you know what else AJ has done this season and did again tonight? He threw a runner out trying to steal. I know, I know. That’s not something we’re used to. He’s 2-for-3 on throwing out runners. Tyler Flowers is 2-for-2, so obviously that’s something that they worked on in spring training. THANK YOU! AJ is throwing out baserunners and hitting home runs and hitting in general! He currently has the second highest batting average in the American League, and he has the highest slugging percentage in the AL. Yes, you read that correctly. AJ has a higher slugging percentage than Josh Hamilton. Let that sink in. I’ll wait.
If the offense can keep clicking like this, they will keep surprising people. What they need to do is have EVERYONE click. I think Brent Morel needs to be in a different place in the lineup. He’s been looking awful lately. He went 0-for-5 tonight with three strikeouts. That’s not good. Alexei Ramirez is batting close to .300, so maybe Robin needs to switch them in the batting order. Or do something. Morel is not looking good, and he can’t keep that up in the two-spot.
Gordon Beckham had a better night than he’s had lately. He went 2-for-4 today with a run scored and an RBI. He’s still batting under .200, so he needs to get it together. But tonight was definitely an improvement over the last few games.
The Sox close their series against Baltimore hoping for the split. If the offense can keep on track and Gavin Floyd can pitch well (like he’s done in his career against the Orioles), the Sox can pull it off.