It’s time for Josh Beckett to get back in the Red Sox fans’ good graces. The team hasn’t played at home since the loss to the Orioles on the last day of the 2011 regular season, or since the chicken and beer scandal leaked, or the 1-5 start to this season.
Beckett didn’t pitch well in his first start, letting up seven runs, with five home runs, and he looked hopeless against the Tigers. The Rays will not be any easier, but at least the formidable pairing of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will not be coming up to bat.
The Red Sox Home Opener could be a chance for both the Sox and the fans to make a fresh start and try to get the season rolling. With lefty David Price on the mound for the Rays, the offense will have to step it up a notch as well.
The Red Sox have a good team, whose pitching and hitting have potential to be dominant, if they stay healthy and consistent. The Blue Jays have shown they are a threatening power in the AL East that is already stacked with The Yankees and Rays.
The nine game home-stand pits the Sox against the Rays, Rangers, and Yankees, but there’s no better time to build momentum and try to turn the season around than at home at Fenway Park.