This was the first line of Ron Roenicke's pregame meeting with the media Monday: "We’re in this weird season."
Predicting things isn't a good idea these days.
For example, if you thought the Red Sox were going roll to a win Monday night after they jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings that would have been a bad idea. They lost to the Rays, 8-7, at Fenway Park. (For a complete box score, click here.)
And within those 4 hours, 24 minutes of baseball were there were plenty of other realities which should have made you wake up Tuesday morning with a "How in the world did I get here?" type of vibe.
For instance ...
- J.D. Martinez hit a home run. This would seem to be an expected outcome in any other season. But by the time the designated hitter launched his 425-foot bomb over everything in left field he had begun the season with 63 plate appearance without a homer. Consider this: The longest previous stretch had endured without a home run to start a campaign was 2014 when it took him 42 plate appearances.
"Arauz was pretty cool," Roenicke noted. "Any time you see a guy get his first major league hit. I know he was really down after that last game in Tampa Bay, so for him to do that. He killed that ball to centerfield too and they made a nice play on it, so with him, I tell you, he continues to not act like he’s out of A ball. He’s calm. He’s good from both sides of the plate. Does a great job. Made a nice play defensively, so he’s doing a nice job."
- The Red Sox had to hinge their hopes on Jeffrey Springs - he of the 15.43 ERA - to keep it close. Springs is one of many pitchers who Chaim Bloom is taking a flyer on after less-than-spectacular recent results in other organizations. In Springs' case, he was traded to the Red Sox in exchange for first baseman Sam Travis. Some who started the season with the big league club such as Matt Hall (who also has a 15.43 ERA) or Ryan Weber have already been sent down. Others have shown some semblance of possessing potential, with Phillips Valdez and Austin Brice offering some hope. But the unknown in some key spots has offered less-than-ideal results. Example: Monday night.