It Begins With a Pitch
Opening day is finally upon us. The smell of grass is in the air. Most of all for us here in Boston, it means the Sox finally start their regular season today. Arlington, Texas is where our boys start the season this year to play the Texas Rangers. In the past the Rangers have been a doormat to many high powered teams, that was until last year. For those of you who have been living under a rock the last eight months, the Rangers are the defending AL Champions and by all accounts, are looking to keep that dominance rolling into 2011.
C.J. Wilson will oppose Sox Ace Jon Lester, in what should be the rubber match of the series. Wilson, the newly anointed Ace isn't scared of the Sox. “It’s pretty much the same lineup they had last year with two additions, right? And I’ve faced both (Crawford and Gonzalez) before,” Wilson said. “They have a couple of lefties, which is good for me. Last year, it was. I just like pitching at home. I’m not too worried about it.” said Wilson in an interview with The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber. Wilson's success against lefties in the past has made at least one decision easy for Sox manager Terry Francona. Mike Cameron will get the nod to start in right feild over JD Drew. An easy move? Possibly. Considering Drew's struggles against lefties his entire career, this may or may not be a significant move. The 38 year old Cameron comes back after his season was cut short last year due to a sports hernia and hasn't looked too bad this Spring and is looking to make 2011 better for himself.
After a fantastic 2010 and going 19-9, Jon Lester looks ready to get this season started. After being named the new ace over Josh Beckett and all his trials and tribulations. This could be Lester's true coming out party. He's riding a wave a confidence and support from his teammates. Lester who is no slouch against lefties as well, will be facing a mostly right handed line up lead by Rangers sluggers Josh Hamilton and former Red Sox Adrian Beltre. Beltre in particular has a lot to prove to his old team for letting him go this offseason, and could use this series as a springboard to show his old team that they made the wrong move.