Daniel Bard is starting to make a believer out of me. My biggest concern going into the spring was that he didn’t have good enough secondary pitches to be an effective starter. Well today he proved me wrong. Bard showcased his live fastball, a sharp slider, along with a change up and cutter. If he can locate these pitches (his walk totals are still to high) he may be a 15-20 game winner in the near future. In the game he went 3 innings allowing only 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out one. Another pitcher who impressed was Alfredo Aceves. Aceves has matched Bard pitch for pitch all season making his case for the number 5 spot in the rotation. It is no secret that Aceves would love to start. The question is can the bullpen afford to lose both Bard and Aceves. Personally, I think it is too much to lose especially with an unproven Melancon and oft injured Bailey. Today Aceves also allowed only 2 hits and also struck out 2 without walking a batter. Matt Albers, Junichi Tazawa and Clayton Mortensen finished out off the shutout giving up only 3 more hits.
- Kevin Youkilis had an RBI double
- Clayton Mortensen’s fast start is definitely turning some heads.
Tomorrow the Sox travel to Sarasota to play the Orioles. Jon Lester will get the start. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm.