April is in the books, and at 14-8, it wasn’t a bad month at all for the Red Sox. Especially when you consider that they started 2-6.
But if there are two players the Nation is preoccupied with right now, it has to be Josh Beckett and David Ortiz. Neither star has gotten off to a good start.
Beckett, after pitching a gem in his first start, is 0-for-4 in the quality start department in his last four outings. Most troubling are his last two performances, when he was belted for 15 runs and 20 hits over 9 2/3 innings.
The plus side, however, is that the ace is healthy. He says that, and the radar gun backs it. For some reason, his location has been off. He is leaving the ball in the upper portion of the zone.
Then there is Big Papi, who has yet to leave the yard. Yes, a homerless April for the big man.
Ortiz is of more concern right now than Beckett because of his age, and the fact he didn’t hit consistently after coming back from the wrist injury last year.
Papi did do a nice job of going to the Opposite Field on the last home stand, peppering several balls off the Monster. But he’s yet to really turn on a pitch to right or right-center.
Again, it’s only a month. Players usually revert to who they are. My prediction is that Beckett and Ortiz both have a strong month of May and we are dwelling on someone else’s struggles when June starts.
In other news, Daisuke Matsuzaka is likely to begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He will go three innings in that one, and likely make another one after that.