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Red Sox crush Indians, improve to 25-12 since 2-10 start

May 25, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox 's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates in Cleveland Reuters

Cleveland came into today’s game against Boston with the majors’ best run differential at plus-65, but that number took a beating at Progressive Field as the Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings and coasted to a 14-2 victory.

Mitch Talbot took the brunt of the damage in his first start since April, giving up seven runs in the first inning and eight runs in three innings overall as his ERA rose from 1.46 to 5.87 in 76 pitches.

Boston wasn’t done when Talbot exited after three innings either, knocking around reliever Frank Herrmann for six more runs.

Carl Crawford went 4-for-4 to raise his batting average from .212 to .229, call-up Drew Sutton had three hits starting in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis at third base, and everyone in the Red Sox’s starting lineup had at least two hits except Jed Lowrie, who somehow managed to go 0-for-5 while his teammates went 20-for-40.

Since starting the season 2-10 (including 0-6) the Red Sox have now gone 25-12. They’re four games behind the Indians for the best record in the league.

  1. heynerdlinger - May 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    I don’t know how long they can keep this up, but 25-12 projects to a 109-win season over the course of 162 games.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 25, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Unfortunately, they’re not 25-12, they are 27-22, which projects to 89 wins….

      • paulie102704 - May 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        the point is that they are playing at a 109 win pace since the atrocious start. 89 wins is a certainty at this point and likely the best record in the league.

      • Ari Collins - May 25, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        I’m a Sox fan, but that’s crazy talk. It’s not like their first 12 games weren’t indicative of something, which is that this is a team that, like every team out there, has some flaws. Don’t get too low when they suck, but don’t get too high when they’re great, either. 89 wins isn’t anything close to a certainty.

      • phukyouk - May 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        Welcome back buddy.. havent seen you in a while.. looks like i will be owing you a beer in about a weeks time..

      • rebarratige - May 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        “likely the best record in the league.”

        In what bizarro-world AL is 89 wins “likely” to give the Red Sox the league-best record?

      • rebarratige - May 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        Disregard my last comment. My reading comprehension is clearly off today.

      • Ari Collins - May 26, 2011 at 3:33 AM

        What was that beer bet again? I honestly don’t remember. The life cycle of sports blog bets is like 6 hours.

    • bobwsc - May 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      tough to maintain this course with all their pitching problems.

      • cjlemire - May 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        You mean their pitching problems like the outing they got from Lester today?

      • paulie102704 - May 25, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        they still have a top three that rivals most teams not located in Philly and the resources to make a deadline deal. This is the best team in the league starting to play like it.

      • adowding3 - May 25, 2011 at 4:17 PM

        yea giving up 7 runs over 3 games to the best team in the league is really frightening…

      • psousa1 - May 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM

        In their case the pitching problems went on the DL. Lackey and Dice K’s replacements (Aceves and Wakefield) only gave up 3 runs total in their 2 starts. Not saying Aceves and Wakefield will always have those types of outings but they can only be better than Lackey and Dice K who at times looked like they were throwing a live BP session. The offense will carry some of those bad starts too.

      • bloodysock - May 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Which problem? The 7-1 Lester or the 1.69 ERA/0.95 WHIP of Beckett

      • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 25, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        Bob , you clearly must not watch baseball ? Ugh Beckett is the number one pitcher in the AL right now , if you disagree i would like to hear your argument for a better one . Lester 7-1 . Buchholz hasn’t lost a game in may , so what pitching problems ? If anyone has pitching problems it is the Yankees , enjoy the laser show , the best part of all this is not that Crawford has been hitting , it is that Salty is now crushing the ball and consistently doing so , Papi is back to him old self and well A gon and Youks numbers speak for themselves . Please grab some popcorn and enjoy the rest of the season.

  2. bobwsc - May 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    yea cjlernier…I hate it when Lester is lights out.

    I guess the 2 holes in their starting rotation and inconsistent performances from Jenks and Bard are no big thing?

    • thinman61 - May 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      And I guess the fact that Sox starters have 12 scoreless outings, the most in the majors, is irrelevant?

  3. JBerardi - May 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Breaking news, two-week samples aren’t meaningful in Baseball…

    • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Breaking news , we are now into the fourth week of May genius . Hows that sample been working out for you ?

      • JBerardi - May 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        I’m pretty sure you don’t understand the point of my original statement, and I am positive I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • heynerdlinger - May 25, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      Not for nothing, but the Sox were 2-10 on April 15. That’s just a tad more than two weeks ago.

      The point of my post is that while no one should expect the Red Sox to maintain this pace, they’ve been playing outstanding baseball over the past 37 games. Arbitrary end points? Hell yeah. But because of that start, no one notices just how hot they’ve been.

      • JBerardi - May 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

        My point was that the FIRST two weeks aren’t particularly meaningful.

  4. frankvzappa - May 25, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Sox will certainly finish at least 73-40, enough for at least 100 wins and the best record in the league…anybody who thinks differently is a moron…if they dont win 100, i will never post on this blog again, so you all have something to root for…

    • Ari Collins - May 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      I’m a Sox fan and I’m almost rooting for them to win 99 now.

      • frankvzappa - May 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

        at least my name isnt Ari

      • Ari Collins - May 26, 2011 at 3:34 AM

        Neither is mine. :)

  5. goldneagles - May 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Red Sox improve to 2-4 against Indians!

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