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Quest to be a Boston Red Sox Beat Writer – Day 2

 

Mar 20, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) is late on tagging out Boston Red Sox first baseman Travis Shaw (47) at second base during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Jet Blue Park, Ft Myers Florida – 2/24/17

Red Sox 2 – Mets 3

If your name is Henry Owens and you happen to be the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox this afternoon in sunny Fort Myers Florida, then you are probably having a bad day. Despite what some analysts have said about Owens, he seems to not have what it takes to break into the major-league level. Today in the Red Sox first official spring training game against the Metropolitans of New York, Owens went 2.0 innings giving up 3 hits, 2 earned runs and 1 walk. Currently his ERA stands at a nice solid 19.00 ( I know it’s the first outing but 19 is my favorite number)

The Mets had a no hitter going until the 7th inning where Hanley Ramirez was finally able to break it up. The Sox scored 2 runs off of Mets pitcher Josh Edgin including a home run from Red Sox left fielder Brian Bogusevic. Once Owens left the game, the Red Sox defense came together and was able to hold off the Mets from scoring any additional runs.

Is it too early to start worrying about Owens? If this was his first game ever, then no, but we have seen signs of his inability to keep the game in check and pitch while there are runners in scoring position. It is starting to seem that Owens just may not have what it takes to be a regular on the Red Sox roster this year. I will not hit the panic button yet. We still have plenty of spring training left and only time will tell, but this is just one of many question marks in the Red Sox pitching rotation. 

The Red Sox play again Saturday 2/25/17 at 1:05 PM EST against the Minnesota Twins at Jet Blue Park where Red Sox pitcher Roenis Elias will take on Twins pitcher Phil Hughes. This will be the first of 6 games against the Twins during spring training as part of the City of Palms series. The city of palms meaning both teams play in Fort Myers, AKA City of Palms. I am trying to trade mark this and sell t-shirts off of Daniels Parkway.

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