But he yielded two home runs Saturday, including a two-run blast by Hanley Ramirez over the Green Monster in left field that capped a three-run first inning. The 25-year old third baseman is locked in, driving in eight runs in his last seven games including two RBI's in Friday's loss to Boston, and he is now hitting.316 with three homers and eight RBI's on the season.
Ramirez leads the AL with six multi-RBI games this season a becoming the first Red Sox batter to reach that mark through 14 games since Shea Hillenbrand accomplished the feat back in 2002. Cobb will start the game in his debut with the Orioles. The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season.
The Orioles offense has slashed.220/.294/.345 on its way to 3.4 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU). Betts got hurt in a home plate collision and later had to leave the game with a foot bruise.
The new manager of the Boston Red Sox, the onus was on Cora and his coaching staff to parse through what went wrong for the 2017 ballclub a and how they might remedy any shortcomings ahead of the new season.
"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and tell you the things that you want to hear?" "I still remember, I saw him in that clinic in Miami and he was doing his rehab and the first thing he said was, 'You don't have to worry about me".
Cora and Ramirez may not be surprised, but few expected this production from the Sox slugger through the first three weeks of the regular season. "Hopefully, I'm going to try and stay away from him and see where he's at (Saturday)".
A two-time All-Star, Betts is off to a strong start this season, batting.353 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. "When he's locked in and when he's healthy a he's very unsafe". Many wondered why the Red Sox were going to rely on an aging designated hitter coming off a down year. The Sox's 3-4 hitters combined to go 5-for-10 with five RBIs on the afternoon.
Swihart entered the game as Boston's left fielder, forcing the Red Sox to move Andrew Benintendi to center field and Jackie Bradley Jr.to right field.
"I'm not saying that (Fenway Park) is an advantage for us, but we've got some guys that can drive the ball all over the place", Cora said. "You can make all the excuses in the world, but at the end of the day, you've got to figure out a way to get sharp, get sharp quickly, and get on a good roll, and I plan to do that this work week".
Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order. We're playing clean and fast and pitching.