Farrell stressed after the game that he wants to put pressure on the opposing defenses. He tried that in Toronto with mixed success, as there were times when overaggressiveness cost the Blue Jays outs and ultimately runs. But that wasn’t the case in Game 1 for the Sox.
We saw Saltalamacchia make a heady play in the seventh when he stopped between first and second on a ball Bradley hit off the pitcher that went to Cano. He couldn’t turn the double play because Salty’s decision created just enough of a delay.
Ellsbury, who had tripled, was gunned down at home in the sixth on Pedroia’s hard grounder. That may have been overaggressiveness, and it cost the Sox a run.
All we have to go on is one game against a team that had four All-Star players out of the lineup in Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, and Curtis Granderson. And let’s not forget, the Yankees didn’t re-sign Nick Swisher. Sabathia was certainly not at his best. All of those factors matter.
But all you can go by is that on one sunny, mild spring day in the Bronx, the Red Sox’ execution was nearly flawless, and it resulted in a team feeling good about itself to start the 2013 season.