|Clay Buchholz, as he is about to get pulled by Terry Francona this afternoon|
The Sox lost their three games in Texas by a combined score of 26-11 (9-5 on Friday, 12-5 on Saturday, 5-1 today). Their pitching looked suspect, as Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz all struggled, giving up a combined nine home runs. The bullpen (ahem, Daniel Bard) blew the game on Friday and didn't have much impact the rest of the weekend. Lastly, the offense didn't live up to its preseason billing (example: Carl Crawford only hit .182 during the series and Kevin Youkilis only hit .222).
|Ryan Howard hits a three-run homer on Sunday|
Obviously, it's impossible to tell how both teams' seasons will end up. However, this was definitely not the start that Red Sox wanted, or imagined. The Phillies' offense probably will sputter some as the season progresses without second baseman Chase Utley in the lineup, but for at least this weekend, they backed up their off-season hype as the best team in the National League.