BOSTON - First impressions from the Red Sox' 16-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park:
*Rick Porcello’s recovery after the leadoff hit and error was huge.
Yes, he got out of a jam where the leadoff runner reached second.
But more importantly, he bailed out Andrew Benintendi, who made his second error of the season, overthrowing third.
Things could’ve gone south in a hurry for Boston, but Porcello maintained his composure and got out unscathed.
Then after the Sox backed him in the first with a Mookie Betts two-run dinger, Porcello (16-3, 3.30 ERA), who extended his Fenway winning streak to 12, came out and posted another zero.
Setting the tone early and often -- much like an ace would.
*Opposing pitchers can only hope to contain Mookie Betts -- because it’s near impossible to stop him right now.
Boston’s newest No. 3 hitter is fitting in nicely.
As brutal as Zach Greinke was, the former Cy Young Award winner is still a top-flight pitcher -- and Mookie Betts made it seem like he was taking batting practice.
Betts, who had his second three-homer game of the season and drove in eight runs, is Boston’s best hitter. Whether it’s based on age (23), power (26 homers, 84 RBI) or average (.313) -- or anything you can think of -- he is the right man to hit third in the Red Sox order -- not only now, but for years to come, too.
*Dustin Pedroia looks comfortable leading off.
It’s something he hasn’t been a fan of in the past, but now it seems like Boston’s second baseman has taken to the role.
After going 2-for-4 (with an RBI) Saturday, Pedroia destroyed Arizona pitching with a five-hit, two-RBI day.
*It’s a good thing the Red Sox didn’t sign Zach Greinke this off-season.
Obviously Boston’s lineup if tough, but Greinke is capable of much more than what he put out in Sunday’s start.
Imagine what would’ve happened if he pitched like that in a Red Sox uniform. Things might be uglier than David Price’s situation.
*Brock Holt continues to be best served as a utility man.
Although he’s not the ideal outfielder, Holt looked great at shortstop Sunday, filling in for the slumping Xander Bogaerts.
He made a tough play in the hole, showing off both his range and arm.
Then he made a 6-3 double play after Porcello’s error in the in the fourth inning, getting both runners out by a hair.