Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sox-Marlins: Five things to watch for
By Gordon Edes
JUPITER, Fla. -- So, OK, the Sox have brought Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Pawtucket All-Stars to Roger Dean Stadium for Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins, but there are still things worth tracking.
Here are five:
--If starter Allen Webster does better in the first inning. The Sox are trying to figure out how to get him in the flow earlier.
--The progress of third baseman Garin Cecchini, who has been drawing raves for his mature approach at the plate.
--Shortstop Deven Marrero. One Sox talent evaluator described his defense as "brilliant," which is another reason Sox were able to part with Jose Iglesias.
--Whether Jackie Bradley Jr. will start to go off the way he did last spring. Hasn't happened so far.
--Whether lefty reliever Drake Britton can repeat his dominating first effort (4 K's in 2 innings).