Boston Red Sox: A Look at Jarren Duran’s First Series Versus The Yankees

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The Jarren Duran experience is underway with the Red Sox. Duran got to finally make his much anticipated debut on Saturday during the rain shortened loss to the Yankees. 


Duran collected his first career major-league hit off of Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. During the top of the second inning, Duran would rip the first pitch thrown by Cole into center field for his first career hit. 


The 24-year-old outfielder would later score that inning off a Christian Arroyo hit to left field. Duran showed off his blazing speed as he scored from second base. While scoring, he had a peak sprint speed of 29.3 feet per second as he sprinted home. 


Following the game, Duran was asked what it was like facing Cole and what he expected. 


“I was hoping he’d throw me a fastball,” Duran told reporters after the game. “He’s a really good pitcher, so I wanted to make sure I got my pitch before he started to dice me up. I guess that worked in my favor and I got a fastball first pitch.”


Duran would finish his first career major-league game going 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He would also explain what it felt like to get his first hit in his first at-bat. 


“I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders,” Duran told reporters. “I was like, ‘Ok, I can relax now’ just getting that first one out of the way.”


In his second game, Duran struggled at the dish going 0-for-4 with with two strikeouts. 


Duran’s teammate Alex Verdugo was mic’d up by ESPN during the game. In Duran’s first at-bat, Verdugo commented how relaxed Duran looked at the plate. Duran was shifting his hips at the plate where it looked like he was getting into a rhythm. He would ultimately pop it up to deep left field, it looked like Duran was trying to launch one. 


After his first two games he is hitting .167 at the plate but there shouldn’t be cause for concern. Young players have to make adjustments to big league pitching.


Duran’s first assignment was making his debut at Yankee Stadium. The one intangible Red Sox fans should be excited for is his game changing speed on the base paths. Duran will need sometime to adjust to major-league pitching and when he does the hits and homers will come. 


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