Thursday, July 08, 2004
The boys kept up the good play yesterday resulting in a convincing win over their rival A's. The win put the Sox within six games of MFY and right back into the top ranks of Wild Card mix. But without a win tonight, Oakland escapes only being down one game after the series. Considering the A's three best players did not take the field during the three games, the citizens of Oaktown should not be concentrating on Raiders mini-camp just yet. The Sox need to come away with a victory tonight.
The pitching matchup (Schilling - Harden) favors the Sox. We all know what Schilling can do, but Harden has great stuff. Harden throws a rising mid-90's fastball with a changeup and curveball. He averages nearly a strikeout per inning. The flaw in Harden's game is his control. He does not consistently get his stuff over the plate. It could be even more of an issue since he injured his left shoulder or his lead/pointing shoulder during a righthander's delivery. The Sox need to show patience against Harden; make him throw strikes.