Monday, October 25, 2004
It was not vintage Curt Schilling, but an INCREDIBLE performance. He came up big once again. The splitter was on last night and the control was there as usual. Without his best fastball, Schilling got the job done superbly. The pen came in and did the job once again.
If you read my comments left on Friday’s post, you would have realized that the Sox lineup executed perfectly. Not that my comments were enlightening or anything, it is the same strategy the Old Town Team has used the entire season - patience at the plate waiting for a pitch to drive resulting in a high pitch count for the starter and getting to the pen early.
Morris assisted the Sox. He only snapped off a few good curveballs. Since Morris could not consistently control his outpitch, it made the Sox job that much easier.
• The Sox will end the multiple error games.
• The high number of runner left on base should not be a big concern over only TWO (small sample size) games. It is a product of successful at-bats/getting on-base. Good plate appearances will result in hits and RBIs over time.
• It was nice of LaRussa to give the Sox a look at Game 4 starter, Jason Marquis and not playing their best non-regular, John Marby at DH.
• Bob Kraft has been hanging out with John Henry lately. It seems like the Red Sox have been drinking the Patriots Kool-Aid – “one game at a time,” “team,” and “Championship” themes. I love it.
• It may have gone unnoticed, but Bill Mueller’s 7th inning two out walk could have been a big plate appearance. The Sox do not want Pokey Reese leading off any inning.
• Who’s the Red Sox Pimp in the Left Field Box seat right on the Monster? He had the same seat for both games.
• I am flying to St. Louis on Wednesday morning for Game 4! El Guapo’s Ghost is going on a World Series Road Trip. I am cautiously optimist because I don’t have the ticket in-hand, yet. Anyway, I am looking for others traveling to the Gateway to the West for a pre-game meet up rally.