Thursday, October 07, 2004
Going into the playoffs, Schilling was the sure thing – our ace in the hole. Pedro was the wild card. If he pitched like Pedro and not like Pete from down the street, we would have the best starting hand in the postseason. (Radke and Santana’s numbers are better, but control pitchers can be beat in the second season. Last night was a prime example.) Witnessing Pedro hit mid-90’s on the gun in the first inning is like having your still hot high school sweetheart run up to you at reunion requesting that you to buy her a drink. You know it is going to be a good night.
Pedro did not disappoint unlike your high school sweetheart that pulled an “Oh and this is my husband…” Vlad’s fly to center in the third, his RBI single in the fifth and Anderson’s liner to Millar were the only well hit balls last night. Pedro was better than his numbers indicated and he will be more effective in his next outing. With pocket aces, the Sox will have many more good nights.
• If Mikey S sticks with Anderson batting behind Vlad and no one behind Glaus for protection, there is little reason for the Sox to give Vladdie or Glaus anything to hit.
• My hat is off to Mike Timlin. FREAKIN’ BIG PERFORMANCE.
• Chris Berman needs to do play-by-play and that is it. Please no commentary. I won’t even get into the shirt-tie combo, other than to say that you’re on national T.V. for christsakes. The two All-Stars by your side, Berman, are doing a good job. Their analysis of Molina was excellent, so shut your trap. You're are not working with Michael Irvin.