Friday, May 26, 2006
From the mound, it looks a lot like 2002 when the saying was "Pedro, Lowe and pray for snow" around New England. If you recall, October baseball was not played in Boston that year, which makes tonight's start by an overweight, 43 year-old, southpaw with terrible knees extremely important. The Sox need to have three pitchers that can give them quality starts.
Schilling and Beckett are not nearly as dominate as Petey and DLowe v2002, but both can keep the team in games even without their best stuff. Wake is Wake. If the knucker is finding the zone, then we have good times. If not, then that those two inevitable batting practice pitches usually require crooked numbers on the scoreboard. As for Clement, he could be toast - his control is the worst. He should dominate right-handers with his slider and turn the ball over to southpaws to induce groundballs, but that guy hasn't been seen for almost a year now. He can't be counted on like DiNardo or his AAA minor image, Abe Alvarez.
Clement's #5 starter like performance has put the Sox at a real disadvantage twice every fifth day. A club isn't a playoff contender if they need to pray this much. Wells can be that #3/4 guy, which would avoid the temptation to bring up Jon Lester or Craig Hansen too soon or trading the future to pay for yesterday's mistakes. Tonight is a big game.
*Must say, I like Sox Trax and it would be even better if it was bigger.
*Josh Beckett solid to spectacular last night.
*Everyone have a great long weekend. It is the start of summer - BBQs, Beaches, Bikinis and Red Sox Baseball!