Monday, September 15, 2008
Since the Sox are essentially in the playoffs and home field provides a minimal advantage, the next two weeks is all about stay/getting healthy and ready for October. It is sort of like Spring Training in September. (Winning your Division should be more meaningful. Adding another Wild Card team and making them have a “play-in” game would be the answer.) Other than Drew and
Pap, the club seems to rounding into form for the second season.
Drew is a concern, but the Sox are deeper than deep in the outfield. Papelbon’s recent lack of command and one pitch repertoire could be a problem. He is the rock of pen.
Papelbon has been his usual dominate self by primarily commanding his great fastball. For whatever reason, Pap has shelved his splitter. But now is the time to dust off his other swing-and-miss pitch.
In October, Pap is going to face better hitters than in the regular season. If Tito stays true to form, he is going to be more aggressive with his best weapon. The likes of Vlad, Thome, Pena or Morneau will probably be facing Paps and a steady diet of the old #1 isn’t going to get the job done. We are not in Hollywood.