Timely hitting, good starting pitching, and the bullpen actually does a
fantastic job. Sox win 9 of 10, and combined with last night's
Orioles loss, they sit one game back. Sweeping 3 from the
formerly red-hot Indians, and off to Philly to conclude the abomination
that is Interleague Play.
An interesting article in the Globe today about internet geek Eric Van,
who was hired by the Sox last winter. Eric is an interesting
character, who I had been reading for years on the Sox newsgroup, and
then on SoSH. Got the chance to meet him a couple of times…he
is a VERY interesting person.
I also enjoy that while the Yanks had that truly incredible 8th inning
the other night, it masks the fact that Randy Johnson is looking more
like Matt Young than Cy Young this year. And the fact that they
lost 2 of 3 to the Devil Rays at home can't sit will with Yankee
brass. And yet they are only 5 games out of first themselves…
It isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time. I was way off on David Wells.
I HATED the Wells signing…but not so much because I didn't think he
had anything left in the tank…more because I didn't want to have to
root for the guy. The example I bring up to my friends is Jim
Leyritz. I hated that guy, even when he was on the Sox.
Sure, I wanted him to do well when he played for the Sox, but I didn't
have to like him.
But you know what? I'm starting to not dislike Wells. Yes,
his performance over the last 5 starts has something to do with
it. Can he keep this up? If so, a 1-2 punch of Wells and
Clement is looking pretty good right now. Will Schilling come
back; and more importantly, will he be effective? And if so, will
moving a current starter to the bullpen help what has been the most
glaring weakness on this team?
Two things I've never really been worried about are the starting
pitching and the hitting. It will be interesting to see how Theo
and company address the bullpen issues.
So all the hype this weekend is about the Sox/Cubs matchup; the first
one since the 1918 World Series. Having never been to Wrigley
Field, I'd love to be there…alas; it is not to be. At least I'm
working at home today, so I'll be able to watch it.
This is the kind of matchup that makes interleague play
interesting…someone explain to me again why this is the first time
they are meeting since interleague play began? And while I make
it a point not to read Dan Shaugnessey, I'd be willing to bet dollars
to doughnuts that today's column has at least one mention of a
I caught the Sox on 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' this week, as I'm
sure most of you did. It is only the 2nd time I've seen the show;
I was amused. Evidently there has been some uproar in some
circles about how terrible it is to have the gays hanging around the
ballplayers…I don't get it. Plus, I never thought I'd hear the
word 'taint' in a TV show.
- Granted, it has been only a few games, but I'm all for Millar
getting seriously reduced playing time and Olerud starting the majority
of the games. The guy can still hit, and even if he approaches
Millar's awful offensive numbers, he's still worth it to have in the
field. Why does Millar get a free pass? Certain 'fan' sites
and talk radio nitwits were ready to run Renteria out of town before
the last road trip, yet Millar, who has been absolutely putrid, gets a
free pass. I don't get it.
- Wade Miller has looked like a great pickup thus far; one awful
game but a nice rebound last night. This is going to be a huge
factor. Before the season, I was hoping for a solid Schilling,
and any decent performance we got from Miller would have been
bonus. At this point, those hopes are now reversed.
- How fantastic has Timlin been?
- I recieved as a gift The Luckiest Man, and even though it is
about a Yankee (my daughter, upon seeing a Yankee hat on the cover,
immediately started booing, bless her little heart), it is very
good. I'm just about finished with it.
That's about all I have for now…