March 24th, 2007
Pitching for the 1st time against a AL East foe (such as they are) Curt Schilling, despite not being super thrilled with his work, put in a solid 7 innings worth of work on Friday night. Throwing 85 pitches, with 6 strike outs and no walks, the Oreos only managed 6 hits and 2 runs from the Sox ace.
After last night’s game the Sox and the Oreos share the exact same Spring Training Record: 11-10-2–what is up with THAT??
Well, at least he is up over a dollar: With his 1st homer of spring training, Jason Varitek raised his average to .107. He also broke a 0-17 streak he was working on…
By now, everyone has heard, and probably weighed in on the whole “Jonathan Papelbon will no longer be a starter, but will resume his duties as closer for the Boston Red Sox” While I think he is a fantastic closer, why did the Sox go through the last bunch of months with all the drama and pretense that he would now be a starter and would definitely not be a closer… Why now, all of a sudden, are his sholder woes from last year, which were the reason that he was converted back to a closer, all better? I don’t think the FO did enough to try to acquire a closer–I’m sorry, the plan to use Mike Timlin is not a valid option. And now they are panicking as the season will be starting shortly. Supposedly there are going to be all these rules and guideline and restrictions as to how often, how much and when he pitches. Which is all well and good–but you mean to tell me if the game is on the line, the Sox will be willing to go to someone that is not Papelbon? And all the people (media and fan alike) who have been whining for months that the Sox need a closer, and it needs to be Papelbon–are you going to be ok if we lose a game to the Skankees by 1, because a closer other than Papelbon gives up 2 runs in the 9th, cause Papelbon needs to rest? Or what happens if closing damages his shoulder permanently, and he is lost to the Sox forever–both as a closer AND a starter? Don’t get me wrong, I am glad we now have a closer–and that it is Jonathan Papelbon, but I am just going into this season with eyes wide open as to the fact that it’s all not all better and perfect.
And of course now that Papelbon is our closer, Tavarez is our 5th starter–which is not the perfect plan–but its a damn sight better than having him in our bullpen…Hopefully Jon Lester will be back soon to at least share the #5 spot…
Today: 1:05 pm (natch) Red Sox vs the Devil Rays, with Devern Hansack getting the start for the Sox.