April 9th, 2007
Well, THAT Is a relief–it’s bad enough that we lost 2 to the semi-crappy Rangers, one in the heartbreaker on Friday afternoon (Isn’t it a TAD early in the season for a heartbreaker? Apparently not.) and one in the 8-4 debacle on Saturday–Julian Tavarez is not nearly as entertaining when he is getting lit up, but fortunately, we don’t have to suffer our 1st sweep of the season so early or to the Rangers–They have Sammy Sosa for heaven’s sake!
Fortunately, Curt’s pitching was more in line with what we have come to expect from him (7 innings of 102 pitch ball, only giving up 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 1.) Big Papi got homers #1 and #2 out of the way–which is a good thing–he was hitting .158 with RBI up to this point (Yes, like $1.58…)
But if it wasn’t for closer Jonathan Papelbon coming in with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 8th inning, to get the final 5 outs, including 3 strikeouts to preserve the win. Said Jonathan: “For me, I revel in the fact that I can go in there and shut the door down and do my job…that’s what I was put on this team to do.”
So, the Sox go home with a .500 average–which is not really something to be all happy about–but its better than a losing record…
Timlin in Boston: Having a left oblique strain for most of Spring Training, it looks like Mike Timlin will be joining the Sox in Boston for the home opener on Tuesday. In his start for Pawtucket on Saturday, he pitched 1 inning,throwing 11 pitches and only give up 1 hit, which was a leadoff double, before retiring the next 3 in order on his trademark sinker. The only thing left is to have him checked out in Boston today to make sure he is really really ready to go…Worst case scenario would be a 3rd rehab start with Pawtucket.
And it’s almost a guarantee that Javier Lopez will be the man on the bus to Pawtucket tomorrow to make room for Timlin on the roster…Although I WISH it was Joel Pineiro. Can I just say that Joel Pineiro needs to GO? Again, he blows up, walking 2 in the 8th inning that started the mess against the Rangers on Sunday night that Paplebon had to clean up. and let’s face it, he has been less than stellar since he joined the team this year. In 2.1 Innings over 4 games, Joel has given up 4 hits, including 2 home runs, walked 2, and struck out 3–to the tune of a 7.71 ERA….and this is what the Sox are paying $ 4 million for???
And how about this for strangeness? The Sox are 6 games into the 2007 campaign–and there is 1 Red Sox player that has hit safely in all 6 games: JD Drew. He is also the owner of a .391 average. And the most astonishing thing is? He’s is not injured yet–If he can stay healthy–I think he will lobe a most excellent addition to the Sox, especially in the #5 hole–even if Theo DID overpay for him…
Coming Up: Off today (their 2nd day off in the last 10…), the Sox open the 1st homestand of the 2007 campaign Tuesday afternoon against the Mariners at 2:04 pm. Josh Beckett gets start. On Wednesday, Daisuke will make his Fenway Park Debut at 7:05pm, which means I will actually get to see him pitch live for the 1st time in 2007–whoo hoo!