May 7th, 2008
While last night’s victory was #5 in a row for the Sox–it the #5 loss in a row for the Tigers…Wow…Detroit reallyREALLY sucks this year–Everyone thought that with all the money they spent and the talent they stockpiled that they were pretty much a shoo-in to get to the Postseason. Haven’t the Skanks been a great example of how it’s not possible to buy championship? What is it now? Over a BILLION dollars spent by the Skanks since they last won a World Series–in 2000? HA HA
Tim Wakefield was damn near brilliant last night, throwing only 98 pitches (65 for strikes) for a 2 hitter over 8 innings (not sure why Tito did not let him stay in the game for the 9th, which was a perfect inning by Mike Timlin…) Wake also walked NONE and struck out 6. Here is Tito’s reasoning for taking him out: “In my opinion, when a guy is throwing a shutout and his pitch count isn’t out of control, he’s earned that right [to finish], but it’s a long year. … It’s the right thing to do for the long haul.” Nope, still not super clear on the whole taking him out of the game thing…
Looks like Alex Cora and Sean Casey will be back this weekend, as both will be in Pawtucket (AC starting tonight, and Sean Casey will begin tomorrow) for 3 day rehab stints, each for a right-side injury….
Only 3 more to go: It’s been a while, but Manny finally hit # 497 last night, a 420 foot shot off the 1st pitch Tigers Reliever Freddy Dolsi’s ever threw in the Major Leagues…He is currently 24th on the all-time home run list.
Making 25 tosses from 60 feet yesterday, Curt Schilling made his 1st throws since January when he went on the DL with the controversial right should/bicep injury. From Curt: “It felt a little awkward. This is the longest I have ever not thrown a ball in my life, since I was like five 5 years old. But, mechanically, I felt right back in the saddle again. My mechanics felt good. The ball came out of my hand all right.” While this is a good start, he will only continue with the tossing, gradually increasing the distance, at least for the next week or so. He will then be evaluated to see if he is reading to begin a formal throwing program which will consist of bullpen work, and side sessions…
Tonight: Clay Buchholtz gets the start in Game #3 of the 4-game series against the Tigers. 1st pitch 7:05pm. Josh is opposed by Tigers starter Armando Galarraga.