We thought we’d gotten rid of Julian Tavarez, but here he is, subbing in the interim between Kason Gabbard’s departure and Curt Schilling’s arrival. The Sox thought it best to give the rotation the extra rest provided by the off-day rather than bump everyone up a slot and give them normal rest — probably smart as they embark on the most grueling portion of this (and every) season.
Still. Doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Thankfully, the Sox will be facing Steve Trachsel, who has been in every way far worse than Tavarez this year. Record? Worse. Season ERA? Worse. Last seven starts? Much, much worse.
We’re not expecting much, but we would like the Sox to remember that these are the Orioles, that they are 19-5 against them since the start of 2006, and that they do have the best record in all of baseball.
We’d like nothing better than for Tavarez to give five quality innings and let the newly christened Delcarmen-Okajima-Gagne-Papelbon combo shut the door.