David Ortiz single-handedly kept the Red Sox in first place today. Not only that, he single-handedly extended the Red Sox’ lead over the Yankees to 1 game. Not as good as 2 games, but we’ll take it. What did we learn from the Sox’ doubleheader split with Texas?
- The David Pauley experiment presumably and desrvedly came to an end today. I love the kid and hope he does great. He actually pitched pretty well once he settled down in the third, but two mediocre starts and one good start (even if it was against the Yankees) are good enough for a Pawtucket trip, not a fourth start in the Major Leagues.
- Tale of Two Bullpens: Riske/Delcarmen, Game 1: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 R. Tavarez/Seanez/Foulke, Game 2: 4 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 7 R. Does anyone need any more proof that seeing more of Delcarmen, Van Buren and Hansen is far better than seeing more of Seanez, Tavarez and Foulke?
- Red Sox 6-9 hitters, Game 2: 2 for 15, 1 run, 1 RBI, 0 Opening Day starters, 1 batting average as high as .250.
- Papi (4 for 7, 3 BB, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 amazing, knew-it-was-coming, fist-pumping, memory-inducing, scream-across-the-house-causing HR) = Clutch.