Sox-Rays Postmortem IV: It’s Called a Strike. Use It.

So the ninth inning (1 H, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 PB, 4 R) wasn’t that great. And, hey, the only consistent relief pitcher on the staff whose name doesn’r rhyme with Shlapelbon is now on the DL, apparently because of our old friend the WBC. But you know what, the Red Sox won, 5-4, and swept the Devil Rays in four games.

So forget that our DL is rapidly approaching the level of a certain over-the-hill bunch from the Bronx’s, and that the only Blue Jay pitcher the Sox have won a game against all year is now in the minors, or that Matt Clement will be facing Roy Halladay tomorrow to kick off a road trip against teams that will have no problems scoring 14 runs in the ninth against pitchers like Seanez and Tavarez. It’s a day for positivity, so here’s the positive:

1. Tim Wakefield has it goin’ on this year, and he actually got some run support. I see 15 wins, at least, for him. 2. Mark Loretta remains the best off-season acquisition for the price in baseball. 3. Coco is back, and wasted little time getting a hit in Fenway Park. Our lineup — finally — is whole. Now, let’s score some runs with it. Because we’re going to need them.

7 comments… add one

  • I stopped watching after 8 innings, so I missed the disgraceful performance by the bullpen. What is wrong with Timlin? I though it was strange he didn’t pich yesterday.
    It definitely looks like it’s time for plan B from Theo for the bullpen. Whatever that may be. We better hope Manny and WMP are healthy soon.

    Tom sf May 28, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • According to the AP, he has a fatigued arm that Francona blames on a lack of preparation during spring training as a direct result of the World Baseball Classic.
    Yeah, if this Manny thing ends up being something serious, we’re officially screwed.

    Paul SF May 28, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • What’s wrong with Manny?

    yankeemonkey May 28, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Manny has a sore back…
    We need to look at getting some of the young arms in the minors ready. Hansen may need to hurry. Better yet we can pull a “old school” technique and go grab Arroyo in Cincy.

    Rob May 28, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Manny also has a sore knee. At least, that’s what NESN said earlier today. but yeah, he will hopefully be back out there tomorrow. I don’t know how much Willie Harris I can stand at this point. nice to see Coco back, though, and Wake looked good today.

    Laura May 28, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • The most mind-boggling part of Tavares’ performance was that the barely threw any strikes to the 8-9-1 hitters in the TB lineup, then started putting pitches right down the pike against the extremely dangerous Carl Crawford.
    When he still had a 3-4 run lead, against crappy hitters, was the time to challenge them.

    Hudson May 29, 2006, 7:56 am
  • keep some perspective. we’ve got the fourth best record in all of baseball, and we all know we haven’t seen the sox play to their fullest yet. at this same juncture last year, we were losing games in this fashion every fourth night. in case you’ve forgoten, the sox bullpen featured pitchers the likes of halama, jeremi gonzalez, mantei, blaine neal, remlinger, ect. i still don’t remember who our closer was at this point. that team made the postseason, as will this one. sox fans have to appreciate the professional attitude this team has adopted and expect that they’ll weather the hiccups of a season. ez-brothers (rudy/julian) be damned.

    sf rod May 29, 2006, 5:13 pm

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