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.