There is much to like about the 2006 Red Sox — two 13-game winners, the best 3-4 combo in baseball, one of the best defensive infields we’ve ever seen, wily veterans, stars in the making.
There is much that needs fixing about the 2006 Red Sox — two vacant spots in the starting rotation; a bullpen that makes you sweat until the eighth, and sometimes even the ninth; a consistent and frustrating failure to score with men on base, including gaping holes in the fifth and seventh spots of the lineup.
Some say the Sox need to make a big move to shore up the rotation and add a bat. Others say the Sox will shore up the rotation with the return of David Wells, and that the Sox lead the AL East with the second-best record in baseball with the lineup they have. The Yankees, meanwhile, have made a move they hope will do both — adding Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle.
This could be the last game this version of the Red Sox plays. Trot Nixon, Coco Crisp, Wily Mo Pena, Mike Lowell, Julian Tavarez, Rudy Seanez, Mark Loretta, Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen and Jon Lester all have been mentioned as trade bait. By 3 p.m. (Central time) tomorrow, we’ll know.
Meanwhile, the Sox must finish up their series with the Angels. Playing a game the night before the trading deadline I’m sure most players would say is quite difficult. David Ortiz, who apparently read Nick’s post about Derek Jeter’s and Manny Ramirez’ MVP qualifications and got pissed off, carried the Red Sox to one of their most important wins of the year. The Yankees have already won today. The Sox need to win again.
Curt Schilling goes for his major legaue-leading 14th win on ESPN. He’s one of the few players we know for sure will still be wearing the same uniform by tomorrow night.