Eric Gagne is expected to be in the Fens in time for tomorrow night’s game against Baltimore. So this game the Sox will have to make do with their lousy old bullpen of Delcarmen, Okajima and Papelbon. Rough times.
Tonight’s game (oh, they’re playing tonight?) actually features a heck of a pitcher’s duel, with two Cy Young candidates on the hill. Josh Beckett lost his last such duel, 1-0, against Fausto Carmona. This time he faces Erik Bedard, who is arguably a better pitcher than both Carmona and Beckett, but who plays for a terrible team.
Bedard has been on fire (cue old "NBA Jam" voice). Since allowing six runs in 5.2 innings to Chicago on July 2, he’s been filthy — tossing a two-hit, 15-K shutout against Texas, throwing another seven shutout innings against Chicago in a rematch, allowing just one run in seven against Oakland, and just one run in six innings against Tampa Bay last outing. He won all four starts and is now 10-6.
Beckett, on the other hand, has deserved better than he’s gotten, notching quality starts in four straight outings as well, but losing two of them. He continues his quest for Win 14 tonight.