Nothing kills the buzz of a big Deadline trade than losing that night’s game — particularly when your much-maligned offense scrapes together conceiveably enough runs to win a game with your ace on the hill.
As it was, Josh Beckett still somehow went eight innings and threw only 110 pitches despite giving up nine hits and five runs. By my count (or, rather, Baseball–Reference’s count), he’s just the fourth Sox pitcher since 2000 to accomplish that feat, and only he and Tim Wakefield have done it since 2002, and only Wakefield managed to do it in fewer pitches.
Right now, I’d love to see some consistency from a club that for the last couple weeks has looked so close to putting it all together for a huge run. The Sox are still 7-3 in their last 10, but after gaining three games in three days on the Yankees, they’ve lost much of that ground. Everyone else, including Yankee fans, has pretty much written off the Yankees in the AL East race — but I just can’t do that.
Meanwhile, Julian Tavarez starts tonight. The short Gagne era could start with a three-game losing streak.
On the other hand, Curt Schilling in three rehab starts did not allow an earned run. His return to the big leagues certainly looks promising, and could help solidify the rotation and create that big run for which we’ve been waiting all season. Three times the Sox have won five games in a row. Three times they’ve lost the sixth. Not that we need a 10-game winning streak, but it sure would alleve this fan’s fears that this team is ready for the playoffs — assuming, of course, they get there.