A light weekend on the posting for me (and apparently for all of you). But the Sox have been putting it together against weak, National League opposition. The Yankees, meanwhile, have been falling apart against it. So the Sox enter tonight’s nationally televised game with a chance to have first place all to themselves again with a fantastic matchup on tap — Schilling vs. Smoltz. Unfortunately for baseball purists, only one of those pitchers (thankfully ours) isn’t throwing like he’s 39.
A quick run down of positive and negatives from the weekend thus far:
- Starting pitching pulling it together. If Lester and Beckett can put those starts (solid if unspectacular) together consistently, Wake keeps being Wake and Schilling keeps going strong, that’s four very good starters.
- Timey hitting. Two-out rallies actually showed their face this weekend. I like.
- Youk leading off.
- Still being in ifrst place after a hideous 20 games of baseball.
- Offense still mostly asleep. This team is good enough to score 900 runs. It’s still only scoring 4 and 5 a game. Can’t do that against AL opponents and win.
- Aaron Small and Scott Erickson DFA’ed. According to my sources in the Sox front office, Boston is searching feverishly to plant more operatives on the Yankee roster. Thankfully, we were able to turn Proctor.
- Black holes all over the pitching staff. Two starters (Wells, Clement) and one replacement (DiNardo) on the DL, too much seen of Seanez and Tavarez, the upcoming Kyle Snyder Experiment.
- Holes punched through my dreams of acquiring Dontrelle Willis or Barry Zito.