The Sox hope to salvage a split of this week’s four-game series in Oakland. We’re not optimistic. The A’s thus far have shown why they have the best starting pitching in baseball, shutting down the Sox in two games. The Sox, meanwhile, have struggled of late, thanks in large part to their starting pitching — Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Curt Schilling and to a lesser extent Josh Beckett have all struggled this week.
Matsuzaka made up for his bad start last night, but it was to no avail, as the Sox bats ran a frustrating brand of cold, getting plenty of opportunities against former teammate Lenny DiNardo but failing miserably in the clutch. Now, it’s Tim Wakefield’s turn. He’s been wretched lately, and the likelihood of his getting run support is low — the A’s starters have given up seven runs in their last eight games.
So here it is. Losing is no fun. This is the first bad stretch for the Sox this season, and now is the time to see what they’re made of. Enter your own cliche here, and comment away!