Heavenly Help?: Tigers-Sox Gamer II/IV

Think the Sox have played like a team possessed blessed the first six weeks or so of the season? This might be your reason why:

On Sunday, Tito spotted a couple of nuns sitting near the dugout. He threw one of ’em a baseball. She said, "There are two of us up here.” He threw another, expecting maybe a good word or blessing in return. The nun says, "Sign the balls and we might think about it," or words to that effect. So Francona signed the two balls, and the Sox went on to score six runs in the ninth inning later to edge the Orioles, 6-5.

It’s unlikely the nuns were quite so willing to bless Julian Tavarez, who — though he kissed his medallion after leaving with the lead, and ultimately the win, in Game 1 of today’s foubleheader — told Gordon Edes that being an adult-film star was his backup career.

The answer for the Sox’ terrific play — play that has them in position to open a stunning 9.5-game lead in mid-May on the New York Yankees — probably lies in more earthbound reasons. Like terrific pitching.

Entering today, the Sox ranked this way in the major (and minor) team pitching categories:

  • 1st (or tied) in: batting average against (.234), opponents’ slugging (.354), OPS against (.654), fewest blown saves (2), save percentage (87 percent), hits allowed (299), total bases allowed (453), fewest wild pitches (3)
  • 2nd (or tied) in: OBP allowed (.300), home runs allowed (26), WHIP (1.21), K/BB ratio (2.42)
  • 3rd (or tied) in: K/9 (7.10), fewest pitches per plate appearance (3.75)
  • 4th (or tied) in: quality starts (22)

And that was before Julian Tavarez threw a quality start and combined with Hideki Okajima to allow just four hits and eight baserunners. And Papelbon earned a save.

The hitting, however, has also been superb — even if it doesn’t always feel like it. The Sox are:

  • 1st (or tied) in: batting average (.278), on-base percentage (.362), OPS (.800), walks (171)
  • 2nd (or tied) in: runs (209), slugging percentage (.438), stolen base percentage (86 percent)

Needless to say, that adds up to a team that is first in the major leagues in wins. Regression of course is inevitable, but I’m tired of throwing these types of cautions out there. We all know them. Right now, the Sox are the best team in baseball, and deservedly so.

Game 2 of the twin bill begins shortly. Feel free to comment away!

124 comments… add one
  • Also, this didn’t fit anywhere in my post, but:
    On a completely different note, Hideki Okajima has now pitched 17 consecutive games without giving up a run. That’s good for fifth on the Sox’ all-time list. Ugueth Urbina’s team record is 20, followed by Jonathan Papelbon (twice) and Tony Fossas with 19 apiece. The all-time record is old friend Mike Myers during his NL years, who did it over 37 games in 1999-2000 but threw fewer than 20 total innings.
    Link to the list, generated with Baseball-Reference’s Play Index is: http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/R8Jm

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • No Papi, No Drew

    Rob May 17, 2007, 6:50 pm
  • I guess Papi is sick and didn’t even want to play this morning

    rootbeerfloat May 17, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • Julian was to be a porn star?
    Damn- this team just gets more and more awesome.

    Nate=Soxfan May 17, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Yeah, Pena-Crisp-Hinske ain’t quite Lewis-Speaker-Hooper is it?

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • (1) Please, someone recommend some kind of ultra-powerful brain rinse that will remove even the slightest hint of this notion of The Orc as porn star (Julian Does Juneau?) from ever, uh, springing to mind again…
    (2) Let’s hope the Sox blow this one wide open tonight, since Oki/Paps are presumably unavailable. Otherwise Curt is going to have to throw a complete game, and if memory serves some ugly stuff can happen to him after 100 pitches.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Count me among those who don’t want to think about the Orc’s O-face.
    Leadoff double for Granderson to start the game…Crisp really should have caught the damn thing, it hit his glove next to the Monster.
    Curt then hits Polanco’s uniform. This is not good.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Julian: “Yeah, well this is imported Italian nylon.”
    Daisuke: *laughs, but he’s not sure why*

    attackgerbil May 17, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Ugh. Teach me to write a glowing game thread. I say I don’t believe in jinxes, but…

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Sheff Ks. Sweet.
    Badly needing a double play here to right the universe again… Magglio at bat.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Great pitch to freeze Sheffield for strike 3. He must not see Schilling too well…cuz that cutter was inside, but not THAT inside; he jumped back like he thought it was going to hit him.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Now 3-0 to Ordonez. Right the shop, Curt…

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Now a full count. Also not sure what shop Curt owns that he needs to set right… Typing in the dark = dumb.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Walk. Grrrr..

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • He walks Ordonez, bases loaded, one out. Aieee.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Guillen’s 2/6 lifetime vs Schilling with a pair of K’s.
    Schilling’s not sharp. This would make three starts in a row if he doesn’t turn things around…be happy to get out of this with just a run allowed at this point.
    Of course, this umpire isn’t giving him a damn thing, either…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Thankfully the Tigers’ lineup tails off significantly after Guillen — no batting averages above .229.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Curt’s approach to the last two batters: Go down 3-0, then go after the batter and bring the count back full.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • 25th pitch of the inning is ball four, but Guillen fouls it off…26th pitch and he’s down swinging.
    F*ck is going on; his velocity’s normal and he’s not typically missing by much…this is still not good. Though not as bad as it could be if he gets the ice-cold Sean Casey, who’s 6/16 lifetime against him.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Of course, when the hitters are Casey, Thames and Inge, you just hope they stay that low. Clutch strikeout of Guillen there.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • 26-pitch inning already, Casey batting with the bases still loaded, two out after Guillen Ks. Nervewracking inning.
    Maybe Curt will settle down for the remainder. At this rate, though, we’ll be seeing the lower end of the Boston pen.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Wow, and it looks like Curt BARELY gets out of it. GameDay placed that ball at the infamous RF wall.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Casey flies out. Phewww. With luck the Sox will now bust out a ton of runs, and Schilling will have a couple of 7-pitch innings.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Coco gets it started with a single through the right side.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • If Curt settles down to 15 pitches an inning, he can probably go six. Throw a couple 10-pitch innings there, and he’d be good for seven. Let’s hope he actually does the required settling for that to happen.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • What an ugly outfield we have tonight

    Rob May 17, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • I was taking a leak…couldn’t handle watching the Casey ab. Off the bat, Remy says it looked like it had a chance and that the wind may have knocked it down. In any event, it landed about five or six feet from the wall in right; the way Hinske was dancing to try and get under it, I think Remy was right.
    Crisp pulls a liner through the infield and into right. Gameday calls it a grounder…bah, it landed just inside the outfield grass.
    Ump looks like he’s got a pretty tight zone tonight.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • What a crazy lineup. Cora batting second, Youkilis third. Not exactly fearsome, but the way Youks is hitting, he’s a force…

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Crisp steals on 3-0, unusual.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Cora grounds out to the first baseman, moving Crisp to 3rd, one out.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Not sure how that grounder played out, but Crisp’s stolen base was excellent. Not only avoided the DP, but Cora’s grounder puts him at third.

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • YOUK!!!! Still hot, as the single plates Crisp! Great baserunning and hitting by the Sox there!

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Youks singles home the first run! 1-0 Sox.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • And of course Youk comes through, ripping a hard grounder through the drawn-in infield. 1-0 Sox; Tigers fans must be banging their heads on the wall after loading the bases with one out and coming up empty like that.
    Manny still looks off to me, even if the average is coming up a bit. Strike one looked like a fat one down the middle, which he fouled back; in the last game he fouled off too really, really bad hanging splits from Mesa that really should have been crushed. Basically missed a couple of 82 mph fastballs…not Manny-like.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Gotta get going, watching an independent-league baseball game tonight. Go Sox!!

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Remy says the exact same thing I just did as Manny fouls off a hanging breaking ball, then gets called out on a nasty fastball on the inside corner. This sucks; he’s starting to worry me.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Manny Ks. 2 gone, Youks still at first.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Durbin walks Lowell, he’s already at 24 pitches himself. The way this is going both pens are going to be out in force tonight…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Makes Varitek look foolish on the first two strikes, and he bounces the 1-2 to second to end the inning.
    Now lets see if Schilling bounces back…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • …video of Remy playing air guitar on the counter in front of the booth window. He falls over. One out.
    Our OF defense. Is. Awful. With Hinske and Pena, this has got to be the worst defensive OF in the game right now. That “double” was a routine flyball that Hinske started back on and failed to recover; the wind is blowing hard, which saved Curt a grandslam but just cost him a double.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Whee! I get to see the game live on ESPN Philippines!

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Well. This game’s almost over already. Schilling’s not even close anymore; you have to be REALLY bad to walk Granderson and Polanco in order like that. They don’t walk a whole lot.
    Schilling sneaks out of it again, though, and Lowell almost f*cked it up. Opted to go the short way to second with the chopper instead of throwing out the slow Sheffield at first. Ended up a really close play at 2nd.
    Granted, that inning should have ended with the Inge strikeout…but at the rate he’s going, Schilling will be very lucky if he lasts five.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Frak. I’m getting the FSN Detroit feed.
    The announcers sound like fanboys.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • That’s rough…Boston’s announcers are the best. :-)
    Durbin’s having trouble throwing strikes, too. Walks Pedroia; the fourth ball there looked like it could have gone either way…
    So Crisp’s up. Not exactly an RBI machine…maybe he’ll luck into a bloop single.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • No such luck…harmless flyout. I bet Cora hits a groundball…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Or walks…Durbin can’t find the strikezone. On Youk’s (capable) shoulders once again.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • come on youkie

    TJ May 17, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • They’re counting on Youk to be an RBi guy here.
    Come on, Youk.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Not this time. One of Durbin’s pitches almost hit him…he should have taken it for the team. F*cking A, they really needed to score there…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Schill looked shaky in that 2nd inning. We’ll see what happens in the third.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Another lameass f*cking popup turns into a double. Curt’s been bad, his luck’s been worse; he’s allowed 3 doubles, the first hit Crisp’s glove, the last two were popups Hinske couldn’t get to.
    And the fourth 2B was legit…Schilling is AWFUL tonight.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • how is it awful if three of them shoulda been handled?

    TJ May 17, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • great comment, TJ!

    Ayuh - SF May 17, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Game tied. Guillen doubles in Magglio Ordoñez.
    Schilling’s usually a very good control pitcher. What’s happening? Is it the wind?

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Well…Crisp’s was a tough play. Well-hit ball he could have had, but probably not fair to call it a “should.” The other two were messed with by the wind…which also knocked down a possible (see: highly likely) grand-slam. He’s been all over the zone, and while there haven’t been a TON of well-hit balls–4 that I can remember–there doesn’t have to be if he’s going to walk that many.
    Manny’s pissed at the ump after he looks at two straight strikes and gets called out. No question there…they were both on the plate. Lowell with the super-productive 1-pitch flyout.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • If this stays a single, Curt’s REALLY lucky…that was a homerun.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Inge homers. Tigers lead, 2-1.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Top of the fifth… Yet another double off Schilling to start an inning. WTF.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Lineout to Hinske moves Guillen to third, one out.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Hinske not looking good in right. Schilling not looking good on the mound (6 doubles, home run).
    Guillen caught in 512613 run down.

    Andrew F May 17, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Hinske makes an amazing catch, hurts himself on the play (shouldn’t have jinxed him).

    Andrew F May 17, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Holy f*ck. Hinske just did his best to make up for his earlier mistakes…full-extension, diving catch on the dirt to save a run. Ugly…no way for him to brace himself and his face smashes into the dirt. I’d be shocked if that’s not a concussion…looked really bad.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Lengthy rundown gets the lead runner, Thames to second. 2 out.
    5-2-5-1-6-3 put out, NESN says.
    Now Hinske makes a truly fantastic catch for out #3, unfortunately involving a wicked faceplant in the right field dirt.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • 6 of the 7 Detroit hits off Schilling have been doubles (and it would have been 7 of 8 if not for Hinke’s web gem).

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • They’re saying he’s OK…I really don’t get how. Could see his head bounce back off the dirt…jeez.
    But he’s smiling as he ran off the field, so apparently I’m just a gigantic p*ssy. Heh…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Manny whiffs for the third time tonight.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Manny strikes out for the third time on the night. I’m really, really worried about him…it’s halfway through May and he isn’t even close to himself yet.
    Another quick inning for Durbin. Boston had ample opportunity earlier in the game to knock him out, and failed miserably. But given what Schilling has gotten away with, it’s hard to complain about a lack of clutch/good fortune.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Schilling’s not at his best, Hinske and Peña are questionable at the corners, but its still 2-1.
    We have a chance to win this thing.
    Now only if Manny can get going.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Yet another double off Curt, this time with one out in the 6th. Unreal.
    Now a walk. Donnelly warming.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Typepad keep f*cking up for anyone else?
    If he somehow gets Ordonez here, this goes in the books as a quality start. Which is just bizarre…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • And Schilling somehow gets out of another inning without damage. It is indeed miraculous that this game is still 2-1. Sox could take control again quickly, I’m optimistic…

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • …so does Curt get lauded for a gutsy outing or do we chalk this up to good luck? I’m genuinely torn.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ha, maybe Pena will hit one of his random and awe-inspiring monster homeruns. That’d be pretty sweet.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Would have made some sense to PH Lugo there. I mean it’s nice to get your guys a full rest, and I guess maybe it’s a little early to empty the bench like that…but c’mon…
    Well then. That’s…an interesting RBI single. Good job Cora…I think…
    Go Youk!

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Infield hit for Cora ties the game… Bags still loaded, 2 outs…

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Long flyout by Youks ends it. Damn, that was a big chance to open up a huge lead… But at least it’s a tie game.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Youk sort of puts a charge in one, kinda. OK not really, but it almost made it to the warning track…..
    Detroit’s left 24 men on, but Boston’s left 14. Both offenses should be fairly frustrated right now.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Brendan “My-arm-is-gonna-fall-off-because-I-pitch-like-this” Donnelly strikes out Thames to end the 7th.
    Come on, Sox.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Lowell singles.
    Tek is up.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Tch. So Detroit has two sh*tty lefty relievers who absolutely own Boston. Byrdak strikes out 5 of 6 in the first game, and this Ledezma character’s more or less shutting them down in the nightcap. So far, at least…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Hinske 2-run home run!!!!

    Andrew F May 17, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Hinske with a homerun!

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Holy crap, Hinske is going to be the star of this game.

    Anonymous May 17, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Hinske homers! It’s 4-2 Boston!

    Devine May 17, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • HINSKE!!!

    z118 May 17, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Well. I spoke just a LITTLE too soon…Hinske crushes one to give the Sox a 4-2 lead! I can’t f*cking believe that just happened…no disrespect to Hinske but he’s typically about as effective against lefties as Trot used to be. Kick ass, I love our bench this year.
    At this point, given Schilling’s line and the offensive numbers Detroit’s put up…man, those nuns must have worked some magic.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Who’s warming if anybody?

    Devine May 17, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • And Pena walks for the third time tonight. Fricken weird. I’d really like for Pedroia to do something here…at least hit the ball hard…
    Pineiro and Lopez are both up in the pen.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Wily Mo has walked three times this game.
    Maybe he’s finally learning some plate discipline to go with his tremendous raw power.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Donnelly only threw 9 pitches in the 8th; I’m hoping he comes back out, with Tito playing the lefty-righty game in the ninth.
    Not a good ab by Pedroia…oh well.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Pedroia pops out, but at least we have the lead.
    No Oki, no Paps. Time for someone in the pen to step up.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Wily Mo walks for the third time tonight, for his 6th of the season. I’m glad he’s punishing the pitchers who keep throwing him breaking stuff out of the strike zone.

    Andrew F May 17, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Donnelly is back out for the 8th, which makes me happy; he only threw 9 pitches in the 7th. I’m…somewhat confident he and Lopez can close the door.
    Though now that he’s given up a single to the backup catcher to lead off the inning, I’m slightly less enthused…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Donnely strikes out Inge. Wow. Inge strikes out like he’s paid to strike out.
    And Javier Lopez is in to face the lefty Granderson, one of my favorite non-Sox players.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • …don’t really like this. There isn’t a righty left in the pen I trust more then Donnelly to face Polanco/Sheffield/Ordonez; Lopez has been tough against righties so far, but I do wonder what Tito’s going to do. I fear Pineiro might be coming in shortly after Granderson’s ab…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Woo!

    Devine May 17, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • DP! Sweet!

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Omar Infante PH’s for Granderson, and couldn’t have done a worse job. Which is fantastic; he slaps a grounder right at Pedroia, who flips to Cora to start the easy DP.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Okajima working in the pen…

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • …so I suppose the plan is to use Okajima until his arm falls off. And he gets to face the same three guys in the 9th that he faced in the 8th earlier today: Polanco, Sheff, Ordonez. Not sure how I feel about this…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • I wonder who’s going to close it out against Polanco / Sheffield / Ordoñez.
    J.C. Romero? Pineiro?

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Hasn’t worked since Saturday, though, right?

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • I *am* a bit nervous about him facing the same three hitters…but I’m pretty okay with this. I kinda thought they would use Papelbon again.

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • One.

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • So did I. I’m still not convinced that they’re confident Papelbon is going to hold up for the year. Aside from a few games, he’s been less of a relief ace and more a 3-out, Trevor Hoffman-type closer. Not a bad thing, but at his age…I dunno, I sort of expected more. Maybe if he goes into August without any more problems they’ll loose the reins a bit down the stretch.
    IMHO, Okajima’s been the best pitcher on the team thus far. And the most important. In fact, if I had to pick a team-MVP at this point…he’d at least be in the running.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • That curveball for strike two from Okajima was beautiful.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Two.

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Groundout to Lowell, nice play, one out to go for an improbable but solid win…

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • 3 of 4 from Detroit! Swept the doubleheader! .700 winning percentage! Team rolling!

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Ordonez gets the 3-1 fastball and swings through. I don’t know what it is, but 87 mph out of his hand sure looks a hell of a lot faster then that.
    The 3-2 is hit hard on the ground at Lowell; Hinske’s the hero, almost knocking himself out making a game-changing catch and then smashing the game-breaking HR. Unreal; right now, at least, this team really does feel blessed.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Goes to a full count on Magglio Ordonez… Gets the groundout again to Lowell, game over!
    9.5 up on New York, 10 on Toronto, 10.5 on Baltimore and Tampa Bay… This Boston team is leading a charmed life.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Very nice. Okajima ends it.
    Maybe its the herky jery head movement that make the 87 mph fastball look faster.

    Rain SF May 17, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Let’s all remember this year, no matter how this season turns out (and I have faith this team is almost as good as their record), what a fantastic first quarter of baseball the Sox gave us.

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Taking a look at ESPN’s standings (which seem to get updated much faster than MLB’s), here are a few more gloat-worthy Sox stats:
    * Most runs scored in the Majors;
    * Fewest runs allowed in the Majors, by far;
    * Ergo, biggest run differential in the Majors (213 to 136);
    * 14-5 record in A.L. East competition;
    * Unlike all other divisions, only the A.L. East has one team (way) above .500, and all the rest below .500;
    * Best record in the Majors!

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Also cute…
    14-6 home record
    14-6 road record
    It’s definitely been fun thus far. Seems like everybody on the team has chipped in something.

    Devine May 17, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • (Still marveling that in spite of 7 doubles and a home run in 6 innings, somehow Schilling held Detroit to 2 runs and kept the Sox in line to win this one. More incredible relief work as well, and a career game for Hinske.)

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • And iirc, that makes 18 straight appearances now by Oki without allowing a run… The only one he’s given up being the solo shot on his first MLB outing.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • It’s also official: Beckett’s on the 15 day DL, I’m assuming retroactively to May 13th. If he’s ready, he may only miss 2 starts. Which would be fantastic.
    Devern Hansack’s gotten the call to pitch against somebody named Anthony Lerew tomorrow…he’s a righty for Atlanta who’s made two starts, holding SD to 2 runs over 6 before giving up 5 in 3.2 to PIT on the 13th. The matchup actually looks kinda even.

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Schill gets a lot of credit. He wasn’t good, but he stuck around long enough to give the bullpen a break. 50 pitches after two innings and he still goes six.
    That’s unreal.
    7 doubes and an HR for Detroit and they manage only 2 runs.
    That’s unreal, too.
    Amazing RS pitching today. Just amazing.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 18, 2007, 1:09 am
  • And Giambi apparently has now fessed up on the PEDs.
    Told USA Today, “I was wrong for doing that stuff.”
    OK, Jason. Better late than never.
    You get your props from me. At least you came clean. No more jokes from me. You’re the first one to admit you did it. I’ll give you credit for that. But you wanna go one better? Give back that Comeback Player of the Year Award.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 18, 2007, 1:12 am
  • Someone was worried about Okajima’s arm falling off. Fear not. If still in Japan he might be getting up two, three times a game and pitching almost everyday. Dependent on who’s his manager and other factors, of course. But the load he’s carrying in Boston is like paid vacation for him. He’s probably shaking his head that their paying him so much to pitch so little. Definitely loving America and the custom of coddling the staff. Since Japanese baseball doesn’t have double-headers, today, must’ve been a special treat.

    kyotofan May 18, 2007, 4:06 am
  • actually bill, you’d be more correct in calling for giambi to give back the mvp award he won…i think a fair argument can be made that he deserved the comeback award…

    dc May 18, 2007, 8:23 am
  • Why has it been so quiet around here lately? Only game threads is seems like. I know YF is gone, but aren’t there like 5 other authors?

    LocklandSF May 18, 2007, 10:46 am
  • typepad is being a jerk to me.

    Regular_Brad May 18, 2007, 11:44 am

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