First month of the season over, and the Sox, despite stumbling through Texas, have had a wildly successful beginning. 15-9, 6 of 7 from the Yankees, all that despite two horrid outings from Martinez and one from Schilling, no Nomar, Trot, or Kim (until last week), and the league’s worst average with men in scoring position. Their positional depth is solid – witness the contributions of Crespo, Bellhorn, and Mirabelli. Their bullpen was beyond stellar – the hiccup in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader was long overdue. It should get even better with Arroyo as a long man. And, we haven’t even seen two of their vital cogs. When the game ended last night I felt not pessimism, but optimism. It’s a sea change in attitude – in the past I would have sang doom and gloom at such travails, but this time I immediately realized that this was a mere speed bump.
All in all, a tremendous month for the Sox. No three-game sweep in Arlington can change that. On to Cleveland and a stop to the losing – my man Schilling tosses tonight.