Sox-Yanks Postmortem I: ‘Bright and appropriately frisky’

838back_largeNo, I’m not talking A-Rod’s accelerated bat head, or his "24/7 accessibility" to a man who wrote a book entitled SCORE for Life (not that there’s, well, you know the punch line). No, no. I’m talking about my reactions as we watched the red-hot Sox put yet another hurtin’ on the Columbus Clippers New York Yankees. For the record, the Sox can lose the next two games in this series and still be in first place when they face the Devil Rays. Also for the record, I in no way think that’s going to happen, considering tonight’s pitching matchup.

What can we take away from this thrilling/gut-wrenching (depending on your perspective) game?

— Papi = Clutch.
— A-Rod = Monstrous 2-run homer down by eight runs in the ninth, or: Not Clutch (see right).
— Rick Sutcliffe = More painful than Terrance Long.
— Terrance Long = More painful than allowing four hits to Willie Harris and Alex Cora, but just barely.
— Cora made a major pitch — offensively and defensively — for A-Gon’s job, and I think he should have it.
— Keith Foulke 2006 = Uh oh.

Ever since we first heard reports that Foulke’s knees weere starting to bother him, the early effectiveness he showed has consistently eroded into last night, which was a carbon copy of the Keith Foulke we DLed twice in 2005. At the beginning of the ninth, we were up eight runs. At the end, Jonathan Papelbon was warming. ‘Nuf Ced.

But really, Sox fans obviously have less to be concerned about than Yankees fans at this point. For all the ridiculousness the ESPN announcers kept spouting before the game about the Yankees’ "heart" because they’ve not gone 0-4 since half the team whent on the DL (2-2 is soo much better), you’d have thought that fielding a AAA lineup from 6-9 was A-OK, and that Wang was going to pick right up where Catfish Hunter left off. Neither of those is the case.

I’ll reiterate what I said before: The Yankees will rebound. The Red Sox just need to keep doing what they did last night, and make sure they’re far enough ahead in July or August or whenever to withstand the charge. They’re far more equipped this year to do that than they were last season.

Bring on Carl Pavano Shawn Chacon Jaret Wright!

8 comments… add one
  • Oh yeah, and Schilling pitched kinda good.

    Paul SF May 23, 2006, 4:39 am
  • Yeah, so much for having cofidence in Kieth Foulke. I had all the confidence in the world about him even after the series in Philly. After last night, though, I think I’m suddenly worried about the state of our bullpen. I mean, with a lead late we’ll be fine. Timlin and Pap can hold it down. But otherwise, well, I really don’t want to think about it just now.

    Laura May 23, 2006, 6:13 am
  • Gonna post this one more time… The Accelerated Bat Hat:
    Just add a pink ARod patch and you’re ready to taunt Slappy McBluelips.

    Hudson May 23, 2006, 9:46 am
  • No team has a bullpen full of Timlins and Papelbons. Doesn’t exist. Foulke isn’t as bad as he was last night. But he definitely isn’t the 04 version either, at least not yet. Still, we’ve got Hansen lighting it up in AAA, and Delcarmen is down there too. I think we’re in a pretty good position as far as the pen goes.
    And if Curt keeps throwing like that… whew… I got lightheaded… what was I saying?

    mattymatty May 23, 2006, 10:09 am
  • Wait till Foulke sets sown 3 LHers in the 7th inning of a close game before you write him off, please. I think we can chalk up last night’s ‘performance’ to him getting work in and throwing pitches over the plate (not really his game). Oh, except the Slappy HR. That was just a fine piece of clutch hitting.

    Mayday Malone May 23, 2006, 10:52 am
  • Regarding tonight’s pitching matchup: when one hears “Jaret Wright”, most Soxfans (or any other fans for that matter) think, “we got this one in the bag.” His rep has been less than stellar between last season’s performance and the injuries. But Wright has been suprisingly effective for his last few outings. If his fastball has that late life that has not been present until recently, with it, his breaking ball and off-speed stuff become that much more effective. Who knows, maybe the Wright we are all familiar with will show up on the mound tonight at Fenway, but if the recently improved Jaret shows up, this game may be closer than a lot of us think.

    bloodyank78 May 23, 2006, 12:00 pm
  • That’s why I read the Post.

    YF May 23, 2006, 4:50 pm
  • Yeah, I thought the Daily News cover was a bit over the top myself, but it certainly fulfilled the predictions made by many last night that A-Rod would be trashed for that homer…

    Paul SF May 23, 2006, 6:02 pm

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