Sometimes, when the Red Sox aren’t doing well, I start
swearing at the TV.
And when I start swearing at the TV, my wife will leave our
comfy couch and go read in the other room. Anyone who watched the early
portions of Sunday’s marathon win against the Yankees can guess it didn’t take
her long to uproot herself from our living room to head into the other room.
By the third inning, starter Ryan Dempster and batterymate
Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had thrown a ball into centerfield, which led to a
3-0 New York lead. Aside from that, Dempster was having a tough time getting
anyone out, and the righthander’s pitch count was nearing Daisuke territory.
Sure, the nearly 5-hour game turned out OK. Bearded Wonder
Mike Napoli sent the fans at the Fens home happy with (another) mammoth homer
in the 11th to seal an 8-7 Sox win.
With that, the Sox took two of three from the Jeter-less,
A-Rod-less, Granderson-less, Pineda-less, punchless (the Bombers didn’t homer
in a series at Fenway for the first time since 1995) Yankees. Boston now has 60
wins on the season and remains in first place in the American League East.
But, with the red hot Tampa Bay Rays in town for a four-game
set starting tonight, the Red Sox have some concerns. Some are not new
concerns, but concerns nonetheless.
Clay Buchholz is slated to visit Dr. James Andrews in
Florida today. The righthander (he of the 9-0 record before his neck injury)
has thrown the ball around recently, but he maintains he’s not ready to pitch
off a mound.
It remains unclear when Buchholz will pitch again for the
Despite the win last night, the Sox did blow a 7-3 lead in
the middle frames. Relievers you saw last night included Drake Britton (who?)
and Pedro Beato. One of the few experienced relief pitchers in the bullpen
right now is Junichi Tazawa, and even he had some trouble last night with the
Double-A lineup the Yankees are trotting out there.
Remember, Andrew Miller ain’t walking through that door.
Neither is Andrew Bailey (maybe a good thing?).
Brandon Workman is scheduled to start tonight against the
Rays. Tampa counters with Matt Moore.
While the Sox do have some concerns, they continue to win.
And here’s some more good news: The Rays are 3-9 against Boston this season and
they had a losing record against the AL East before the All Star Break.
Hopefully, that means less swearing at the TV for the next