Tuesday, July 20

The Sox Will Live or Die With Their Pitching

A 2-1 win. Great starting pitching, solid relief, good defense, and timely hitting. If the Red Sox are going to come out of this West Coast trip alive in the playoff race we're going to need these exact kind of games.

Because let's be honest, we're not going to win any other way.

The Sox are averaging a shade over 3 runs a game over their last 12 or so... I don't care how good Theo's package of run prevention is/was/is thought to be, that's not going to win you many games in the big leagues.

So it's come down to this, praying for the starting pitching (all of them) to pick this team up off the ground and carry them with as many quality and superb starts as possible until the bats return in a few weeks. We've always known that Boston's pitching was their strong suit this year, now they're going to have to prove it true.

Dice-K did his part last night to kick things off. He was surprisingly efficient, allowing only one run on two hits and two walks through 6 and 2/3rds. The game was speedy and lasted just 2 hours and 40 minutes. Word on the street is that's the first time a Dice-K game has ended in less than 7 hours, he likely had a sushi reservation with Ichiro that he couldn't miss.

The are those who believe Dice-K has found his 2007 form. Individuals in the Red Sox organization believe he's found the right pregame routine and warm up over the last three starts that should allow for continued success.

So I've provided you with a little bit of optimism, now, in true Red Sox Nation form, I'll take it away.

I don't believe it. I've been lead on by Dice-K too many times over the past three years to believe in him. Every start I expect him to let up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks while throwing 42 pitches in the first inning. I don't care if he runs the table the rest of the year, he's burnt that bridge to the ground. It's like getting a puppy all excited for a treat and then not giving it to him....tail is wagging, so happy, then extreme letdown and disgust (yes I just compared myself and my love for this team to a puppy...so what?).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jed Lowrie is coming off the DL today, all is fine in the world of Red Sox Nation!

Custom Search
Free Blog CounterEnglish German Translation