Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday was a good day.

With the exception of finding out my TiVo did NOT record My Boys on Monday night - Tuesday was almost a perfect day.

In the TURNING POINT OF THE SEASON the Red Sox came from 1-0 down in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Devil Rays. Yes, I know a 1 run lead and the Devil Rays are not huge obstacles, but still, this was a turning point. Having played mediocre and not appearing to put out a full effort over the last 3 weeks or so, the Sox did something extraordinary on Tuesday night. Stealing one from the Rays was huge as it helped them gain a game in the division. And who were the heros of the game? None other than Jon Lester (2 hitter, 1 run), Mike Lowell (HR to tie the game in the 9th), Dustin Pedroia (2 for 4), Varitek (double in the 9th) and Coco (single in the 9th and game winning RBI). Two of those guys are the usual suspects. One guy we desparately needed to get hot right now is Jon Lester. He's new blood in our rotation, filling the 5th starter spot for Tavarez and adding a much needed left handed starter to the rotation. He could be special next year.

To make the day even better, the Yankees got POUNDED by the Orioles 12-0. This too was a turning point for the Yankees. They have been hot hot hot, and after last nights game they are embarrassed. This could set in motion a variety of bad things (or it could ignite the Yanks - which is doubtful), including less confidence in their pitching staff and offense. The Yankees are a team that needs to be on a roll - and this could deflate them - especially if they follow it up with a loss today. This could be just what the Sox needed. I am predicting that this will be the turning point of both teams seasons.

I also read that Clay Buchholz could be making his MLB debut on Friday night during the doubleheader. Buchholz is the most exciting rookie that the Sox have right now - he's been dominant at all three levels this year and should be ready to show off his stuff on the national stage. Do I think he's ready? Probably not. But the Sox could use the emotional burst it will give the team - and if he does pitch well it will make it 100 times more exciting. He'd be facing the Angels on Friday in Fenway and I think the Angels could take advantage of him. They are a good hitting team, but not having a scouting report on Buchholz could slow down their offense.

The rotation next year is looking pretty good. Beckett, Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Lester, Buchholz and maybe Schilling. As for Schilling, he ain't getting $13M a year - especially after having an average season this year and being injured. I'd sign him for not a penny more than $7M. If he wants more than that, he's free to go. Any team that signs him would be getting a deal at $7M+, but he should give the Sox a discount and end his career with the Sox.

Well, that's it for now.

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