Back in Birdland
Finally, we get to see some baseball. After an epic last Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox have played a grand total of 5 1/2 innings, and a dreary 5 1/2 at that. Crazy.
As baseball writers, players or fans, you get accustomed to a game every day. Two days without one feels like an eternity.
Beckett should have plenty in his arm tonight after getting an extra day of rest. You have to like the way the pitching lines up in these three games for the Sox, with Schill and Wake following Beckett.
Wells was supposed to throw a simulated game today, but it rained here at Camden in the afternoon, so he was pushed back until tomorrow. he seemed a little aggravated because this is obviously pushing back his return to the active roster. For now, it looks like he’ll pitch for Pawtucket on Sunday in Scranton, and perhaps start for the Red Sox five days after that.
Several Red Sox hitters were in a good groove last week, including Loretta, Gonzalez, Lowell and Youkilis. Actually Youkilis has been in a groove since the day the season started it seems like. Will the layoff slow any of those guys down? Maybe it has allowed Papi to get his swing back, just by clearing his head for a few days.
The time off was great for the bullpen, especially Timlin and Papelbon. Sorry to inform you, but the weather is not nearly as miserable in Baltimore right now as it is back in Boston. It’s warm, and so far, bright, though i hear the forecast here isn’t that great this week.
That’s all for now. more later.