Yes, very hot in Atlanta today. I enjoy Turner Field. It’s a nice park, clean, easy to get around.
This series should be a good litmus test of whether the Red Sox are back on track or not? Kind of hard to tell, because from what I saw, the San Francisco Giants just aren’t a very good baseball team.
Clearly, the biggest thing to come out of the sweep over the Giants is this: Manny is getting hot. Manny is getting his powerball back. The ramifications of this are enormous. If Manny can go on one of those tears where he’s hitting eight homers in 10 games, pitchers can’t nibble quite as much around Big Papi. Ortiz himself has yet to go on a significant power tear this season.
So my pre-road trip prediction is this: Ortiz and Manny are both going to clear a few walls over the next nine games.
No DH for the next six games, so Tito will be mixing and matching. Look for Ortiz, Youkilis and Lowell to all start four out of these six games. Ortiz is out of the lineup tonight with the lefty going. Youk is hitting third and ‘Tek is hitting fifth.
Schill to the hill today: Do we get the one-hitter Schill of two starts ago or the guy who was hit pretty soundly by the Rockies five days ago? Also, Okajima is unavaiable today after pitching all three games against the Giants. Perhaps Timlin is going to have to get some big outs tonight.