Home sweet home
A three-city, nine-game road trip is in the books and all was good until the final stop. Swept right out of Seattle, the Red Sox jet home for a seven-game homestand. Thursday’s off-day comes at a good time. The team has to be a little weary.
Some things to ponder heading into Friday .. Coco Crisp has found his stroke. This is the most authority I’ve seen him hit the ball with in his entire time in Boston. I think the finger is finally 100 percent … Poor Julio Lugo is utterly lost. I’m pretty sure he won’t play Friday. Cora has great numbers against Rangers starter Jamey Wright. But fans should keep in mind that with a nine-game lead in the division, there’s no reason to boo Lugo. He’ll probably snap out of it quicker with positive reinforcement. WIll that actually happen? Who knows, but why not throw it out there? … I like the idea of keeping Schilling down until the All-Star break. Of course he’s not going to want to do that. He’s a fierce competitor. But I can’t help but think this break is going to be good for his overall health … It’s too bad it came in a losing effort, but Jonathan Papelbon threw some of the most devastating fastballs he’s thrown all year on Wednesday … Did anyone notice that Daisuke Matsuaka had a 1.59 ERA in June? … Can we really go the entire first half without Manny and Ortiz going on a power binge? I think it will happen this homestand amid the warm summer winds.
Anyway, I have a flight to catch in a few hours. You’ve been a great audience. I’ll be back at the park on Sunday.