MBM and other thoughts
That’s right, Manny is Being Manny again, which means he is raking. He is about to enter one of those zones where you expect him to get a hit just about every time he comes up.
To me, Manny having a slow first half could only mean he’s going to have a monster second half. He’s been too good for too long to think otherwise.
Curt Schilling had a whole different demeanor to him today. You can tell that the guy is healthy again and feels primed for the stretch run. That is a very good sign for the Red Sox. Getting back Schilling — even if it’s the Schilling of the first half of 2006 — that’s a pretty good pitcher. Plus his history in big games is well-chronicled. A 1-2-3 of Beckett-Dice-K-Schilling could be mighty tough for any team to deal with in a Division Series
I’d guess that he’s going to start a rehab assignment next Saturday. Figure he makes two rehab starts and that puts him on pace to come back right around July 31 or Aug. 1 at home against the Orioles.
Has Tavarez finally gone South on us? That could bring up an interesting dilemma. Would they bring up Lester or Buchholz? Or would they simply keep Gabbard in the rotation alongside Schilling? Tavarez gets pulled in the fifth with a lead, taking away his chances of getting the win. I’m thinking Tito is getting tired of Tavarez not throwing first pitch strikes.
Drew left the game with right hamstring injury in the same spot where it was bothering him in June. Hinske now in right. That’s all from Fenway for now. Donnelly had a setback in Lowell tonight with his forearm and couldn’t pitch.