Did someone say something about the Red Sox being in a hitting slump? In case you haven’t noticed, the bats are back.
For the first time since June 10, Terry Francona posted a lineup that had Julio Lugo batting leadoff. Tito wouldn’t say if it was permanent or not. Some of it had to do with David Ortiz being out of the lineup after the shoulder strain of Friday night.
Speaking of Papi, he’s day to day. He got a clean bill of health on his MRI this morning. No structural damage.
I have a feeling Lugo might not come out of the leadoff spot again. And how about Coco Crisp? Yes, the Red Sox have at least gotten the player they thought they had traded for in January, 2006. I’m not sure what is going on with Coco’s on again, off again relationship with the media. After speaking expansively following Friday night’s game, Coco didn’t talk at all after driving in five runs on Saturday.
It’s pretty impressive that the Sox could put together this type of offensive barrage on a day Ortiz was sidelined. It sounds like Ortiz will again sit on Sunday.
Is Kason Gabbard really this good or are hitters still trying to figure him out? At this stage, it’s hard to think Gabbard will be the one to come out of the rotation when Schilling returns. But these kinds of decisions are the ones teams love to be tough ones. For that means that things are going well.
How bad is that White Sox bullpen? Sixty-three pitches in one inning today? That was hard to believe.
On that note, I’ll talk to you all on Sunday.