Schill can swing the series
Last night’s romp is over with. Nobody should read too much into one game. Unlike last series, this is best-of-seven. A seven-game series is an eternity and one game really means next to nothing.
Unless …. Unless … Unless, of course, Schilling makes it mean something. Tonight’s game is huge. I can not overstate the importance of it. Tonight we find out how competitive a series we are going to have. I think that if the Red Sox win tonight and go up 2-0, they’ll be licking their chops at the prospects of Westbrook and Byrd the next two games.
But if the Indians can ride Carmona to victory, suddenly the series is tied and the Red Sox have a recently wobbly Dice-K and a recovering Wakefield pitching the next two games, where there are clearly no certainties.
That said, the series could not have gotten off to a better start for the Red Sox. Beckett continues to be Man on Mission. Manny and Ortiz, to steal a tremendous line from Dan Shaughnessy in this morning’s Globe, really do look like high school seniors playing in the Little League World Series. Ortiz has made two outs in four games in these playoffs. That is SICK.
But things can change in a heartbeat in October. 2004 ALCS, anyone? I think the Indians are a very good team. They just brought nothing to the table last night. Let’s see what tonight brings.
There’s no reason to think Schilling won’t come through again. But Carmona can be downright nasty. Schilling’s press conference yesterday was pretty good. He was obviously going out of his way to toss verbal bouquets in Carmona’s direction. The man obviously is trying to soften his opponent. Will it work?
Lineups for tonight:
P.S. — Youkilis is blogging again this round. Check it out.