Game 2 of 18 — Sox and the Yanks
Beckett vs. Mussina today. The Texas flame thrower vs. the old pro who now gets by more on finesse than in his heyday. It should be a good one. The Red Sox offense is definitely do for a breakout.
Here’s an interesting nugget: J.D. Drw hit his third homer of 2007 on June 8 in Arizona. He hit his third of 2008 last night at Fenway. I forecast a very big year for the right fielder. Yes, I know he got off to a good start last year. But there is just something about him that seems so much more relaxed this year.
It sounds like it will be another day or two before Alex Cora resumes game action. He got a twinge in his elbow a few days ago and is easing his way back into baseball activities.
The slump of Big Papi continues to be a big topic of conversation. The lefty slugger is hitting .077 (3-for-39) with one homer and three RBIs.
“If David goes the whole year and hits under a hundred, we’re
probably going to lose some games,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “You understand my point here. David’s built
up a lot of trust. Especially with me. The hope is that he’ll make somebody pay
for this. I’ve said it probably a million times. Good hitters, as cold as they
get, they get just as hot. I wish I could tell you why and maybe have it be
consistent. You can’t always do that. Guys get to their level. It will be fun
to watch. I hope it starts today.”
Any thought to sitting Ortiz for a day to let him get things right?
I”f I ever felt that way, I would do it regardless,” Francona said. “As hard
as that would be to do — I don’t feel that way right now. If I did, I would do
it. but I don’t feel that way.”
How about Ortiz’s knee? Is that an issue?
“I think he has his legs. My point is, I think his legs
feel better then they did last year but I don’t think his base is where it will
be,” Francona said. “There’s a little movement there. It happens. You get your legs moving and
your head is moving, and you’re not seeing the ball. it all kind of coincides
and goes hand in hand. But he’s going to take some good swings. And then it’s
going to slow down again. And that’s going to be good news for us. Right now, I
bet you it’s not looking real slow.”
On to this afternoon’s lineups:
Alberto Gonzalez SS