Let's Play Two
Ernie Banks had it right. Nothing like two for the price of one. Well, OK, this is a day/night doubleheader with separate admission, but you get my point.
This time of year, how can you quibble with a doubleheader? Maybe the Red Sox sweep the Jays and the Yankees sweep the Rays and the Sox end this laborious day tied for first? Dare to dream?
It will be tough to pull off with Burnett pitching Game 1, though perhaps he will falter on three days rest.
Here are the Boston starters against Burnett lifetime:
Ellsbury — 1-for-8
Pedroia — 4-for-14, 2 homers, 4 ribbies
Ortiz — 5-for-16, 1 homer, 3 ribbies
Lowell — .4-for-14, 0 homers, 0 ribbies
Casey — 13-for-23, 0 homers, 3 ribbies
Bay — 4-for-8, 1 homer, 1 ribbie
Lowrie — 0-for-6
Varitek — 3-for-11, 0 homers, 2 ribbies
Crisp — .091, 1 homer, 1 ribbie
One small piece of news before the game. Okajima’s contract vested for next year because of total appearances. He remains a bargain at $1.75 million.
Buckle up for the next 18 innings. Looks like a nice day.