Back at the Trop
IN case you haven’t noticed, Matt Garza has a PERFECT GAME THROUGH six!!! He looks electric. This guy has developed a real swagger against the Red Sox.
Good to be back here at Tropicana Field. Hearing those cowbells gave me instant flashbacks to last year’s ALCS. It’s still stunning that the Red Sox lost Game 7. Is there anybody who thought they were going to the way they rallied to force it to Game 7?
Of course, it was Garza who was most pivotal that night. And here he goes again.
Anyway, on to more positive matters, this team comes in here playing torrid baseball. They are not only winning, but seemingly finding a different way to do it every night. Jonathan Van Every? Whatever it takes, right?
One thing the Red Sox truly need is more innigs from the starting pitchers.
Here is the breakdown:
Beckett: 7 innings, 6 innings, 6 innings, 5 innings, 4.2 innings.
Lester: 5 innings, 6 innings, 7 innings, 6 innings, 6 innings
Wakefield: 6, 9, 7, 7.
Penny: 6, 3, 6, 2.2
Dice-K: 5.1, 1.
Masterson: 5.1, 5.1..
Obviously Wakefield has been huge and Masterson gets a free pass because he is still getting stretched out. But the bullpen is being counted on too heavily.
The situation is weighing on the manager so much that even as the Red Sox were coming back from 5-0 down last night, he was worried the game would go into extra innings and what that would mean to the ‘pen.