Right Field Disaster Waiting To Happen
Right field at Fenway Park is the toughest field to play defensively. No debate needed. It's not even close. Wily Mo Pena is the worst defensive player on the club, not including pitchers. It's not even close. No debate needed. The two mix like oil and water. And yet with the arm problems that Trot Nixon is having, oil and water have to exist. Together. There's no other way to get WMP's bat in there. But this time, it cost us a game. Two bobbles in two days. He makes us look bad. And a great effort by Schilling was wasted. Many people are pointing the finger at Francona for bringing Timlin back for a second inning. I think that was part of the problem too. His explanation, while Paps was warming up, proves his pitcher management selection leaves much to be desired. I don't get it either. Isn't that how we won game number two against the Orioles? Let Pap pitch one or two and wait until we score. That might have worked last night, but the misplay by WMP negated everything. These are huge games. This loss hurt. Bigtime. I hope we don't play ourselves into the position where we would have to win four of five against the Yankees, because it ain't going to happen. The Yankees and the Red Sox split their games, at least over the last three years. Having to sweep them would mean the Sox are a team in trouble. I guess we'll see. But for there to be a meaningful September, these games of the second half of August cannot be frittered away. Definition of fritter? Last night.