As Ugly As It Gets? YES........
This one was ugly. From Manny's misadventures in leftfield to the utter reality that Wily Mo Pena will be a defensive liability this entire season, if not for his whole career. Oh, that's not a surprise to me. In fact, I have, with all the Boston writers, lamented on the defense by WMP since last year. And the front office knows about his "glovelessness" too. Last night, yes, it was all there. Naked, ugly and uncensored for too many of us to see. It's a good thing the team left town under cover of darkness last night, furtive and unseen to the masses. South, to Baltimore, for a 2 game set with the Orioles before the 3 game series in New York City with the last place (!) New York Yankees begins.
The pitching? For the Jays, Halladay had one of his strongest starts of the season. Even HE said his curve was the best he's had so far. But Julian Tavarez is another story entirely. He proved to all of us that he belongs in the bullpen, not in the rotation. His number 5 spot WILL be taken by Jon Lester on or about May 6th. Hurray!!! I can't wait! And that's exactly what you'll read about when you click on this post's title. It'll take you to the Globe's Nick Carfado, and his thoughts and feelings about the number 5 slot in the rotation. You'll enjoy it, although it is much too brief. Don't worry, there will be more. From me. Jon Lester is OUR Jon Lester, and the first time he does take the mound at our Fenway, RSN will go nuts! All of us.
Oh, and the final score? Should I remind you?? I have to. A dismal 10-3 loss to those Blue Jays. If losses counted double for sheer bad play, we would have lost two! Those JAYS seem to have our number yet again. But we didn't help our own cause, with errors and sheer sloppiness dooming us. And it put the 3 game sweep of the Yankees into our distant memory banks. It's too bad.
The O's for 2, with Schill and Beckett going. Let's turn the page and get a couple wins before we head into the lion's den. In this case, the lion is in last place. Hear them roar. Meow is more like it.