Rain Brings A Pitching Rotation Change
Well, yesterday's rain has brought about an upcoming change in the Red Sox pitching rotation. From the Courant.....
"Daisuke Matsuzaka was used to pitching on the sixth day in Japan. The rainout puts him back on the sixth day - at least for this turn.
Tim Wakefield (0-1, 1.50 ERA), Thursday's scheduled starter, will face the Angels' John Lackey (2-0, 0.75) today.
Julian Tavarez was moved from today to Monday's Patriots Day game and Matsuzaka will pitch Tuesday in Toronto.
Barring further rainouts, Matsuzaka would then be lined up to face the Yankees April 22, a Sunday night game in Boston, and April 27, the series opener in New York.
Other matchups against the Angels: Kelvim Escobar (1-1, 3.18) vs. Curt Schilling (1-1, 4.91) Saturday; Ervin Santana (1-1, 6.35) vs. Josh Beckett (2-0, 1.50) Sunday; Jered Weaver (11-2, 2.56 in 2006) vs. Tavarez (0-1, 9.00) Monday."
Peter here. Daisuke will start the first game under the dome in Toronto on Tuesday. If it were up to me, I'd just skip Tavarez' turn altogether, and do it as many times as the schedule would allow, until Jon Lester is good and ready to take over the 5th spot. No need to hurry him, though. But, and this from the Herald of the Hub......
"Pushing Matsuzaka back a day will have further long-term impact. Now he will be lined up to face the New York Yankees in each of the first two series later this month rather than just the first one. Matsuzaka is slotted to face the Yankees at Fenway on Sunday, April 22 (8:05 p.m., ESPN), followed by the first of three games in the Bronx on Friday, April 27. If he stays in line, he also would pitch the makeup game vs. Seattle."
Thank you Boston Herald. How great is that!! And so.......we head into tonight's game at 4-4, tied with the Yankees and one half game behind the first place Jays. We face them starting Tuesday, with, as you read, Daisuke. So we're in good shape. There is quite a storm which will form off the eastern seaboard mid-weekend. It will affect the Northeast Sunday and Monday. BIGTIME. My friends Jere and Cyn of Red Sox blog fame (yes, fame!) have tickets to all the games, Friday through Monday.
But baseball may be hard to find on Sunday and Monday. Wet fans? Certainly. But everyone at Fenway will be HAPPY wet fans. They'll be with their Fenway family. MY family. Red Sox family. OUR FAMILY, FOREVER. A bond that unites so many of us in brotherhood and sisterhood. It doesn't get any better. Never has. Never will.
Monday is Patriot's Day. Expect a very wet race. But as with all coastal storms, things can, and do change. Enjoy your Friday, and as always, thanks for reading. And the weekend coming up? One day at a time for the Boston Red Sox. And I love every one of 'em! And you too......
And I linked an article by Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant sportswriter. No one does it better. His subject from his this morning's Courant column? The Imus firing, and so much more....when you read him, you love him....thanks Jeff Jacobs. Just click on the title, and you'll be right there. Thanks.
Any comments about anything are so welcome. Click on the post title, and chime in! Have a wonder weekend.