The Red Sox Shut Out the Braves Yet Again
Before the crowd found their seats the score was 5-0, Before they finished their first beer it was 7-0. And with Julian Tavarez pitching the way he was, and has been, the Braves were unable to put up ANY numbers on the scoreboard. He has been as steady and excellent as any starter on the staff, and as long as he pitches lights out, he is staying in the rotation. The team would be crazy to move him elsewhere. He's in a groove, maybe a season-long groove. And that's huge for the success of the club.
The bats awakened in a big way, too. Home runs by Manny, Papi, a lead-off one by JD Drew, Coco Crisp yet again and Eric Hinske helped the Sox tally 11 runs, while the Braves scored a big fat lovely hard-boiled goose egg. That's two shutouts in a row for the Sox pitching staff. Not bad, huh?
It's an off day today as the team travels westward to play their last NL team. And the schedule saved the best team for last.....the San Diego Padres. But the Sox are playing good ball, pitching well and hitting the ball on the nose......most of the time. They are 46-25 and 10 games ahead of the hated Yankees. And that's just the way we like it.
Curt Schilling has been placed on the 15 day disabled list, although his MRI showed no structural damage. And that's good. Let that shoulder rest. Lester or Gabbard, hopefully the former, will step in and perform just fine. With Tavy pitching so well, the rotation has no weak spots. And our bullpen is one of the best there is. It's no wonder the Sox have the best record in baseball. And that's just the way we like it, too.
Click on the title of this post for more on Curt Schilling, and enjoy your Thursday. And as always, thanks for being here. You always make my day. Everyday.