8 Games Back............
The title of this post refers to the shrinking AL East lead the Boston Red Sox now have over the NY Yankees. And with Tavarez going today, who knows what that number will be tomorrow. These are clearly tough times for the Boston club, who were 0-5 with runners in scoring position last night against the rookie KC pitcher Leo Nunez. And Tim Wakefield just didn't have it. He gave up 6 runs on 9 hits in his 6 1/3 innings. The bullpen was no better, with Lopez and Piniero ineffective. Only Snyder pitched a scoreless frame, but that was the ninth inning, when the game was out of hand. All I can say was that this was a poor excuse for a baseball game. .500 baseball since May 29th just ain't going to make it.
The Sox try to take the rubber game of the series, putting Julian Tavarez on the mound to face the lefty Perez. The Red Sox are not playing like a first place team, and before we know it, their lead will be down to two or three games. I hope Theo and company do something about it sooner rather than later.
Click on the title for more on Tavarez' troubles of the past month, and hope that Schill comes back as quickly as possible. We need him.