Deep In The Heart Of Texas
The Boston Red Sox made the trip to Arlington, Texas Thursday for their three game set with the Texas Rangers, who have the highest team ERA in all of baseball. It stands at 5.29. The Sox must take advantage of that and put some runs up on the scoreboard. The Yankees lost to the Rays last night so Tampa's lead over Boston is 3 1/2 games. The Red Sox have a six game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the wild card playoff spot and an eight game lead (in the loss column) over the pinstripers. The Blue Jays completed their three game sweep of Minnesota with a 9-0 victory. Thank you, Toronto! So we're in good shape...no September doldrums, please. Here are the pitching matchups for the Rangers series...
TONIGHT - RHP Josh Beckett (11-9, 4.34 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (9-7, 4.84). TV - NESN
TOMORROW - RHP Tim Wakefield (8-9, 3.76) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (6-3, 5.73). TV - NESN
SUNDAY - RHP Paul Byrd (10-11, 4.58) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 2.25). TV - NESN
Of course, tonight's start for Josh Beckett is a big one for him and for the entire team. He will be on a limited pitch count of 50-60 pitches, as he should. Let's hope he can go four strong and then the recently effective bullpen can take over. A big lead at that point wouldn't hurt, either. Expect not only Beckett but Mike Lowell and Sean Casey to return tonight, with a Roberto Colon sighting coming up soon, too. That's a nice restocking of an already strong collection of players. Theo Epstein did well in adding Paul Byrd and Mark Kotsay at the PERFECT time...the Sox are deep everywhere.
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. I'll be here every morning, no matter what, and I'd love to see and respond to any and all of your comments. As always, BE WELL. GO SOX! Oh, you can click on this post's title for the latest Sox news from all corners of Red Sox Nation. One of the articles is titled DUSTIN PEDROIA, THE BEST 105 POUND ATHELETE EVER. He weighs a little more than that, but not much. But he's batting over .600 (!!) in his last six games. Nice!