Another episode of Red Sox - Yankees starts tonight.
As banged up as the Yanks are they are still right behind us at about the 1/4 mark of the season.
Here's how I see the Sox thus far:
I like our line-up. Youk's been solid all the way around. Love that guy. Loretta has come around and is looking like a real good pick-up. Alex G. has been slick with the mitt and terrible with the bat. At least the guy tries to do the little things like move runners along. Lowell has been an upgrade, and I liked Billy Mueller. Manny's been decent but not lighting it up like he can. Wily Mo has been solid but a bit of an adventure in the field. Trot looks like he's playing in a contract year. Nice and solid. Tek needs to pick it up with the stick, which I’m sure he will do.
The rotation 1-3 is fine. Clement? Who knows. The 5 spot like most teams is terrible.
The pen: Pap, Timlin and Foulke will win most games we lead going into the 7th. The rest of the pen is awful. Tavarez and Seanez looked good in the minor, I mean, National League. Like so many others they come over and you might as well a run and a half (at least) to their ERA.
So now what.
CoCo is coming back and I see us scoring more runs with him in the line-up and shoring up center defensivley. Wily hasn't botched too many plays but you can only screw up if you actually get to the ball. Coco will get to most of them.
Pitching help from the minors? In AA Hansen was hot closing out games but in AAA has been shelled and wild. A 2.86 ERA sounds good, but 15 hits and 10 walks in 15 2/3 innings of AAA pitching ain’t going to get you to the bigs anytime soon. Manny Delcarmen has pitched well but hasn’t faired real well in the bigs. Don’t have much hope of a real game changer coming up anytime soon.
The D has been very good, and I’d say border line great in the infield. Fielding percentage is somewhat misleading. Like I said about Wily Mo, you have to get to the ball to make an error. But the infield makes tough plays all night long. They turn the deuce as good as I can remember. How many games have been won just by playing great infield D?
I like our chances. Will Wells be effective? Who knows. Look for the Sox to try to shore up the 5 spot and little else until the Break.