19 July 2010
Clay Buchholz made his minor league rehab start last week and is set start for the Red Sox on Wednesday in Oakland. Josh Beckett will pitch a second rehab game on Tuesday and plans to make his return to the majors on Friday against Seattle.
Jon Lester is still awesome (depsite getting no run support or defensive support on Sunday) and John Lackey went toe-to-toe with Cliff Lee on Saturday, proving that he can still rise to the occasion in a big game... so the roation looks pretty good going forward.
The problem is we can't hit.
I love Darnell MacDonald as much as the next guy, but he's no Pedey. Seeing him D-Mac in the 2-hole yesterday showcases how desperate we are for offense right now. C.J. Wilson has been outstanding in his first year asa starter, but 10 Ks and 3 hits? He's not that good...
Despite Wilson, the Sox had a chance to win yesterday's game, but the lack of run support for Lester was coupled with some amateur play in the field, starring Daniel Nava in left and Dusty Brown behind the plate. Luckily, the Yankees beat the Rays twice this weekend despite falling apart at the seems... so we're still in the playoff race, but if can't scratch out a win after getting 8 solid innings from our starter, we're in trouble.
Bottom Line: There's plenty of time to make things interesting in September, but we're still 10-14 days away from Pedroia taking of the protective boot he's wearing now... Victor Martinez has begun playing catch with his fractured thumb taped up, but he won't be 100% until he gets it fixed in the offseason... and Jacoby Ellsbury is intesifying his baseball activities in Fort Myers, but won't be playing the majors until August.
We're gonna have to find a way to win more than 1 in every 4 over the next two weeks if we want a shot at the postseason. Hopefully the A's and Mariners help us out with that this week...
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