Early Exit For Buchholz, But Another Win For The Sox
First things first. I officially declared today the first day of summer. The Red Sox are finally the last team standing and we had temperatures in the high 80′s after a string of rainy/cold/cloudy days. I don’t care what the calendar says, they were clearly off by a couple days in their calculations.
It was weird being able to put all my rooting interest back into the Red Sox. I would randomly find myself throughout the night feeling guilty, thinking that I was missing something, kind of forgetting that the Bruins season is actually over. This is kind of what happened with the 2001 Patriots. Being the first championship of my lifetime it took a little while to sink in. Actually being at the parade and the rally in City Hall Plaza kind of accelerated the process, but I imagine I am now going to have to go through the same process before the Bruins win really sinks in. Anyways, now on to the good stuff.
Surprise, surprise, the Red Sox win again. In what was slated to be a classic pitchers duel, Clay Buchholz and David Price didn’t fail to deliver. Neither of them had no hit stuff like Beckett last night, but when you can hold these two offenses to only six total runs and 12 total hits, you can certainly count that as a win for the pitching that night.
Things started off little dicey for Price as he walked Pedroia, gave up a double to Gonzalez, hit Youkilis, and then walked in a run with Ortiz at the plate, but he seemed to settle down a bit after that. He lacked command of his pitches, and only lasted five innings because of it, but he kept the Rays in the game only giving up three runs on five hits with five strike outs.
Buchholz looked much better. In his five innings he only gave up one run on two hits while striking out five. However, he was forced to leave the game after the fifth inning and with only 81 pitches in the book due to a bad back. This is the same injury that forced him to miss a start in New York, and apparently has been bugging him dating back to last season. With Andrew Miller due to start Monday, and the Red Sox being forced to juggle six starting pitchers, wouldn’t it just be best to throw Buchholz on the DL and give him a 15 day rest? Even if it is something that he is perfectly capable of pitching through, I don’t want him to end up like Josh Beckett of last year. Remember when he hurt his back early in the season? He tried to be a hero and pitch through it and ultimately derailed his season when he slipped on a wet mound in Yankee Stadium and hurt himself even more.
Being in the position this team is in, I’d much rather see Buchholz miss time now than later in the summer. Honestly, in a perfect world I would like to see Beckett and Lester end up with a two week vacation at some point as well. This is a long freaking season, and I don’t care how good you are, 15 days of just recovering and letting your body heal will do worlds of good, especially for a team that plans on playing deep into the fall.
– Jed Lowrie was also forced to leave the game early after striking out with the bases loaded. Lowrie said the following about the shoulder that has been ailing him for almost three weeks now.
“It’s sore,” Lowrie said. “It felt like it slipped out. It wasn’t out, but it felt like it came out and went back in.”
Lowrie was an early season hero forcing Marco Scutaro to the bench with his hot bat. But he hasn’t really hit since the beginning of May, and it seems like a DL stint is inevitable. I’d assume he just gets it out of the way now. Especially since Scutaro seems to be healthy. Maybe he if gets out in front of it a bit it won’t turn into a season ending thing, which is always a possibility with Lowrie no matter how insignificant the injury seems at the time.
– When Kevin Youkilis got beamed in the first inning with first base open, the home plate umpire immediately warned both benches. Understanding that only David Price knows for sure whether or not this was intentional, I really don’t think that he was trying to send a message at the time. Is it really the right move to load the bases with only one out and David Ortiz on deck? I know it was only the first inning, but with Buchholz on the mound you have to assume runs aren’t going to be easy to come by and it just seems like far too big of a risk to dig that deep a hole early. Price got out of the jam only allowing one run, but it could have easily snowballed out of control.
– Kudos to the Red Sox for moving the game Saturday from 1:10 to 7:10 in order to accommodate the Bruins parade. I know it seems like kind of a common sense move, but we live in a world where common sense is actually pretty uncommon and deserves recognition when exercised properly. Also, the Bruins will be officially honored at Sundays game. There’s no word on who will be there, or what the pre game ceremony will be like, but you have to assume the cup will be there, along with many players who are still in the area. Who do you think has the meanest fastball on the B’s?
– Adrian Gonzalez raised his average to .347, hit his 14th home run, and drove in 61st run. Just saying.
– The Sox now travel home after an 8-1 road trip to face the red hot Brewers of Milwaukee in their first of five interleague series (Milwauke, San Diego, @Pittsburgh, @Philadelphia, & @Houston). Friday’s match up is no walk in the park as John Lackey (4-5, 7.41) faces former Blue Jay great, Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68). I have Marcum on my fantasy squad, should I sit him?