Thursday, August 13, 2009
SOX WIN, THEN SOX LOSE
The Sox should play the AL Central leading Tigers more often. They're 6-1 against Detroit, only losing their first game in the season series this afternoon. But even though the Sox lost a tight one today, you have to be happy that in a Buchholz vs. Verlander matchup, you were even in the game at all.
Buchholz has looked better and better since his 4 inning, 7 run outing in Baltimore. And to those Varitek lovers out there, it was Victor Martinez behind home plate today, calling Buchholz's 7 innings of 2 run work. Martinez also had half the Sox' total hits with 2.
The Sox might lose some ground today, with Texas winning 4-1 as I write this, and the Yankees playing in Seattle, but taking 3 of 4 from a potential playoff team is a pretty big step on the Red Sox' road to the postseason.
No rest for the weary as a HUGE series with the Rangers starts tomorrow night. The Sox are only 1-5 against Texas this season. Lester faces Millwood Friday night, then it's Penny vs. 5-7 Derek Holland, and Tazawa against 3-1 Dustin Nippert.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola