The Stage Shifts To Schill
Curt Schilling versus Jered Weaver, a study in contrasts. Jered Weaver of the LA Angels is making his first postseason start. Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox is 8-2 in his October career, with an ERA of 2.06. That winning percentage is the best of any pitcher with more than 10 postseason decisions, and his ERA is the third best among those who have pitched more than 100 innings. The Sox are up 2 games to none and are poised to put the killing blow, the finishing touches on the Western Division champions. Early. In 3 straight. If they win, Josh Beckett would be perfectly lined up to start game 1 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland or the Yankees on Thursday. But that's looking ahead, and the present is what's important right now. And that present starts at 3:07pm EDT Sunday October 7, 2007. Triple 7s....lucky? We'll see soon.
The Yankees will send Roger Clemens to the mound to face Jake Westbrook, who compliled a won/loss record of 6-9 this year. Their backs are also to the wall, down 2 games to none. An early exit would be sweet for all members of Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International, for the pinstriped ones have played us mighty tough, winning 10 of the 18 games played during the regular season. Will there be more Yankee/Red Sox games to come this year? Let's put it this way....I'm rooting for Cleveland to take it all today, in the Bronx, just as I'm hoping the Sox can swoop into California, win one game, and jet back home for the ALCS, when again they'll have the home field advantage. And if we get that far, the home field advantage for the World Series to boot, and how sweet would that be?
My Constant Readers, as Stephen King calls his fans, click on the title of this post for the Globe's Jackie MacMullan's look at the Angel/Red Sox series as it stands right now. And enjoy the afternoon delight to come that is October baseball, on TBS and TBS-HD, who have been doing a tremendous job covering the postseason so far. Much better than Fox ever has or ever will. GO SCHILL....GO SOX.
Any comments or predictions? Please leave them right here, and I'll respond to them promptly, as the minutes slowly creep towards that MAGIC time, and all of RSN and RSI await. Be well.