Bewildered Bats Baffled...Boston Beckons
Click those ruby red slippers together. It's time to go home. After twenty games in twenty days, the Boston Red Sox, who lost yesterday to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 3-0, have gone home to Massachusetts and will enjoy an actual day off today (Monday). A rested Josh Beckett pitched well enough to win, but the Boston bats were impatient and Ray pitcher James Shield shut them down completely. Beckett was strong over seven innings, striking out thirteen enemy batters, but his teammates could not pick him up. The Sox have wasted two straight stellar outings by their starters. A frustrated Beckett had this to say to the schedule makers. Clearly he was bothered by the fact that he was the second-best pitcher on the field...
"They make schedules like this and it's not like it's just 20 in a row," Beckett said. "We play 8 o'clock getaway games. There's not enough bitching and moaning going on to get it changed. I don't know what we need to do to get it changed.
"That's what strings guys out. It's tough playing 20 in a row anyway. Now you're getting Sunday night baseball here, Sunday night baseball there. You start at 8 o'clock, you're getting home at 4-5 in the morning and right back out the next day."
Peter here. Boston collected only two base hits, and it seems that they couldn't wait to swing and get this game over with. And it WAS a quick game - two hours and twenty five minutes. Mercifully so, by the way.
So the team arrived in Boston last night and hopefully are now sleeping in their very own beds. But they've lost five games in a row. Still, they're close to first place and if the bullpen allows, they'll be fine. The starters are all, for the most part, doing well. Rest will cure most of their ills, but David Ortiz, who didn't play on Sunday, bruised his right knee, the same one that was surgically repaired in the off season. He should be able to play Tuesday.
Enjoy the off day today. Click on the title for the latest from the Boston Globe Red Sox homepage. I'm sorry that this post, the first of a new week, is so short, but I'm just not motivated to write more today. It's easier after a Sox win and also when it's not a Monday. And the readership was down to 37 clicks, a first for a Sunday when the Sox play. So I guess you can find what you need elsewhere. I'm not a quitter, but it's tough. As always, be safe. Have a great Monday. Your comments have ALWAYS been welcome, and will always be answered.