Bartolo Colon ALMOST Ready For Call-Up
Good Friday morning, a morning I don't have to write about a Boston Red Sox loss. And there's GOOD news to boot! Bartolo Colon, our soon-to-be fifth starter, pitched for Pawtucket yesterday and went six great innings, allowing only one hit and hitting 96 MPH on the gun. The only problem was that he only needed 64 pitches (45 of 'em strikes) to go those six innings, so the Sox will probably want him to go one more time Tuesday before joining the big club. If that's the case, we'll see him on or about Sunday, and boy, do we need him. If he could become a dependable starter, and there's nothing to make me think otherwise, Boston will be a much better club, injuries notwithstanding. And right now he's feeling great. If he doesn't go on Tuesday, the start will probably be awarded to Justin Masterson, who had his worst outing yesterday pitching for Double A Portland, giving up seven earned runs and nine hits in six innings. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Colon on Tuesday at Fenway, and what a hometown greeting he will get. A savior? Nah. A much needed cog in the pitching rotation? Most assuredly so. He could be a huge boost for the team's 2008 chances...if the bullpen allows any success at all. I am down on our 'pen right now, and I'm sure Theo and company are thinking the same exact thing. Time will tell. And what of Buchholz? Don't be surprised if he is inserted into a long relief bullpen role, which would allow the club to limit his innings and give him the time he needs to straighten himself out against major league pitching. Makes sense to me.
As the Yankees keep tumbling (ha ha ha-hee hee hee), the Red Sox prepare for a three game series with the National League Milwaukee Brewers. Here are the pitching matchups for the three vital games to come...
Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.63 ERA) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-0, 2.45) tonight
Dave Bush (1-4, 6.06) vs. Tim Wakefield (3-2, 4.25) Saturday
Carlos Villenueva (2-4, 6.00) vs. Josh Beckett (4-3, 4.21) Sunday
We need a sweep...pure and simple. One-two-three...series over. SOX WIN. I want to thank you, my Constant Readers, for continually stopping by and reading my words and thoughts. It means more to me than you'll ever realize. And click on the title to be directed to the Red Sox Boston Herald homepage. You'll be able to read the latest on Colon and that team we love to love. As always, take care of yourselves and as always, BE WELL. Forever.