If you build it, they will strike out
Published Saturday, April 15, 2006 by Jon | E-mail this post
Let's face it, this ain't your granfather's Sox anymore. Unlike Red Sox teams of old that were offensive powerhouses, this 2006 team is build on pitching. Curt Schilling last night was amazing, lights-out, ridiculously good. It's so nice to see him bounce back and pitch with confidence again. Curt should open a landscaping business with the way he was mowing down Mariners last night (8 innings pitched, 7 strike outs, 1 earned run). Josh Beckett has posted similarly fantastic numbers early on in the season and has gotten us all excited that he will excel in the moisture-free, blister-free Boston climate. Early signs also show that Tim Wakefield will be the "sometimes inconsistent but I'd rather have him on my team than not" pitcher of the past. He's a great workhorse who'll win more games than he loses. And I really can't say enough about Jonathan Papelbon. The guy has been an absolute stud, dominating the opposing batters in all 5 of his saves.
With all of this in consideration, the Sox will inevitably run into problems when the pitching is less than superb. David Wells looked horrible on Wednesday. I hope that his problems really are caused by a sprained knee and that 15 days on the DL will be enough to get him back to old form. I also experienced Vernon Well's grand slam off of Matt Clement first hand on Thursday night. Let's just say that it was a great time to check out all the changes to Fenway Park during the rest of Clement's performance. Middle relief has been marginal at best, and could get shakier if Papelbon is forced to get shifted to starter and Foulke back to closer.
Oh, and by the way, the AL leader in wins is Curt Schilling (with 3), the AL leader in ERA is Josh Beckett (with 1.29), and the AL leader in saves is Jonathan Papelbon (with 5). If Clement and Wells can step it up (and/or if #21 is pitching for our boys come May/June) this team is going to be nasty! This season is definitely all about the pitching.