After a near-miraculous sweep of the Anaheim Angels this week at Fenway Park, the boys are riding high on a cloud. Let’s hope it lasts through the weekend, one that could have a significant impact on the Red Sox’s standing in the AL East. The Yanks rolled into Beantown last night on quite a winning streak of their own, they have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are in 2nd place in the tough-as-nails AL East standings as of right now.
Let me begin by paying proper homage to our most veteran active player…..Mr. Tim Wakefield.
It is possible (but not likely because of injuries & an extremely long season) that our Knuckleballer has pitched his last official start of his career on Sunday April 25, 2010.
For now, he will pitch from the bull pen. And believe me, he’s needed there…and will mess-up our opponents sufficiently after dealing with our starting pitchers’ fastballs….dealing with a slowing, sinking knuckleball mid-game, then onto Bard & Pap’s rockets afterwards.
Wake has had 1,995 Career Strikeouts (only 5 shy of the Over 2,000 Club who’s active members are: Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez & Andy Pettitte). Tim’s 189 Career Victories place him 3rd among active pitchers in the MLB…175 of them were playing for Boston-3rd in Red Sox records. Not Bad Mr. Wakefield !!
Now to the Sox Bull Pen’s Musical Chairs Saga…
Veteran pitcher Scott Atchison has been optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Fabio Castro to come up and join the team in Toronto. He will wear # 55. Best Of Luck Signor Castro.
Jonathan Papelbon is tied for 1st place in the AL for saves. He has 275 relief appearances, only 1 shy of Ellis Kinder at 276 (4th place in Red Sox history). Maybe tonight ??
Now onto other things….
Boston is currently tied for 3rd place in the AL East, and is also in 3rd place for Homeruns in the AL. (Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox)
Current best Averages On The Boston Red Sox: Captain Jason Varitek .379, Darnell McDonald .375, and Kevin Youkilis .372 (very nice guys)
Dustin Pedroia’s 5 Homers are tied for 8th place in the AL, and Most Ever by a Red Sox 2B in the month of April. (Boston runs on Dustin)
Realistically, Sox fielding is horrendous (Bill Hall Needs To Go Away) and the Bull Pen needs to do better……..and so does our collection of Aces.
Things will get better and more consistent, it’s only April, after all.
Peace, Love & Baseball.
– fenway fruitgirl (behind the net) 2010