Monday, October 15, 2007

Can someone explain to me how the Sox offense can beat on C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona, yet can't do anything with Jake Westbrook, other than a two run bomb by 'Tek.

The final was 4-2. Daisuke didn't make it out of the 5th, giving up all four runs on a two run homer by Kenny Lofton and a couple of runs in the 4th on a bunch of base hits. No one hit the ball particularly hard, they just hit them in the right places.

So the Sox are down 2-1 in the series, and we really need the Good Wake to show up tomorrow night. It appears that there is virtually no chance that Beckett will go on short rest, a decision I agree with, by the way. Pitchers today just are not designed to pitch on three days rest. Beckett isn't Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson. According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, since 1995 pitchers who started on short rest in the post-season only won about 40% of the time.

Of course, one of the exceptions was Beckett in the 2003 World Series, but I still agree with the strategy in general. I was at Fenway when the Indians sent Bartolo Colon out on three days rest against the Sox in the 1999 ALDS. Colon lasted one inning, gave up 7 runs and the Sox ended up winning the game 23-7.

Let's hope Wake comes through tomorrow and we can generate a little more offense against Paul Byrd. Because, despite what happened the last time the Sox were in the ALCS, a 3-1 deficit is going to be tough to come back from.


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