Cap Tek pounds Lil' Pappy after he struck out the side in the 9th. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
So a win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays should not be anything to get too excited about, this I know. What I also know is that this was a win that the Sox really needed to get. We all know the stats that have been thrown around the past few days on the utter lack of production with our bats. Watching the games over the past week has been a true test of paitence and it looked as if this night was not going to start off any differentlly.
Lenny DiNardo can not make another start for us, period. Yes he ate up some innings to help save our bullpen a bit, but the guy is not fooling anyone up there. I'd much rather cock my hat to the side and bring up Abe Alvarez then have to deal the Italian pitcher continuously throwing up meatballs.
Seeing the Sox come back in the fashion they repeatedly did last night can surely be used as a spring board to launch us in the right direction. Our bats seemed to get a little life in them last night. Hats off to Hitting Coach Papa Jack for having a hitters only meeting before the game. Whatever he said it worked.
Two major roadblocks may be in the way for the Sox over the next few days are:
1) Scott Kazmir
2) The Johnny Damon Circus
If the Sox can win two out of the next three games then I'll be happy. Kamir squares off against Schilling today. The LHP has owned the Sox in his short career. "In seven career starts against the Red Sox, Kazmir has a 3-1 record with a 2.64 ERA while striking out 43 in 44 1/3 innings." You just have to hope for Curt to put the hammer down, and the Sox to crack this kids shell.
Next is Monday and Tuesday where Mr. Damon (Not Matt) makes his return to Boston and Fenway Park. These games are not only going to have the media attention from this being W.W.J.D.D.'s return, but it's also the first Sox/Yanks game of the year. There's new people on both sides of the ball being introduced to this rivalry and it should just be really interesting. It's only a short 2-game set, and emotions should be high. We'll see what these teams have to show us in May.
Stay tuned later today for SawxBlog.com's fifth Podcast, the special Johnny Damon edition.