Sometimes, when the Red Sox aren’t doing well, I start swearing at the TV.
And when I start swearing at the TV, my wife will leave our comfy couch and go read in the other room. Anyone who watched the early portions of Sunday’s marathon win against the Yankees can guess it didn’t take her long to uproot herself from our living room to head into the other room.
By the third inning, starter Ryan Dempster and batterymate Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had thrown a ball into centerfield, which led to a 3-0 New York lead. Aside from that, Dempster was having a tough time getting anyone out, and the righthander’s pitch count was nearing Daisuke territory.
Sure, the nearly 5-hour game turned out OK. Bearded Wonder Mike Napoli sent the fans at the Fens home happy with (another) mammoth homer in the 11th to seal an 8-7 Sox win.
With that, the Sox took two of three from the Jeter-less, A-Rod-less, Granderson-less, Pineda-less, punchless (the Bombers didn’t homer in a series at Fenway for the first time since 1995) Yankees. Boston now has 60 wins on the season and remains in first place in the American League East.
But, with the red hot Tampa Bay Rays in town for a four-game set starting tonight, the Red Sox have some concerns. Some are not new concerns, but concerns nonetheless.
Clay Buchholz is slated to visit Dr. James Andrews in Florida today. The righthander (he of the 9-0 record before his neck injury) has thrown the ball around recently, but he maintains he’s not ready to pitch off a mound.
It remains unclear when Buchholz will pitch again for the Red Sox.
Despite the win last night, the Sox did blow a 7-3 lead in the middle frames. Relievers you saw last night included Drake Britton (who?) and Pedro Beato. One of the few experienced relief pitchers in the bullpen right now is Junichi Tazawa, and even he had some trouble last night with the Double-A lineup the Yankees are trotting out there.
Remember, Andrew Miller ain’t walking through that door. Neither is Andrew Bailey (maybe a good thing?).
Brandon Workman is scheduled to start tonight against the Rays. Tampa counters with Matt Moore.
While the Sox do have some concerns, they continue to win. And here’s some more good news: The Rays are 3-9 against Boston this season and they had a losing record against the AL East before the All Star Break.
Hopefully, that means less swearing at the TV for the next four nights.