Friday, May 21, 2004

Game 40

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 6, Tampa Bay Devil Ray 9

Time for another first place switch with the Yankees - how much fun would it, I'm not going to finish that thought. The hatchet needs to be buried.

In Steinbrenner's back, of course.

It looks like from reading the post-game report that the Sox offense didn't do that badly trying to recover from a seven run deficit, but when Manny doesn't hit the entire night, it certainly hurts. This isn't the offense it was last year, guys. Maybe it's because we're still missing a few key players, or maybe because of the attempts to fix the bullpen fiasco of last year, but I think those days of matching every run our pitchers give up with runs of our own are over.

Derek Lowe, Derek Lowe. Your catcher thinks we just need to keep supporting you a little longer, because you're going to catch a break soon. Of course, this was a guy who went on record as saying that it wasn't a mistake leaving Pedro in during The Game last year, so I think I'll take his pronouncements with a grain of salt. But three starts out of eight where you give up seven runs? Ouch. I'm still hoping that Lowe's announcement in March that he felt as good this year in spring training as he did before the 2002 season will still hold some water, but I'm starting to lose faith.