Thursday, June 29, 2006

Game 76: Checklist for the 12 Game Win Streak

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 4, New York Mets 2

Check. Got a dozen.

Check. 4 in a row.

Check. Average of 7.5 over the 12 games.

Good starting pitching?
Check. 9 wins from the starters including a GEM from Schilling tonight for his 10th victory of the year.

Infield defense?

Check. Lowell, Loretta, Youk, Gonzo (and Cora) have been amazing. They turn a PRETTY double play and they make it look easy.

Outfield defense?
Check. Manny has his cannon loaded (great play off the monster tonight) and the NESN commercial “Did you see that catch Coco made?” finally makes sense. His dive tonight was jaw dropping.

Nope! Damn… must have forgotten to bring them. The Sox now have the AL record with 16 errorless games in a row and have tied the NL record.

Check. Paps has tied the Red Sox rookie record with 24. And he still looks like Mr. Automatic with his micro ERA.

Pitching duels?

Check. Well ONE duel. Tonight was pretty much the only game that would fall under that heading. Glavine started the game lights out. He and Schill were throwing matching “0’s” until the 6th.

Late inning heroics?

Check. Papi brought enough for 50 games. Even when ahead, he dials up State Farm and gets the insurance. The blast in the 8th was the 200th of his career.

Offense from unlikely places?
Check. Gonzo has been swinging a hot bat. He is hitting .360 in June.

Small ball?

Check. The Sox manufactured the go-ahead run in the 7th. Bunt hit, stolen base, sacrifice, and a sac fly got Coco home in one of the most unreal innings I have seen this year. Way out of character… but it worked. Also, some great base running by Ortiz and Manny (not a typo) in the 6th to tie the game. Who woulda thunk it?

Ready to rack up another NL victim?
Big Ol’ Check. Marlins trot out the D-Train (Dontrell Willis) to face Sox spot starter Jason Johnson (yikes). Call it a trap game if you want, but I think the momentum is on our side. GO SOX