Sunday, May 21, 2006

Game 41: The Evil You Know

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 5, Philadelphia Phillies 10

Dear God…do I miss David Wells? No, I don’t think so. I think that’s crazy talk and I should stop right now. The Lenny DiNardo/David Wells combination is a bit like the evil you know versus the evil you don’t know. I, for example, know that given his record this year, a Lenny DiNardo start is about as risky as sitting in the drinking section of the bleachers at Yankee Stadium in full Sox gear. That’s the evil you know. A David Wells start, on the other hand, could be fantastic (you know, after the surgery, rehab starts, failed starts, etc.) or it could be as much fun as a sharp stick in the eye. We don’t even know if Wells is going to be able to pitch professionally again, let alone do so effectively. That’s the evil you don’t know. Of course, he seems to have taken names and kicked ass in Pawtucket today, so I might be overreacting.

Needless to stay, Lenny DiNardo did not have a good start today. Abe Alvarez and everyone’s favorite snake-faced reliever, Julian Tavarez, matched him in mediocrity and the end result was another lost sweep opportunity. It seems like when the ugly side of the bullpen comes out to play, it brings all of bad people with it. Still, given the circumstances of a.) pitching with the weakest starter on the staff and b.) playing in a National League park, a loss wasn’t completely unexpected and really, who isn’t happy taking two out of three in a series? Bring on the Yankees, I say.

Yes, the Yankees. Again. It’s seems to be a once a week thing, like being forced to visit that weird great aunt you don’t like and who smells like cats and old lady perfume. Anyway, Schilling versus Wang tomorrow night at Fenway. GO SOX!!!