Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

And the haze clears from your eyes

Clay Buchholz in 2007. Taken by Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

After my appearance on “The Baseball Show” on Saturday (thanks to the folks at Comcast SportsNet for the invite!), I had a family day which pretty much knocked me out. I did get to see the Kentucky Derby, the Red Sox game and the Celtics beat Chicago. So all-around it was one nice day.

One of the things I did miss yesterday was Kyle Snyder’s first start of the season with the Bisons. According to the Mets blog Mets Merized:

Kyle Snyder pitched well in his first start of the season, but was tagged with the loss, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings.

Kyle pitched against Homer Bailey (who pitched a five-hit shutout) and, unfortunately, the Bisons ended up losing 2-0. Still, I’m encouraged! (The Bisons trip to Pawtucket and the Mets trip to Boston both aren’t far away!)

I’m leaving soon for Pawtucket. The good? Clay Buchholz on the mound. The bad? 30% chance of precipitation (which is better than 50% so I’ll take it!) I’m looking forward to seeing Clay pitch in person as much as I’m looking forward to following the Sox game on the cell phone and not having to watch Brad Penny pitch. Although I have a strong feeling that Penny will be coming through big for the Sox today (I do!) so I’m hoping this is one of those “I didn’t watch it and they kicked ass” games.

When the Sox head to New York for the two-day series against the Yankees, they’ll be bringing Dennis Eckersley with them (filling in for Jerry Remy, who is reportedly coming back on Wednesday). I like Eck a lot but I’m not a big fan of his color commentary (although, to be fair, it has been a while since I’ve heard him). Heck, I just want Remy back so no one who fills in will be good enough for me.

Tim Wakefield is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA. His WHIP is 1.09. Opposing hitters are currently batting .183 off of him. Tim Wakefield is pretty much keeping this rotation alive. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett (the starters for the Yankees series) need to follow suit.

Did everyone see when Nick Green got thrown out last night because he stumbled? Giant hug from Julio Lugo when he got back to the dugout. Julio is the sunshine boy these days. We noticed it at Citi Field in April and he doesn’t seem to have let up. I’m not complaining at all; I think it’s wonderful. I’m just interested to see how the shortstop issue pans out. (Nick Green went 3–5 yesterday. Dude wants his job.)

Off for a long day of traveling and baseball. It should be a good day.

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May 3, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 |

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