Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wake Up Call

As a famous cartoon dog often says, 'Ruh-roh.'

Our season hangs in the balance out in the midsection of the country, and our hopes rest on... a 41-year old knuckleballer with a bad back? How did we get here?

Simple. Cleveland has pitched better than the Sox in the last 2 games - both their starters and their bullpen - and the result is that we're down 2-1 to a very good Indians team looking for blood on their home turf.

After the ugliness that was Game 2, it was Dice K's turn to try to right the ship last night and really, we got more of the same from him. Flashes of that great Japanese pitcher we've heard so much about, but still too much nibbling. By the end of the 4th inning, he was closing in on 100 pitches, while his counterpart Jake Westbrook was the model of efficiency. The Indians marched out to a 4-0 lead, Varitek cut it in half with a two-run homer in the 7th, but that was it. Cleveland's bullpen came out and did the job again.

Am I worried? You bet. I have visions of Grady Sizemore and Kenny Lofton skipping around the bases tonight with glee, and we're looking at a Sox lineup that will most likely feature Julio Lugo, Coco Crisp, J.D. Drew and Doug Mirabelli. That's four automatic outs right now, and with Pedroia slumping in the leadoff hole, there's plenty of cause for concern. Will we see the human electrical jolt that is Jacoby Ellsbury tonight? Will Francona rue his decision to go with Wake over Beckett?

Tune it at 8 to find out.

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