Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ick.

It's been a while since i've had this taste of bile in my mouth. What a horrible and grueling weekend. What went wrong? Well, pretty much everything. (I say pretty much because Manny was out of control and both Schilling and Wells actually pitched quite well.) The paucity of timely hitting, the 3 dreadful starts, the gruesome bullpen numbers - this is some of the worst collective baseball i've seen in longer than I care to remember. They pretty much have sucked since they were swept by the Royals a couple of weeks ago but this series was the icing on the cake. Taking into consideration the rapidly dwindling number of games left and the general play of the teams with whom we're competing, the hurdles we need to negotiate in order to even have a chance at playoff possibilities seem virtually insurmountable.
Never has Varitek's importance been more apparent, especially in regards to the bullpen. Long the bedrocks of our pen this year, Timlin's - and to a lesser extent Papelbon's - struggles seem to have coincided with Varitek's absence. If you throw all of the other struggling young arms used to his guiding presence into the mix, you start to recognize his incalcuable value to the team. Just an observation.
I have no idea what the next few days will show but the team is battered after not only the crushing defeats but also the interminable games of intense baseball themselves. And to add further insult to injury, now they have straight late games on the west coast over the next 6 nights.
It ain't looking good, kids.

3 comments:

Zebster said...

Paucity indeed! Way to break out the personal thesaurus, AA.
I guess there's one blessing to working so much I'm missing the games.

LittleCuz said...

This stretch has certainly sucked big time. I did finally submit to watching the game last night (Wed). They held on but just, I'll be honest, Timlin gave up the double an I went to bed. I did get up later and check the score.....

AA said...

Yeah, but at least they're fighting. Tonight's game is pretty much a tooth and nail situation thus far - Ortiz's solo HR is the only number on the board for both sides in the top of the fifth. If they can hang on and Beckett can outduel the excellent (and unbeaten) rookie Jered Weaver, it would be a rather encouraging sign as we head into Seattle to face the much weaker Mariners tomorrow.
Monday I was ready to write them off, now i'm interested again. The tug-of-war continues...