Sox & Os are waiting out a rain delay as I write.
Important night tonight for Contreras and Ramirez. Contreras needs to begin to show some endurance beyond the fifth inning as he has not made it past the fifth in either of his two starts this year.
Alexei is struggling at the plate, just as he did early last year. While his history (short as it is) indicates that he will come out of this, the sooner he does the better, IMO.
Against the Sox tonight is the young right hander Brad Bergesen. Bergesen scares me if for no other reason than that the Sox have a bad history against young pitchers they’ve never seen before. Let’s hope they buck that trend tonight.
In other news, the Mike MacDougall era is over, again. MacDougall was designated for assignment, and the young righthander Jack Egbert was called up. MacDougall has extraordinary stuff when he can get it over the plate. Unfortunately he has not been able to do that with any consistency at all.
After a train wreck of an outing Friday night, Bartolo Colon led the Sox to an 8-0 beating of the Twinkies this afternoon. Everything that went wrong Firday night went right today.
Bartolo gave a strong, strong performance in the start. The bullpen shut the Twins down. The bats produced, loudly! Heck, even Mike MacDougal got someone out. In fact he got six guys out!
Have to give Ozzie and Mac credit for coming back out there today after an abysmal eight pitch, no strike, one to the backstop performance last night.
As we roll the rotation over to the top tomorrow w/ Buehrle, if the bats are really beginning to warm up, you have to like the teams chances to get itself on a roll.
Also, if Bartolo can give outings of this quality on any sort of a consistent basis, this team can be near the top of the AL Central for the whole of the year!