Saturday, September 24, 2005

Renteria Delivers after pen falters AGAIN... Timlin shaky, but nails it down

Red Sox-4 Orioles-3 ... Jays-7 Yankees-4
W- Papelbon (2-1)

L- Ryan (1-4)
S- Timlin (11)

What a weird game to watch this afternoon. It wasn't one of the most exciting games of the year (I actually fell napped for the first four innings), but I'll certainly take the W. With Jaret Wright getting shalacked again for the Yankees, the Sox are now tied for the AL East lead again. With the way the Indians are playing (as of now they are up 5-1 in the 7th), it looks like either the Yanks or the Sox will be watching from home come October.

I actually thought the Yankees really had no chance at making the playoffs this year, and I still feel that way. They are not a great baseball team. I'm not saying the Sox are, but I think they are a much better team than the Yankees. Their pitching staff really doesn't strike any fear in me, and their lineup, which has been solid at the top this year, as every year, with Jeter, Rodriguez, Sheff, and Matsui, is lacking in depth. Is Bubba Crosby, Matt Lawton, Ruben Sierra or Tino Martinez really going to give anyone nightmares? Yes, the Yankees are hot right now, but I think that is exactly what they are, hot. A good team? Yes. A playoff team? No way. There is no way they are winning the Wild Card. If they don't win the East, no playoffs. You read it here first.
Clement was shaky, but he gave the Sox six solid innings, not giving up any runs. It was a pleasant sight, after last Sunday's outing. He did walk a season high six batters, but he buckled down and got out of jams when he had to. That's an encouraging sign, to see a guy be able to buckle down like that, especially Clement.

Then there's the bullpen again. I don't know what to say. I guess we were all spoiled last year with that pretty much close to automatic trio of Embree, Timlin, and Foulke. I don't ever remember getting that real quesy feeling come the late innings last year, but this year, I think the Sox have a chance of losing every single time the game is within two runs. Hansen didn't look as electric as he did in Tampa the other night, but I guess that's expected. His fastball looked flat, and I think he only threw two sliders. He has that natural 2-seam effect on his fastball at times though, where the ball tails in on the hands of righties, similar to Rivera. I think he'll be fine. Papelbon had a solid outing, and then there's Timlin.

Man, I don't know if he is the guy for the Sox in October I really don't. He can't strike anyone out, and everytime the ball is hit off him, it's hit hard somewhere, even on outs. It's a guarantee that he's going to give up atleast one hit each time out. He buckled down tonight though, got the win, and I'm not going to complain. A win is a win, and I'll take it, even though I thought the final out had a chance to get off the wall.

Oh, and one last thing. FINALLY, Renteria looks like he may be busting out of that slump again. The Dirt Dogs kind of made a mention that yesterday that he may be breaking out, and with his game winning broken-bat single in the 9th, they may be right. Hopefully they are right. They need his bat back.

Wells goes up against Maine in the the series finale tomorrow at 1:05. That's all for today.