Red Sox Record for the Week of September 8: 5-0
Last week was one of the sharpest and most successful ones of the season for the BoSox. But before I break down just how they won all five of their games (not including last Monday, Labor Day), first comes a bit of breaking news.
The big news? Sox owner John Henry â€“ who was last seen Twittering about the Yankees - has a new blog on NESNâ€™s website. Of course, thatâ€™s a yawner. All kidding aside, the REAL news is that Kevin Youkilis is out of tonightâ€™s Sox-Angels game with back spasms, and Victor Martinez is too due to a family emergency back at Cleveland.
Also, MLB just released its schedule for the 2010 season, and wouldnâ€™t you know, the Sox and Yanks will face each other at Fenway Park to open and close the season. It will be the second year in a row the Sox get to open a season at home after starting six prior seasons away â€“ including in Japan in 2008.
Though six years was way too long for the Sox to not play a season opener at home, most hometown team observers would agree that it was not a great idea to start â€™09 at Fenway versus Tampa Bay â€“ the April 6 home opener was PPD due to rain. The season instead shouldâ€™ve opened at the Raysâ€™ domed stadium Tropicana Field, where weather is no issue. Those damned catwalks and Bostonâ€™s poor play there below them until recently are entirely different issues.
Chances of rain (temporarily) spoiling a Sox-Yanks â€™10 season opener will likely be no different than â€™09, but the intensity and buzz building up to that opening series will be, and the level of it depends on how the rest of this season plays out. Indeed, there is a whole lot of baseball left to be played, observed, and analyzed.
Speaking of observing, I had the good luck of being at Fenway last Tuesday (September 8) as the Red Sox, led by Clay Buchholz clobbered Baltimore 10-0. This was one of the young righthanderâ€™s best outings of the year, in terms of domination and stuff. He had a perfect game going into the fourth inning, and after seven, gave up zero runs and just three hits. His fastballs down-and-in and sharp moving curveballs and sliders kept Orioles hitters off balance all night long.