We all remember last year’s Mother’s Day Miracle, when Julio Lugo saved the day in the bottom of the 9th. No such luck this year in Minnesota, although it did look promising for a fleeting moment. And Julio Lugo has been anything but a hero lately, collecting 11 errors already on his way to posting a terrible .917 fielding percentage. One can only wonder how much longer the Sox can keep Jed Lowrie down in Pawtucket. All you can say about a game like that is that when Wakefield is on, he’s on, and when he’s off, he’s off. He was off.
But I’d really like to talk about the night before that when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched brilliantly and seemed to correct the problems he’s been facing this year. He finally made it through 7 innings and only walked 3 batters while whiffing 7. Sure, it could be better, but it is a steady improvement over his last outing and hey- he’s 6-0.
With Julian Tavarez being designated for assignment today to make room for Sean Casey, you’ve got to wonder who will come in in those long relief situations that Tavarez is known for. Could Bartolo Colon’s arrival be sooner than we think? Also, it seems unlikely that Tavarez would accept an assignment to AAA at this point in his career, so perhaps he will be traded or he will test the free agent market. Stay tuned on that one; the team has 10 days to sort it all out.
All in all, still looking good. It’s in the blood of us true Sox fans to find something to complain about, but they’re in first place and the Yankees are 4 games back at .500. Is anyone really paying attention to the Rays or Orioles yet?