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Thursday, April 07, 2005
On Top

Looks pretty good, doesn't it?

I could get used to those standings. Only 160 more to go... And there's the rub. It's a damn long season. You're going to have some games like the last two when the breaks seem to fall your way, and you're going to have those where you can't catch one to save your life. It all evens out in the end.

Two one-run victories seems like a good omen, but remember, the Sox started similarly last season with an 11-1 record in one-run contests early on, only to fall to 28-18 in that category at the end of the season. I'm not trying to be a buzzkill here, but these early games are so absolute. If these two games had broken the other way, fans and media alike would be lamenting about the Sox woeful offense and clamoring for better pitching. It's only two games. Still, it does feel pretty damn good.

Game notes
  • Garcia was really struggling with his command. Maybe it was just accentuated because Buehrle's incredible opening day performance was still etched on my brain. Whatever it was, it wasn't pretty. But it's results that count, and 6IP and 2ER are results that I'll take from any outing.

  • Millwood was not impressive at all, and despite that, he was still able to keep the Sox bats in check.

  • In the first 16 innings of the season, the Sox scored just one run. In the 17th inning of the season they scored 4, using only one out.

  • Jose Contreras takes the hill for the Sox in the finale about 12 hours from now. Cleveland is apparently one of the teams that Contreras like pitching against. He had his head on straight for both games versus them last season, recording a 1.23 ERA in 14.1 IP.

  • Cliff lee is the Tribe's scheduled hurler. He was flat out terrible after the ASB last season, 7.91 ERA. He was similarly roughed up by the Sox on the season to the tune of a 7.09 ERA.