Curt Schilling was especially critical of Clay Buchholz when Clay was given the ball to open the Red Sox season against Philadelphia. Curt criticized Clay, saying that he didn’t hate to lose enough to be the Ace of the team. Maybe Curt’s commented caused Clay to yell back, “Oh Ya!” by pitching phenomenally. Some people said that the Phillies weren’t a good barometer for Clay’s ability; I heard someone say that the Triple A Pawtucket team would beat that Phillies team. Maybe the Seadawgs are so good, they could beat other major league teams.
I was a little worried about Curt Schilling being an announcer for tonight’s game. Clay didn’t start the game well, walking the first Yankee he sees. I’m not sure he had walked anyone in the Phillies game. And then the hitting clinic began and the Damned Yanks opened the game with 7-0 runs. I can’t imagine what was going through Clay’s mind? How positive was he being to himself. He couldn’t have been thinking good thoughts when he threw his cup of water. Pissed. But isn’t it more effective to have good thoughts? There must be statistics to answer that question.
The Yankee pitcher, Tanaka, had a comfy cushion, but his pitches weren’t fooling the Red Sox. Curt Schilling noticed that Tanaka’s elbow was in different places depending on what pitch was coming. Out of all of the pitches that Tanaka threw, the BoSox missed only twice.
The ESPN commentators talked about Tanaka’s elbow and how the batters could see that difference. Maybe someone noticed it, but maybe they hadn’t but just heard Schilling and Kruk have the discussion.
The Red Sox did get my heart beating again as they climbed back into the game. Clay looked like control was his gear, but the wheel fell off the next inning. Clay was allowing hits, and he wasn’t backing up third base. Curt had ammo and re-stated that Clay is too inconsistent to be the Ace of the Red Sox. Clay’s third inning was curtailed as he was yanked from the game as the New York Yankee’s returned to having a seven run lead.
It’s still in the fifth inning, and the Red Sox have the bats.
I suppose if the Red Sox benefited by ESPN analysis the Yankees have the same opportunity. Tanaka may not be able to change his elbow, but the announcers were talking about how his pitches have been down and not changing the eye level of the batter. He could be making the same adjustments. It does help that Hanley Ramirez just left the park.
Earlier I was trash-talking some Yankee fans. I have learned my Karmic lesson. I’m sorry Red Sox Nation.