13 May 2007
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What a comeback. Baltimore’s Chris Ray looked lost and it turns out he was lost. He walked 2, gave up a key double and made the game ending error. I’m guess he wasn’t allowed to shower with the team after the game.
The Red Sox looked foolish at the plate with journeyman Jeremy Guthrie only allowing 3 hits all day, but the 9th inning was one of those once a decade comebacks.
The bigger potentially long-term issue Sunday was the loss of Josh Beckett. He left in the 5th with an avulsion of his right middle finger. I had never heard of an avulsion before and from what I gather, nor had most others. Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy were trying to figure it out on air and the Boston Globe’s Amelie Benjamin.
My guess is the team doctor figured he had to prove to people he worked hard for his degree and decided that dropping "avulsion" on us would do the trick.
No matter what the injury, it sounds like something he won’t bounce back from in the next day or two. An avulsion sounds like it’s essentially a cut or skin seperation. If so, the Red Sox might have to put him on the 15-day DL and the depth of the Red Sox organization will be tested.
For the first 6-7 weeks of the season, all we’ve read and heard about is how great the Red Sox rotation is and how lousy the Yankees rotation is. Well, the Yankees are back at reasonable strength with Pettitte, Wang, Mussina and soon to be Clemens. The Red Sox just went down to Schilling, Matsuzaka, Wakefield and then 2 question marks in Julian Tavarez (I guess him stinking makes him not a question mark) and whoever takes Beckett’s spot.
I don’t feel quite as good anymore. Jon Lester might be back soon, but let’s face it, he doesn’t have a ton of MLB experience and I fear Red Sox fans have dubbed him the next great lefty. He might just struggle, not only with things rookies or near rookies struggle with, but with the aftermath of having just beaten cancer.
My guess is Devern Hansack will get the chance to start in Beckett’s place should Beckett get shelved. If so, it’ll be a very interesting challenge for Boston.