There's no closer controversy. Yet. This isn't like the NFL, where if you have two number one quarterbacks, then you don't have any. It's about getting the job done, and ultimately Jonathan Papelbon is a future top-of-the-rotation guy. We all dream of a productive rotation with Beckett, Papelbon, Lester, and some more young guns. Craig Hansen is the closer-in-waiting, not JP.
No kidding. But back to today. Don't read lips, especially if you're faint of heart, as Josh Beckett punches out hitters and does some fist pumping. Beckett has the overpowering heat, a hard sinker, and struggled a bit with less than 12-to-6 action on the breaking ball. Quality start = victory. The QS has a 100% predictive value on the young season.
It's easy to see improved defense (don't forget the 7-5-2 out at the plate), and it's always good to win a series, especially on the road.
Pen Pals. Timlin looked shaky, but maybe shaking off the rust will get him back to where he needs to be. Papelbon was simply spectacular, blowing away the Rangers.
Nixon's the One. The Sox didn't hit much against another first time around starter, but it was enough. Obviously, Papi's going to face the shift, but he's not up
"It's just that simple." My college coach always used to say this. You play good baseball and you have a solid chance of coming out on top. Tonight the Sox simply played good baseball. Refreshing, like a breath of fresh air. Beating the opposition on the road with pitching and defense, just like Mr. Doubleday drew it up.