The Sox finally got over the hump! For the first time this season, the Sox have a winning record. The monkey is gone. Now we can all just focus on the fact that the Sox sit a mere 3.5 games out of first place.
As I alluded to yesterday, they certainly didn’t make it easy on themselves trying to get over .500 by facing Justin Verlander. But, even that couldn’t stop them. It’s interesting that Verlander hinted at this possibility himself. I’m sure he was just being modest and PC. But, before the game he said he didn’t think he’d be able to dominate the Sox like he did on Opening Day. Then he goes out and gets lit up. Coincidence? Does he know something we don’t? Or did he just know that the Sox are a damn fine team, and he should expect to take his lumps every now and then? I know if Pedro had made the same comments, and then had the same performance, I’d be wondering what was wrong with his shoulder.
I should also mention a fine job by Daniel Bard. Sure there were more home runs than I like. But, he shut down a pretty good offense and gave the Sox a chance. When you’re facing Verlander, that’s all you need your pitcher to do. Keep the other team low enough to allow the offense to do its work. A great game to build on from here.
Two more games against Detroit. Their ace is out of the way, and ours is coming up. You have to like the Sox chances of winning the homestand at this point. From there, who knows?
It’s a lot of fun.