Tonite we anticipate the return of our ace, Curt Schilling, to the mound.
He's been gone for about 60 games now, strengthening his muscles in his shoulder, getting ready for the remaining 51 games, and we expect, beyond.
His rehab starts with Pawtucket have been impressive, and we hope it translates to an effective outing tonite.
I don't know about you, but for me, Schill coming back feels like we just acquired another great arm. I know we really didn't; he's just been gone for awhile. But when you look at our already really solid starters (Beckett, Dice-K and Wake) along with a bullpen which includes Delcarmen, Okajima, Gagne, and Papelbon, adding Curt to the mix is like icing on the cake, for me.
Curt isn't the same guy he was back in '04. We all know this, and I accept this. We just need a guy who can get us through 6 innings, so our intimidating bullpen can do their stuff. All this time off, getting rehab and conditioning was a good thing for Curt, and the Sox.
We all know we are lacking some power bat strength this year. It isn't some secret out there. Papi's been hurting, and it has shown in his numbers. The Sox, going forward, have a mission: to prove that good pitching wins championships.
As of now, the Yankees are currently tied in the wildcard race. They aren't a team of good pitchers, they are good hitters. Let's see what means more in the long haul; the hot bats vs. the hot pitching.
Time to settle in, and enjoy some really good baseball, folks!!