I watched a half of basketball last night and it was so terrible that I sought out other sports news. The Celtics dug an 18 point halftime deficit clawed to within three to make it interesting, only to lose. So not happy I watched. So like I said, I sought out better sports news. The way I view it is an incomplete Celtics team isn’t what I’m going to see come playoff time (I hope).
My search started with some garbage about Obama saying thanks to the C’s for Thibodeau. Because Doc didn’t want him anymore or something. Don’t be stupid Barack Hussein, if the Celtics could have kept Thibodeau they would have. He was the defensive master behind the 2008 Championship.
My search then was highlighted by seeing that Chara will not be suspended for his hit Tuesday night (which he shouldn’t be). Then I caught some Red Sox news.
Thus the headline of Buchholz staying perfect. In three outings this spring – totaling nine innings – Buchholz has yet to give up a run. Like I said in Monday’s column, I know it’s only spring training but I’m very glad that Buchholz wasn’t included – like Iglesias – in the deal that brought in Adrian Gonzalez.
Right now the rotation is shaping up to be Beckett, Lester (Who I think should be #1), Lackey, and Buchholz. If this was 80′s baseball the Sox would be awesome. But there’s that #5 spot that is pretty much open for the taking. You have Matzucrappa typically stinking it up and then you Wakefield who’s very old and despite making the All Star team in 2009 didn’t stay too healthy. Wake bounced back last year playing the fifth starter when others were hurt and being the mop up guy out of the ‘pen.
Personally, I would like to see Matzucrappa traded. I don’t care where or for what coming back. Let him go to Texas where Nolan Ryan will let him pitch 200 pitches a game. By then his ERA should be in the teens. With four games purchased for the upcoming season, I’d like to not have to sit through Matzucrappa games. I know many people back me up.
So Buchholz is perfect so far this spring by not giving up any runs. We can only hope that the bullpen and other starters get in a similar groove as the season’s about to start. Again, Championships aren’t won on paper. So for all that the Sox look good on paper, they still need to prove it in the field.