Both Clay Buchholtz and Chien-Ming Wang lasted less than five innings last night just one week after hooking up for a pitchers duel. If the Sox or Yanks see a pitcher twice in such a short period of time they will take advantage. Their line ups are too smart and too patient. Tonight we get another rematch in Beckett vs. Mussina, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of runs again. Although, I think the Sox have a distinct advantage in this game concerning starting pitching.
I can't figure out why David Ortiz has become such a hacker. He has some hits lately, and I hope that is a sign that he is coming out of his slump. However, he is failing at a lot of first pitches and therefore producing weak ground ball outs. This was the case a couple of times last night. If he shows more patience and can poke the ball the other way against those ridiculous shifts, he will be more successful and get back into a groove. I just hope the knee isn't a serious problem. If it is, he should just sit until it is 100%. The rest of the line up can hold up until he gets back.