Earlier today, Alejandro and I previewed the weekend’s Sox-Sox series. I said that the White Sox could win by being patient,drawing walks, and tiring out the Red Sox starters. Get to the bullpen, I advised, and then let ‘er rip. Alejandro argued that the Red Sox could win by staking an early lead.
In Game 1, the Red Sox did manage to stake a reasonably early lead, scoring once in the first, twice in the fifth, four times in the sixth, and once in the eighth. But the White Sox only managed two walks and two hits, while striking out eight times in all and scoring no runs. Not only did Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch well, he also gave Boston 8 full innings of work.
So I’d say Alejandro wins this round. Except that, as a White Sox fan, I’m sure he’d rather have lost.
And a slight change of plan for tomorrow: no longer is Triple-A hurler David Pauley Boston’s penciled-in starter. Nope. Top prospect Michael Bowden will be making his major league debut instead. That doesn’t really change much, strategically—Bowden isn’t likely to go deeper into the game than Pauley would’ve—but it does make this game a heckuvalot more exciting for Red Sox fans.