And The Beat Goes On

July 4, 2008 – 8:59 pm

Boston 6, NYY 4.  Once again, another pretty predictable game.  Josh Beckett with a June ERA of 2.38 vs. Darrell Rasner with a June ERA of 6.47.  The only unknown here was how the Yankees would react to the closed door team meeting after yesterday’s game.  Well, the boost it provided lasted all of one inning.  Then it was back to business as usual — 1 run on 4 hits in the final eight innings.  And even then, it took a botched call on Jeter’s RBI “hit” in the ninth to get that one run.

The silver lining here is that the bullpen continues to pitch great.  Over the last 19+ innings, they’ve got a combined 2.90 ERA.  So if the bats ever come alive and there are some leads to protect, the Yankees might be in good shape.  And how about Edwar Ramirez?  Another two innings of shutout ball, with three K’s including one of Manny Ramirez.  You don’t hear much these days from all the naysayers about how he would never last in the majors.  That’s now 27 appearances, 23 without giving up a run, and an ERA below 3.00.

Tomorrow Boston has Justin Masterson on the mound, and he’s been knocked around quite a bit in his last few starts.  So the dormant offense will have yet another opportunity to wake up.  Time is slowly starting to run out here.

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