Early Morning Thoughts.
Is there anyone else that one would want taking the mound in a playoff game than Curt Schilling right now? Ok, Josh Beckett is one, and there are others. But Schilling’s stuff just wasn’t what it was, yet he still found a way to shut out the Angels through seven innings. Like the guy or not, either way he gets it done, with or without your (the readers) admiration in big spots.
David Ortiz has reached base in eleven of thirteen plate appearences. He is truly a remarkable offensive force in this game. He [does] seem to elevate his game come playoff time. I don’t want to get into the whole "clutch" argument again, but he has been extraordinary in the playoffs lately.
Game 4 between the Yankees and the Indians tonight. And Paul Byrd takes the mound. What is better: Byrd on several days rest or Sabathia on three days rest? I mean it sets the Indians up for game five, having an advantage I guess (CC to start, Carmona to finish, if needed?). But the Yankees have a good shot at forcing game 5, and they will gladly accept that.