Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pitching Postscript

One week ago, almost to the hour, it was posited by yours truly that the Red Sox starting pitchers had sucked in the first two weeks of the 2011 season, and until they got better, the team wouldn't.

Validating this premise with the speed and efficiency of a science demonstration in the old "Mr. Wizard" kid's TV show of the '50s, the Red Sox starting pitchers got a lot better right away and continued to do the rest of the week. Lo and behold, the team got way better, too, winning six of seven games despite the fact that none of their other early troubles (hitting with men on base, a National Leaguesque bottom of the order) were mitigated in the slightest.

Baseball can be a subtle sport. But not as often as it can be a simple one.


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