Friday, April 09, 2004

Pitching Questions

The Sox lost yesterday. But the good news is that Scott Schoenewies wasn’t a complete disaster. He didn’t pitch well, giving up 7 hits and and 4 walks in 6 innings. But he only gave up 3 runs to a loaded Yankees lineup. If the Sox can get 180+ innings from Schoeneweis with and ERA under 5.00, they will have a good chance to make a run at the division title.

Another question mark in the Sox starting rotation, Jon Garland, starts today. He is coming off of two mediocre seasons and as Simon Cowell would say, he needs to "raise the bar" on his performance. He had solid spring in Arizona (2.28 ERA) and is still only 24 years old. So there is still hope he can become a top starter in the big leagues.