- Jul 18, 2005
While only one game, last night sums it up. Top 5 goes go 0-fer. First run scores on a play that Sox CF makes. Top 2 relievers are sitting. Backup (or 3rd string) catcher gets game-winner. Given the way Nola (an excellent pitcher) was pitching (better than excellently), the only way they were going to win is hold the Philllies down until Nola was out. Still no guarantees in a bullpen game, but they were not getting a 2nd run against him.This is really the key. I don't know if they're the "best" team in the league, but they are clearly the most balanced. The Yankees have an iffy rotation, the Indians have a dumpster-fire bullpen, and the Astros lineup has massively underperfomed compared to last year. Whereas the Sox are at or near the top in all three categories, with plus defense all over the field (especially with Kinsler). This is a solid, solid team.