Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester.
Who would have thought that on the 17th of June the guy I'd feel the best about taking the hill every 5th day would have been Lester?
Sure, Beckett is still Beckett, although he's been a tad more shaky this year than I'd have expected after turning into the 2007 version of Sandy Koufax. And yeah, Daisuke is 8-0 with a ERA under 3.00, but let's be honest; is there ANY ONE who isn't waiting for the other shoe to drop and him turn into the guy who walks 6 guys in 3 innings?
Wake and Schill are old and at least with Schill, disabled. So that leaves Lester. Or Crab Cakes, as Cyn so brilliantly named him for his tendency to somehow look like a 88 year old in a 24 year old body.
Tonight, against a lineup that made Bartolo Colon look like a rookie AND sent him to the DL, Lester was brilliant; 7 IP, 5 K's, and O runs, marking his 3rd straight outstanding outing. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins? Just three names on the lineup card.
Oki with a scoreless 8th, Pap striking out the side in the 9th, and I could SWEAR I heard "Dirty Water" playing over the Philadelphia loudspeakers as the game ended.
Or was that just in my head?
Whatever it was, all I know is the Sox won and all is right with the world.
Tomorrow, Rakes may announce his manifesto that will allow him to rule the world. And I'm OK with that.
Crab Cakes shut out the Phillies TONIGHT.
Life is good.