It's official, Kelly Shoppach is Josh Beckett's personal catcher. I know that today is a day game after a night game, but Shop played on Friday night. I'm sure Salty could have played today if Beckett wasn't a baby.
It's supposed to be a little warmer in Chicago today, however I look for a low scoring game. It's a get a way day and the Sox return home after the game. The Sox had a tendency to play spring training type offensive games in these scenarios last year. Perhaps that has something to do with why the players were whining about the schedule last year. Hopefully they've gotten over that and they prove me wrong by scoring a bunch of runs today off of Gavin Floyd the White Sox starter. Hopefully the wind won't be blowing in at gale force from left field. Cody Ross (2) and Big Papi both lost homeruns to the wind last night.
Here is the line up for today:
The Sox are on a roll and look to keep it going today. A win would put them over .500 for the first time this year. No Jerry Remy in the booth today. I'm not a big fan of Nick Cafardo's articles, but I don't mind listening to him work with Don on TV. I thought he was much more natural than Pete Abraham last night. I also hope that the Rem Dawg is healthy and can get back to work soon. Get well soon Jerry! I would hate to have a repeat of 2010 when he was out for an extended period of time. Perhaps it is time for NESN to look into hiring someone to split some of the games a la Tommy Heinsohn on CSNNE. My vote would obviously be for Eck and I'd love to see a couple of games with a 3 man booth. While we are on the topic of media I have been very impressed with Matt Stairs on the pre-game and post-game coverage. He seems very comfortable in front of the camera.
No live chat today so leave game comments here.