Rays - Red Sox -James Shields / John Lackey
Peter Gammons, Mut & Merloni (WEEI):
I think everyone is completely shocked. I don't get a sense of anger as much as, "What in the world is going on here?" I liken it to what's going through Albert Pujols' mind when he's hitting about .170 right now [.200/.260/.267], going, "This is impossible." A lot of weird things have happened.Gammons also thought the Red Sox might attempt to call off tonight's game because of the expected rain, as well as for a day off. "A couple of days of breathers wouldn't be a bad thing at this point."
However, the opposite point -- sitting around and stewing for an extra 24 hours (off day on Thursday) about getting off to the worst start in franchise history* before playing again probably isn't a good idea, either -- is equally valid.
* Worst start after 11 games, that is, tied with 1925, 1927, and 1996.
AL East: Blue Jays/Mariners, 3:30 PM; Orioles/Yankees, 7 PM