Game 2: Chien-Ming Wang (1–3, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jose Contreras (3–3, 3.79 ERA)
I despise the day/night doubleheader. If you’re going to play two, play them back-to-back. I realize that it’s all about money, but it still bugs me. Anyway, the first game today I already previewed last night, and nothing has changed so you can check it out here.
The nightcap features Chien-Ming Wang and Jose Contreras. Contreras is another in the long list of things/people I despise. Watching him pitch for the Yankees was one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever had to sit through. Watching him go to Chicago and “discover himself” the following year was even more excruciating. There’s nothing I’d love more than to see the Yanks sweep the ChiSox today, and batter Contreras in the process.
In a nutshell: You pretty much always expect a split in a doubleheader. The Red Sox lost last night, and they send Julian Tavarez and his 6.60 ERA to the hill tonight against a hot Detroit team. With a sweep and a Sox loss the Yanks could move to within 6.5 games, and back to .500.
Keys to the games: I’m going to say the bats need to come to life. I think the pitching will be fine today. Mussina keeps his roll going and Wang bounces back from a shaky start to reassert himself as the ace. A-Rod, Abreu, Damon and Giambi need to break out, or at least two of them need to. A doubleheader is a perfect opportunity to do so.
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