John Smoltz may be a future Hall of Famer, but he certainly didn't look like that last night in the Bronx.
Smoltz was DFA'd carrying a Chien Ming Wang-esque ERA of 8.33, and a 2-5 record. He has given up eight home runs.
In Smoltz's first two games with the Red Sox, he was tattooed by the light-hitting Washington Nationals and Oakland A's, and by the Baltimore Orioles a few outings later. In pretty much all of his outings, Smoltzy couldn't get out of the fifth inning.
With injuries going around the Red Sox' position players and pitchers, and Paul Byrd potentially not being ready for a month or so, Beckett, Lester and Buchholz will have to carry the rotation.
Wakefield won't be back with the team for about two weeks, and Daisuke Matsuzaka is still on the 60-day DL, and is aiming for a mid-September return.
The bullpen will be depleted if the Sox can't get six strong out of their "Big Three" of Lester, Beckett and Buchholz.
The Red Sox also DFA'd pitcher Billy Traber, added pitcher Junichi Tazawa (currently with the Red Sox AA afilliate in Portland, Maine), and claimed Chris Woodward off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Woodward and Tazawa have both been added to the active roster.
2009 is looking eerily like 2006 with the Red Sox, as the injury bug begins biting in August, and then the entire collapse of the season for Boston. Tonight's game could have huge implications to the division and the wild card for Boston.
Look on the bright side. If 2009 ends like 2006, that may mean 2010 ends like 2007: with a Wold Series Championship.