This would be the point where, if I wanted to scream "I told you so!", I would. Billy Wagner came on in the ninth in a 3-3 game last night, gave up a walk and a hit, and allowed the winning run for the Angels to come across. The 4-3 loss broke Boston's seven-game winning streak and trimmed a half-game off Boston's wild-card lead over the Rangers.
I'm not doing it because Wagner hasn't been that bad for the Sox. In 8 games and 7.1 innings of work with Boston, Wagner has 12 strikeouts and three holds, a 1-1 record and a 2.46 ERA to go along with a 1.09 WHIP. Those are not bad numbers at all. Compare that to this line:
2-2, 6.75 ERA, 18.2 IP, 14 ER, 1.875 WHIP, 3 BSV
That is Eric Gagne's line from 2007. Comparing Wagner to him at this juncture would be ludicrious. So while I am not eating my words just yet...I am getting the silverware out.
Buchholz takes the mound down in Baltimore tonight. He owned the Orioles the last time he faced them, going seven innings and getting the win in a 10-0 Boston romp. Here's hoping the new and improved Buchholz has a repeat performance tonight.