Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Cardinals 10, Astros 7
Yankees lead series 2-0
Red Sox Nation is calling it. Time of death: 10:28 p.m. Or whenever Olerud’s homer landed in the right-field seats. The long-suffering Boston fans can’t see a comeback from an 0-2 hole. At least there shouldn’t be any offseason second-guessing and questioning — Schilling’s injury will go down as the turning point in this series. They may not admit it, but Yankee fans are relieved he may not pitch again. And they won’t want to hear it, but the Sox’ ace clearly wasn’t able to pitch in Game 1 and that, more than anything, is why he was beaten. There has been a history of the home teams winning every game in a seven-game series, so if the Red Sox manage to sweep the games at Fenway, all they’ll need is one of the final two in the Bronx. It’s not out of the question, but first they need to win Game 3, then Game 4. Then Game 5. I would be surprised if it’s a sweep — however, if the Yankees take Game 3 … well, Sunday might be a day of rest for everyone.
Cardinals lead series 1-0
I think this was the game the Astros had to win. Their chances seemed better with Backe than they do with Pete Munro tonight. Man, what a different series this could be with at least either Andy Pettitte or Wade Miller. Interesting that this game was decided by the same score as the Yankees-Red Sox Game 1, with the home team winning. As for tonight’s second game, Matt Morris has been up and down all year. Maybe Houston’s batters can jump out to a good early lead and give him some breathing room, settle him down, allow him to relax just enough to pitch well. I’ll be rooting for the Astros tonight, only because a 1-1 series would essentially be starting over with the games in Houston and Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens on the mound.