He may be old. He may be fat. But the dude throws strikes. David Wells went 8 strong innings, shutting out the Cardinals, and walking no one for his third straight start. 94 pitches, 74 strikes. That’s bordering on ridiculous. Only 4 walks in 60 innings all year. I think this is the David Wells Theo had in mind. There was one point when Wells thought he had a strikeout on an 0-2 pitch but it was called a ball. He stared in, shook his head, laughed to himself, then got the guy on the next pitch. And probably took a dump on umpire Field Culbreth’s car after the game.

The bats looked a little more alive. Jason Varitek continues to tear it up without being noticed. Ortizzle hit one out, as did Edgah! Mueller’s average continues to creep up, and he made a very nice bare-handed play at third. Note to Francona: do not, under any circumstances, play Millar in left field. He looked like a little-leaguer out there, or maybe a ballerina, as he spun himself dizzy trying to track down a fairly routine fly ball. And Keith Foulke…never mind.

Today, we have the dreaded off day before playing day-ball at Wrigley tomorrow.