Jose Contreras (5-0, 1.41) vs. Carlos Zambrano (2-2, 3.34)
After yesterday's brawl, expect there to be pre-game warnings issued to both sides. Both managers have said there will be no retribution (in the form of beanings) today. I can honestly say that I'd be shocked if Contreras hit anyone, but I can't say the same for Zambrano. He's a few missed Prozac away loony bin -- I don't think he knows what he's going to do from one minute to the next.
Zambrano will be fired up, for sure; which either means 12K complete game shutout or 3rd inning meltdown. The key for the Sox will be working the count, and getting in his head a little on the basepaths. He has a history of beaning Sox players, hitting Aaron Rowand (intentionally) and A.J. Pierzynski (plausible deniability) when they met exactly a year ago.
Expect Michael Barrett and Pierzynski back in the lineup today, as it takes the Mr. Watson a few days to decide the length of the sentences handed out.
With Contreras coming off the DL to make the start, somebody has to be shipped out. One would think that somebody has to be Boone Logan, but Agustin Montero has been almost as bad, and he doesn't seem to be one of Ozzie's boys. I don't really care who it is, but they both should be off the roster sooner rather than later.
Update [2006-5-21 14:40:10 by The Cheat]: I thought I posted this before I went to bed last night. I accidentally left it behind the 5th wall.