June Swoon? YES!
I came across an article from the Hartford Courant today that said so much, and said it well. You see, the Boston Red Sox have a sub .500 record so far this month of June, but they haven't lost any ground on anyone. Here's a little bit of what I mean, from the Courant........
"You'd never know it by looking at the standings, but the Red Sox are experiencing a good, old-fashioned June swoon.
With two games remaining in the month, the Red Sox are sitting below .500 for June at 12-13.
The Red Sox ended their second West Coast swing in three weeks Wednesday with a stumble in Seattle, swept in a three-game series for the first time this season.
After not losing more than two in a row in either April (16-8) or May (20-8), the Red Sox are now riding their second losing streak of the month of at least three games.
But the worst might well be over.
Despite their hard landing, the Red Sox actually gained ground in the American League East over the course of the road trip. The lead was 81/2 over the Yankees the morning of June 18. Today, it stands at 91/2 over Toronto.
And when the Red Sox take field at Fenway Park tonight for a four-game series with the Rangers, they begin a stretch of 18 home games in their next 21, with just a three-game trip to Detroit July 6-8, before the All-Star break."
Peter here, and that's great news about the upcoming schedule. All the teams are under .500, and a whole bunch of home games should, and I say SHOULD, help put some distance between the Sox and their pursuers....if they can put together some wins. Beckett and Daisuke are just fine, Julian must bounce back from his last start, Timmy Wakefield must bounce back from his last half month and Gabbard has to bounce, period. This is a critical 21 game stretch when the team can all but rule the AL East or let the other teams creep back in. I hope the Sox can make the most of it.
Thanks to the Hartford Courant for this post's idea,. The entire article is linked to the title of this post.
The Rangers are in for four. 7pm Fenway baseball tonight. FINALLY. Here are the pitching matchups.
Jamey Wright (1-1, 7.43 ERA) vs. Wakefield (7-8, 4.52) tonight
Robinson Tejeda (5-7, 6.57) vs. Beckett (11-1, 3.07) Saturday
Kameron Loe (4-6, 6.02) vs. Julian Tavarez (5-5, 4.60) Sunday
Brandon McCarthy (4-4, 5.90) vs. Kason Gabbard (1-0, 6.48) Monday