As tropical humidity saturates us here in North Central Connecticut, making things very uncomfortable, the Boston Red Sox are also making their fans feel the same way. And the title of this post refers to the LA Angels, for they truly HAVE been a handful for the Sox, at least for the first two games of the series. Last night, Tim Wakefield, nursing a two run lead, imploded and self destructed in the fifth inning, failing to get even one out. When the ugliness was over, it was 7-4 Angels, who were on their way to a 10-4 victory over the suddenly hapless Sox. And with the Yankees' win in Toronto last night, the AL East lead is down to a literal handful.....five games. And that's too slim. The problems? The starting pitching has been spotty unless Beckett or Matsuzaka, and sometimes Wakefield, are on the mound. And that spottiness includes today's starter, Jon Lester, who, to me, and I love the guy, is NOT ready for primetime. Not yet.
Congratulations go out to Barry Bonds, who is the all-time home run king. He hit number 756 last night, and I happened to catch it live on ESPN radio. It was one of those nights that I woke up (at 11pm!) and couldn't get back to sleep. I knew that if I had put on the Sox, they would have kept me awake with nervousness, so I tuned into ESPN radio 1410 and caught Bond's third at bat of the game as it happened. Exciting stuff!
Tonight it's Jon Lester versus Dustin Mosely, as the Red Sox try to avoid a holy sweep. It will be the most important start of Jon's young season, and a huge one for the club, too. And up at Toronto, the Blue Jays have their best pitcher going against the Yankees' best, as Halladay faces Wang. Should be a good one, especially if Toronto can take away a victory. If not, it's up to the Indians to cool down the white-hot pinstripers, who just refuse to lose. I give them credit for having the best record in all of baseball since May 29, but I know the Red Sox can and will be better. Or else!
Click on the title of this post for the latest on the Wily Mo Pena saga...he has cleared waivers and the team is going to trade him...soon. Have a great Wednesday as we hope for the old town team to take one win tonight in this series of no joy. Thanks for reading.