Power Failure Continues For The Red Sox
Another day, another Red Sox loss and Yankee win. The Yankees are consistantly beating the same exact teams the Red Sox play .500 against, and that does not bode well for the postseason. Forget about first place....the Yankees will pass us in 5 days, if not less. I love the Sox, but with no Manny, Youk and Big Papi (just for Friday against Kazmir), too much of the power of the off and on to begin with Red Sox offense will be and has been missing.
Last night, Toronto completed the sweep against the Boston club. And they did it with another MONSTER 8th inning. Mike Timlin entered and exited the game, and in between he loaded the bases. Jonathon Papelbon cleared them by allowing a grand slam home run to Russ Adams. But it wouldn't have mattered. The Sox, held hitless until a JD Drew leadoff homer in the fifth, only managed to plate one run. It was another case of mediocre pitchers facing the Sox and emerging looking like a cross between Cy Young and Bob Gibson. It's depressing. A team wants to enter the playoffs with a little momentum on their side, but the Red Sox are doing the exact opposite. They are falling apart before our very eyes, and it's sickening. The only good news from last night was the Cleveland victory over Detroit, completing their own sweep of the second place wild card team. Because of that, it's a given that the Sox will be in the playoffs as a wild card team. But they're NOT the team that carried Red Sox Nation on it's shoulders and made us all proud. All season long. And that's a shame.
Click on the the title of this post for more of the sad goings on in Canada, and enjoy the off day today. Keep your chins up....hold your heads high. We're still going to the playoffs. It's just that we'll be limping in instead of strutting like a proud stallion, ready to win.