Red Sox Eyes On The AL East Prize? Boston 9 Baltimore 3
I know, I know, the title suggests premature thinking. The Boston Red Sox completed their three game sweep of the orange and black Baltimore Orioles with another resounding THUMPING, this time by a score of 9-3. THE SOX ARE HOT and are only four games behind the Bronx pinstripers in the loss column and eight games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card race. Remember, the Sox and the Yanks spend this coming weekend together in "brotherly love" for three contests. Who knows what the future will bring? I sure don't.
Yesterday, Daisuke Matsuzaka took the hill for the team from Boston and again proved he's ready for anyone with a piece of lumber in his hands. He went 5 1/3 innings and surrendered eight hits while giving up three runs, walking only one and snuffing out five. Not bad, Mr. Matsuzaka. The Boston bullpen goose egged the Birdies from there with Ramirez, Okie and Saito collectively giving the wingless and grounded Birds only one harmless hit. The Orioles continue to be hapless and helpless while the Boston pitching solidifies into one irresistible and unbeatable mass. Here's the Red Sox skipper, Terry "Tito" Francona...
“It’s amazing how when the pitching is consistent,” said manager Terry Francona, “everything else has a way of working. Even when the bats aren’t alive on one night, your pitching still gives you a chance. Your bullpen’s not overworked - things like that. It gives you a chance every night to be a good team.”
And birthday boy Jason Bay, what say you??
“We live and die with those starters,” left fielder Jason Bay said. “It’s not meant as an excuse or a copout by the offense - I think any team will tell you the same. No matter who we’ve been running out there lately, we’ve been getting unbelievable starting pitching.”
Any way you look at it, my Constant Readers, the Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball. They will continue their 2009 season in Kansas City tonight. Here are the all-important pitching matchups for the four game series which is followed by three games in the Bronx battlefield known as the "new" Yankee Stadium. Bah, humbug...
9/21/2009 at KC 8:10 PM ET NESN Wakefield (11-4) vs. DiNardo (0-1)
9/22/2009 at KC 8:10 PM ET NESN Byrd (1-1) vs. Greinke (14-8)
9/23/2009 at KC 8:10 PM ET NESN Beckett (15-6) vs. Hochevar (7-10)
9/24/2009 at KC 8:10 PM ET NESN Buchholz (6-3) vs. Hughes (0-1)
That's a wrap for yet another mid to late September Monday. Our team has been playing great and the only kink, the weak link, is Paul Byrd. HE WILL NOT BE NEEDED IN THE POSTSEASON, a soon-to-be fun time in October. I'll be there all the way, writing every single morning. Count on it.
Click on this post's title for more Sox happenings and as always, BE WELL. I want to give a shout out to Gary...he knows who he is. Thanks, Gary! Happy New Year to you and yours, too.
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