Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Flounder In Florida

I'm getting sick of John Lackey. I'll say it again more loudly. I'M GETTING SICK OF JOHN LACKEY. Give him a lead and he quickly squanders it. The Boston Red Sox lost their second in a row to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 5-3. The Sox had a two run lead until Carl Crawford homered off Lackey in the sixth inning. After the game, Big Papi David Ortiz was asked if the 2010 season is basically over...

"It's not over yet. It's not over yet. We come back Tuesday in Baltimore and keep playing hard. That's the only thing we can control. Keep playing hard and see what happens."

I'm usually the most optimistic Red Sox fan but my nerves are beginning to fray and my hope for October baseball is vanishing as quickly as the summer warmth gives way to the autumn chill. Boston is seven games behind in the loss column with only thirty one to play. Here's Adrian Beltre, who refuses to come out of the lineup even though he's been slightly hampered with one of his hamstrings...

“Tough. We came wanting to at least win the series and hopefully take the three games, and it didn’t happen. But that’s in the past, and we have to do whatever we can do from now on to gain some ground. We’re still in it. We haven’t gotten on a winning streak. If we do that, and hopefully they lose some games, and we’ll be right there. We still have six games against the Yankees. You never know what can happen.’’

He's exactly right. Winning two of three will not do it any more. They're chasing two teams and the sand is pouring through the hour glass. Plain and simple, Boston is running out of time. A ten game winning streak would certainly help but I think the Sox are too crippled with injuries to plate enough runs. They're in dire straits.

Don't forget to click on this post's title for all the coverage of last night's flounder in Florida and as always, BE WELL. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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