Thursday, July 24, 2008

Celebrating in Seattle

Although this three game trip to the Emerald City was not without moments of trepidation, it was what the Sox needed to get back to some winning habits. I know it's the Mariners. I know they are horrendous, but an extra inning win on the road is always a confidence booster. The fact that Boston had a lead yesterday, lost it, but then fought back shows a little fortitude; something they've been lacking in recent road games.

Now they head back to Fenway for nine games. Their next opponents, the Yanks, Angels, and A's, won't roll over and die like the M's. The Sox will have to dig deep, but I don't think a 6-3 home stand is out of the question. Besides, the Yankees need to be brought down to Earth a bit. Their veterans are not going to let them slide too far, but I think they've been doing it with smoke and mirrors lately. This series should clue us in on what both Boston and New York are really made of this year.


Dennis said...

Pitching against these two teams is kind of like being bludgeoned to death with a pebble. They just keep taking pitches, and taking pitches, and fouling balls off, and taking a walk, and hitting a double off the wall and taking more borderline pitches. So as a starting pitcher after four innings you have thrown a hundred pitches and are absolutely exhausted.

Maybe Beckett or Chamberlain will throw a gem, but more likely no starting pitcher will last beyond the sixth inning in this series. And that means these game swill be decided by middle relief, which is the soft underbelly for both teams.

I have a feeling we are going to see three games that sit at 2-1 or 1-0 going into the seventh and end up 8-6 or 10-9.

Dan said...

Isn't that always the way? It's not only exhausting for the pitchers, but for the fans as well.