The Sox have held their own on this 9 game road trip by taking 2 of 3 from the O's and the Jays. Now, it is time to put the nail in the coffin. The Sox can basically eliminate the Yankees from playoff contention over the next three days. Taking 2 of 3 with the projected pitching match-ups would be a solid finish to the road trip. Tonight it is Wakfield, returning from the DL, against Pettitte. It should be interesting to see how Wake does with the rest he has gotten from being on the DL. The Sox will need some quality starts from the knuckleballer down the stretch with Beckett's health, now very uncertain.
I also saw a rumor that the Sox were looking to get Mark Kotsay from the Braves for a mid-level prospect. This would be a nice late season pick up. Also, this would make it seem that the JD Drew thing is pretty serious. He may continue to play or go on the DL, but the question is can he be effective when he is in the line-up? August is a tough time for every team and it seems within the past week everyone has had someone get hurt. Staying healthy is by far the biggest challenge for a MLB team.
On what Dan said about jinxing the "Sawks" with overconfidence. I remember being in a bar on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington DC, named of all things, Billy Martin's watching the final innings of the '04 ALCS. And the bartender says, "I'm buying everyone shots, what do you want?" with one look I silenced the bartender, and he understood you simply cannot tempt fate and the baseball gods like that. Needless to say, he waited for the final out before he spoke to me again.
Let's bury those bastards in the Bronx this week.