I don't know what they've been doing with Dice-K for the last two months, but it appears to have worked. Last night he pitched 6 innings of shutout ball giving up just 3 hits and -- this is the important part-- just 3 walks. For once he was around the strike zone all night. As we all know, the problem has never been his stuff (which looked nasty by the way) but his control. If he's finally learned to throw strikes consistently, look out.
Assuming we get Good Dice-K for the playoffs --a big assumption-- the Sox starting rotation looks pretty good for the playoffs. Beckett seems to have recovered from his mini-slump. Lester is a model of consistency. Buchholz continues to improve with each outing, and now we have a rejuvenated Dice-K in the mix.
The Yankees on the other hand have a lot of questions after C.C. Sabathia, who doesn't have a good post season track record anyway in spite of regular season success. Now Andy Pettitte is hurt and A.J. Burnett continues his Jekyll-and-Hyde ways. But you never know how these things will shape up and who will get hot and who will go cold.