While the last two games certainly were not statement games for the Sox, they may have been exactly what the doctor ordered. Lots of stepping up from expected (David Ortiz walking off with a double) and unexpected sources (Scoot’s walk off bunt). The moral of the story is, these Sox aren’t dead yet.
Today I’m taking a break from the statistical aspect of the Sox. I’ve spent enough time this year talking about VORP, BABIP, and all that stuff. I went to today’s game and had a great time. I got to see Buchholz dominate, a walk off, and an amazing sunburn (on myself).
This weekend’s series has been a roller coaster. Last night I texted a friend of mine, “I hate the Sox. Literally, all of them.” followed by “except for Lowrie.” then “and Ortiz, I’m back.”
Let’s start with the initial frustration. I still sort of stand by it. I do hate a lot of Red Sox. Not personally, but as players. Friday night, I knew, knew, that Cameron wasn’t going to come through. I’ve seen enough Red Sox games to know better. He isn’t the player he used to be, and he is not the guy you want batting with the game on the line.
Players I am comfortable with with the game on the line are under one of two categories: veteran Red Sox, and kids. I trust the Sox who are lifers because they know what it means to be beloved at Fenway. Ortiz, Youk, Lowell, Drew, Dusty, Tek. They know. And I trust them. Kids don’t know any better. They may not get it yet, but they are too young to understand and care. There is no pressure. Ryan Kalish had a good weekend. To him, his first MLB games are scary enough. After losing the jitters, there is just confidence. I keep Lowrie, Kalish, and MacDonald in that area.
The guys in between, it isn’t that I don’t like you, its that I don’t trust you. Scoot, Beltre and V Mart are solid hitters. They come through sometimes too. I just don’t trust them yet. They are rentals, not Red Sox.
Let’s get off the downer though. Two straight walk offs are sure to swing some momentum to the Sox. The Yanks are coming to town after 4 with Cleveland at home. That means we should have won at least 5 of our last 7 enter New York. While they have dropped 2 of 3 headed to Toronto for three before they meet the Sox.
Make no mistake about it, the Yanks are by no means out of the woods yet. They finish with Rays 3, Os 3, Rays 3, Sox 3, Jays 3, Sox 3. That is 12 games against top 5 teams in baseball in your last 3 weeks.
Non-sequitor here: I really hate Joe Morgan. He just came on the TV. My eyes are bleeding, I’ll be back tomorrow.