If I would have made the prediction before the season that in the third week of May the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies would both be in last place in their respective divisions I would have been laughed at.
I probably would have been taken about as seriously by the baseball community as Kathy Griffin is by fellow comedians. To sum it up I do not think that anybody thought that it was plausible that both teams would be basement dwellers at this point of the season.
The Red sox come into tonight’s match-up at 18-20, which is much better than the 12-19 record the team sported a week ago. Even with winning six of their last seven the Sox are still in last place in the American League East.
The Phillies on the other hand have been as offensively deficient as ever and even though the team is above .500 at 20-19 they sit in last place in the National League East. The team is riding a five game winning streak entering the weekend.
Philly has actually struggled at the plate and with their pitching as well, which was supposed to be among the best in the game.
One thing is for sure and that even though each team has had its share of injuries, this series offers an opportunity to get back on the right track. Each team needs to continue their winning ways by pitching well and generating timely offense or the last place whole both teams are in may be too big to crawl out of.