Do you want to press that button? We'll wait and see what happens Sunday at the Trop. Boston enters that game with a 4 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the wildcard race. A week ago this morning, it was twice that size.
The Red Sox are falling part quicker than the Faber College Homecoming Parade. We can't see Terry Francona pleading in front of a stampede of fans like Chip Diller (Kevin Bacon) trying to calm everyone down - even with only 4 degrees of separation between the Red Sox and Rays in the loss column. Someone pointed out just the other day how we were going to be more focused on the Rays than the Yankees before we knew it. Now, we know it. An apparent sense of calm exuded from Francona after Friday's debacle. That followed serenity after Thursday's capitulation and balance after Wednesday's implosion. Nothing changed after Saturday's 6-5 loss.
Instead of asking for 10,000 marbles - Flounder should ask 7 innings out of any starter not named Josh Beckett or Jon Lester.
Is anyone seriously thinking about Boston winning the division anymore? Just checking.
The Red Sox are 2-8 in September and have 5 games left against the Rays. But with just 17 to play overall, the numbers are still on their side - barely. That's subject to change quickly. Before Dave Roberts stole second base, this type of early-September slide would be viewed a prelude to another collapse. Now we've been brainwashed to believe that regular-season collapses like 1978 are a thing of the past.
The Politburo already has plenty of excuses lined up (injuries chief among them). This same team afflicted with so many injuries also just happened to be woefully physically unprepared for the start of the season - especially in the pitching department. Those feel-good ads on NESN want us to ignore the 2-10 start - as if those games didn't count in the standings. That's no different that a 90-day late on your credit report. It may have happened months ago, but it's still a problem.
You have to believe the Red Sox will earn a playoff berth. But then what? With the pitching situation this perilous: Is there any realistic chance of running the table consecutively against, let's say, the Rangers, Yankees and Phillies?
We'd like to say that's about the same odds the Bruins faced when the playoffs began last spring. But the Bruins didn't have to count on John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Erik Bedard 3 days a week. And Roberto Luongo isn't replacing C.J. Wilson any time soon.
Right now, the Duckboats can stick to their regular schedule. We'll let them know if something changes.
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