So first off let me say that nothing pisses me off more than a player dogging it. Case in point was Manny Ramirez in the last series against the Angels. Lollygagging it to first base on more than one occasion. He leaves Boston and has a killer series against the Diamondbacks for the Dodgers. He is 8-for-13 with five RBIs in three games including two home runs for L.A.
You know what? Forget him.
Jason Bay had a fine weekend in his Sox debut. Going 4-11 with six runs, three walks, a triple, a home run and three RBI’s. He scored the winning run in a great game on Friday and proved right off the bat that he’s a perfect fit in Boston. Embraced immediately by the fans, this guy contributed from the word “go”.
The team managed to find it’s winning ways again following a sweep at the hands of the Angels. As I said in Thursday’s anything less than a sweep of the A’s and Royals would be unacceptable. Well, three down and three to go.
The Royals are actually playing really good baseball right now. They took two of three from the White Sox over the weekend (rocking the old school powder blues) and knocked the White Sox out of first place, where the Twinkies now stand.
The first game of the series is the one that worries me most with KC. They have Gil Meche matching up against Clay Buchholz. KC has won his last 6 games started and he’s improved to 9-9. Where as our boy Clay has been knocked around a bit after his return from Pawtucket going 0-3 and seen his ERA jump about a run and a half.
But this is the same KC team that was no hit by John Lester earlier this season. Sure that was May but I’m assuming the Red Sox have a decent scouting report on the Royals. They managed to sweep them in a four game set in May so let’s hope that this trend continues.
Here’s hoping that the young arms start to get dialed in in time for a post season push. It’d be a good start with Buchholz tonight and hopefully Masterson and Delcarmen follow suit out of the pen.
Needless to say I’m not as frustrated had Bay come to town and gone 1-11, the Sox lost two of three, and the Yankees were in second place. As it stands the Sox are still 3 games back from the Rays who have yet to fade. Maybe they’re for real? Time will tell.