Keeping the Faith
Not long ago, though it seems like ages, the Red Sox were 10 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. The gap was widening, and assorted talking heads who love to get negative predicted that the Sox might not make the playoffs at all.
Now we head into Labor Day weekend riding a winning streak of 10 games and 16 of the last 17, and a mere 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees, who seem to be self-destructing before our very eyes (see record 22-0 trouncing by Cleveland and Kevin Brown's losing battle with a concrete wall). The pitching matchups for the remainder of the Sox-Rangers series look favorable. Trot Nixon (rehabbing in Pawtucket this weekend) and Gabe Kapler appealed their recent suspensions and won. It's hard not to be giddy.
Clearly, the Sox can't continue their current torrid pace through the end of the season. No team could. But really, do they have to? The Yankees are 6-4 in their last ten games, but their starting rotation has now been effectively reduced to Orlando Hernandez and a bunch of question marks. The Sox have momentum and the Yankees have questions, worries, internal conflicts, an irate owner, and the sound of footsteps close behindnot a position they have become accustomed to over these last several years.
With just over 4 weeks left in the season, it's looking good for our boys. If they can ride this wave a little longer, it'll be a sweet October.