As successful as the Red Sox have been this year, I’ve been inversely as good with blogging about them. Make me wonder whether I’m biting off more then I can chew next year with plans for a 1918 Red Sox diary that’s similar to what I’m doing over at the 1967 AL Pennant Race site (at least I’ve kept up with that). Anyway, as I sit here, the Red Sox are up 1-0 in the second inning. If the Red Sox win the game, their magic number will now be 7. And with just 12 games to go after tonight, they can go 6-6 and be guaranteed a tie even if the Yankees win out. They’re magic number for the Wild Card is six, so they can go .500 the rest of the way and be guarateed a playoff spot. It’s a much nice situtation then what we had to contend with last year.
David Ortiz is really starting to heat up. He’s been en fuego in the second half and in September, he’s been even better hitting at a .396/.524/.833 clip. Here’s a cool stat about Ortiz. The only month he didn’t hit .300 was April and even then he just missed with a .297 average. That’s some consistency. He’s also had a .400 OBP in every month and a slugging percentage above .530. I know Ortiz’s name isn’t mentioned much these days for the MVP, but he’s the best hitter on the best team in baseball and that’s worth something.
We sure could use Manny Ramirez back though. I know his homerun numbers aren’t up there, but he’s quietly had a solid season to complement guys like David Ortiz and Mike Lowell. I’d using him sparingly with a playoff spot in hand and make sure he’s ready for the playoffs though. There’s no sense wearing him out when we don’t need too.
And Josh Beckett could be the first guy in close to two years to cross the 20 win threshold. With nineteen, he has sole possession of the major league lead and he has the ERA and strikeouts to qualify for a Cy Young this year. He’s got my vote but he has to pitch well these last two weeks (maybe two more starts) to lock it up.
After tonight’s game, the Red Sox head to Toronto for three games and then they shoot down to Tampa for three more. Their last six games are at home, which is nice althouh I could think of a better way to end the season then with the Twins. Oh well, there’s two weeks of regular season baseball and I’ll be enjoying it while it’s here.
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