Re: Expectations From 4 Game Series With Jays
posted at 6/28/2013 11:28 AM EDT
tomnev, definitely a compliment.
JpBsSoxFan, this thread was/is a good idea. The Sox are in the hunt, and maybe the Jays are too, and they're playing 4 at the Fens. We're still in June, but, given the Sox position atop the AL East and the AL at the season halfway point, every series is pretty darn exciting.
That "rally" in the 2d inning last night was weird. Top of the first, Wang mowed down Ells, Ped, and Vic, 1, 2, 3. Next inning started I think with two walks and then five straight hits, only one of which was flaky (Iglesias's baltimore chop to SS, unplayable). Then Vic goes GIDP, leaving a guy on 3d with 2 outs, so Pedey hits the 2 run dinger to put the Sox up 7-0. Beyond a doubt, this is one deep lineup with trouble everywhere. Toronto bullpen did a very good job from the 2d inning on.
Lester last night was very focused and determined and pitched an excellent 7 innings, giving up 2 runs. Not great control, but good velocity and a good use of breaking balls. Fine to send him back out for the 8th, but maybe not so fine to keep him out there after walking the first two guys. When Tazawa threw the ball that loaded the bases with no one out, it make those 2 runs pretty likely. Fortunately, each run carried an out with it. Good job Tazawa. Great 9th by Uehara.
I still believe a split is good for the Sox and will be happy with that. Toronto is the hot team, and the Sox can't use their two best starters, Buchholz (DL) and Lackey (pitched Wed, can't go again until Monday).
As the OP says, right now the pressure is on those other teams. Thanks to adding the second wild card team, it's very advantageous to win your division. And right now the Sox are looking pretty darn solid.