Sunday, August 28, 2005

Stumbling Down the Stretch

This Red Sox team seems like the teams of old. Alot of big hitters and alot of mediocre pitchers. This is why we're losing. This is why when we win, it's 8-6 or 10-7. The Yankees are in striking distance and if we don't take advantage of weak teams like Kansas City or Detroit, we're going to lose 1st place very soon. The Red Sox need to go on a run here.

Schilling looks very very shaky. As shaky as he looked back in the beginning of the season. Arroyo has fallen off dramtically since then. As has Clement. Wells has been shaky all year. Wakefield is giving up the homerun ball as much as he did last season. And the bullpen has been terrible all season.

We can't win a World Series playing like this. Last season we won because we had great pitching to go along with our hitting. The Cleveland Indians from 1995 to 2000 are perfect proof that you need more than an outstanding offense to win in the post-season.

I think the Red Sox can win 9 of their next 11 games (1 vs. DET, 4 vs. TB, 3 vs. BAL, 1 vs. CWS, 3 vs. LAA all in Fenway). I think they need to win at least 7 of those games. Then the big series against New York in The Stadium. That weekend, in my opinion, will be pivitol to our playoff aspirations.