Sunday, September 13, 2009
SOX BEAT RAIN, RAYS
It's so fun to watch the Sox beat the Rays. I just flat-out hate the team from Tampa Bay. They have this undeserved cockiness, a sense of entitlement. They have yet to earn my respect. And witnessing their collapse this year is extremely fulfilling. They've lost 11 straight, and are only 8 Red Sox wins (or losses on their own) from being eliminated from the playoffs. They now sit 4th in the Wild Card behind the Mariners.
The Sox put on a pitching display on Sunday. 18 combined innings divided among Jon Lester (8), Clay Buchholz (7), Billy Wagner (1), Hideki Okajima (1), and Jonathan Papelbon (1), and only 1 earned run allowed. Typically doubleheaders are split, and teams want to avoid them at all costs. But the Sox pitchers really clamped down on Sunday.
The Rangers split their doubleheader with the Mariners, so the Sox now have a 4 game lead in the Wild Card. That's a nice cushion to have going into a series with the Angels.
Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his return Tuesday night as the Angels come to town. 10-7 John Lackey takes the hill for Los Angeles/Anaheim/California.
AP Photo/Winslow Townson