Friday, June 17, 2011

The Trip Fantastic

Ten days ago, we opined as to the significance of the just-ended Red Sox road trip. Our most optimistic scenario had the Carmine Hose winning 6 of 9. Of course, they actually captured 8 of 9, and have solidified their position as the best team in the American League—winning at a blistering .603 clip. At this pace, they will win 98 games—not far off the 100-win projection made by many in the media. Of course, this is all the more remarkable given that they started 0-6 and 2-10.

Last night, Clay Buchholz and his aching back could only give the team five innings—but what a five! He gave up only two hits, a run and struck out five. Aceves, Bard and Papelbon kept the Rays at bay the rest of the way, winning, 4-2. A-Gon went yard again, but did we even need to tell you that? Just assume monster performances from this guy from here on out.

The Sox now start an abbreviated six-game home stand as the inane interleague schedule kicks in for its second intrusion into the real races for the post-season. Oh, well.