Three days of Rays


If we’re going to overtake Tampa Bay in the standings, this is going to be one of the most important series left this year. Our roster is getting healthy, and we will have J.D. Drew back tonight as well. We have a chance to sweep, but my feeling is that we will probably take 2 of 3 and finish the series 1/2 game back of the Rays.

With Jon Lester going against Edwin Jackson tonight, you have to like our chances. The Rays have struggled against lefties, and Jackson has regressed after a pretty strong start to 2008. Scott Kazmir has been quite mortal in the second half, but we do need a strong outing by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Then in Game 3 we have Josh Beckett taking the ball against Andy Sonnanstine.

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4 Responses to Three days of Rays

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Great game last night, though I thought bringing Lester back out for the 8th was unnecessary. I want that arm rested for the postseason, thank you very much; I thought Lester looked gassed at the end of the 7th, and Okajima could have gotten two or three outs.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Another reason why I think our overtaking the Rays is inevitable:
    http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/2008/09/american_league_1.php

    We’re just a better team by almost every measure except W-L. That should change.

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    Well, it didn’t work out well, but as many have noted, that was one heck of a series. It’s really a pleasure watching two fundamentally sound teams with such good pitching and defense.

    In the end, I still think the Sox are better and more experienced. Had we swept them, the Rays could have lost a lot of confidence. As it is, I expect them to play about .500 ball the rest of the year. I predict right now a sweep of them at the Trop. I just feel it.

  4. redsoxtalk says:

    There goes that notion. You gotta like what you saw from Josh Beckett out there last night, though. That was Roy Halladay efficiency, and even that Pena HR was not a horrible pitch. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

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