May 7, 2010 1 Comment
I don’t need to add to the chorus of voices talking about how this is a must-win series for Boston, who comes in lagging 6-1/2 games behind first-place Tampa Bay. But this series will be a real test of this Red Sox team. Here’s a look at the matchups. Our guys have alternated between looking good and very bad this season, and the way they respond to this challenge may tell us a lot about whether they’re in it for the long haul or not.
The Red Sox need to get off on the right foot and win tonight’s game. There’s little excuse, with Josh Beckett on the mound against Philip Hughes. As Bloomberg Sports points out, you don’t need to fear Hughes’ 2.00 ERA too much.
For those of you interested in the whole Boston-New York game length thing, there are some in-depth studies here.
Speaking of unsustainable performances… Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays are unbeatable right now, but no, they won’t continue to be. Their starters can’t continue at this level, and their offense has been incredibly opportunistic in 2010. Once those things level out, they’ll be merely a very good team. Let’s just hope they’ll be merely a very good third place team.