Why didn’t we all see it? Of course it’s the way it happened.
Going back two weeks, the Red Sox were looking at a dreadful stretch of games. They have Texas, NY on the road. Not fun. Then they came home, but had to face Detroit. That’s no fun. They had a brief break against the pathetic Twins, but then it was right back against the Rangers. So, naturally, they won the series against NY, Texas, and Detroit. Then, lost 3 of 4 against the Twins, before jumping all over Texas in the first game of their series. As they say, that’s why they play the games.
What a fun game last night. Exactly how we all thought it would go when the season started. Ellsbury and Crawford tore it up at the top of the order. Gonzalez drove them in, and the ruins piled up. They got a dominant start from their fifth starter. It was just textbook. That’s been happening a lot more since Ells and Crawford returned. This last month and a half is going to be a lot of fun. (Not to mention the month after that.)
Big start tonight for Jon Lester. He’s been pitching better lately. Not stellar. Better. If he can pitch better against the Rangers, that will go a long way towards turning it all around. If he can just remind himself that he knows how to get people out, he can start simply pitching again.
Lots of big games coming up too. The Sox play just about everyone in playoff contention over the rest of the season. They can start putting some teams behind them.
If my math is right…
Magic Number for Wild Card = 57.
Magic Number for Division = 63
Sounds good to me.