Three. Three games are all that remain for the Red Sox this season.
I have to admit that part of me wishes they could sweep the Yankees in this series for many reasons. For one, it's always fun to sweep the Yankees. It would also give the Red Sox 110 wins this season, which would be a fun round number to have. It would also give the A's a much better chance to pass the Yankees in the standings. I didn't think a home game is THAT important in the one game. Certainly less important than having your ace pitch in the game. But, I would definitely prefer whichever team plays the Red Sox to have to do so after playing a game in Oakland.
But I know the Red Sox won't be trying at all to win these games. (Sorry A's fans.) And, I am of course perfectly fine with that. These three games are about keeping people relatively fresh, and healthy. If they win, it will be purely accidental. And, the best players will barely play, if at all.
Because, I think even most of the personal milestones are taken care of. Mookie stole his 30th base. (Thank God he wasn't stepped on.) Xander collected his 100th RBI. Devers crossed the 20 HR barrier. Unless 'Tendi wants to hit four home runs this weekend to reach 20 himself, everyone is pretty much where they'll be whether they play or not. So, rest will be the order of the weekend.
It will be interesting to see the final positional battles play out, although I don't even know how many of those there are. Maybe trying to decide on an extra reliever? Of course, to do that, you'd have to play people who you might need in the playoffs...which would sort of go against the "rest everyone" plan.
So we'll see how it all plays out. However it goes, the Red Sox will start the playoffs next week as the top team in the American League. That hasn't happened in a bit now. It sure will be a lot of fun.
What are you looking to see this weekend?
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Three to Get Ready
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