So now the idiot fans of the evil empire can settle down. The A.L. East lead is 2.5 games now, and the Red Sox are the first team to clinch a post-season berth. The worst case scenario now is the Sox in as the Wild Card, and although that would be irritating to watch the Red Sox fumble away the division (a scenario I find unlikely), the important thing is to just get in. Now the Sox can set their rotation, coax Manny's oblique muscle into working order, allow Dice-K and Hideki Okajima to regain some arm strength, and get ready for the playoffs. Possible starting rotation order: Beckett in game 1, Schilling in game 2, Dice-K/Lester/Wakefield for game 3. I would lean to Lester since he is a lefty and use Dice K in game 4, if needed, with Wakefield heading to the pen as possible long relief.
I really feel the playoffs will be won in the ALCS, because the NL is so pathetic. So ideally the Sox beat Cleveland in the first round, grind out a win vs. the Angels, and start ordering the World Series rings!!
Super smart (and oh so humble) I often wonder if heightened intelligence is a blessing or a curse. Recognizing the evil, lies, and corruption that dominate the world, I often retreat into films, comics, sports, and other distractions. Bread and Circuses, baby!! (Don't you just wanna hang out with me now; I must be a barrel of laughs). My blog is where you can read these thoughts, and soon enough you will begin to see, I'm a pretty cool guy. (There's that humility again)