The wife and I returned today from a couple of days away celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary,and I wanted to check in with the Red Sox. So since I last checked in they were 3-4 on the road trip, winning the last game in Toronto to salvage things a bit. Then a sweep of the ALCS leading Detroit Tigers, which included a terrific performance by Beckett, which is nice coming on the heels of Lester's great 12 K start. They returned home and have split 2 games with the Rangers, leaders of the Al West. With Mariano rivera's implosion yesterday for the evil empire (hee, hee ) the Red Sox lead the entire A.L. Best record, and Lester nearly threw a perfect game yesterday, so now you have 2 of the aces looking like we need. Remember, this is being done with Ortiz still hitting under .200 and our shortstop situation deplorable. Currently the 19 game stretch of really tough games stands as 7-5, with todays game and then 6 with the empire and the NL east leading Phillies.
At the 54 game mark, 1/3 of the season, the team sat at 32-22. That's a pace for 96 wins, which at worst should get them in the playoffs. I still have visions of a return to the 2003/2004 ALCS battles of Evil Empire vs. Heroes from Boston.
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