Reality sinks in
The offense, entering the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, has produced a grand total of six hits — all singles — in the last two games. Sure enough, just as I typed that, Mike Lowell and Wily Mo hit doubles and Doug Mirabelli singled in a run. Not that it could right the damage already done on a drearily depressing day at Fenway.
There are four weeks of baseball left on the schedule and you wonder how much of it will actually be relevant. Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek return to the lineup on Monday, but it sure seems like it’s too late for that to make a difference.
Just when the bats are starting to resurface, the pitching staff is depleted beyond recognition. No Schilling, no Papelbon, no Wells, no Wakefield. The current state of affairs are brutal, to say the least.
Now we’re looking for side stories that make good theater, such as Ortiz coming back, which will hopefully happen in the next few days. Watching him chase 50 homers should be entertaining.
I’m curious to see what type of things will keep the interest of all of you blog watchers over the next four weeks.