All this good news for the Red Sox this week, it’s hard to imagine after what has taken place the previous few weeks. Let’s see, Ortiz has a healthy heart, Papelbon just has a tired arm, but no tear, Manny is back, Varitek is back, Trot is back, Gonzalez is back, Wakefield will probably pitch early next week in Baltimore.
And out of nowhwere, they received gems from Kyle Snyder, Julian Tavarez and Kason Gabbard. But Snyder fell back to earth last night, and that’s just the way it is going to be from here on out. I thought the only outside chance they had to get back into this thing is if they had swept Chicago and Minnesota. Climbing six games against two teams in 22 games just does not seem realistic at all.
It just seems that mathematically, the Red Sox are going to need a winning lottery ticket-style miracle to get in. Looking back, that five-game Yankees series was the ultimate killer, even before all the injuries. If the Sox could have just taken two out of five in that series, they would have gone to the West Coast 2 1/2 games out of first place instead of 6 1/2. That series meant everything, it might have crushed the whole season.
But at least we’re watching an entertaining product again. Wait until Ortiz and Manny start hitting again.
I think the Jon Lester matter has given everyone great perspective. How can anyone be stressed out about a baseball game when you see what that young man is going through?