If you’re a Red Sox fan, you couldn’t have asked for a better April. A 16-8 record, a four-game lead in the division and a 6 and 1/2 game edge over the Bombers.
Interesting factoid: This is the largest Division lead the Sox have had at the end of April in team history. Does it mean anything? Not necessarily. But the Red Sox have put themselves in good position.
Unlike the Yankees, who look like an utter mess at the moment, the Red Sox are a team that seems to have it going in all directions right now.
The starting rotation has been everything it was advertised to be. The bullpen has found a new hero in Okajima and a very rested lights-out closer in Papelbon. The one problem I see in the ‘pen right now is not having one dominant eighth inning guy. Timlin hasn’t shown yet that he can be that guy again. There is still time.
And who would have thought the Sox would be off to such a good start with Manny, even with today’s homer, hovering right around the Mendoza line and I’m not talking about Ramiro. Manny will hit, we all know that. I think he must lead the league in warning track lineouts. I’ll say it until I am blue in the face, but he’s swinging the bat pretty well.
Assuming Lester resurfaces in the not too distant future, that makes this team even stronger. And if I’m Roger Clemens sitting on my couch in Katy, Texas, the Red Sox are looking a heck of a lot more appealing right now than the 9-14 Yankees or the 10-13 Astros. Rocket has always liked an ace closer and Papelbon is looking a tad better than Mariano these days.
Imagine a Rocket redux in addition to Dice-K mania? Four out of five days, you’d have Schilling, Beckett, Matsuzaka and Rocket? If that ever happened, the Red Sox would be must-watch TV for baseball nation, not just Red Sox Nation.
Just food for thought. You can stop salivating now.