The rain is gone, and the Red Sox have sent a thank you note to Mother Nature. The way they are playing, and the way the Yankees are playing, the last thing they need are rainouts.
It’s amazing that this is the first time in club history the Red Sox have had a 10-game lead as early as May 19. Where do they go from here? They need to just keep pitching and stay healthy. This team is loaded.
We’ve seen everything around here the years except this. We’ve never seen the Sox just steamroll their way through a season. 1995 seems like a long time ago, and that year was sort of a fluke because of the 144-game season caused by labor strife. Besides, that team was swept in three straight by Cleveland in the playoffs. When I think of that team, I think of over-achievers like Troy O’Leary and Lee Tinsley. That team sort of did it with smoke and mirrors.
I repeat, this team is loaded. Is this to suggest the American League is over? Of course not. We’ve seen far too many crazy things to believe that. But the Red Sox have built themselves a mighty comfortable cushion.
Is Youkilis hot or what? I type that after watching him just crush one to center. And now, Manny fields one off the scoreboard and side-arm slings a perfect throw to second to nail Diaz trying to stretch a single. The replay did show that the runner was safe, but that doesn’t matter for the Red Sox now. When you’re hot, you also seem to bet every break.
Dice-K looks locked in. We’ll see.