Three wins down, eight to go
Remember that Red Sox team everyone was so worried about in September. The team that looked old and tired. The team that one veteran Boston sports columnist felt was the FOURTH best American League team in the playoffs?
Well, that team is gone. It has been replaced by a team that looks like it’s on a certifiable roll and is clicking exactly when you want to click.
Seriously, could things have gone any better for the Red Sox in this series? Beckett was Beckett and even added another notch or two. Schilling was phenomenal. Dice-K struggled, but even that game didn’t get out of hand.
And Manny and Ortiz are absolutely on fire. A combined 8-for-15 in the series with four homers. When those two guys are hot at the same time, the Red Sox are an incredibly tough team to beat.
The rotation is fresh, the bullpen, aside from Game 2, was not asked to do any heavy lifting.
And now maybe the Yankees and Indians wear each other down these next few days while the Red Sox sit around and rest.
Quite frankly, the Red Sox are the healthiest they’ve been in weeks and they have championship swagger at the moment.
Will it last? We’ll have to wait until Friday to find out. But something special might be going on over these next couple of weeks. The Red Sox definitely have that look about them right now.