The brink has arrived
What started in Fort Myers some eight months ago has the chance of ending in, of all places, Cleveland on Thursday.
How did things go this sour this fast for the Red Sox? Once Curt Schilling struggled in Game 2, the air seemed to come out of the Red Sox in this series. Dice-K again didn’t have command in Game 3 and the bats just seemed to be tight in the early innings of Game 4. Then there was that utter disaster of a fifth inning.
So now it comes down to this. The Sox are down 3-1 and a loss sends them golfing or fishing or hunting or whatever else.
Josh Beckett will try to pitch them to another baseball game on Thursday. The good news is that he’s absolutely the first person the Red Sox would want in a situation like this. The bad news is that C.C. Sabathia might have been the only pitcher in the game as effective as Beckett this season and that’s who the Red Sox face in this one.
Can Sabathia be mediocre for a third straight postseason start? Can the Red Sox finally get something going offensively?
The Red Sox have nine innings to get this season back to Boston and Beckett will try to make it happen. But what the Red Sox need is some early offense. All year long, the Red Sox have played their best when they set a tone. That’s what they need to do against Sabathia.
You get this thing back to Fenway where the crowd will be crazy and who knows what might happen.
It no longer matters how the Red Sox got into this predicament. They now must find a way out of it or it will be a disappointing winter.
Is the off day a good thing or a bad thing? I think maybe a day to get away from it all will help them entering Game 5. We shall see.