Soggy Fenway Friday
I’m very lucky to be in a window-enclosed press box tonight. It is positively disgusting out there.
Maybe the rain will cool off the Blue Jays. They’ve been special lately. Is it me, or do they catch fire every single year after they fall out of the pennant race?
The only way possible they can get back into the race is to sweep this weekend. And manager Cito Gaston is going with his next three starters — Burnett, Listch and Halladay — on three days rest.
Sounds like a bit of a reach, no?
Wondering what happens if the Red Sox and Rays tie for the AL East title? Unless the Red Sox sweep the series next week at the Trop, the Red Sox would be the Wild Card team under that scenario. Even if the Sox take two out of three in Tampa, they would finish 9-9 against the Rays. Then it would go to the next category: Divisional record. Thanks in large part to this team the Sox are playing tonight, they don’t have a good record in the AL East. The Rays would easily win that tiebreaker.
I have huge fascination with the Angels, and how this two-plus weeks of playing meaningless games will affect them.
Also, if the Red Sox enter the final week of the regular season trailing the Rays by two or so games, I expect them to start lining up their pitching and prioritizing that over winning the division. They were in the exact same situation in 2004 — winners of the wild card and two games behind the Yankees with seven to play — and they opted to get everything lined up.
It is their belief — and somewhat hard to argue — that having ducks in a row and everything lined up perfectly is more important than home-field advantage and first round opponent.