Wednesday, June 28
More Winning and More Winning
PAPI-PLAIN AND SIMPLE-THE MAN
I hate to sound like a broken record but that winning thing sure is fun!
After looking pretty awful about two weeks back the Sox have now won 10 games in a row.
First it was a three game sweep of the Braves. It looks like for the first time in centuries the Braves are not gonna make the playoffs this year. They are way behind the Mets in the NL East. All the games were kindaa close. Varitek helped win the first one and Papi and Youk helped win the second one. The third game was a pitching duel until it was handed over to the bullpen and then things got ugly. The offense just kept coming back and got the win.
Next on the chopping block was a three game sweep of the Nationals. None of these games were ever in doubt. The great thing about all the wins is that we are winning with a bunch of different pitchers. The first game of the Nats series was won by some guy we got from the Royals. John Lester has come in and now won three games. He's got some fire in him too.
Next up was the Phillies. The first game was a blowout that we won 10-2. Beckett looked the best he has all season including the fact that he retired the first 16 without a hitch. Manny had some home runs and we won yet again. Saturday and what ended up being Monday were both great extra innings games. Big Pappi proved on both occasions why he is the best clutch hitter there is right now. Saturday he won the game with a walk off HR and Monday he won the game with a walk off RBI. He is just the man.
Last night was the first game with the Mets and we took that one as well. Tonight Pedro returns to pitch at Fenway against Beckett. It's sure to be a pitchers duel to say the least. I'm sure we'll get some offense going to. The offense is clicking at every end of the lineup right now. It's just grand.
My only minor sadness about the whole thing is that even after winning 10 in a row we are only 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees. They have also been playing NL teams which neither of us seem to be having any problems with. The NL just doesn't seem very good this year at all.
The AL All Star team has 2 players who aren't from the Sox or the Yankees in the starting lineup. That's wacky.