Last night worked out about as good as Red Sox fans could hope. The bats continued their assault on AL East pitching with a 10-run, 13-hit attack. Most of the hits were timely, 9 of the 10 RBI came with two outs. The defense was solid behind Derek Lowe, two nice double plays to stop some of the bleeding. And not only did we pick up a half game in the division, but we were also able to start getting things in order for the playoffs.
Unless we somehow end up facing Oakland, Lowe should not start a post-season game. Terry Adams should not be on the playoff roster. Ramiro Mendoza must be on the playoff roster. Scott Williamson appears to be healthy, is there room for him on the playoff roster?
Tonight, expect the best from Pedro Martinez. This will be his final regular season start and there is no doubt he wants everyone to see what they should expect in October. The hitters will feast, Tampa’s bullpen is toast, and Piniella’s post-game comments left no doubt that his mind is on playing 18 holes on Monday.
Finally, the Yankees were rained out, another benefit for the Sox. They will play two today: Santana vs. Mussina and Lohse vs. Lieber (El Duque was scratched due to shoulder stiffness). If Santana continues his dominance over the world, Pedro could take the hill with a chance to bring the Red Sox within a game of New York. The second game of the double-header is on ESPN, so make sure you’ve got fresh batteries in the clicker. How can anyone not love this?