I’m not saying, even after yesterday’s loss to the Jays, that I’m ready to embrace the wild card. But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t already started plotting how a potentially Drew- and Lowell-less line-up will fare against this year’s Angels in a best-of-five set. A good way to keep the division title hopes alive would be for our offense to come alive like Frampton today against Scott “eyebrows” Richmond, he of the 0-2 record and 5.06 ERA, and for Matsuzaka to just go for the jugular and get us all thinking, “Clearly this man will be nails in October.”

As for the Rays, I followed them pretty closely last year when I was writing for FanHouse, and I will offer them congratulations for their outhouse-to-the-penthouse rebirth and first-ever playoff grab. But now, as a precautionary measure in case we have to face them in the ALCS, it might not be a bad idea to get Timlin armed and camo’ed and hide him on the Rays’ team bus.