Will Middlebrooks? Is that you?

So we lose a series to one of the AL’s worst teams, with a few of those losses being of the “someone just stepped on my nuts” variety in terms of painfulness. Then we turn around and follow up that embarrassment by whipping one of baseball’s best?

Honestly, I still have no idea what to make of this team. Are they a bunch of under-achieving, over-paid bums, or an exciting melange of crafty veterans and burgeoning talent?

Fact is, on any given night, they are both of those things. And at just 4 games out of the Wild Card, it might be enough — God help us — to get them into the playoffs.