Monday, August 23, 2004
It is unlikely that the Sox will get within three games of the MFY prior to their weekend series in the beautiful, if you like dirty streets, vacant shop fronts with drugs widely available, Bronx. The MFY don’t play one club over 500 until they face off against the Sox in 26 days; nearly a month will pass. (I am not counting the Indians that have lost seven in a row. They will be under 500 shortly.)
Over this recent slide, the MFY lost to the hottest pitcher, Johan Santana, and another one in Brad Radke. They also lost a game that Loaiza started and if things go as planned for the MFY, those instances will be very infrequent for the remainder of the season.
The silver lining in all of this for the Sox is that both Vazquez and Mussina are struggling. Brown’s shoulder, elbow, big toe or pinky could go at anytime. El Duker’s deal with the devil is only good through the regular season (the devil, in movies, always gets the sucker on the fine print). The MFY can’t win in the playoffs without two starters pitching well.
As for the Sox, their playoff chances still hinge on the nine games against the West that start next Tuesday because even with the Sox recent winning streak, they do not have a comfortable lead.
Everyone in the Nation is going to be calling me a pessimist, which is accurate, but I am also a pragmatist. Let’s Keep the Faith and a Level Head. Well, that's the advice my Shrink has been tossing around during our sessions.