Games 23 & 24 - Red Sox
Angels 6, Red Sox 4
Angels 5, Red Sox 3 (in progress)
Record: 15-8 (9?)
Yes, well, that was predictable, wasn't it. I still love 'em, even if I wouldn't go anywhere near 'em right now, what with the Bubonic Plague ravaging the locker room. Jason Varitek's had a temperature over 101 for 6 days, Josh Beckett was so flu-ridden that he hurt his neck trying to chug a bottle of Benadryl, and Daisuke Matsuzaka missed a start because of the damned bug.
As a result of the various ailing cogs, Jon Lester had to move up a day and AA sinkerballer Justin Masterson got to make his major league debut today in a emergency role. Guess which of the two pitched lights out?
Shame for Masterson, as the bullpen's gone and turned his 6 inning, 2-hit, 1-run effort into a pile of gold-plated shit, thanks to a healthy Javier Lopez' inability to get an out. The net of which was to require the flu-ridden Manny Delcarmen to come into the game and share Lopez' fate. That Hideki Okajima just got out of a bases loaded, no-out situation with no runs is small comfort.
And still, even with a second consecutive loss, the Sox are out of the gate far faster than I'd have predicted looking at their March-April skeddy. They've also got this cute little habit of winning games they shouldn't, so I suppose I'll keep watching this one for a few more minutes.
Oh, and Teejay? I'm the one that works blue here, mmmkay?