Friday, August 07, 2009

Moon River

Game 107 - Red Sox

Yankees 13, Red Sox 6
Record: 62-45


You using the whole fist there, Doc?

I guess I'm supposed to chalk last night's game up as one of the unwinnable ones. Sox were due to lose to the Yankees, every team's gonna lose their share during a 162-game season, blah, blah, blah. Placing too much emphasis on a single regular season contest is a surefire recipe for the preparation of tasty, tasty crow. But just like the Billy Mueller/Jason Varitek brawl game in July 2004 seemed (and turned out to be) a marker, so too did last night feel like an omen.

These two teams are headed in substantially different directions.

The Yankee offense is deeper and more productive at the moment, and significantly more healthy. Nothing symbolizes the Sox roster right now so much as Mike Lowell's painful, arthritic diving attempt to stab Alex Rodriguez' sharp grounder down the leftfield line in the 6th inning. 'Diving attempt' is a kindness, really - Lowell sorta toppled over and missed the ball. When he's healthy, he eats that ball up. Kevin Youkilis started in leftfield for the first time the 3 years, and if he'd been injured, I suspect Terry Francona would have been activated. Jed Lowrie, already struggling mightily to recover from wrist surgery, strained his arm on a check-swing. So go the Red Sox at the moment, while the Yankees frolic around the ballyard like Teen Wolf during a full moon. Minus the facial hair, of course.

With Phil Hughes solidifying the bullpen, the Yankee pitching staff is at least comparable, and with the Sox' current injury- and ineffectiveness-related woes, arguably better. John Smoltz, as tough an old gunslinger as he is, appears for all the world to have fired his last bullet. And Clay Buchholz doesn't seem ready to pick up the gun and keep firing. Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka's throwing stars are dulled and Tim Wakefield's killer butterflies are cocooned for at least a few more weeks. This metaphor's as cheesy as Derek Jeter's (alleged) pickup lines, but it doesn't change the fact that the Sox are reeling while the Yankees gain momentum.

Josh Beckett's got a lot riding on his shoulders tonight. Losing the first two games of this series feels for all the world like it would start a 2006-esque chain reaction. And nobody wants that.

8 comments:

TJ said...

Hi rob.

rob said...

hello, tommy.

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