Of the four division series, the TB-BOS one is the only one that can end in a sweep. The attendant downtime might be useful to the team with the guy with a broken foot (Ellsbury), the guy with a tweaky back who is banged up otherwise (Victorino), the guy who says putting his foot down is like stepping on an ice pick (Napoli), the guy who basically never took a day off till the 1-seed was sewn up (Pedroia) and the elder statesman with chronic leg and heel issues (Ortiz). It’s not as though rust seems to have hurt them in the first few ALDS games anyway. Put the Rays away. As much as I didn’t want it to be the Rays, it’s that much more fun that the Sox are wrecking a good team and their tremendous lefty starters thus far.
Otherwise off-topic, can I just mention how utterly dominant Uehara was Saturday? I now have the very faintest idea of what it was like for Yankees fans to watch Rivera jog in for the 9th (if you think I’m blaspheming, YFs, check out Uehara’s game logs for the year, particularly the final 3 months of the season, and then watch the replay of his 9th inning on Saturday). If it’s a close game and he’s up to it, he should absolutely come in for the final two innings of this one to shut it down and rest for the better part of a week (ALCS 1, whoever is in it, will be on Saturday).
Maddon claimed his team was “out-Fenwayed” in Game 2 of the series. Uhhhhh, okay, Joe…pretty sure the DPs and Papi blasts would have been the same in any park. Here’s your team’s chance to prove that in your own venue, it will go better. Buchholz (arguably the Sox’ best pitcher, including in September, and Rays kryptonite personified in his lifetime stats) takes on Cobb, who the Sox have done relatively well against all year. If Buchholz pitches up to his own ability…hoo boy, but still miles to go before we sleep. Comment away.