Maintain the Status Quo

The Red Sox enter their biggest six-game stretch of the season thus far, opening a pair of games against the Tampa Bay Rays, and then moving on to a four-game series in the Bronx.

There will likely be a lot of talk about what the Sox need to do or what will constitute success over the next week.

My simple definition: come out no worse than when they went in.

That means winning one game in Tampa and two in New York. Put another way, it means winning when Josh Beckett and Jon Lester are on the mound. Anything else is gravy.

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  • I agree with this.
    And, it’s nice that the Red Sox are in a much better place than the last time they went into the bronx, or at least better than they’ve been lately.
    A power hitting lefty (or righty) back in the lineup, and the original lefty no longer mired in a horrible funk, and Youkilis seeing the benefit of both of those things. I expect this week to be a lot of fireworks.

    Brad August 4, 2009, 10:51 am
  • That’s kind of funny Paul because I was thinking the same about the Yankees – up to a point.
    With a 2-game stint in Toronto that begins tonight vs. Roy “I’m still here” Halladay and then sends Sergio “sorry, but I’m still here too” Mitre to the mound tomorrow, followed by the Sox-Yankee series, I would be very happy to go into the weekend series still up by 0.5 games.
    Of course, once we get there, I will not be happy with anything less than winning 3 of 4 from Boston. It is in Yankee Stadium, the freaking Sox have spanked the Yankees so far this year, and the Yankees are sending Joba, CC, AJ, and Andy to the mound for the eries. They need to win this series, especially with two West-Coast trips still to take this year.

    IronHorse August 4, 2009, 10:58 am
  • One thing I’ve learned over the years, IH:
    It doesn’t matter two shats who each team is sending the bump in these games. I’ve seen Beckett dominate for 8IP, and I’ve seen him rocked after two.
    Conversely, I’ve seen the same from NY.
    I’ve also seen guys like Bronson Arroyo and Shawn Chacon throw gems.
    It’s all about who gets does the little things right and who gets the bounces.

    Brad August 4, 2009, 11:11 am
  • Also, it’ll be interesting to see the bullpens back in action, as I’m sure we’ll see plenty from both teams.
    Hopefully, this isn’t the series CC decides to start his ledgendary second half.

    Brad August 4, 2009, 11:13 am
  • Point taken Brad. And yet I am physically and psychologically incapable of ignoring the pitching matchups. I’m just disappointed I won’t be able to go to any of the games as I’ll be 3,000 iles away in San Fran…am going to get to PacBell/AT+T Stadium on Fri to get at least som live ball in. I like that Stadium…

    IronHorse August 4, 2009, 11:33 am
  • Point taken Brad. And yet I am physically and psychologically incapable of ignoring the pitching matchups. I’m just disappointed I won’t be able to go to any of the games as I’ll be 3,000 iles away in San Fran…am going to get to PacBell/AT+T Stadium on Fri to get at least some live ball in. I like that Stadium…

    IronHorse August 4, 2009, 11:33 am
  • That should be fun. This past weekend, I was in Baltimore, which I really enjoyed. I did, however, feel very bad for the Baltimore fans at the time; severly outnumbered, being taken to the woodshed, and listening to the Boston crowd (many, many pinkhats) chanting “Lets go Boston” in their own park.
    Luckily for them, sucking has become habitual, so they’ve become very used to the feeling.
    SanFran should be a great time.

    Brad August 4, 2009, 11:52 am
  • the Yankees are sending Joba, CC, AJ, and Andy to the mound for the eries.
    So you’re saying the Sox should split, too? ;-)

    Paul SF August 4, 2009, 12:35 pm
  • 3-3 on the road against two very good teams would be quite satisfactory, thank you.
    A split in the Bronx would guarantee season series victory, too (almost meaningless as that is). As a SF, you’d hope they have that well in hand, but the other shoe, damn it.

    Devine August 4, 2009, 1:31 pm
  • Well, hopefully Martinez continues to hit well against Garza (and really, TB in general) tonight, and while at it, lets a little of that mojo rub off on some of his other teammates.

    Brad August 4, 2009, 2:23 pm
  • over/under on HR’s in yankee stadium for the 4 game set. i put the line at 15.

    sf rod August 4, 2009, 4:19 pm
  • At the top of my wishlist:
    At least 3 over-the-top Joba fistpumps (as it would both signify that he is having a good day and annoy the *&%# out of SFs everywhere).

    IronHorse August 4, 2009, 6:06 pm
  • we’ll also appreciate one of his patented fist pumps……after giving up 3 runs in the first but managing to strike someone out.

    sf rod August 4, 2009, 6:14 pm
  • So it is to be a battle of fist pumps.

    SoxFan August 5, 2009, 7:32 am
  • Going to need to run the table…
    And then there’s the rest of the season to deal with. No playoffs this year, it looks like.

    SF August 7, 2009, 8:57 am
  • No playoffs this year, it looks like.
    When do you reconcile that with the choices made in the off-season?
    A front two of Beckett and Lester is good enough to lead any team to the post-season. Then it’s up to management to fill in the gaps intelligently.

    Rob August 7, 2009, 9:19 am

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