I know it’s not rational, and I know there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Red Sox and their postseason chances (not least of which being that they’re still in first place and can easily make up any ground they’ve lost with the upcoming five-game series against the Yanks.
Still, I’m having a little trouble keeping the panic gnats away. There is little the Sox can get on the trade market that would be useful without mortgaging the future, meaning the Sox we have, for the most part, will be the Sox we have in September. Between the shelling Schilling absorbed last night, the Yankees’ excellent trade for Abreu and Lidle, and the overall mediocre play of the Red Sox since returning to American League play, I’m beginning to despair.
Teams often play poorly just before the trade deadline, distracted and unsettled by all the uncertainty. Let’s hope that’s all this is. But the Red Sox were one David Ortiz away from being swept out of first place by the Angels this weekend. I’m hoping against hope that Theo pulls off a magical 2004-style trade today. I just don’t see it happening.