I’ve never seen this before. The Red Sox yesterday made two moves to strengthen their offense in advance of the five-game series against New York. The key acquisition, a waiver trade with Toronto for former Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske, the idea being that he gives the Sox a lefthanded bat who can spell Pena/Lowell/Youkilis and pinch-hit for Gonzo/Mirabelli. His numbers against righties are pretty good.
Then, they stole Carlos Pena from the Yankees. Pena is a Wily Mo/Hee Sop Choi type. Lots of upside, little to show for it yet. And he’s a lefty. It’s nice the Sox have lefty bats off the bench, apparently to provide the late-inning pinch hits they need to keep rallying.
Young lefty bats are nice. But the problem remains the back end of the rotation and the bullpen. Until the Sox manage some miraculous waiver trade for a starter or reliever, I’m still skeptical that the additional bats will help them win the series this weekend or any series they play in October.
Still, it shows that the Sox’ front office also believes this series is a make-or-break set. It might be coincidence that both these moves were made yesterday/today. But I doubt it.