Not quite how the prognosticators scripted it.
All five teams in the AL East sit within 1.5 games of each other, each in its own maddening state of mediocrity. No division in baseball has a team in first with a worse record than Baltimore’s 6-4. Likewise, no last-place team has a better record than Boston’s 5-6.
Indeed, the Sox seem to be the picture perfect specimen of mediocre baseball — looking horrific one series (at Tornoto), pretty good the next (vs. Detroit). The Yankees aren’t doing much better. Both teams will likely improve as the days go on.
Last night, Chien-Ming Wang was dominant in his own unique way. J.D. Drew continued his torrid early April (with some help from Bobby Abreu, and — I kid you not — I actually predicted an Abreu-assisted home run by Drew in my head before the game. Of course, I also predicted a Red Sox win …). Today, each team tries to break away from a mediocre first 10 games while keeping the other mired in blehhh. It’s Josh Beckett, with an unknown amount of stamina, against Mike Mussina, with an unknown amount of career left.