If you're a Washington Nationals fan, do you laugh or cry? Or do you write inaccurate, unoriginal sob stories about how hypocritical the Boston Red Sox are?
If I were a Nats fan, I'd be laughing because even though my team only has 20 wins this year, 10 percent of them are against the New York Yankees. This is one thing Soxfans and Natsfans have in common. We both find this hilarious.
Unfortunately, it's now the Red Sox' turn to face Washington, and this truly is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, this should easily be the Sox' fifth straight series win, if not a sweep. On the other, it's a tremendous embarrassment if it's not.
The Sox don't have to sweep the Nationals. The worst club in baseball has a .299 winning percentage — right between one win every three games and one in every four. If they win a game against the Sox out of these three, I won't worry. Law of averages, right?
The best way not to worry about this is winning Game 1, when Brad Penny — whose fastball has averaged better than 95 mph in each of his last two starts (both with zero earned runs allowed) — faces John Lannan, who shut down the Yanks in his last start.
Unknown lefty, no book on him, decent ERA despite mediocre peripherals, dominates the first time through a batting order (.207/.287/.267 against)? Ugh. Better win the next two, boys.