Way Up, Then Down, Then Up Again?

Nothing kills the buzz of a big Deadline trade than losing that night’s game — particularly when your much-maligned offense scrapes together conceiveably enough runs to win a game with your ace on the hill.

As it was, Josh Beckett still somehow went eight innings and threw only 110 pitches despite giving up nine hits and five runs. By my count (or, rather, Baseball–Reference’s count), he’s just the fourth Sox pitcher since 2000 to accomplish that feat, and only he and Tim Wakefield have done it since 2002, and only Wakefield managed to do it in fewer pitches.

Right now, I’d love to see some consistency from a club that for the last couple weeks has looked so close to putting it all together for a huge run. The Sox are still 7-3 in their last 10, but after gaining three games in three days on the Yankees, they’ve lost much of that ground. Everyone else, including Yankee fans, has pretty much written off the Yankees in the AL East race — but I just can’t do that.

Meanwhile, Julian Tavarez starts tonight. The short Gagne era could start with a three-game losing streak.

On the other hand, Curt Schilling in three rehab starts did not allow an earned run. His return to the big leagues certainly looks promising, and could help solidify the rotation and create that big run for which we’ve been waiting all season. Three times the Sox have won five games in a row. Three times they’ve lost the sixth. Not that we need a 10-game winning streak, but it sure would alleve this fan’s fears that this team is ready for the playoffs — assuming, of course, they get there.

10 comments… add one

  • paul, i’ll get accused of trying to jinx the sox, but i’ll tell you what i’ve told sf on a couple of occasions: enjoy the sox success, don’t be so pessimistic…i just don’t see the yanks putting together the kind of run they need to overtake the sox…the hole they dug in april and may is just too deep, despite their recent resurgence to cut the biggest deficit in half…the sox are bound to right the ship soon [as you say, 7 of 10 ain’t bad]…my hope is still the wc…

    dc August 1, 2007, 10:42 am
  • I think the Sox should very scared right now. Very scared.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2007, 10:43 am
  • I don’t know if I written off the Yanks (at least in terms of AL East), but mostly that ya, there’ll be some bragging rights if we catch the Sox, but the Wild Card is just as good and obviously more realistic at this point. We were also 8 (or 9?) games on the WC at some point, trailing 4 teams, so even as the Sox keeps on winning, everyone isn’t quite winning as much.

    Lar August 1, 2007, 10:55 am
  • Dave Pinto at baseball musings pointed out that the Yankees picked up 3 1/2 games in the division in July, and if they do that in August and September, the division will end up tied. I’m not sure that will happen, but the Sox do need to put together a sustained winning streak to put the division out of reach. Since May 29th, they are playing just one game over .500. That’s not the way to step on the Yankees’ throat.

    yankees76 August 1, 2007, 11:18 am
  • PeteAbe has the answer on wavier rules:
    “If two or more teams claim a player, the team with the worst record in the player’s league can make the trade.”
    I can’t see the Sox sneaking a Dye or Sanders by the Yanks, especially since the Yanks could use the same type player.

    Woosta YF August 1, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • In the decade I have lived in the Midwest, I had almost forgotten just how pessimistic the Sox faithful can be. Seven games is a deep hole – even for the Yankees.
    Enjoy the moment, Paul.
    As for that wild card race …

    NewslandYF August 1, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • the issue to me is not whether or not the sox can make the playoffs. the issue is whether or not they have the makeup to actually accomplish anything if they get there. i was far more confident earlier in the year, but for the last couple of months i haven’t felt like i’m watching a team with the chutzpah, balance of talent and chemistry of the 04 club. they have great pitching, but can anybody see this team mounting a ALCS Game 4 type of comeback? i certainly can’t. at least not with how they’re looking right now.

    beth August 1, 2007, 5:18 pm
  • Heh. Let’s hope they don’t have to. And “right now” does include a 7-3 record in their last 10. I’m frustrated too, but maybe more by circumstances (how well the Yankees have played recently, for instance, and the last two Sox games) than the overall reality.
    I still keep looking over my shoulder at the Yankees, really.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • “but can anybody see this team mounting a ALCS Game 4 type of comeback”
    beth, nobody had done that in the history of seven game series, nobody will probably do it again for a long while. This doesn’t worry me: if the Sox go behind 3-0 in a post-season series they are, for all intents and purposes, dead. I am more worried that they will scrape their way into the playoffs and make a quick exit; it’s getting behind 3-0 I am worried about, not not being able to come back from 3-0 down.

    SF August 1, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • i was thinking more of the game specifically, not the comeback from 3-0. should’ve picked a better example, july 24 of 04 maybe.

    beth August 1, 2007, 8:12 pm

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