No team in MLB has played more games than the Boston Red Sox as of this morning (Oakland has played the same number, but they don’t play today), and therefore (unlike many recent years), they have more off-days built into the second half, which is nice for a team that’s had its share of balky backs and Achilles issues. When (if) today’s game is completed, the season will be halfway over, and the Red Sox will be on pace for either 94 or 96 wins. Once again: nice job on the reverse jinx, pundits. And f*ck you, too.
The second half looks fairly murky, though, with Buchholz indefinitely on the shelf (a recent MRI turned up only inflammation and Buchholz claims he is not concerned and will wait for the discomfort to end before he returns) and Lester suck, suck, sucking more or less since April ended.
Speaking of Jon-boy, he faces old nemesis Chien-Ming Wang and the Blue Jays today at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are 5-4 against the recently-hot Jays on the season. There may be rain; there will be blood. Comment away!