As I discuss briefly here, the Red Sox were just a few lucky bounces — or maybe a couple better calls — away from sweeping the Rays out of Fenway Park last week. Instead, they lost two of three. Still, they find themselves just one game out first heading into the last road trip of the season. They hope to exact a measure of revenge against the Rays in St. Pete, where the Sox are winless this season.
I predict a good series for the Sox. Why? Well, this doesn’t matter for them. If they get swept, they’re still heading to the playoffs and can begin resting starters and preparing for the postseason. If they don’t, all the better. The Rays, on the other hand, are looking to make a statement. They’re starting Matt Garza on short rest. They’re hoping to avoid losing a 5.5-game lead on Sept. 1.
Though neither team really has anything to lose, this series matters more for Tampa, I think. That might be why the Sox have a good time of it this week.