Here we are

October 16, 2007 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Maybe it isn’t the brink of elimination, but it sure feels like it. I guess the Soxwatcher should eat a little bit of crow here as the Sons of Theo did manage to make it past the first round against a severely depleted Angels lineup. Okay, we’ll concede that small battle, but please refer to the very first Soxwatcher.com post for clarification; more prescient words have never been written (pardon the hyperbole). Still waiting on Messieurs Lugo and Drew to contribute a little bit (apparently $23 million just doesn’t buy what it used to), and Matsuzaka-san would have been your game one starter if the playoffs started June 1st.

Enough negativity. We just won the World Series after all. I won’t start getting antsy for another 83 years or so. Everything is riding on the knuckleballer with 2+ weeks of rest. We all want him to miraculously get it done. Unfortunately I just don’t see it happening. Beckett on 3 days rest is the obvious call, and it defies logic (but probably not some statistic the geeks in Theo’s posse have proffered) that it isn’t happening. Before we get too positive, however, one would be remiss not to highlight a handful of dubious decisions by the powers that be. Namely:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury doens’t deserve a look in RF in this series? Theo still has 4 years on that Drew contract to say, ‘I told you so.’ His “great” September is a distant memory now. Simply admit that Drew isn’t going to get a clutch hit in 2007 and move on!
  • Think Julian Tavarez might have gotten the ball in the 5th inning Saturday night? Maybe 3 good innings (seriously, it’s not inconceivable folks) would have saved everyone from enduring Lopez et al. in the 11th.

We now conclude with tonight’s keys to victory:

  • Strike one — get ahead, stay ahead. Wake has to throw strikes.
  • Jump on Byrd early and get into the bullpen.
  • Get some production from Pedroia and Crisp.
  • Hope for an encore performance of the Papi, Manny, Mikey Show. Let’s face it, if they don’t produce, it’s 3-1.

Prediction: Sox win it with the bats in a slugfest 11-8.

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