As the magic number is down to just one for the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox need to realize that the wild card just isn't so bad.
Despite the fact that the Red Sox will have to open the series on the road this season where they are 0-3 against the Angels and just 1-8 overall this season.
If the Red Sox are going to win this opening series we are going to need 3 major things.
- Starting Pitching- We need at least three good starts from our top 3 guys. That would be Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jon Lester. With a solid seven or eight inning performance we can almost taste the ALCS.
- Effective Bullpen- The bullpen which has been shakey all season long will look to tune their band instruments out in right field, ( Red Sox Fans Know What I Am Talking About), and just do their job. They don't have to win the game, just pitch well enough so the team doesn't lose.
- Run Support-Where our batting order has only scored eight or more runs just three times this month, the bats need to be on fire after all it is Soxtober! Jason Bay is only batting a measly .289 average and has 31 home runs leaving 2008. We traded this guy for Manny Ramirez, who, for god sakes is batting .332 with 37 home runs. Quite frankly "Manny being Manny" could have gone on for the rest of time as long as he would have stayed here in Boston!
Lets break it down, Do the Sox really have a chance against the Angels and the solid bullpen of K-Rod, who I still feel shouldn't even be talked about for MVP. Oh let's give anyone who breaks a record an MVP nod. I don't think so if that was the case where is Mark Reynolds of the Diamondbacks for tying and will more than likely beat the 199 strikeouts in a season award? All records mean nothing if you don't have a ring at the end of a season.Llook at the New England Patriots of 2007; records galore but no ring to show for it!
Lets Get Real...Lets Beat L.A. (You Will Be Seeing Alot Of Those Shirts Being Reproduced From The NBA Finals).