August 26th, 2008
As the Sox are on tap to play their final 3 games in “old” Skankee Stadium (known as “The Toilet” in some circles), they are in the position to slam the door completely on the Skankee bid for the 2008 postseason. Let’s break it down:
The Rays, Sox, or Skanks all had the night off last night, so the standing remain the same going into tonight’s game:
Since I will make myself crazy(er) if I try to factor in wins and losses with the Rays and the Skanks, and since the best the Sox could hope for is to end up 1.5 games behind the Rays at the end of this 3-game series, I will focus on the Sox/Skanks Series:
Right now: The Sox are, strangely enough, 5 games ahead of the Skanks in both the AL East, and the Wild Card (with Minnesota between them, 1.5 GB the Sox…)
With 32 Games to go:
If the Sox Sweep: The door is pretty much close-ed on the Skanks–they will be 8 games behind the Sox in the AL East, 8 in the Wild Card Hunt–which, of course, is the desired outcome…I just don’t think it’s going to happen….
If the Sox Win 2: Skanks will be 6 behind the Sox in the AL East and the Wild Card
If the Skanks Win 2: Skanks will be 4 behind the Sox in the AL East and the Wild Card
If the Skanks Sweep: Skanks will be 2 behind the Sox in the AL East, and the Wild Card–and I start popping Maalox again…
I am going to stick with my prediction of the last series (the one the Sox lost–but should have won) and say that neither team will sweep–and while I hope the Sox will win 2 of 3–its anybody’s ballgame…
Can I just tell you how much I hope that the last 3 games of the year at Fenway Park against the Skanks are completely and utterly meaningless??? And I think they probably will be–Unless the Skanks go on a tear and win the next 15-20 games….and I just don’t think they have what it takes to do that…
That Clay Person made a start for the Portland Sea Dogs last night, the 1st one since being demoted from the bigs last week. He went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8 and walking none. He received a no-decision in the contest…Sure he couldn’t pitch like THAT for the Sox…I reallyREALLY think he can’t handle the pressure of the majors…
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Tonight: Newly activated from the DL, Tim Wakefield makes his 1st start in almost 3 weeks to kick off this 3 game series against the Skanks–the last Sox-Skanks regular season series ever in The Stadium. He is opposed by Andy Pettitte. 1st pitch: 7:05pm