The Red Sox are coming apart at the seems. I should have known it yesterday when I blogged about last night's must win game and as a huge thunderstorm hit Boston. It was indeed a bad sign, minutes later the news of Youk's required surgery hit twitter, and I began to freak out.
I rattled off text messages to family, and GChatted to like 6 people at once, all with intense anger while waving the white flag. The news forced me to leave the office early before making a scene.
But, in typical Red Sox fan fashion (and after last night's win), I'm not as pessimistic this morning. Sure, Youk is/was our most consistent hitter, and a team leader.....but no one expected Adrian Beltre to become an absolute force in the middle of the lineup, no one exepected Dice-K to become the best number five starter in the game, and honestly, no one expected the Sox to even be in the position to contend at this point in the season.
Boston's chances of making the postseason have likely gone from possible to slim, especially when you consider schedules, but I'm not ready to give up yet. Any kind of significant run, especially over the next ten game road trip, will require continued pitching dominance (I'm talking, super studly stuff), Pedey will need to come back with avengence by late next week, and Mike Lowell may need to get injections into his hip on a nightly basis.
In my humble opinion, the Sox shouldn't make any stupid moves for the likes of Adam Dunn or Carlos Delgado, let this team leave it all on the field and see where the cards fall.
ITM Note: Talk to me after this weekend if we lose three out of four to the Yanks and I may try to punch you in the face. It's make or break time.