It is not the Red Sox fault that the Orioles need them to beat the Yankees the last two games of the season. It is not the Red Sox fault the Orioles failed to keep pace with the Yankees by losing to the Rays on Monday night.
It is however the Red Sox fault that their lineup card presented for Monday night’s game included six players that began the season at Pawtucket.
However, it appears to slip past many O’s fans that the Yankees scored 9 runs in that game against one of Boston’s best. While their offense did appear lethargic and inadequate to face C.C.Sabathia, I’m not so sure that a beat up Pedroia or Ellsbury would have made any difference. The Orioles will probably bitch and moan about the play of the Red Sox if this is the case for the next two games.
The Orioles should stop watching the scoreboard and take care of business. They have made the playoffs but if they wish to be included in extended time in the playoffs they need to just settle down and let the things out of their control happen.
Congratulations to the Tigers for the AL Central title. Congratulations to the Rangers and Athletics making the playoffs, but they still have some deciding to get done in Oakland.
Congratulations to the Nationals on their first NL East title. The Braves kept it interesting right to the last series and it actually got closer than many thought it would be.
The Dodgers are still holding on by a thread, and it is becoming invisible even as I type. The Cards magic number is 1. This is interesting in the fact that both Wild Card pursuing teams are playing their Division Champs the last series of regular season in the NL.
We could possibly hear crying from L.A. or St. Lou if either Cincy or San Fran decides to rest some folks and just call it in kind of like the Red Sox did Monday night.
Last year if you remember Charlie Manuel kept his starters on the field for the Braves series and they swept the Braves in Atlanta to secure St. Louis a WC spot. He said, “That’s the way the game is played.”
And he was right.
So now, with two games to go, the Orioles and Yankees are still competing for the AL East title, both having secured playoff spots. The Rangers and Oakland are playing for bragging rights as well in the AL West.
Things are much more settled with the Cardinals holding their own fate in their hands. Both the Dodgers and Cardinals are playing their rivals for survival.
No matter the finish, it has been a great run by many teams. That makes for an exciting year in Baseball.
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