The American League Wild Card race is getting real interesting right now. With a Baltimore win over the Red Sox and the Rays downing the Yankees, the Rays and Sox are now tied atop the AL Wild Card standings. It looked for a while like the Red Sox may be able to hold their ground and continue this dominant season but the Rays have really come on strong and can smell the playoffs.
Josh Beckett pitched well against the Orioles last night but the Baltimore offense has decided to play the role of Major Spoiler and give the Rays some help. Chris Davis and Robert Andino were the unlikely heroes in Baltimore’s 6-3 victory over Boston, Davis driving in a pair and Andino scattering three RBI throughout the game. Tonight the Red Sox will send veteran southpaw Erik Bedard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) to the mound against rookie and fellow left-hander Zach Britton (11-10, 4.44 ERA).
The Rays needed a big inning to bust through against the Yankees and that’s what they got in the bottom of the third. With the score at 2-0 Yankees, a two-run double off the bat of B.J. Upton and a Johnny Damon RBI single put the Rays up for good. Having James Shields on the mound gave the Rays that extra boost of confidence to overcome the Yankees as Shields pitched eight and two thirds innings of six-hit, two-run baseball. Kyle Farnsworth recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year. Tonight young righty Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90 ERA) will go against journeyman righty Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02 ERA) in a chance for the Rays to hop into first place in the Wild Card.
It’s Veteran vs. Youngster for the Sox and Youngster vs. Veteran for the Rays in what could be the biggest game of the season for both of these two playoff-bound teams.
Alright, well! That happened.
Curse Robinson Cano and his talent.
Man! Dude! That’s two in a row! I feel like an absolute loser for getting this worked up over a little two game winning streak (even the Pirates get one of those every now and then – imagine how they must feel) but it’s been too long since we’ve won two in a row.
So I guess it’s okay to be a White Sox fan again? Phil Humber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the New York Yankees… that’s gotta be a good thing. And our offense played some good “Get ’em on, get ’em over, get ’em in” baseball… so that’s gotta be a good thing. And that bullpen! Best outing of the year from those guys… so that’s gotta be a good thing.
I’m completely serious when I say this but to me this feels more like Christmas Eve than Christmas Eve does. I got my Sports Illustrated preview issue in the mail today and I knew we were close. When the Sporting News preview issue is released to stores I know that Spring Training is on it’s way, but when SI comes in the mail… it’s soon.