Red Sox fans have a storied history of blowing everything out of proportion. Things go bad in April and its "these guys are terrible." A pitcher has a bad outing and the Nation speculates what could be "wrong" with him. Well in an effort be remain consistent I offer the following over-the-top analysis of tonight's 2-1 loss to the basement dwelling Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
After winning the first two games of a three-game set, the Sox looked to Dice-K for their first series sweep since the first week of July when, you guessed it, the Sox broomed the D-Rays. Dice-K (13-10) was solid over six, allowing two hits and two runs over six. Matsuzaka also had eight strikeouts while walking four.
I don't have the numbers in front of me, but this is a disturbing trend: Dice-K puts in good work (he leads the league in quality starts), puts the Sox in a position to win, and the rest of the team can't pick him up. You mean to tell me that you cannot scratch out one lousy run over three innings against the Rays?
No offense to T.B. - they're a talented major league club with a lot of hard workers who perform nightly in front of about 28 people. But the Sox are the best team in baseball and need to demonstrate as much by taking care of business. It's a rare week when you have the chance to gain three games on the competition. A Sox win tonight, coupled with a Yankee loss in Anaheim, would have provided just that.
In true Sox Nation fashion, tonight's loss will be tempered by a Yankee loss against the Angels. Anyone see the shellacking the Angels put on the Yanks last night? And speaking of shellacking, check out this football score the Orioles allowed today.
The Red Sox lead will either be 6 or 5 games by tomorrow. Next up for the Sox: the Chicago White Sox who have lost 8 of 10.