Sunday, July 28, 2013

Red Sox back in first place

Boston beat Baltimore today 5-0 behind seven innings of shutout baseball by Jon Lester. Also David Ortiz went 4-4 with a two run homer to help out. Combined with the Rays 6-5 loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox are back atop the AL East by 1/2 game.

A make-up game is scheduled for Monday between the Rays and Sox that will have resurgent David Price facing Felix Doubront once again. Already Rays supporters are in full whine about the scheduling, claiming some sort of disadvantage. No one seems to be noticing that Boston has to travel cross country after that game for a series with Seattle starting Tuesday.

Have to tip my hat to the Rays though. They built up a nice head of steam facing a series of last place teams for the last couple of weeks of the first half and they're still on a solid roll. But they're not going to continue winning 18 of 20 for the rest of the season, so I'm still thinking a dogfight for the division crown and wild card.

I said at the beginning of the season that I thought that a half dozen games would separate first to last in the East this year, and with the exception of the surprisingly poor performing Jays, I still think that will be essentially the case.

With any luck, the Sox bats will solve Price and the boys will move back ahead by 1 1/2 games tomorrow.

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