Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Sox Need To Win Tonight

Probably the understatement of the year, but I really think it does need to be said. This is without a doubt the biggest game of the year for the Sox so far. The positives and the negatives as to what will come based on the outcome of this game are astounding.

If the Sox win, they will escape this disastrous four game set only losing 2 games in the standings. They will walk out of Detroit with a win, and head up to Minnesota without feeling absolutely terrible. If they win, and play well, then they can feel like they are right back to where they were before they came in here. So they lost two games, but it could have been 4. Not good, but certainly not horrible, and more importantly they leave without a giant bruise on their heads. Just a little one that 2 days from now could be totally gone.

If the Sox lose, they will be 4 games back in the standings. They will feel absolutely awful about themselves and their chances to win the division. And will most likely set themselves up for a gigantic egg to be laid in Minnesota this week. All of the work that was done to get back even with the Tigers the last few weeks will be fully wasted, and the Sox will have to do their best work to not fall to 5 or 6 back with the pending trip to Minnesota.

This series reminds re a lot of the Twins series at the end of last year. The Sox went up to Minnesota and got smacked around for 3 consecutive games. Going from leading the division by 2 games to trailing by 1. But in the last game of the season they were able to rebound and offset all the damage that was done before. Obviously this is not quite to that extent, but one win is all we need. Just win tonight and this whole trip goes down as a minor speed bump. Fail tonight, and all of a sudden you may have dug a hole too big to get out of. I know 4 games is not insurmountable in the next 2 months, but it's a heck of a lot worse than 2 games.

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