If two wins and nine losses doesn’t worry you, perhaps this will …….
Once the Sox are done with the Jays on Patriots Day, they will fly out to Northern California where they will face BOTH of Oakland’s ass-hard lefties. To run into Oakland and land on both Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez is just plain unlucky, particularly if your name is Carl Crawford and you are looking to get right against some replacement-level right-handers.
If that isn’t bad enough, the Sox will then fly to Disneyland and get a giant serving of Jared Weaver on Thursday, followed by a trip to hell on Saturday when they draw Danny Haren. The same Danny Haren who threw a one-hitter at the Tribe last night and now sports a WHIP of .53 over 25 innings pitched.
So assume the Sox play tonight and the weather holds in Boston throughout the weekend. That means they have ten games to play through next Saturday and in four of those, they will be facing top-12 AL pitching talents. Do you honestly think the schedule is set up for the Sox to get right?
I don’t. In fact, I’d be thrilled if they could win six of these next ten.
Given the schedule ahead, it seems almost critical that the Sox offense wakes up over the next five at home and gains some confidence. Because life figures to get a whole lot tougher when the bats are unpacked next Tuesday in Oakland.