1999. 2003. 1999. 2003. That’s what I have to keep repeating to myself, hoping that I’ll actually believe it. Sadly for us D-Lowe won’t be starting game three. But if the Red Sox continue this lovely offensive trend of scoring an average of a half a run per game, not even D-Lowe and his magic in playoff elimination games would help.
Right now this just isn’t the same Red Sox team that played in back-to-back ALCS. The starting pitching has been good, but not step-on-your-throat-until-you-can’t-breathe good. And the offense, well, pardon the pun but it has been truly offensive. One run in 18 innings is awful, but what might be worse is the whopping 12 baserunners they’ve had over that span. That’s a WHIP of 0.67 over two freaking games. As much as I want to blame CB Bucknor, not even he could have done that much damage to the Sox bats (yes Dana, you’re right). Although I do wish that he wouldn’t give the Angles free bases. I didn’t think he could do it from behind the plate, and after the first game you’d think he might have tried to give the Sox a makeup call or 15, but letting Napoli get a free pass to first after leaning that far into a curveball is unacceptable. Can we fire Bucknor and bring in Harry Wendelstedt?
This certainly isn’t the first time this team has been behind the eight ball. We all remember 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2007. Hell, even last year they came back from being down 7-0 in the 7th inning of an elimination game. So no decent Sox fan should have given up on this team yet. In the famous (adapted) words of Kevin Millar “don’t let us win today, cause then we’ve got Lester and then Beckett.” Plus, seeing Mike Scioscia’s face after coming back from being down 0-2 would be unbelievable. I bet he’d put Peyton Manning to shame.