As Bethany noted in a comment on my last entry, I have been a little notably absent over the past few days. We baseball folk (especially in the Front Office) are a very superstitious bunch. And since I didn’t post the lineups for game 2 of that double-header, we have won every game since.
But I suppose it could just be the posting of the lineups and not the posting in general that we can attribute this recent success to.
In any event…yes, we have finally (almost) caught up to the Rays. I think I saw somewhere that technically, they are .001 percentage points ahead of us in the standings due to the fact that we’ve played more games. But I think we can wash that all away today with a big win behind BecKKKKKKKKett. As you all know, he’s still taking a somewhat cautious path back into the rotation, but if he does well enough tonight, I feel like he might be ready to go to normal pitch counts by his next start, and then be good to go for the playoffs (should we be so fortunate to make it – again…we’re a VERY superstitious bunch).
And can we please take a moment to really appreciate what Coco Crisp has been doing lately?? I mean, talk about guys stepping up at the right time of year! After hitting .305 in August, he’s now hitting .457 in September. With Drew out, and Ortiz and Lowell admittedly not at full strength, he’s quieting his critics in impressive fashion. He’s getting on base, running the bases well, and as always, been playing solid defense. You want your players and team to get hot as they head towards the playoffs, and Coco (no matter where he’s been hitting in the lineup over the past couple of months) has been as hot as they come. Sorry to digress, but it deserves to be noted.
So here’s hoping to a solid Beckett performance tonight!
All the best from a very quiet (yet very excited) Front Office,
“The Voice of the Nation”
PS – In case you’re wondering about the absence of pictures on the blog lately, apparently we’ve been having some technical difficulties. But our good folks in our IT department are working on fixing the problem.