It was a terrible three-game series for the Red Sox that just concluded this afternoon in the Bronx. The three wins put the Yankees in a tie with the Seattle Mariners for the Wild Card lead, and it brought them to within 5 games of the Red Sox. Manny Ramirez also suffered an oblique strain and will miss some games (it's anyone's guess how long).
The Red Sox are about to enter the month of September, and have a relatively easy schedule in front of them. They have 28 games to play, 18 at home and 10 on the road. They have just two road trips left, a four-game trip to Baltimore and a six-game one to Toronto and Tampa Bay. They have just one series left with any playoff contender, and that's the Yankees from September 14-16. Here's the breakdown from here on:
BAL 3 home (Aug. 31-Sept. 2), 4 road (Sept. 6-9)
The Red Sox are home the final six games of the season aginst Oakland and Minnesota. The Red Sox don't leave the Eastern time zone again in the regular season, and also have three off days. (Very important to have both in September.) It's there for the Red Sox to win.
Keep the Faith everyone. (Thanks to my friend Adam in Maine for the pic of Christopher Walken from "The Deer Hunter.")