But it could have happened if the Red Sox had dropped another to the hot Birds on Wednesday night. With John Lackey going, I thought it was a very real possibility, and a Baltimore sweep at Fenway loomed large.
But Lackey acquitted himself fine, allowing just one run in seven innings. David Ortiz hit a three-run shot, and Josh Reddick hit his home run of 2010, as the Sox cruised, 6-1.
They split the 18 games with Baltimore, 9-9. (A big reason the Sox are going home early, the record against the AL lightweights.)
From having visions of another World Series win in April, to just not losing a season series to a team that looked like a sure bet to drop 110 games back in May.
Time has a way of radically altering expectations sometimes.