Thursday, August 15, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, August 15, 2019 -- "Radio Thoughts"

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"I’ve been vocal in my defense of the Red Sox, in thrall to their offense and willing to believe that the pitching will be just good enough. That’s in part staying true to my preseason picks, but it’s also just thinking they’re more talented than the Rays and A’s. The A’s not getting their pitching staff bolstered by internal options yet has soured me on their chances, while the Rays’ extensive pitching injuries have been a blow. The Sox are 7 1/2 out of the second wild card, so they have work to do. They have just four games left with the Rays, all on a trip to the Trop in the season’s last ten days. Their goal has to be to make those games relevant. That and three games with the Twins are their only remaining contests against the group of wild-card contenders. The Red Sox strike me as a team that hasn’t had their 11-of-12 moment yet; it’s coming."