Here we go! A four game homestand against the suddenly pesky and annoyingly good Tampa Bay Rays gets underway Thursday at Fenway Park. It’s a series that will have huge playoff implications and if the Red Sox can find a way to solve the Rays fantastic starting pitching, they just might be able to inch closer to a playoff spot. It will help having Josh Beckett, the sudden saving grace return to the mound this series.
But a slight stumble that allows the Rays to take three of four and we’ve got a fight to the finish. Entering play on Thursday, the Red Sox lead the Rays be four games for the Wild Card. It’s a race that has suddenly tightened and revenge will be on the Sox minds after being swept away in south Florida last weekend.
This is what September baseball is all about, it’s just unfortunate it had to happen this way for Boston. For those that wanted a good playoff race, well you’ve got one. You can feel the tension in the air and read the intensity on the player’s faces. Get ready, this one is going to get nasty.
As always, a big thanks to Jamie from Rays Colored Glasses for answering the Series 6 Pack. This time we’re talking about AL Manager of the Year, the Rays starting rotation, predictions for the series and much more. Enjoy!
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