Red Sox Sweep Rangers, Angels Sweep Yankees
Yes, my brothers and sisters, the Red Sox have opened up an 11.5-game lead on the second-place...Orioles. Yes, the second-place Orioles. Boston has a 12-game lead over the third-place Blue Jays. To find the Yankees, you have to go another half-game back to fourth place, where Torre's team is bringing new meaning to the name "Bronx Bombers." At 21-27, they are only a game ahead of the last-place Devil Rays. I could buy that in the first week of April, but not the last week in May.
Gloating a little? Why yes, I believe I'll have some of that. The last time the Yankees were 12.5 games out was in 1995. Ouch. And with Roger Clemens, the fastball messiah, struggling in AA last week, it doesn't look good for the Bronx Bomb.
Ha. Ha, ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-ha. Ha.
In fact, if I may comment on the league in general, the weekend's theme was road sweeps. Check it out:
- The Rockies swept the Giants in San Francisco for the first time ever.
- The Red Sox swept the Rangers in Texas for the first time since 1973.
- The Phillies swept the Braves in Atlanta for the first time since 1995.
- The Angels swept the Bronx Bomb in New York for the first time since 2004.
- The Mets swept the Marlins in Miami for the first time since 2005.
- The Mariners swept the Royals in Kansas City for the first time since 2005.
- The Indians swept the Tigers in Detroit for the first time since 2005.
Ichiro and Kevin Youkilis are on big-time hitting tears. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard announced his return from the DL with 2 home runs on Sunday afternoon. And that AL Central is looking as strong as the NL Central is weak. The Astros have lost eight straight, joining the Reds as one of the few teams who might envy the Bomb right now.
Indians at Red Sox, starting tonight, looks like a key series for Cleveland to make a real statement. Cleveland has opened a 2.5-game lead on Detroit, but that division is going to be tight all year.
It's baseball, and it's a long season, and anything can happen. But one of the great things about being a post-2004 Red Sox fan is that you can now enjoy the little things (like a 12.5-game lead over the Bronx Bomb in May) without feeling like you're inviting disaster.
Ha, ha-ha, ha-ha.
David Ortiz rules.