It's not simply that the Red Sox should win tonight.
It's that they can't lose.
I don't mean that it's a zero percent chance, I'm just saying they can't, because it would simply be ridiculous.
They are playing against a team with a worse record.
They have their best pitcher on the mound, one who has allowed four earned runs in his last thirty innings of work. Clay Buchholz has not simply been good of late, but has looked so amazing especially when taken in relation to the awfulness that the rest of the rotation has been that I feel like drawing him in red and blue over the word "HOPE".
Or "Knope". Parks And Recreation is a great show.
But I digress, Clay is up against a fellow by the name of Chris Seddon. He's 28 years old with all of five major league starts under his belt, and a 7.11 career ERA. Yes, he's been good in Triple-A this year, but this isn't someone who should beat Buchholz right now.
Weird things happen in baseball. They happen often. Even the best teams lose something like 40% of the time, often against bad teams. We are not amongst the best teams, and while they're not good either, the Indians aren't the worst.
But come on.
|2012 - Clay Buchholz||9-3||19||19||1||1||0||0||122.2||124||65||61||16||42||80||4.48||1.35|
|2012 - Chris Seddon||0-0||2||1||0||0||0||0||4.2||7||4||4||1||3||2||7.71||2.14|
|BOSTON RED SOX||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Ezequiel Carrera, LF|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Shin-Soo Choo, RF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Carlos Santana, C|
|Cody Ross, RF||Michael Brantley, CF|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||Shelley Duncan, DH|
|Ryan Lavarnway, DH||Casey Kotchman, 1B|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||Jack Hannahan, 3B|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||Jason Donald, 2B|