I doubt the Sox will go undefeated this week, especially when you donâ€™t know what to expect from Dice-K tonight against the Angels in his first start since June 19, Paul Byrd Wednesday or Tim Wakefield when he pitches on long rest in Baltimore this coming weekend. But one thing is clear: the Angels can control the direction of the Wild Card race this week and perhaps beyond, even though they arenâ€™t in it. These next three days they face the Red Sox, then Texas for three more over the weekend and again at the end of the month and October 1 for four more.
For Bostonâ€™s sake, letâ€™s just hope the Angels save their hot bats for Texas and not only keep them from gaining WC ground but in the process knock them out of the divisional race as well (the difference of which is six games as of this writing).
In closing, Iâ€™m not all that great at predictions, but it is safe a bet that no matter who the Red Sox and Rangers play from here on out, the first of those teams to 90 wins will win the AL Wild Card spot. The Sox, starting tonight begin a stretch of 20 games in a row to end the season, and at 84 wins at the moment, seem poised to get there faster than Texas (at 80 wins as of publishing). Off to the races they go.