Boston will be just fine next weekend. Starting on Friday August 18 and lasting through Monday, the Sox play a five-game series against the Yankees. In Boston. Yep, five games. So what? if the Sawx lost five of six against the D-Rays and Royals? They're spoiler teams playing for pride. Winning four games against the Yankees in Boston will surely diminish the gap between the two and could even bolt the Red Sox ahead of their pinstriped foes.
That could also be the series Sox catcher Jason Varitek returns from his injury. This is purely speculation, but after all it's 16 days after Varitek was put on the 15-day DL. What better way to get back into shape than to punch Alex Rodriguez for no reason?
Both teams have been living dangerously by winning close games against bad teams. Detroit swept Cleveland with three one-run victories and two walk-off home runs. Boston also had two walk-off victories, also against Cleveland. That kind of play never lasts, and Fausto Carmona doesn't pitch for every team.
Thankfully they have perfect opportunities to continue the good vibrations against bullpens without Chief Wahoo on their jerseys.
But both managers — the aforementioned Jim Leyland and Sox skipper Terry Francona — have the shiny gold rings to show they can lead a team to 11 postseason victories.
So Detroit, I know you're afraid of me saying this (and if you are then close the window) but feel free reserve your tickets for Tigers postseason baseball today.
As for Boston, their October plans are by no means secure. They're battling Chicago and Minnesota for the Wild Card, as well as New York and Toronto for that dang division title. However the team's not even close to imploding. And if they don't win their fourth straight Wild Card, it won't be because of a collapse. It will be due to a photo finish between five teams fighting for two playoff spots.