But if they don't win the series this weekend at Pittsburgh--a team that actually has a lower winning percentage than the Sox in a division much crappier than the AL Central--(hell, if they don't sweep it) you can really write the rest of this year off. Sell off Dye, sell of Buehrle (because you won't pay him the Zito-esque cash he has coming in the off-season), sell off Contreras (somebody would take a chance on him, right?), sell off anything else of value, and call up what few prospects you have and see what they can do. This team needs to get younger and more well-rounded. And fast.
I know no one else is talking about this, but would the Sox consider trading Jim Thome? Yes, losing both him and Dye would create a huge hole in the middle of the lineup, and yes Jim is a nice guy-defusing restaurant confrontations, and yes the Phillies are picking up a large portion of his salary. But his power, his contract status (option for 2009), and his clubhouse presence would bring a lot more in return than rent-a-Dye or rent-a-Buehrle. Besides, I don't think the hole in the middle of the lineup could get much more gaping than it already is. Just something that occurred to me all of the sudden. Could be completely stupid. Feel free to tell me if it is.
In other (more local) news (for me), the Yanks have made up 3 games on the Red Sox in a hurry. The Carmines' lead is now 7.5 as the Bronx Bombers (aren't those nicknames so cute?) have won their past 9. Granted, this is due in large part to playing the shitty White Sox, the shitty Pirates, and the actually fairly decent D-Backs in consecutive series, but Abreu, Cano, and the rest of those jokers are heating up. How long till the Boston media starts freaking out about this? How long till the Red Sox start freaking out about this? If the Yanks are only 4 or 5 out by the All-Star break, look out. To be as ridiculously awful as they were for the first 2 months of the season and only be that far out at the half? Wow. Imagine if they had a healthy rotation and a lineup progressing to projections in the second half.