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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Will Dice-K make difference?

Fire Brand of the American League on the state of the Red Sox rotation: Hey, that does sound great. Except Wakefield hasn't won a game in two months and '07 seems like a long time ago. And Buchholz ... well, I'm still not sure what to make of Buchholz. So impressive with Pawtucket, he's posted only two truly impressive starts since rejoining the big club's rotation in mid-July.

Is that too harsh? Probably. There's some real potential here for a wonderful three weeks. But once you get past Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, it's a big bunch of question marks (and that's without considering the 14 home runs that Beckett's given up in his last six starts).

We've essentially handed the wild card to the Red Sox, and they probably are better than the Rangers. Their track record is certainly better, and they've got a better run differential while playing in the game's toughest division. Still ... maybe it's just because I live in the Pacific time zone, but I seem to have heard a lot more about the Rockies and the Giants than about the Red Sox and the Rangers.

Well, don't look now but the Rockies are four games ahead of the Giants while the Red Sox are only two games ahead of the Rangers. The shame is that while the Rockies and the Giants play each other (and the Dodgers) later this month, the Rangers and Red Sox won't face off again until 2010.