Monday, September 17, 2007

The Manny Factor

After a brutal series against the Yankees, Dan Shaughnessy says, "if you like the Red Sox you do not like the idea of facing these Yankees again in October."

I know the Yanks just won 5 of 6 from Boston, but most of those wins were close games. It's not like the Yanks blew away Boston.

And one factor I haven't heard anyone discuss: Manny did not play any of those six games. I'm not making excuses for the Sox, but his absence was definitely felt. Especially in a one-run game.

And granted, Manny hasn't been vintage Manny this year, but if you slot him in there with Ellsbury, and maybe use Drew for matchups, the lineup gets a lot better.

So I'm not thrilled with how this series turned out. But is it a sign of things to come? Not if Manny's in the lineup.

- And with the Yanks 2.5 up in the wild card with series coming up against Baltimore, Toronto, and the Rays, forget about a Yankee-free October. But if they get knocked out in the first round again, then hey, I'll take it.

1 comment:

The RS Bat Boy!!!!!!!! said...

Oh Great Mighty D. of the Y.,

Halladay, Marcum, McGowan & Burnett head to NY this weekend continueing their role as the "spoiler" as they play their version of their World Series!

Tampa couldn't come a better time (Kazmir or not) as we get back on track!

3 or 4 lead by Tuesday morning!