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Even as the Sox gasp for air, I have not given up hope for regular and post-season success this year. The reason is that we are playing our B-squad right now and we're doing the things necessary to have a chance of putting that best-record-in-baseball team back on the field in the playoffs.

They are taking their time with Manny. I said to a friend yesterday that I was starting to get suspicious of Manny's injury, that I was starting to pick up the stink of the dark side of MbM (Manny being Manny). However, Gordon Edes did a great job today not just regurgitating the Sox party line about the injury, but looking outside the RSN to what this injury has done to other players in MLB. He wrote:
Orioles lefthander Erik Bedard, considered by many a Cy Young candidate, shut down for the season with a strained oblique. Yankees outfielder Bobby Abreu missed three weeks in spring training, while Tampa Bay third baseman Akinori Iwamura missed over a month. When he was first injured, said Iwamura, it hurt to brush his teeth.
So, I'm content that Manny is not dogging it and that when he comes back, he'll be healthy and productive. And, that that day will be enough before the playoffs for him to shake off any rust.

We're also without Youk, Coco, JD Drew's talent, and functioning arms on our Japanese dynamic duo. But, the key is that the Sox are doing due diligence and resting Youk, resting Coco (no big deal given the Ellsbury phenomenon), (pass), resting Dice-K, and resting Oki and trying to let Gagne win that key roll.

We have a borderline offense anyway, and when Youk isn't wearing out pitchers and Manny is sitting, we're on the wrong side of the line of demarcation. Youk isn't hitting much, but I think with those two guys in the line up, we might have been able to drive up the pitch count on Toronto's rookie Dustin McGowan on Monday. He threw 122 pitches; it wouldn't have taken a whole lot more to knock him out.

It may very well not work out. But, I give the Sox credit for doing what they have to do to win it all, rather than focusing on their current slippage. I remain hopeful.

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