By about 11 p.m. tonight we should know what will happen to the Boston Red Sox over the next week or so.
We will have a good idea if this mess we’ve been witnessing will probably follow this team until the season ends next Wednesday or the Red Sox will be able to coast into the playoff sunset.
The Red Sox face the last place Orioles with Josh Beckett going against the unheralded Tommy Hunter (4-4, 4.96 ERA). On the otherhand, Tampa Bay has two games in New York, with James Shields going against Phillip Hughes (who might miss start because of back problems) in Game 1 and then Jeremy Hellickson goes against CC Sabathia.
The edge, on paper, appears to be on the Red Sox side tonight, with the odds of gaining at least a half-game looking pretty good.
If the worst were to happen, from the Red Sox perspective, and the Sox lose and Rays sweep, the Sox will have a half-game lead. Worse, the momentum shift would be 100 percent on Tampa’s side.
In other words, Josh Beckett … just win baby.