...and the Sox are 11-9. Just two games above .500, and that's thanks to the Devil Dogs. Among the rest of the AL East, Sox are 7-7; one of those three teams (Baltimore) is flying high, but the other two are most definitely not. Sox got out to a 2.5-3 games lead over the Yankees a while back, and for all the talk of Yankees' struggles, haven't put any more distance in between. Not to mention Sox are 2 games back in the division. So I wouldn't say they're struggling, but they certainly aren't playing to potential. Already they're 2 games behind their Pythagorean W-L record, meaning they win blowouts and lose close ones -- sounds about right.
Not really anything to say about the Devil Rays-BoSox fight that hasn't been said already. All the people on the we-hate-the-Red-Sox bandwagon are pointing to the fight as evidence of how "low class" the Red Sox are -- get real. [Seriously, check out the guy's site -- it's one of the most pathetic websites I've ever seen.] Everything was done on the field, most of the retaliation pitches were reasonable (except Carter's pitch to Ortiz), the ejections were fine, and Trot Nixon is an angry, angry man. Also, that picture of Blaine Neal carting Trot off the field...wow. I had no idea Neal was that big.