That game sucked. So did that series. So did the last 2 weeks. Back on June 26, Sox had won 12 of their last 13. RSN was ecstatic, the CHB stupidly declared the AL East race over, and I wrote (somewhat more cautiously) "if the Sox go just 7-6 they'll hit the ASB 15 games above .500, 5 better than at the same point in 2004." Well, they went 5-8 instead. All 12 games were against good teams, but 6 of those games (and 4 of the losses) were at home. They're now 11 games above .500, basically the same as they were at this point last year. This year the weaknesses are more glaring, as opposed to last year's feeling that the team "just wasn't playing like they should." So I guess that's good.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Lopez, the ex-Tomatero, continues his ownership of the Red Sox, with an ERA of 3.5 (though that's massively inflated by a single shelling, 8ER in 3.1IP). Only this time he did it at home - he typically dominates when he pitches in Fenway, oddly. Anyone know what about his pitching makes him so effective against the Sox (while so average against most everyone else)?