Gotta Have Offense
You gotta have some offense. This is a lesson we learn every day in baseball. No matter how good your pitching is, your offense has to push across at least 1 run. Unfortunately, the Buzzards Bay Raiders in the Cape Cod 40+ league refuse to learn this lesson as we lost again tonight 6-0. This has not been a problem for the Boston Red Sox, and most assuredly not a problem for my hometown Detroit Tigers.
The Red Sox regained first place in the really, really tough AL East with the New York Yankees slipping a bit, and the Tigers did likewise in the AL Central as Cleveland stumbled over the past week, playing under .500 ball. There is tons of exciting baseball taking place in the major leagues, yet as the first half of the 40+ season nears its end, the Raiders’ 3 game losing streak has proved anything but exciting for the team. And it’s put the lack of offense front and center as the major reason.
Another good thing about the Red Sox season so far is their road record being better than their record at home. Playing winning ball on the road is a huge boost for any team. The Baltimore Orioles know that because their winning road record is keeping them in the AL East hunt despite being 11-12 at Camden Yard.
Knocking the crap out of the ball is the name of the game and the Tigers are currently doing that to lead all of baseball in runs scored, followed very closely by the Red Sox. What more could an East Coast transplant from the Motor City ask for during the baseball season.
Or even hockey season. You’ve got the Boston Bruins getting ready to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for hockey’s conference finals on the road to Lord Stanley’s Cup, and the Detroit Red Wings slugging it out with the Chicago Blackhawks on the same road. This could be a Stanley Cup finals that features 2 of the Original 6 NHL teams, which I don’t think has happened since there stopped being the Original 6. I’m really delighted that so many of my favorite teams are playing so well, and deep into their seasons.
With summer getting ready to begin baseball will start to heat up even more. Only the Atlanta Braves have a lead of more than 3 games and even their 5 game margin is no runaway. Just the pathetic Houston Astros, equally pathetic Miami Marlins, the perennially bad Chicago Cubs, and the surprisingly horrible Milwaukee Brewers are already pretty much out of it. That means 26 teams all have legitimate shots at the playoffs. Of course it’s still only the end of May with 4 more months to go and that percentage is certain to go down.
But for now there’s plenty of fun things going on in major league baseball.