If the Rays happen to win today then they will, as you may know, have swept the Boston Red Sox. In fact we just came off the sweep of the Blue Jays as well, and I don't know about you guys but I'm really feeling something special happening.
A win this afternoon would be a huge statement as well as a huge kick in the groin to Red Sox fans everywhere. As I did yesterday I am going to list my KEYS TO A RAYS VICTORY
1)The bullpen must continue their dominance. I have a good feeling that the Sox batters aren't going to have another off game as they did last night so Shields may go 5 or 6 innings if he's lucky (Unless he gets one of those games where his stuff is unbelievable). What does that leave? 3 or 4 innings for the bullpen to deal with. In the 2007 season I would have cried had we gone to our bullpen for that long but recently they have shown me I don't really need to, so here's to hoping for a relatively good game for them.
and 2) Treat Beckett as if he were just some regular guy with at +5.00 era. Yeah, I know Beckett is great. He may be one of the top 3 pitchers in the league but look at his ERA so far, it's 5.12. Sure that's mostly due to an injury but I think the injury will still be bothering him. He needed a bullpen session to help him "Get back into the swing of things" last thursday. But did that help?
Rays fans I challenge you to buy a ticket to this game and take your brooms, even if you get embarassed if we eventually lose you can always bring up the fact that we at least won the series and will win it again next weekend. I'll be there.