Laser Show!!

The Sox welcome back All-Star 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia to the line-up tonight.  It’s been about two months since he went down with a broken foot and his team has just about treaded water for these seven weeks. 

These next few weeks really are the season.  They have a nice 9 game home stand all against teams with worse records than them.  After that they have three with the Rays and O’s on the road then six at home against the two teams they are chasing in the wild card (TB and CWS). 

I tip my hat to Tito and his staff for keeping the team in contention thru all these injuries.  It’s time though for this team to make a run and what better night than tonight.  they really need to maximize their players.  Leave Pedroia at 2nd, put Bill Hall in LF, Kalish in CF and rotate between Lowell, V-Mart and Salty at the 1b/c spot.  I don’t want to see Eric Patterson or Darnell McDonald unless it’s for defense.  The offense needs a jump-start and I think that’s the best lineup. 

Everyone will put the onus on the pitching staff, but it’s much easier to pitch with a lead (unless you are Josh Beckett, in which no lead is safe.)  I’d like to see the bullpen perform knowing that their offense can keep giving them a cushion.  It seems lately that whenever the ‘pen fails, the offense isn’t there to pick ’em up.  That sort of offense support must start tonight with the teams spark plug and emotional leader, Dustin Pedroia.

This is not only the crossroads of this season, but arguably next season as well.  If Boston can come through this stretch in a play-off position great, let’s go for it.  If they stumble toward September while the Rays, Yanks ans White Sox distance themselves, then team Theo will have a lot to consider going into the 2011 campaign. 

The problem is, I can see it going either way.  That’s what has made this team so enjoyable and frustrating at the same time.  You never know which squad shows up on any given day.  Thank god for 2004 + 2007 or this would be one of the most gut-wrenching seasons ever. 

Who am I kidding, it still is. 

Jason Hendry is a morning director at NBC Connecticut.  He is an avid sports fan who also likes to dabble in politics, music, food, movies and other aspects of pop culture.  His true passions in life are his family and baseball.

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