I'm sorry Sprowl, not to encroach on your domain, but we need this and we need it now...
Here's some simple math:
1-1 = .500
0-2 = .000
Which is the better record to have right now? I like the first one.
I need your help in composing today's sermon. All of you. This thread shall be a thread of OPTIMISM. Post positive thoughts. Leave negative thoughts elsewhere. This shall be a thread of peace and tranquility.
I'm Sprowl, I approve this thread, and my shattered psyche has been pieced back together by resolute optimists. I'm not territorial and I claim no domain: my job is not to give a sermon every offday, just to make sure there is one. Welcome Tito to the pastors' guild!
And for the record, I wasn't even that upset when we lost last night. We had good chances last night, but Coco's shoulda-been HR ball went to the deepest RF corral, and Youk's liner with Jacoby Ellsbury on second just happened to be at a fielder. We're playing the second best team in baseball, and I expect them to put up a fight. Schilling vs. Carmona was always going to be a struggle, not a gimme. We weathered their 1-2 pitching tandem, and now we're into the soft underbrook and underbyrd of the Cleveland staff.
Don't get me wrong -- I was very distressed when I realized that our bullpen last night got down to Perdu, Lopez and don't-call-me-a-reliever Lester. Lopez is not a great LOOGY, and while he is pretty good at getting grounders, Hoolian is just as good at that, and better at everything else. Where was Batshit when we needed him? Playoff roster construction error.
I expect we'll take 2 out of 3 in Cleveland, and game 6 in Boston. That's realistic optimism.