Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester reacts after he was hit by a ball hit by New York Yankees' Melky Cabrera during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Remember back a few years ago when the Red Sox were the cool team to like and you all went out and bought your Boston Red Sox hats?
Well, it's time to put your new Rangers hat away for a few days and break out the good ol' sweaty Red Sox cap because nothing would be finer for the Rangers than the Red Sox in the ALDS.
The Red Sox currently hold a 1-game lead over Tampa Bay for the AL Wild Card spot after last night's heroics by Jacoby Ellsbury to lift the Red Sox over the Yankees in a doubleheader night cap that lasted 14 innings.
With three games left against Baltimore, the Red Sox ought to be considered the favorites considering the Rays have to deal with the AL East champion New York Yankees for three games.
If the Rangers can pull homefield away from the Detroit Tigers (currently lead Detroit by one game and Tigers have the tiebreaker) then Texas would square off with the Wild Card in the ALDS.
And trust me, the Rangers would much rather face Boston than Tampa Bay and the Rays' fearsome pitching staff.
Red Sox ace Jon Lester has lost three straight games and in two of those he lasted a combined 6 2/3 innings. Josh Beckett has pitched well, but he's going tonight and wouldn't be available for Game 1 of the series. Erik Bedard has identical numbers to Lester, recently.
To put it simply, the Red Sox staff is struggling mightily as is the team which has won just six games in the entire month of September.
So think a good thought for the Red Sox in these last three games. It's in your best interest.