V-Mart & Papelbon meet as the Sox inch closer to the playoffs. (AP Photo)
This type of situation is actually ideal for the Sox, and is allowing them to rest those who'll need it (Iron Mike Lowell), and they can really line-up the work their pitching staff needs. For example, they could afford to have V-Mart catch Beckett last night, thus giving them some real game experience to assimilate to each other. If the Sox are battling for the Division or even Wild Card here they wouldn't be afforded this luxury. These are some of the benefits of being stuck in this end of season purgatory, and it really gives the Sox the best chance to win come October. With 11 games to go look to see who's getting playing time - and in particular who Tito's bringing in first off the bench. We already know that Joey Galloway Joey Gathright will be our speed, however who'll be our Kotsay this year, and will Casey Kotchman actually get meaningful AB's in the playoffs (I hope not)? Like everything time will tell, so embrace these meaningless games, as there's a plethora of intensity awaiting just over the horizon.