Boston Sports went undefeated on an impressive weekend.
Let the good times roll
Let them knock you around
Let the good times roll
Let them make you a clown
- The Cars "Good Times Roll"
For the Boston sports fan, this weekend was as perfect as could be. It included two sweeps, three overtime/extra inning wins, and a good ending to each story watched. We saw the Boston Celtics sweep the Knicks out of the playoffs, decisively winning their two games in New York, and are again looking like Championship contenders. Across the country in California the Red Sox stayed hot and swept the Angels in a four game Series, which was the first time they've accomplished this feat since 1980. While back in Boston the Bruins, who in an effort to shake the ghosts of last years choke job, are staging an inspired comeback against their original six rivals, and are now up 3-2 in a series of epic magnitude.
We all knew the Red Sox would eventually start pitching better, scoring runs, and winning games. During the abysmal start to their season this became the company line. The real questions were when would they start to turn it around, and would it be too late? In truly schizophrenic fashion the Red Sox have pulled a complete 180 on how they started out the season, and have now won seven out of their last ten games, and look like the Team everyone predicted them to be. Our starting pitchers are the story behind this recent streak, and John Lackey did his part yesterday, pitching a strong eight innings while striking out eight and walking only one.
The Red Sox starting pitchers have now had nine consecutive games in which they've gone at least five innings and allowed fewer than three runs. Their collective ERA during this streak is 0.88 - and ties their longest such streak in franchise history (1946). It's pretty remarkable seeing how affective the Sox can be when all their starters are at the top of their game, and you hope winning streaks such as this are not an abnormality, but a consistent result of the Team assembled.
It's not only the pitchers who've picked it up though, as the Sox offense has started to put up some crooked numbers on the board, averaging 5.2 runs over the past ten games. Compare that to the 3.5 runs they were scoring the ten games prior to that, and it's easy to see that both their pitching and hitting have awoken from their Spring slumber. The Sox have the night off tonight, and tomorrow they'll be back on the East Coast in Baltimore, where they look to keep the good times rolling.