Red Sox Waste Energy By Scoring 11 Meaningless Runs

October 25, 2007 | Comments (0) | by Rich Funk

Yes, the Red Sox can pound the ball. Yes, Josh Beckett is phenomenal. Yes, it'll be interesting to see how the Rockies react to their first postseason loss.

But wait just a minute there, cocky Baaaahston fan...this series isn't over by a long shot.

The Red Sox looked incredibly dominant last night. They entered the World Series on a pretty good offensive tear and with some momentum after making a 2004-esque comeback against the Indians. But just because they rocked Colorado last night does not mean this series is over. Last night shouldn't have changed anyone's predictions about the Series.

Look, let's be knew the Rockies were going to lose last night. Sure, they had their best starter on the mound and hadn't lost a game all postseason, but deep down, no matter how big a Rockies fan you are, if a gun was put to your head before first pitch last night, you would have chosen Boston. And even if you did think the Rockies were going to take Game 1, there's no way in hell they were going to take both games at Fenway to start the series. So at the very best, the Rockies were going to lose at least one game at Fenway.

See where I'm going with this?

Last night was a loss, but it was just one loss. All of the people jumping off the Rockies bandwagon should take a closer look at the following:

1. The Rockies lost to the most dominant postseason pitcher to come around in a while. Anyone could have seen that coming.

2. It was wet. This does not excuse the fact that Colorado gave up 13 runs, but it could have led to it. When it's raining, you don't want to pitch to contact, so the harder you throw, the better. Clearly, last night's weather favored Beckett and the Sox.

3. Losing by 12 runs isn't that bad. Losing 2-1 or 30-1 still counts as only 1 loss.

4. While the Sox offense is running on all cylinders right now, it could be in for a bumpy ride in the coming week ahead. Out of Lowell, Youk, and Ortiz, one of them is going to have to ride the pine each of the 3 games in Colorado. That's a huge blow.

I'm not taking anything away from the Sox. All I'm saying is that this series is not over. Not even close. Don't listen to the talking heads on ESPN or believe what you read on Yahoo Sports; the Rockies are still as much in this series as they were at this time yesterday. If the Rockies can take game 2, suddenly, everyone will pile back onto the Rockies bandwagon like they never left.