A Monday playoff game for the wild card -- only possible if Boston loses and Cleveland wins -- would feature Matt Clement pitching on three days rest for the first time in his career.
Art Martone writes that the Red Sox
are in better position now -- both to make the postseason and in the playoffs themselves if they get there -- than they were before yesterday's game. ...Manny Ramirez's second homer yesterday gave the Red Sox 900 runs for the third straight season. The last AL team to do that was the 1936-39 Yankees (the Rockies did it in 1999-2001).
[T]he Sox probably get the easier opponent as the wild card than they would have as division champ. The Yankees have to play the scorching Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who have won 12 of their last 14 games and are 19-9 since Aug. 31. The Red Sox get the lukewarm White Sox, who have barely been a .500 team (36 wins and 33 losses) since July 18.
Unless the Yankees win by 16 runs today, Boston will lead MLB in runs scored for the third consecutive year. The last teams to achieve that were the Brooklyn Dodgers (1951-53) and the Red Sox (1948-50).