“Without a Curse” Episode 522: “Orioles Could Send Red Sox’s Season” (8/13/12)
Hosted by: Alex Reimer
The Red Sox split their four game series with the Indians over the weekend, and still stand at 57-59, and 5.5 games out of a playoff spot. Alex explains why this series against the Orioles is undoubtedly the most important series of the year, and why anything less than a sweep should dramatically change how the Red Sox approach the rest of the month of August.
Though the Red Sox won on Friday night behind another strong performance from Clay Buchholz, Will Middlebrooks was hit on the wrist by a 96 mph fastball, and may be lost for the season. How cautious should the Red Sox be with Middlebrooks’ rehab? On that note, when will David Ortiz return from his achilles injury?
Of course, Alex also touches upon the latest beer drinking story involving rehabbing pitcher John Lackey. Was it a valid story to report, or an attempt to generate needless controversy?
In the “Around the League” segment, Alex looks at the AL East standings, and the Yankees’ acquisition of former Red Sox great Derek Lowe. Manny Machado’s terrific big league debut weekend, and the Rays taking care of business against the Twins is touched upon too. Other notes from playoff races around the league are talked about too.