Good Day In Boston
It’s a good day in sports in your city if all three teams playing win. It’s an even better day when two of those teams win playoff games, and the third snap a losing streak. Beantown had a lot to celebrate last night as the Red Sox offense finally erupted, the Celtics evened the series and the Bruins took a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox came into this year as one of the prohibitive favorites to win the World Series, but haven’t shown themselves of being a contender so far this season. Boston is in 4th place in the A.L. East and had just dropped three games in a row to the fifth place Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox had been banking on a more defensive approach this season, but that hasn’t worked out too well as they have given up the 4th most runs in baseball. Their offense has been pretty much middle of the road, but erupted last night for 17 runs on 20 hits. While it is just one game, it could be a good sign for Boston if a couple of their everyday guys start hitting. They will still need to work on run prevention, since even in last night’s victory they gave up 8 runs, but May could be a new month for the Red Sox.
The Celtics meanwhile forced a split in Cleveland with their impressive 104-86 victory over the Cavs last night. Evening the series was key for Boston since their next two games are at home. If they can win both of those they will head back to Cleveland with a commanding 3-1 lead. The Celtics were able to somewhat slow down LeBron James, and pretty much shut down the rest of the Cavaliers offense. It was also a statement game for Boston, since most people thought they didn’t have what it takes to beat Cleveland again on their way to the Finals. While you still have to like the Cavs in the series, Boston showed that they will fight for this one, and to not count them out just yet.
The Bruins did exactly what the Celtics were trying to avoid, with their 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins are now up 2-0 in the series and in a commanding position. They now head to Philly, where if they can split the two games (I think a sweep might be pushing it) they can close out the series next Monday at home. So far the Bruins have just outplayed and outhustled the Flyers. Right now I don’t really see Philadelphia coming back to win this series. Putting Boston into the Eastern Conference Finals.
It might be a bad day in some other sports cities, but for Boston fans they have plenty to cheer about right now. Maybe none of these teams will win their respective championships (If I had to pick one of these teams to do it, I’d still pick the Red Sox despite their 4th place record), but they are all at least competitive and give their fans the chance to hope and dream of winning the title.