As disastrous as the Royals/Angels road trip was for the Sox, it could have been a whole lot worse--which makes you think that somebody up there likes us.
The Sox, losers of two of three in Kansas City and swept away in Anaheim by scoring a grand total of five runs in the three games, could very easily be coming home tonight in second place behind the Tigers. But in a development as surprising as the South Siders have been disappointing with their five-game losing streak, the lowly Twins, recently swept by the Sox at home, defeated Detroit twice yesterday at Comerica Park--10-4 and 2-1--to even extend the Good Guys' lead from a 1/2 game.
So it comes down to this:
The Sox begin a seven-game homestand tonight. It'll be three with the Royals and four with the pitching-rich Tampa Bay Rays. The regular season will end in Cleveland with games next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Tigers finish their home schedule this week with four against the Royals and complete their regular year on the road with three vs. the Twins and three against the Royals.
Conventional wisdom is that the Sox have the toughest road, playing four against the Rays. But it's baseball, and as the Twins proved in Detroit on Sunday, anything can happen and it's anybody's division to win.
But with a one-game lead and seven games at home, I'll go out on a limb and say: Advantage Sox.