“Luck is the residue of design”… Dodgers Owner Branch Rickey (1950)
OK, so there is no way to design the bad luck that has befallen the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in 2010 concerning all of the injuries they have had this season.
And both teams have lost very important pieces to the puzzle. Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia are the latest key pieces to be shelved for “The Sawx”, while Placido Polanco and Chase Utley went on the Disabled List on Monday for “The Fightins”.
And when you think that both Pedroia and Utley, two guys who never say never and are the true ‘dirt dogs’ of their teams, are both hurt at the same time, it makes you understand just how good these two teams are this year.
Pedroia should be back in six weeks. Utley’s season depends on what his second and third opinions say on Tuesday and beyond, but one of his comments to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury said it all.
“I am not happy”.
The Phillies, sans Utley and Polanco, got a win tonight over Cincinnati, 9-6 thanks to a pair of bench guys, Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have gotten step-up moments from household names as Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald.
Both teams have lost starters, Josh Beckett and J.A. Happ, but they both keep plugging right along. Both teams injury report could fill out a chapter of an encyclopedia, but they keep putting up wins.
Will the Red Sox win the A.L. East? Well, you have to give them as much chance as anyone considering they are only one game out of 1st Place after Monday’s 8-5 win against the high stirrup-wearing Tampa Bay Rays.
Can the Phillies the N.L. East? They certainly have the most talent (when healthy) and are only 2 1/2 games out after their win on Monday night.
But one thing is for certain, both Pedroia and Utley will do their part (both on and off the field). It’s now up to the remaining 24 players to pick up the pieces.
And a little luck wouldn’t hurt either.