Wednesday, September 8, 2004: We have now taken on the meat of the American League West and the heart of the toughest part of our schedule, and we have won every series. Last night’s 7-1 pummeling of the A’s, with Derek Lowe at the helm on the mound (I believe yesterday I averred that Waker would be pitching — clearly being out of the country has been bad for my attention to detail — mae culpa) and the bats continuing to fire on all cylinders. Tonight we go for the sweep with Pedro on the mound against their ace, so this should be a pretty epic game. Sadly, it is on ESPN2 but obviously I will not be seeing it. Though being on the west coast, it will end not long before I wake up tomorrow.

In theory the schedule eases up for a while until we face the Yankees, next week, but in reality, the games count the same. Losses still hurt in our quest to overtake the Yankees and to continue to lead the Wild Card with ease. Wins still keep us in the hunt. It is no good to slice through these solid teams and then to crumble against the Seattles of the world. Hopefully we keep it up again tonight with Pedro atop the mound.

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