5/16 Online Seats Game Thread: Rubber Match in The Rock City

Prev. Gm: Boston Red Sox (19-18) @ Detroit Tigers (21-16) John Lackey (4-1, 4.60) @ Armando Galarraga (0-0, 0.00) 1:05 PM EDT | Comerica Park (Detroit, Michigan) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES After the Boston Red Sox lost last night’s game in the most painful of fashions, John Lackey will try […]

Sizing Up the Competition

With just under three weeks left in the regular season, the field is almost done filling out, with just five teams holding real hopes of reaching the post season: Boston, New York, Detroit, Minnesota, and Los Angeles.

Anaheim is up 6 in the West, Detroit is up 4 on Minnesota in the Central, the Red Sox are up 6 ½ in the Wild Card and the Yanks are about to clinch the East, up 6.5 games.

So, how do these teams stack up?

Tazawa Slated for Tuesday Start

Evan: Please welcome Mike Silver to the Fire Brand writing crew! Tim Daloisio is going to be stepping down from writing articles for Fire Brand. He will still be contributing one podcast a week plus the weekly poll — and will add in another podcast every week.

Junichi Tazawa heads to the rotation Tuesday against Detroit:
Boston’s management has decided it’s time for Junichi Tazawa to throw his hat into the ring as savior of the Red Sox starting rotation. Is he up to the challenge?

Lugo to the Tigers talks stalled, interest in Cora

Julio Lugo’s fate next season has seemingly rested as much in the arms of the Detroit Tigers as the Boston Red Sox.

With talks between the Tigers and Red Sox regarding any potential swap of overpriced pitchers looking to rebound (Nate Robertson, Dontrelle Willis) and overpriced shortstops looking for redemption (Julio Lugo) seemingly dead in the water, the Detroit Tigers may make a move that makes it even more likely that Julio Lugo remains a Red Sox in 2009.