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The Immediate Future of Boone Logan

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To steal a meme from Duggan, here's a little mood music to get you ready for the wrap around series that starts tonight in Boston: Los Campesinos. (The song's a little tongue-in-cheek response to a friend of mine who's a Red Sox fan who I know will be reading this; he doesn't think the Red Sox a particularly ugly bunch of ball players).

This weekend could go a long way toward determining Boone Logan's place on the team for the stretch run of the season (and hopefully) beyond.

From April 20 to May 23, Logan pitched awfully- 20 base runners in 10.2 IP, only 6K against 7BB.

From June 26 to August 4, Logan pitched well, not incredible but above average- 10 base runners in 10.0 IP, 10K against 3 BB.

Is either extreme indicative of Logan's true talent?  Is the real result born of an average over larger sample sizes, or is Logan an inconsistent pitcher, a la AJ?

Regardless of Logan's long term prospects, the remainder of the season could well hinge on his performance in the next 4 games: if he can retire David Ortiz and JD Drew, he could secure a spot in Joe G's match-up roulette.  A weekend that looks more like the first half of his season could leave a looming question mark over the Yankees' postseason plans, especially if a failure costs the team a game.

There are two competitions on the field tonight (as always), one between the two teams, and one between the players who want to be at the front of the line when phone rings.  As always, it's going to be fun to watch.