September 4th, 2015
28 games left in a season that pretty much ended before it got started, and honestly this has been a pretty lost season for me. I just COULD NOT get up any kind of enthusiasm for this team.
I guess it started when they yanked Jon Lester’s chain for the better part of 2014, THEN traded him, and THEN tried to make some big pretend show of offering him a competitive deal. And THEN they acted all surprised and shocked and saddened that he signed with the Cubs.
The Cubs, who I might add, are still neck deep in the postseason wild card race, and with a record of 75-57 (.564) and doing OH SO MUCH better than the Sox, with their 61-72 (.459) record.
While Jon Lester did not have a super spectacular year (8-10, with a 3.59 ERA), he is still in this career range in terms of ERA and WHIP and the like. And, this was the first year in the NL, and he pitches far fewer games (26) than he has in the past couple years (30+). But yeah, he’s washed up caused he’s 30. I wonder what the handicapping software would say about that… Read more…
September 2nd, 2015
Some random thoughts after my 3-hour root canal, while I wait for the novacaine to wear off…
So the Sox won by a little bit on Monday (4-3), and lost by a little bit on Tuesday, (3-1), and then got beat up (13-8) in the rubber match this afternoon. Am I the only one who things Red Sox/Skanks games (even those that completely and utterly do not matter) should not be played midweek? I’m not saying they should have all ESPN games, but at least weekends…
And because no random thought post is complete without a “check for pods” update: How the hell is Toronto in first place in September? And with 1.5 games ahead of the Skanks to boot. Honestly, this craziness in baseball must be what gives the Sports Handicappers fits when they are working up their predictions and odds.
But then again, we all know that baseball is a fickle mistress, and stuff happens that no one can prepare for. Like this 2nd crappy season in a row. Or the fact that the Sox can beat the teams who will be heading to the dance in a couple weeks (like the Mets) , but cannot beat the crappy teams (such as the Marlins) Read more…
August 27th, 2015
OK, I am DEFINITELY checking for pods. Arguable the WORST pitcher the Sox have on the starting 5 (6-11, with a 5.47 ERA–we’re talking John Lackey circa 2012 BAD), pitched BRILLIANTLY for 7 innings of 5-hit ball with 5 strikeouts and a wild pitch. He threw 94 pitches, 67 for strikes. He just got off the DL, ostensibly for right arm strain, and was activated for this contest…
This one went 0-0 until the 8th inning until Travis Shaw (who is making a compelling argument for continuing his role as starting first baseman. For now…) stroked a 2-run shot for his 7th homer of the season.
Apologies in advance because I am feeling pretty random today, so this is going to be more stream of consciousness than anything else…But stick with me.
So W…T…F… Is this nonsense about Don Orsillo? Are they really trotting out the bullsh*t party line that they are dumping him for Dave O’Brien because of crappy ratings? Really? Why don’t you try fielding a team that DOESN”T suck out loud in about 40 different colors, and see how fast the ratings improve. Honestly, listening to DO and RemDawg make seasons like this bearable. And supposedly they will both be in the booth until the end of the season. And DO is such a class act, he will do it, instead of telling them to stick it up their ass… Read more…
August 26th, 2015
Would you like one of your favorite Red Sox stars to pour ice on your head at Fenway Park next week AND receive an autographed Red Sox #3 Frates jersey?
It could happen. Next Monday, August 31st David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia headline a list of seven Red Sox stars who will to pour ice on fans on the field at Fenway Park, concluding the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Start bidding NOW for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get soaked on the field, and receive the Spring Training jerseys that Red Sox players wore on March 3 to honor Pete Frates, the Boston College baseball star and a pioneer of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Winning bidders also receive two tickets to the game against the New York Yankees that evening, along with a professional photo commemorating the experience. Fans can submit their bids here, with all proceeds from the auction will benefit the ALS Association. Read more…
August 20th, 2015
…Except that I guess it really wasn’t.
I think everyone kinda felt the rumblings (at least I did) that it was certainly possible that once Dave Dombrowski was let go by the Tigers, that he would find a home with the Sox. Especially since he and John Henry have a looooong history–and we all know how much John Henry loves his history.
So he is in, and Ben is out, despite management saying Ben was going nowhere, and even said that Ben didn’t have to leave. But Ben knew the writing on the wall–Dombrowski is a hands-on guy–hell he even fired GM Randy Smith and Manager Phil Gardner when the Tigers lost their first 6 games of the 2002 campaign and replaced Smith as GM. This is definitely not a guy who is afraid of making hard choices.
That could be great for the Sox, as we need a salary dump RIGHT NOW, and send Panda and Hanley somewhere–maybe the Dodgers will be
suckers…er…trade partners once again? Read more…
August 11th, 2015
As a result the line drive Ian Kinsler bounced off his writs on Friday night, Koji’s wrist is fractured, leaving him with 25 saves and a 2.23 ERA for the 2015 campaign, as he season is now over. Although based on the current state of affairs, it’s not really going to make a bit of difference. Some games here and there, but when you are on pace to only win 72 games. It really doesn’t matter.
And I was never one to say “but now they get to play spoiler!” Ugh, please. They sucked this year, they sucked last year, blah blah blah, playing “spoiler” is not going to offer any comfort. At. All.
At this point, all they can do is play the kids, and hope the hell Ben and Co. can fix what the hell is wrong with this team. And they can start by getting some real starters.
Speaking of, the brief Justin Masterson Era is over, with his DFA on Sunday–THANK GOD. While I like the guy, what the FRACK was Ben thinking signing a starter with a 5.88 ERA, and averaging LESS than FIVE innings per outing in 2014? WTF? After we lost Jon Lester (sob), and were planning on calling That Clay Person the Ace (which admittedly was working out OK, until he went on the DL–AGAIN!), there should have been less risks, and more signing an ace, or at least a couple decent 3-4 starters. Porcello, with his 5-11 record and his 5.81 ERA? That’s John Lackey, circa 2012 stats–My toddler pitches better than him. Read more…