July 9th, 2007
…with a sweep…
This is what has concerned me for some time now–the Sox have been able to beat up the crappy teams (as well they should–there is a a reason why they are the crappy teams) when when it comes to the teams that have winning records–not so much.
I will concede that the 13 innings on Saturday night could have went to anyone–the tigers missed as many opportunities to score as the Sox, and I would have put Papelbon against anyone–but the other two games–the pitchers struggled a bit, and the bats didn’t get it done…
And do you think Manny could QUIT IT WITH THE GIDP’s ALREADY???
And the worst part of yesterday’s game–the Tigers had Five–count ’em FIVE errors–that is 5 ADDITIONAL chances to get it done–and the Sox could not….
Of course, the 3 homers given up by Daisuke (a season high) didn’t help either..His Final line: 5 innings pitches, giving up 6 runs, while striking out 4 and walking 1….From Daisuke: “First and foremost, I think the problem today was with my command…of course there were a few hits that their hitters made some good contact on, but overall I felt that I left a lot of my pitches in soft locations.”
And the end of the world is probably at hand: Julio Lugo went 3 for 3 with a homer–what else would you expect in a game where the other team had 5 errors???
But he is reallyREALLY going this time: Despite the fact that his tummy hurt and he did not play in yesterday’s game, Tito says that Manny is heading to the All-Star Game… Sox owner John Henry’s private plane took the Red Sox All-Stars to San Fran. In addition to Manny, Big Papi, Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima, made the trip…
Now…August 1? Looks like Schilling wont be back until then..at least…The reason for the delay? “Regaining strength is just part of it,” says Curt. “I have to do things to take care of my arm that I’ve never had to do before, and we’re addressing that.” and that statement is a big pile of… no information…..
Coming up after the next 3 days without meaningful baseball: a 4 game series in the Fens against Toronto Blue, which begins Thursday night, at 7:05pm with Tim Wakefield toeing the mound against Blue Jay Ace Roy Halladay.
Tonight: The 1st night of no meaningful baseball: The home run derby–where we get to listen to Chris Berman go “Back Back BACK” a thousand times..who is even IN the Derby this year???