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  • September 10th, 2007

    Red Sox 3, Oreos 2:
    Series Complete: 12-6, Red Sox…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:28 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    And with last night’s win (87) , the Sox have passed their win mark for the 2006 Campaign (86)…and there are 18 games to go…

    Once again, Josh Beckett gets it done, claims win #18, and reduces the Sox Magic Number to 14–unfortunately, the Skanks won as well, with Chien-Ming Wang also garnering win #18…

    Josh’s Line: 116 pitches, 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on hits–although both runs were solo homers, while walking 0 and striking out 8…

    How ironic is that it seems that Daisuke is having the same problems Beckett had last year–when in doubt, try to blow the fastball past ‘em–but, as in the case with Beckett last year, its not working, and he is getting lit up, same as Josh did…From Tito: “We talked about it with Beckett last year…the game was getting loud, and he’d start firing and he was missing his spots. Everything was fastball, cutter, instead of maybe getting his changeup over and establishing some different speeds. Again, it’s easier said than done. But we noticed it, (with Daisuke) yeah.”

    It’s interesting to note the parallel in Daisuke’s numbers this at this point in the year, compared to Beckett’s last at this point:

    In 2006, Beckett was 14-10 with a 5.09 ERA.

    Currently, in 2007, Daisuke is 14-12 with a 4.44 ERA.

    Guess who leads the AL league in Fielding percentage? Last year it was the Sox–this year its the Oreos–with .987. I think that is pretty surprising, But, even more surprising, is the Sox are SECOND, with .986–shocking, especially since Julio Lugo is a FAR cry from Alex Gonzales…

    Walking wounded: Manny with meet with the Sox rehab guys and plan a path forward as he recovered from a left sided oblique strain…The Sox are hoping he will able to see some game action later this week…

    Take all the time in the world, no hurry, Really: Eric Gagne, who has been sidelined since August 26th with a sore shoulder, says he is ready to pitch again, after his bullpen work this weekend. He is expected to be available for tonight’s game–Great….

    Tonight: Curt Schilling makes the 1st start of this 6 game home stand when he opposes Tampa Bay ace Scott Kazmir tonight at the Fens, 1st pitch is 7:05pm..

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