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  • October 1st, 2007

    The End of the 2007 Regular Season: A Recap

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:40 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    While the season was a bit more stressful that I personally would have liked, you cannot argue with the end result: 2007 AL East Division Champions/Bets Record in the American League. Whoo Hoo!

    However, despite this, my concerns are the same as they have been all year. Yes, the Sox have some of the best pitching out there, but will they hit, especially against the best of the best they are going to see in the upcoming weeks? Manny seems to be getting back into the swing oft things, J. D. Drew is (miraculously) starting to get hot–JUST in time for the postseason, Mike Lowell has been the model of consistency, and Big Papi has been ripping the cover off the ball…will it be enough?

    I guess we have all seen enough Playoffs to know that this team that is supposed to win, usually does–but could it possibly NOT be the Skankees?

    My Predictions:

    The Sox will beat the Angels in 4

    Cleveland will be the Skankees in 5 (More of a Hope than a prediction!)

    The Sox will beat Cleveland in 6…

    And since I am not even sure who exactly made it to the postseason for the NL league (not sure they know either) I will reserve my picks for the NL until a later date…

    Very VERY Random Thoughts:

    Potential Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia–I think he has a GREAT shot–and I think his chances got so much better when Delmon Young became a HUGE snot this weekend, cursing and threatening to take his ball and go home after Joe Maddon took him out of a game this weekend, for not running out a ground ball…and then apparently he apologized to Maddon before Sunday’s game…

    Potential Cy Young Award Winner: Josh Beckett–Hopefully his loss against Minnesota on Thursday does not negatively impact that–But c’mon folks–he is the only 20 game winner this year….and he had NO blisters this year, just an avulsion…

    Jon Lester, after battling cancer, came back and pitched pretty well, ending up with a 4-0 record and a 4.57 ERA. Still has consistency problems, but he is 24 years old, and he had consistency problems before his illness…I think if he can work through those things, he will be great–maybe not Clay Buchholtz great, but he still has electric stuff when he is on…

    I would have liked to see Matt Clement pitch one more time, but, with the lateness of the clinching, as well as his progress, it was just not meant to be…But wish him well, and hope he goes somewhere he can do well…

    Fielding: 1.000. Yep, that is Kevin Youkilis’ fielding percentage for the last 135 game at 1st base. That is 1079 chances–and zero errors. The previous record was in 1921, when Stuffy McInnis had a record of .999…

    My friend, Warren, who is a Cleveland Indians Fan (as is my Dad), asked me last night, “If the Sox and the Indians meet in the ALCS, what are you going to do? Are you going to hate them like you hate the Yankees?” And I told him: I LIKE Cleveland, but if they are playing the Sox, I will root for the Sox, but if the Sox don’t advance, and Cleveland does, I will root for Cleveland, cause I would like to see them win a World Series…

    Sign this man now! OK, Home Office of the Boston Red Sox, I know you are a bit busy right now, but you GOTTA dump the whole idea of bringing A-Fraud to Boston, and re-sign MIKE LOWELL RIGHT NOW….Larry Lucchino said it himself on Friday night–He has been the MVP of the Boston Red Sox this year–no doubt…he also broke Butch Hobson’s 1977 record (112) for driving in runs. Mike had 120 this year…

    More neato stats: Manny Delcarmen’s record for this year? 0-0 with a 2.05 ERA over 44 appearances, breaking the Sox record set in 1947 by reliever Johnny Murphy…Manny takes a 10 appearance (totally 9-innings) scoreless streak into the postseason…

    Coming up: Not 1 but TWO off days as the Sox align to face the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim, Fresno, Wilkes-Barre, USA, on Wednesday to kick off the best of 5 series. Josh Beckett takes the mound at the Fens, against Anaheim’s Ace, John Lackey. 1st pitch: TBA…

    2 Responses to “The End of the 2007 Regular Season: A Recap”

    1. Ted D says:

      Evening Christine,

      Great post, and I knew Youk hadn’t had an error, just didn’t know it was that many chances. Gold Glove or bust. Also, while I knew MDC pitched well, I didn’t know it was THAT well. And as you know, I’m 100% behind you in the SIGN MIKE LOWELL camp.

      Weird to have 2 days without baseball: can’t wait until Wednesday night.

      GO SOX!

      GO BECKETT!

      HOLY BUCKETS, I’m fired up!

    2. Boston Red Thoughts » October 1, 2008: Let the Postseason Begin! says:

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