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  • July 14th, 2008

    Red Sox 2, Oreos 0:
    Wrapping up the 1st 1/2 of the Season…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:09 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (4)

    While it’s not technically the 1st 1/2 of the season, as the Sox have already played 97 games, its close enough.  So at this 1/2 way point, time to do some assessments:

    They are and are 57-40 at the break, which translates into a .588 winning % and the 4th best team in the bigs. Not to horrible. It also means that thanks to a 7-game losing streak by the Rays, the Soxare now back in 1st place–with a 1/2 game to spare…

    And for the record, this weekend should have been a sweep–Why Why WHY does ANYONE actually thinks Clay Buchholtz was/is ready to come back is to the bigs? And that he is better than Masterson? I am thinking not….

    The best quote I have heard all year with regard to Daisuke and his pitching comes from Lou Merloni: “He makes me want to throw up sometimes” I’m with you, Lou: 6 Innings, 115 pitches, 68 for strikes, giving up 0 runs on 4 hits while walking 5 (yes, FIVE–AND a hit batsmen) and striking out 7 Same Old, Same Old for Daisuke–overall he gets the jobs done, and the Sox win, but everyone is popping antacids (or drink copious amounts of whiskey–take your pick) every time he pitches–its gets very tiresome…

    Poor Youk, still has traces of the black eye he got a couple of weeks ago from the Mike Lowell throw that bounced up and hot him in the face, still has twinges in his ankle from twisting it in Saturday’s game, and now gets hit in the left arm in the 5th inning of yesterday’s game. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, and he will more than likely be making the start in his 1st All-Star game…

    Mark your calendars: July 25th, the 1st game of a 3 game series at the Fens against the Skank, and hopefully (if all goes well) the 1st game that David Ortiz returns to his DH-ing duties for the Sox. The plan is for Big Papi to do 6 rehab games, 3 in Pawtucket, and 3 with AA Portland. From Big Papi: “I feel good. Actually, it was my first time hitting off the machine. I was acting like I normally do, locating, check swing, swing and a miss. Stuff like that. Everything was fine. That’s all I need. Make sure there’s no pain when I’m doing that.” Cannot come soon enough….

    And while I never wish injury on anyone, I cannot be the least bit disappointed that Julio Lugois on the DL for at least a month, if not longer, with a severe left quad strain. Jed Lowrie was immediately called up to the bigsto share the shortstop position with Alex Cora. Let’s hope they do so well that Lugo no longer has a spot when he comes back. I can only think this is a good thing for the Sox as they go down the stretch. Lugo was injured running out an infield hit in the 9th inning during Saturday’s game vs the Oreos.

    Farwell Bobby Kielty: Yeah, Bobby Kieltywas the forgotten man this year (Matt Clement is STILL rehabbing that shoulder withSt Louis, whom he signed with in the off-season, thanks for asking). Thinking he would be back up in the bigs when the Soxtraded Coco Crisp, he has been hit with all types of injuries during his stay at Pawtucket, and Coco is still with the Sox. Consequently, he asked for, and was granted his release this weekend. Hopefully he can get somewhere he can play every day… Good luck and Godspeed….

    Coming up: Day 1 of 4 days of no meaningful baseball (in SkankeeStadium no less!) begins tonight with the State Farm Home Run Derby. Beginning at 8:00pm, the hitters for the AL are Eva(n) Longoria (Rays), Justin Morneau (Twins), Josh Hamilton (Rangers) and Grady Sizemore (Indians) The hitters for the NL are: 4-time Derby veteran Lance Berkman (Astros), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Dan Uggla (Marlins) and Chase Utley (Phillies) I am so glad they went back to the AL vs the NL–remember that lame-o battle of the countries they had a couple of years, with questions such as “How did you feel hitting those 3 homers for your country?” PUH-leese….I, personally, am rooting for Josh Hamilton–it was a long road for him to get here, and I am so happy for him. After him would have to be Grady Sizemore, and then Lance Berkman (I have always liked him) After that, dont relaly much care…Tonight’s contest will be on ESPN–and don’t forget the Chris Berman dinking game, every time he says “Back Back Back” you need to drink–you’ll be pasted 1/2 way through the 1st round…

    4 Responses to “Red Sox 2, Oreos 0:
    Wrapping up the 1st 1/2 of the Season…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, I’m with you. I’m pulling for Josh Hamilton. I just hope it doesn’t screw his swing up.

      First place? Ah, order is restored to the universe.

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