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  • July 29th, 2008

    Red Sox 5, Angels 7:
    Guess 2 Quality Starts in a Row…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:41 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (4)

    …From Daisuke was a BIT too much too much to ask for huh? After his very good start last week of I guess I was expecting that perhaps he had found the groove that eluded him.

    Yeah, right, think again…

    Last night’s line? 5+ (including FIVE BATTERS in the 6th–without getting an out…), throwing 91 pitches (59 for strikes), and giving up 6 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 2 and striking out 3…freaking wonderful…

    And the offense tried, but just could not overcome the 6-run inning where Daisuke gave up 5 of those 6 runs to the Angels in the 6th…

    The only thing that made this loss easier to swallow is the fact that the Skanks got Massacred (13-4!!) by the Oreos, and Tampa Bay lost, so no movement in the standings…

    After a good side session yesterday, it looks like Bartolo Colon will be back with the Sox very soon. While they will wait and see how he recovers from yesterday’s work, if all goes well, he will be making a rehab start (probably at Pawtucket) sometimes within the next week. From Tito: “… I think that he’s probably getting to the point where we’re going to talk about getting him in a game. Maybe a week or so…The ball is coming out of his hand [well]. I think John [pitching coach John Farrell] feels pretty good about it. I think Bartolo feels pretty good about it. We’re getting there.” If they could get him back to being dominant (and not get hurt fro the 3rd time this season), it would be like making a pretty decent trade at the trade deadline. Still think he gets hurt too much–but if this move can help get Buchholtz out of a rotation he really is not ready for….Colon’s record with the Sox? 4-2 with a 4.09 ERA…

    And just as a point of reference: Clay Buchholtz’s record with the Sox: 2-5 with a 5.81 ERA…I’m just sayin is all…

    And, in the never ending saga that is Manny Ramirez–his antics may end up shooting him in the foot. From an anonymous Met’s Player: “His bat would be a great addition. He could help us win. And most of the time, If you’re winning, nothing else really matters. But we’ve got something good going now. I’m not saying he’d screw it up, but you can’t tell what he’s going to do. … He’s not helping Boston right now.” Well, DUH…

    So, chances are, the Sox will not be able to trade Manny before 4:00pm this Thursday, which means the Sox, in the midst of trying to defend their World Championship, will be completely at his mercy…freaking wonderful…

    In other distasteful news… Apparently Miguel Tejada is available, and the Sox and the Astros have talked about making a trade. Fortunately, things do not look too serious. The thought of that cheating jerk playing for the Sox make my stomach turn….

    One less Skankee to look at: Jorge Posada has decided to go ahead with the season-ending shoulder surgery to repair the fraying tendons in the labrum in his right shoulder… expected recovery time is at least 6 months, with no guarantee he will even be ready for when pitchers and catchers report in 2009…No date has been set fro the procedure. While I never wish misfortune on anyone (even if they are a Skankee) I cannot say I will miss seeing him come to bat, or behind the plate…

    Another Skankee that is poised on season ending surgery is Hideki Matsui, who has been out since June with a swollen left knee. He is still trying to keep the swelling down and come back this season, his last of his contract with the Skanks…

    And GUESS WHAT? Hal Steinbrenner said the Skanks are willing to add payroll to make a trade, if it would help the team. SHOCKING, I know…I could not believe it myself….

    And a bit of Happy News: Any fears that Big Papi is better can he laid to rest: He has hit safely in all 4 games he has played n since his return on Friday night, and had his 3rd multi-hit game last night, in a row in the same time frame. His BA? .438, or 7 for 16…

    Neato stats: Remember how the Skanks used to crow ALL THE TIME about how Chien-Ming Wang (.750) was the winningest pitcher in baseball since the beginning of 2007? Well, step aside, there is a new sheriff in town, and his name is Jon Lester–with an .813 win %…

    Lester is also the quickest Red Sox pitcher to get to 20 wins, taking him only 25 decisions. The closest Sox to achieve this milestone? Tex Hughson in 1941-1942 and Boo Ferris in 1945–and it took them 26 decisions (20-6) to get there….Notice how Fat Boy Roger did not even do this? HA HA

    Coming up: Clay Buchholz, in what could be one of his final starts in the rotation (Could not come fast enough for me), throws 1st pitch at 7:05pm in game 2 of this 3 game series against Anaheim, et all. John Lackey (whom the Sox have historically beaten up pretty well) gets the nod for the Angels….

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