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  • August 4th, 2008

    Red Sox 5, Oakland 2:
    Off to a GREAT start…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:37 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I will refrain from all of the pithy “Welcome to the Jason Bay era” or “It’s the Bay state” stuff….But it certainly looks like Jason Bay is a hot in the arm for what ailed this Red Sox team. I don’t expect him to be able to put up the numbers that Manny put up, but the contributions he has already made: He has hit in every game since joining the Sox, with a triple on Friday night, a 3-run homer on Saturday night, and 2 singles on Sunday…He is hitting .364 with six runs scored since joining the Sox–also add good/smart base running/good fielding/being a good citizen…Ya know what? I’ll take that…

    And Daisuke did pretty well in yesterdays game, only giving up the 2-run homer in his 6 innings of work. He gave up a total of 4 hits while striking out 8 and walking 2. He threw 105 pitches, 68 for strikes…I still think he should be into the 7th inning with that many pitches thrown…

    And my fondest wish is that Julio Lugo will return a LONG time from now (apparently, he has started light jogging) and will be told–we have a new shortstop–thanks so much, now dont let the door hit you on the ass on your way out of town….

    Jed Lowrie’s stats: He has played 11 out of the last 13 games, since Lugo went on the DL–and has only made 1 error–Julio would probably have made at least 3-4 in the same span–at least 1 or 2 costing the Sox a win…He is currently hitting .316 in these 11 starts, hitting safely in 9 of those games. His numbers for the year are .294, and he contributed a bit this weekend–driving in Jason Bay TWICE on Friday night–which, incidentally were the only runs scored by the Sox in that contest. ON Saturday, he came up with the bases loaded and hit a base clearing double. And yesterday, just a two-run triple…

    So, with the sweep, the Sox managed to salvage at least part of the 9-game home stand, going 4-5. Could have been ALOT worse…And since both the Rays and the Skanks also won-the standings stay the same with the Sox in 2nd place, 3 games behind the Rays, and the Skanks 5.5 behind the Rays, and 2.5 behind the Sox…

    David Aardsma pitched a perfect inning (including 2 strikeouts) for Pawtucket, as they played the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Skankees this weekend, as he continues he rehabs for the right groin strain. He will probably throw another inning with the PawSox, and then head on the road to me the Sox. He has been on the DL since June 20. I wonder who will go once he is activated?? Probably Chris Smith…

    So Manny has played 3 games in LA and has decided that this is where he wants to play baseball for the rest of his days huh? How long ago was it that he was THRILLED with Boston and wanted to play all of his days THERE? Let’s see if he changes his tune as time passes…

    Also heard some things this weekend, that IF true (smart enough to know you don’t believe everything you read) or even if HALF of them are true–then the Sox made a very good decision getting rid of Malcontent Manny:

    1. And hour after the deal was made to send him to the Dodgers, Satan called the Sox and said that Manny would behave himself for the rest of the year and stay with the Sox, as long as the option years were not activated (Boras denied this–yeah, like I’d believe HIM…) So basically, what you are saying is he pulled a “Jay Payton” (who, if you remember, picked a fight with Tito to get himself traded because he wasn’t playing enough to suit him) and was screwing with the team to get what he wanted….

    2. Actually ASKED the Sox to put him on the DL so he could rest his knee. His knee seems fine now–must be the time difference in CA…

    3. Could not remember WHICH knee was hurting, which is why the Sox sent him for an MRI on both knees…

    Hey Nomar: You freaking HATED Boston–why persist with the whole “I didn’t want to be traded” stuff?

    And how bout the fact that Mike Lowell is in alot of pain with a right hip flexor (watching him run the bases makes ME hurt) and HAS BEEN PLAYING THROUGH IT–for what? About 5 weeks? He will probably get tonight off, and get some type of shot–although he got a cortisone one around the All-Sat Break and it did nothing for him…

    This kind of play is just ANOTHER reason why I am glad Manny Ramirez is GONE…

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    Coming up: Clay Buchholz, (who has not had a win since MAY 2nd) takes his 2-6 and 5.94 ERA to Kansas City to kick off the 3 game series against the KC Royals. 1st pitch 8:10pm. Gil (ga) Meche gets the nod for the Royals…

    One Response to “Red Sox 5, Oakland 2:
    Off to a GREAT start…”

    1. Ted says:

      Christine, hopefully getting Bay will have the same effect picking up OC and Eyechart for Nomar back in ’04. So far he’s been great and reminds me a bit of Trot Nixon.

      I’m a little nervous about tonight’s game with Buchholz; hopefully he can get us 6 innings and we can jump on Meche early, but he’s been pitching really well lately.

      Hope you are well,

      Ted

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