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  • August 21st, 2008

    Red Sox 6, Oreos 11:
    Saw THIS loss coming from a mile away…

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

    I am just SO GLAD the Sox FINALLY did what they should have done about 4-5 loses ago–demoted Clay Buchholz to the minors–to Double A Portland no less. His record with the Sox for the 2008 Campaign? 2-9–with a 6.75 ERA…UGH…

    This line: 2 1/3 IP, giving up 5 Runs on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 0. He threw 60 pitches, 30 for strikes. There is nothing even remotely GOOD to say about this–NOTHING….

    And what about the fact that he freaking SHOOK OFF catcher Kevin Cash’s call of a fastball in last night’s game in the 2nd inning to throw what he wanted to throw, which was a changeup that allowed a walk. Even if the batter had hit a homer on the fastball, it still would have been better than WALKING HIM, which lead to the 3 run-rally by the Oreos…What does all of this mean? It means he has no confidence in his stuff

    And lest we forget the magnificent contributions of David Aardsma, allowing 2 out of 2 of That Clay Person’s inherited runners to score, and then tacking on 2 more runs of his own for good measure–in 2/3 of an inning…

    Why is Inherited Runners/Inherited Runners Score a more important stat??? I know I have complained about this before, but isn’t the WHOLE POINT of a relief core to stop the bleeding? Don’t you bring the bullpen guy in when the starter has the bases loaded to get out of the jam? Can we some people working on this? Please?

    And this one got SO bad, that ALEX CORA was warming up to go out and pitch the 8th inning–but then Okajima went out for his 2nd inning of work. Ironically, the Oreos are the team that has shellacked Oki in the past–but last night–he was the only reliever who did not give up a run to the Cookies…

    I know I should not be happy about this, but I AM….But let me clarify–I am happy about this from a baseball perspective–not a human one: Julio Lugo has had a set back in his rehab from the severe quad strain that put him on the DL in July. He went running yesterday, and it was hurting, so they have shut it down and will go from here…Sorry, I would rather Jed Lowie out there any day of the week…in the 46 games he has played in 2008, he is hitting .14 with a homer and 30 RBI’s–and it always seems like he is right in the middle of any kind of rally for the Sox–and most notably he has not MADE any Error! None, Zip, Zilch… Lugo used to be right in the middle of KILLING any rally, and was hitting .268 with 1 homer and 22 RBI’s–and then there were the SIXTEEN errors….’Nuff Said…

    Even though Josh Beckett’s hand is less numb and tingly, he will not be making the starts on Tuesday against the Skanks if he is not completely numb and tingly free. From Tito: “…those guys have done a lot of homework on why. Through doing some homework, they kind of came to the conclusion that this had been what was happening, to the point where I think we got a lot more comfortable with the explanation, but still, at the same time, we’re not going to pitch him until he’s symptom-free…(Josh is) begging (to pitch) today, and Mikey said no. He’s begging for tomorrow. Mikey (Assistant Trainer Mike Reinold) is still saying no. Friday, Mikey is OK with. I wouldn’t be surprised if Beckett wins part of this and he says yes to tomorrow. I guess the point is, if Beckett really wanted to throw, that’s always a real good sign.”

    In other good news, looks like Tim Wakefield will be back soon. After throwing another successful side session of about 44 pitches yesterday, and slated to throw another session this weekend, he may be activated as early as the Skankee series, and the BEST news comes from Tim himself: “(I’m) pain free…Everything felt good. I’m going to throw another side on Saturday and see how it feels and go from there.” Wake is 7-8 with a 3.67 ERA for this year, which is by no means an accurate gauge of the quality starts he had made this year…

    Coming up: And off day today, and then the Sox once again face Toronto–but this time at Rogers Stadium—ohhhh boy….Paul Byrd gets the start (his 3rd start in a row (2 for Boston) against Toronto, opposed by Shaun Marcum for the Blue Jays. 1st pitch is 7:07pm…

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