September 18th, 2008
Holy Buckets! How does a pitcher do a complete 360 in the span of 3 starts???
September 6th: One of, if not the worst outing of Wake’s career…Against Texas–A 15-8 loss: 1 2/3 Innings pitched, giving up 7 runs on 4 hits, while walking 4 and striking out 1–and using 49 pitches to do it (26 of them were for strikes)
September 12th:A totally different pitcher…Against Toronto–A 7-0 win: 8 Innings pitched, giving up 0 runs on 3 hits, while walking 0 and striking out 4–and only using 94 pitches to do it (65 of them were for strikes)
September 17th:Another one of the worst outing of Wake’s career…Against Tampa Bay–A 10-3 loss: 2 1/3 Innings pitched, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits (including THREE homers), while walking 0 and striking out 2–and using 51 pitches to do it (34 of them were for strikes)
So now the Sox sit 2 games back in the AL East–and while they will still make it into the postseason with ease (with Minnesota’s loss last night, the Magic # is 4) , the AL East race is all but over…Which means the Sox will play the Los Angels of Anaheim Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, USA in the 1st round….oohhhh boy….
But I think the big question here is–CAN Tampa Bay actually get to the World Series? They have showed they can beat the Sox–can they beat the Angels, and probably the White Sox in the Central. If the Sox don’t advance past the 1st round (and playing the Angels in the 1st round, concerns me.) I will be rooting for Tampa Bay to go all the way…
This whole Mike Lowell is in massive amounts of pain, but is playing anyway, really worries me. On one hand, kudos to him, not wanting to let his team down (hear that, Manny Ramirez?)–but on the other hand, despite what the Dr’s say, I cannot imagine that this is a good thing…From Mike: “The medical term is that they believe my labrummaybe popped in and out of the joint yesterday (Tuesday). That’s why it’s kind of flared up today. I think that’s good news because I asked again, I was on the phone witha lot of people today and I know [Tito) and [Theo] were as well, seeing if this could get worse. They really say that it can’t. I look at that as a positive, but yeah, this morning was very uncomfortable when I woke up.” With him out, Youkis currently playing 3rd base, with Sean Casey at 1st, but do not be surprised to see Mark Kotsay in the mix at 1st as well, or even moving Jed Lowrie to 3rd, Youk back to 1st, and Alex Cora at short.
Good news on the Big Papi front: He says his wrist is good for now, as it must be–he hit 2 homers in last night’s debacle, responsible for ALL of the offense the Sox could muster. If he is getting hot now, it could not come at a better time…
And I refuse to even think about the fact that Julio Lugo is currently at “about 80%” on his way back from rehab–there are only 10 games left of the regular season…Let it go Julio….
Fenway Park is the place where all Red Sox fans’ dreams come true, but yesterday, it was the site of dreams coming true in a different way, when 3,081 folks from 138 different countries became brand new US citizens in a ceremony on the field, presided over by Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Fenway Park was chosen because most of the other spots used in the past for the naturalization ceremony, such as Faneuil Hall, and the Old North Church, can only hold a few hundred people…
So the Sox are going to open the 2009 campaign at Fenway next year, for the 1st time since 2002–which is WAY cool–but what sucks is that the season will not start until April 6th–April 6th! An extra WEEK we will have to wait for the season to begin…its bad enough having to wait until the end of March…CRAP….and what is ever weirder is they play Tampa Bay (naturally) on the 6th, then they have an OFF DAY, then 2 more games on the 8th and 9th–WHY? But then at the end of the season, they play like 20 games in a row without a day off. I see they were smoking crack in the scheduling office again….And in case you were wondering, the Sox will face the Skanks the 1st time on April 24th…
I came across this new sports community last week, geared alot towards sports betting and the like. It’s called Our Playbook, and every week they have a pick ‘em contest where the winner receives a free bet on Bet Us. This weeks contest is a $100 bet, and is based on the college football games this Saturday the 20th. Looks pretty neat–check it out!
Coming up: and Off day today (the last of the season), and then hopefully, Mike Lowell and JD Drew will be well enough to play, Jason Bay will be back, and Paul Byrd will be on the Mound at the Rogers Center in Toronto, to face the Blue Jays fro the 437,926th time this season–think they got him figured out yet? AJ Burnet gets the nod for the Blue Jays…1st pitch Friday night: 7:07pm.