September 29th, 2008
Red Sox 8, Skanks 19,
Red Sox 2, Skanks 6,
Red Sox 4, Skanks 3–in 10 innings:
Not a great way to end a season…
Just some random thoughts as we wait until Wednesday IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT to start the ALDS vs the Angels (10:07pm–Yeah, that is good way to start the postseason….)
I know, I know, this weekend meant nothing in the grand scheme of things–But Friday night’s game was a HUGE disappointment. David Pauley did OK–nothing to write home about, but OK–but then Tito sends in the two pitchers who have absolutely no ability to stop inherited runners from scoring: David Aardsma and Mike Timlin. Is there a reason why Tito still goes to them?
I know the Sox were not going to win the division anyway, but at that point, there was still a chance, and I would have rathered the Sox lose the division because Tampa Bay won–not because the Sox got annihilated….
Speaking of David Aardsma–he was also responsible for last night’s game needing to go into extra innings, as he gave up the 2 runs in the 9th inning, which tied them at 3…
BUT, Tim Wakefield was brilliant in his 5 inning outing, giving up no runs on 2 hits while striking out 3 and walking none–again pitching well enough to win, but this time the bullpen AND the offense failed him….He threw only 54 pitches, 39 for strikes….
And Mike Mussina got his 20th win, pitching a gem on Sunday, but Joba Chamberlain looked quite human, as the Sox got to him for 2 runs in the 8th inning in the Sunday afternoon game….
Mussina win was also helped by the 3 runs that Papelbon gave up in the 8th inning, which pretty much took the game out of reach….he said he was frustrated by the weather—huh??? Is anyone else concerned about this?
The Johnny Pesky ceremony was the highlight of a weekend which had precious little to write home about. With all the weather issue and the like, I was afraid they would not even get to it, but Sunday afternoon, with the rain pouring down, Carlton “The Only TRUE Pudge” Fisk pulled up the green tarp and showed the world the #6 that now sits atop the right field wall with all the other Red Sox greats…There was an excellent video montage that included special words from Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, Nomar, and Curt Schilling, and watching Johnny stand there with tears streaming down his face, well, it got REALLY dusty in the home office of Boston Red Thoughts. It was a great ceremony, befitting a great man. Congratulations, and Happy 89th Birthday Johnny!
And then last night we hear that Josh Beckett has an oblique injury he got during his last side session, which pushes him back to Game 3 of the ALDS…From Tito “…On Friday, in his side session, he strained his oblique…It was on his 40th pitch. He was almost done. And again, I don’t think it was something where he threw it and grabbed it. It was almost between pitches and he took a deep breath and he was, like, ‘I feel something,’ so he stopped. He went out and got treatment. They’ve been working on him. Initially, when you hear something like that, you’re kind of like, ‘[Oh, no].’ But Dr. Gill came in and said, ‘Relax, this is going to be all right.’ That was kind of reassuring.” Not to be a cynic–but what else is he supposed to say? If Josh cannot start, Tim Wakefield will get the nod in game 3, which is on Sunday at Fenway…
JD Drew played 7 innings in right field on Sunday afternoon, going 0-2 with a walk, and seems to have recovered ok, so it looks like he will be able to play in the ALDS. Mike Lowell was once again hobbled in his only at hit at DH on Friday night–for him, it does not look so good….
Tito will be waiting until the very last minute to submit his roster fro the ALDS, in hopes that Lowell will be on it–It is due Wednesday morning, the day of the game…
Since Minnesota and the White Sox are STILL playing to determine who will be going to the Dance, I will refrain from my postseason predictions until all of the races are decided. But here is the schedule for the rest of this week: All games are best of 5, on TBS and are EST…
Wednesday, October 1st:
3:07 pm: Brewers vs Phillies in Philadelphia
6:37 pm: Dodgers at Cubs in Chicago
10:07 pm: Red Sox vs Angels in Anaheim
Thursday, October 2nd:
2:37 pm: White Sox or Minnesota vs The Rays in Tampa Bay
6:07 pm: Brewers vs Phillies in Philadelphia
9:37 pm: Dodgers at Cubs in Chicago
Friday, October 3rd:
6:07 pm: White Sox or Minnesota vs The Rays in Tampa Bay
9:37 pm: Red Sox vs Angels in Anaheim
Saturday, October 4th:
6:37 pm: Phillies vs Brewers in Milwaukee
10:07 pm: Cubs vs Dodgers in Chicago
And so the waiting begins…..