October 17th, 2008
Special Thanks to my 2 gray cats, Alexander and Salem, who intently stared at the TV screen during the 9th inning, causing the error that got Youkilis to 2nd base, and the base hit JD Drew hit to score him….
Scattered and Random Thoughts in the Aftermath:
HOLY…BUCKETS!!! I am STILL in shock! THAT was one of the most exciting games I have ever seen in my entire life–at least the last 3 innings of it…
But the 1st 6 innings were downright HORRIBLE–and is anyone else getting TIRED of BJ Upton and Eva (n) Longoria and their ubiquitous homers?
And Daisuke was a huge disappointment, going 4+ innings of 82 pitch ball (53 for strikes) but giving up 5 runs on 5 hits (including THREE Homers) while walking 2 and striking out 2.
In the last 2 years of postseason play Daisuke holds a record of 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA, what is most telling is that he has pitched in 7 games and averages 5 innings per outing. More not so stellar stats below:
Truly, is this what the Sox paid over $100 million dollars for?
Okajima seems to have regained his stuff of last year, coming in and stopping the bleeding with 2 innings of 1 hit ball. Of course, then MDC, with his whopping 31.50 ERA comes in and gives up 2 more runs–which, to be fair, Papelbon inherited and allowed to score…
And how about Papelbon coming out in the 7th inning? When that happened, it looked to me that Tito was conceding this game–but in hindsight, he put the pitcher he had the most confidence in out there to throw 2 innings.
Justin Masterson, with his 1st postseason win, followed Papelbon with a scoreless 9th inning
And I am SO glad it stopped at the 9th inning, because the Sox were rapidly running out of options as far as effective pitching goes…
Joe Maddon made the right choice–Scott Kasmir gave them 6 shutout innings of 2-hit ball–he completely shut the Sox down. And now he had his ace, James Sheilds all rested and ready to go in Tampa, where he has been dominant, against a SO not right Josh Beckett.
The Sox admit his oblique strained, and that he had a cortisone shot but will not admit that the muscle is torn, as has been reported. From Tito: “I don’t know how to answer something that’s not true. I can guarantee you that that’s not – I don’t think anybody’s capable of doing that (pitching with a torn oblique), nor would we let him. If it was torn, he would not have been able to do what he did.”
I think, if the Sox can manage to eek out a win in Game 6, their chances are VERY good for Game 7, with Jon Lester on the mound.
And for those of you who think Jon Lester should pitch in Game 6–The Sox need to win BOTH, which means pitching/hitting needs to come up big in both games–so bringing Jon Lester in Game 6 will still leave the problem of Josh Beckett’s ineffectiveness for Game 7
The big question is: was last night’s win demoralizing enough to this Tampa Bay team, AND enough of a mojo spark for the Sox for them to win the next 2 at the Trop?
AS I said before, no matter what, Red Sox nation does not have to watch another team celebrate in their house–and if that is all we get–I can live with that…
ALTHOUGH, I would really like the Sox to STOMP on the Phillies–’cause I really cannot stand that team….
Curt Schilling threw out the 1st pitch last night–unfortunately, his shoulder was not strong enough to get it ‘Tek without a bounce…I really hope he retires. I want the last memory of him to be him pitching in the World Series last year…
In a VERY telling move: The Sox players voted Manny Ramirez a 2/3 share of their Postseason take, which is exactly the amount of time he spent with them. They could have voted him a 3/4 share, which is what they did with Nomar in 2004, but opted not to… Perhaps they should have deducted all the time he faked injuries, quit on then, and acted like an all-around assh*le–but then there would be about $4.00 left…BTW, Jason Bay got more than a 1/3….
Coming up: AND OFF DAY…YUK, then Josh Beckett takes the mound for Game 6 at the Trop, opposed by James Sheilds. 1st pitch 8:07pm.
C’mon Josh, let’s do this…