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  • May 14th, 2009

    Red Sox 4, Anaheim 8:
    All Good Things Must Come to an End…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:09 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, we knew Wake could not be perfect all the time, and this was certainly one of that Popping Maalox until we die evenings: 4.2 innings, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits (including 2 home runs), while walking 3, hitting 1, and striking out 2. He threw 91 pitches, 56 for strikes. And the 2 homers he gave up? Were only #2 and #3 in the last 8 starts (51 innings) going all the way back to September of 2008…

    We did get to see Daniel Bard make his major league debut, throwing 2 innings of 1 hit ball, giving up and walk and a strike–too bad I was sound asleep by them–freaking HATE night games…

    Dustin Pedroia will be back for this afternoon’s game, as Tito opted to rest him one more day: “He looks good. He took extra BP. He actually looks really good. I have the right to buy him one more day. I think the going out and hitting early is good for him after not hitting for a couple of days. I think in the long-term best interests, it was better off not to play him today. He is not even close to being in agreement with that. That’s OK.”

    Looks like John Smoltz is back on track, after throwing a great bullpen session this week. He will pitch 2 innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow…

    Daisuke will be back with the Sox sometime next week, with his final rehab start with Pawtucket scheduled for Friday, unless he decides to throw a 200 pitch complete game for the start–which you never know with him…

    And I think it might be time to start looking for pods in the basement–Clay Buchholz (!!) is pitching LIGHTS OUT in Pawtucket. Last night’s start? 8 scoreless, striking out ELEVEN. His last 6 starts? An ERA of 1.03, AND he hasn’t allowed a run in 23+ innings…freaking frightening. But the problem is–where would the Sox put him? Despite the fact that the starters have be pretty awful (worse ERA in the AL), who do you get rid of? Beckett? Daisuke? Wake? Lester? No, No, No, and No. Bad Penny! Could be a possibility, but he seems to be getting a little better. And, as a player signed as a free agent, he cannot be traded without his permission until June 15th. And by then, John Smoltz may be in the mix–and you don’t demote a future Hall of Famer for Clay Buchholz. And then what happens if Bucholtz is promoted and he turns into a headcase again? A plethora of pitching is definitely a good problem to have, but right now, the starting 5 need to work it out…

    With the addition of Daniel Bard to the 25 man, Javier Lopez was put on waivers last week–Since the Sox didn’t have any luck trading him, and if he clears waivers (the deadline is tomorrow) he will be assigned to Pawtucket. He has been struggling this year, going 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA…

    Coming up: a mid afternoon game, which is almost as bad as a night game, as by the time I get home from work and after work errands, the game is over, or pretty damn close to being…At least with night games, I am done with all my daily activities by the time the game begins…Bad Penny! gets the start in this rubber match game 3. He is opposed by Ervin Santana, making his 1st start of the 2009 campaign, due to an elbow strain he got in Spring Training. 1st pitch 3:35pm, and then it’s off to Seattle for the last 2 middle of the night games for the REST OF THE YEAR–Whoo Hoo!

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