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  • May 26th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Twins 5:
    Hanging onto 1st Place…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:14 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    What the hell is wrong with Jonathan Papelbon???

    Fortunately, this time, he didn’t TOTALLY blow the save–he only dented it. Here we have the Sox with a comfortable lead (6-3) in the 9th inning on Monday afternoon, and our closer comes in. Pretty much a sure thing huh? Think again. A 2-run homer later, and the Sox are hanging on by the tips of their fingers. Fortunately, Papelbon was able to keep it together to keep the win.I understand that people have off days, and they are human, and we cannot expect them to be 100% 100% of the time–but when you have a pitcher who has made it VERY obvious that he will go where the money is, cause that is all that matters, I find “struggles” like these all the more distasteful. And mark my words: When Mariano Rivera retires, and the planets align for Papelbon to be available, the Skanks will make him an offer, and he will be gone…

    Bad Penny! Did a great job, especially considering he was sick between innings (probably should be listed under “too much information”, going 5.1 innings, throwing 91 pitches, 62 for strikes. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits (including a home run) while walking none and striking out 7…He record now stands at 5-1 with a 5.96 ERA…

    Unfortunately, it appears the home run David Ortiz hit last week was not the turning point Red Sox Nation had hoped for. His BA currently stands at .195, with an 0-5 day on Sunday, and he did not even play in yesterday’s game–looks like the next step is to drop him in the matting order…

    Step by Step: Jed Lowrie is still making progress in his rehab of his left wrist, taking some hits off a tee yesterday. He will continue to do that until he is ready for the next step: getting him into the batting cages. From Jed: “I’m happy with how I’ve progressed. I don’t have any basis to really go off. This is the first time that I’ve gone through it. As far as the surgery is concerned, I did the rehab all of last year, but it is a different feeling because the pain isn’t there. The weakness and the fatigue is what I’m battling through right now, but there is no pain.” He could be back as soon as 1 week, or as long as 3…

    But, until he comes back, the Sox NEED to keep Nick Green in the lineup, over Julio Lugo. I know what you are thinking–Nick Green has more errors–which is correct. However, the Sox are 19-7 when Green starts; When Julio Lugo starts? 6-9–which could indicate that Lugo’s errors impact things more–and we all know we can name AT LEAST 3 games that were lost as a result of bad fielding/throwing/etc by Lugo…

    Looks like John Smoltz has been promoted–to Double AA? Yep. A big step in his quest to return from shoulder surgery, as he will start in New Hampshire today for AA Portland, and will throw around 50 pitches. He is stil on track for a June return…

    And its getting even MORE interesting with Clay Buchholz, who took a PERFECT GAME into the 9th inning for Pawtucket yesterday–but then gave up a single, which ended up being the only thing he allowed for the complete game…He is PHENOMENAL now–will that translate into the bigs? The way he is pitching, the Sox cannot leave him in Pawtucket–but where can they put him with the big club???

    Coming up: Jon Lester gets the ball in game 2 of this 4 game series in Minnesota. He is opposed by Nick Blackburn for the Twins. 1st pitch, 8:10pm….

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