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  • May 27th, 2009

    Red Sox 2, Minnesota 5:
    Same question, different pitcher…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:47 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So….what the hell is wrong with Jon Lester?

    Is it really the workload from last year, catching up with him? He is a tall, strapping young man of 25–find that hard to believe. Is there something physical going on? Is he hurting? Or, is he just being more human than he was last year, when he was consistently brilliant? Worrisome stuff: He has not won 2 games in a row yet this season, and in 5 of his total 10 starts, he has had a “bad inning” allowing 4 runs or more in 1 frame…

    And he was certainly human last night, although, to be fair, last night’s struggles can be drilled down into 1 pitch–the one Lester made to the on fire Justin Morneau in the 5th inning–the one that resulted in the 3 run shot that out the game out of reach of the Red Sox…

    His line: 6 innings, throwing 100 pitches, 62 for strikes, while giving up all 5 runs the Twins would score, on 6 hits (including the homer) while striking out 4, hitting 1, and walking 3…which takes his record to 3-5, with an utterly human 6.07 ERA…

    Fortunately, the Skanks also lost last night, so the Sox still remain at the top of the heap in the AL East, 1 GB the Skanks…

    So David Ortiz has been moved to 6th in the lineup, and had a double and a walk last night. This is the 1st time that Big Papi has hit anywhere but 3rd in the Boston lineup since 1995–and that was 4th. It was 2004 since he has been lower than 4th…

    Good article by Mazz in the Glob (and no, that is not a typo…)–although he chose to use that writing style where he uses middle names (” David Americo Ortiz” and “Jason Raymond Bay”) Sounds like he is talking about a bunch of serial killers (’cause serial killers always have 3 names)…

    Playing to a packed house (something, I am sure, doesn’t happen to AA’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats all that often) John Smoltz pitched 3.1 innings of 1 run ball, giving up 3 hits, while walking none and striking out 2. He threw 60 pitches, 36 for strikes…From Smoltz: “I was really pleased with my split and my changeup, a little displeased with my slider. That’s my No. 1 pitch. We’ll work on that this week…Another rung in the ladder. I didn’t have as good a stuff at times. But when you get into these situations, I’m trying to force pitches, like a spring training game, trying to make pitches I probably wouldn’t make in a regular season game.” Another rehab start on Sunday, where he throws about 75 pitches, is the next step…

    When asked if he feared that Clay Buchholz would get frustrated staying down at Pawtucket, despite being nothing short of brilliant, Tito offered this gem: “If call-ups were on their schedule, we’d have a roster of 55 guys. We’re blunt with everybody, it might not be on your timetable, it might not seem fair. If you can truly do it, there will be a time.” And yet another reason Tito is SUCH a great fit for the Sox…

    Not only did Jacoby Ellsbury make a brilliant catch last night (and did not kill himself in the process), he is riding a 21 game hitting streak, which is currently the longest running one in the majors in 2009.

    Coming up: Daisuke gets the nod in game 3 of this series, and can hopefully right the ship–personally and as part of the team. His last start, completely forgettable, was getting touched for 4 runs in 5 innings last Friday, in the loss against the Mets…He is opposed by Kevin Slowey. 1st pitch 8:10pm.

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