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  • June 8th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Texas 6:
    How much longer is this going to go on???

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:44 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    How pathetic is it that the best thing you can say about Daisuke’s outing is, at 5 2/3 innings, it was his longest outing this year???

    And in stark contrast to the PERFECT game Jon Lester had going until the 8th inning on Saturday night, which, unfortunately, I did not get to see…

    Daisuke’s line for yesterday afternoon’s contest was 102 pitches, 71 for strikes, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits (including a home run) while walking none, having a wild pitch, and striking out 8..going strictly by the numbers, not a horrible outing–but then let’s look at his record: 1-4, with a 7.33ERA–YIKES!!

    BUT, some help is on the way–if the Sox are willing to do it. John Smoltz will be making his 5th rehab start (his 3rd in AAA) with Pawtucket on Thursday, which would put him in line to pitch next Tuesday the 16th when the Sox kick off another home stand against the Marlins. His goal for his (hopefully) final rehab start? The complete game, which is 7 innings in the minors, or about 95 pitches…

    So, here is MY plan. Daisuke has more shoulder problems, and needs some rest, and then some rehab in the minors, which might take a while…In the meantime, John Smoltz is all ready to step in an be the brilliant pitcher he has been for over 20 years–and even if he isn’t all that anymore–he HAS to be better than Daisuke, right?

    And everyone in the outfield seems to have hurt their shoulder: Jacoby Ellsbury doing so after making a sliding catch in the 4th inning (there is no telling how bad it is at this point), and JD Drew (no surprise on this one…) who was out all weekend after getting a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Friday night after the game.

    Okajima has been quietly accruing scoreless inning, and had a 16 inning streak going into yesterday’s game–unfortunately, he gave up a homer to Nelson Cruz in the 7th inning…

    Could this really be it this time? I know I could be grasping at straws, but Big Papi (who hit his 2nd home run in Jon Lester’s perfect game bid on Saturday night, had put together a much more David Ortiz like streak in the last 6 games, where he is hitting .280, with a homer, 2 double, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI’s…

    And the big rumor around town is that the Sox are looking at bringing The OC back to fill the spot at short. Even tho Jed Lowrie will be back in a couple of weeks (if not sooner…) Best case? The Sox trade Lugo for a bag of balls, Orlando Cabrera becomes the every day shortstop, with Jed Lowrie as the back up–and if there is room for Nick Green, great. If not, send him to Pawtucket, as a “just in case…”

    Coming up: An off-day, then the Skanks come to town, with Josh Beckett taking on AJ “I am really a punk, and even play one on TV” Burnett–doesn’t he have a 6 game suspension to serve??? 1st pitch 7:10pm

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