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  • August 6th, 2009

    Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 6:
    Game, Penny, 4 Home Runs, Sweep…BAD…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I don’t even want to talk about last night, as it went pretty much exactly as I thought–the only thing that was different, was that Bad Penny! actually finished the 6th inning, so the bullpen only had to come up with 2 innings…

    But the 5 runs on 6 hits (including 3, count ‘em THREE home runs) while walking 2 and striking out 5, and the 117 pitch count, with 66 for strikes–pretty much right on par with what we have come to expect from Bad Penny…

    Freaking wonderful…

    So now only 3 games separate the Sox from Tampa Bay and 3rd place, and unfortunately, the Sox still have to play 3 more in that house of horrors they call the Trop…

    Freaking marvelous…

    And tonight we begin the 4 game skanks series at the Stadium, which will probably be as fun as a root canal through your big toe, what with the booing and chanting about steroid use to Big Papi, and the fact that all of a sudden, out pitching has went into the #&*@^#&*(^#@&*(^#@&*. So the fact that the Sox have won the last 8 of 8 against the Skanks means pretty much nuthin…

    What is the saying the Sox used to have? Pedro and Lowe, hope for snow? What’s next? Beckett and Lester, pray for a twister? Yeah, it’s weak, but it’s all I got right now…

    And, as we always do when there is a Sox/Skanks series, let’s break it down…

    To the Blackboard!

    Right now, the Sox are 2.5 games behind the Skanks, who can’t seem to lose anymore, so here is how it will go…

    If the Sox sweep: They will be 1.5 games ahead of the Skanks, and 1st in the AL East–and Roger Clemens has a better chance of having his application for sainthood approved, than this actually happening (as nice as it would be–the Sox sweep, not St. Roger…)

    If the Sox win 3: They will be .5 games behind the Skanks, and still 2nd in the AL East…

    And it just gets better from here (NOT….)

    If the Sox win 2: They will be exactly where they are now: 2.5 games behind the Skanks, and still 2nd in the AL East…

    If the Sox win 1: They will be 4.5 games behind the Skanks

    If the Sox are swept: They will be 6.5 games behind the Skanks, and in very big trouble…

    My prediction? I think (OK, I desperately hope) the Sox will win 2 out of the 4…not exactly sure which 2, but lets just say I am very glad Bad Penny will not be pitching in this series…although That Clay Person and, as painful as it is for me to say, John Smoltz, make me veryVERY nervous…

    So Daisuke gave his 1st press conference IN ENGLISH this week, and here is part of what he said: “I want to clear up a few things. It was not my intention to make the meeting public or to criticize the Red Sox. The person who wrote the article is my old, old friend. I still trust her and this has never happened before. Training no problem. No problem with the Red Sox. We will work it all out. I want to thank all my fans for their support and I can’t wait to see all of you when I go back to Fenway Park. Thank you.” I give him credit for doing that. Let’s just hope he can get it together, and actually contribute to the Sox this year…He will throw his 1st side session since going on the DL on Tuesday and the Sox look for him to be back sometime in September…

    Because of the depletion of the bullpen, Josh Reddick was sent to Pawtucket, and Billy Traber was brought up to join the pitching staff. He did not pitch last night, but we will probably see him this series–you know how these games go…He is 7-5 with a 3.32 ERA for this year, and has started 4 times…He has also pitched in the bigs 95 times, with career numbers of a 5.54 ERA, and a record or 12-14…To make room for Traber on the 40 man, Gil Velazquez has been designated for assignment…

    And to the folks who insist on calling Victor Martinez, V-Mart–can we stop that now, please?

    And it looks like Jason Bay tweaked his calf again in last night’s game, so he will be out of the Skankee series for at least the 1st 2 games… great…and because Josh Reddick was sent down fro Billy Traber, NICK GREEN went into left field for Bay in the 8th last night…and in case you were wondering–Nick Green has only played an outfield position 5 times before–most recently in 2006…

    And in a completely shocking move, the Sox have resigned PAUL BYRD to a minor league contract. Byrd has “retired” after pitching for the Sox down the stretch in 2008, but was still working out somewhat. He will report to Fort Myers to get his arm strength back…His record with the Sox last year was 4-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 8 starts, with career numbers of 108-93 with a 4.38 ERA…

    Coming up: John Smoltz gets his 1st taste of the Sox/Skanks matchups, as he is kicking off the 1st of this 4 game series. When he was with Atlanta, he pitched 2 regular season games against the Skanks and was not involved in the decision on either–but he did have a 4.50 ERA…He is opposed by Joba Chamberlain, who has be pitching very well as of late–3-0 with a .83 ERA (yes, like 83 cents) since the break…ohhhh boy, this could get ugly…

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