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  • August 7th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Skanks 13:
    8 and Done…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    We all knew it would not last–the Sox faced the Skanks 8 times this year–and they had beaten them 8 times this year–and that was fun and kept the sneering Skankee fans at bay, which is always a bonus…

    And while I am not surprised that it ended, or even when it ended–I just wish it was not so damn painful…and, as much as it pains me to say, I think the Sox need to make a change with regard to John Smoltz in the starting rotation…He is not right, and waiting for him to get right is only hurting the Sox…

    8 runs–EIGHT RUNS given up by John Smoltz, including the freaking TWO homers, which inflated his ERA to 8.32, and his record to 2-5–if he keeps this up, he will have That Clay Person’s record of last year (2-9 with a 9+ ERA)–certainly something to strive for…

    The rest of the worst: Smoltz threw 92 pitches (52 for strikes) 3.1 innings, with 9 hits overall, he also walked 4 and struck out 3…

    To be fair, 3 of the runs charged to Smoltz were as a result of Billy Traber who could not have picked a worse place to come into an inning (bases loaded with 1 out) if he had sat down, thought about it, and chosen himself…and if he had only allowed the 3 inherited runners to score, that would not have been as bad as the additional FIVE he gave up in his 3.2 innings work, his 5 were also on 9 hits (and ANOTHER 2 homers), while walking 1 and striking out 2…Traber threw 70 pitches, 41 for strikes…

    The only positive was that he did go 3.2–because the bullpen is still pretty depleted from the Tampa Bay debacle…But I think its safe to say that he won’t be around much longer–not only is he pretty much out of commission for a couple of days, he obviously has nothing against the Skanks…

    THIS is when I miss Justin Masterson…Why, oh WHY couldn’t Theo have traded that Clay Person instead???

    And before the Skankee fans get all overjoyed at the win Justin got–he BARELY made it through 5 to get the win–he had to throw 108 pitches (52 for strikes) but he also have up 2 homers, walked SEVEN, and struck out 2…

    Did you know that Justin LEGALLY had his name changed to JOBA? Like on purpose? Uh huh…..

    Not that it’s any revelation or anything, but the Skankee announcers are much more fun to listen to when the Skanks are losing and they are throwing them right under the bus…

    I know it was a horrendous ordeal, last night’s game, but you were not hallucinating when you saw Kevin Youkilis in left field…Since Jason Bay’s hamstring is all boogered up again, he could not play (and probably will miss this whole series–(F*&#!), and then Rocco Baldelli got hurt during batting practice on Wednesday (he got hit on the ankle) so they put Rocco on the DL, so they could free up the roster spot, because they did not want to put Jason Bay on the DL and lose him (and his bat) for 2 weeks. So, with the DL stint for Baldelli, the Sox could recall Josh Reddick (who just left the day before), but he could not get to the game in time–which is why Youk was in the outfield… If you need to go back and read that again…

    And the injuries keep on mounting, as Jed Lowrie had to come out of last night’s game with tingling in his left forearm. From Jed: “It’s along the outside of my wrist, and it kind of goes from the middle of my forearm up to my fingers — my pinky specifically.” Sounds to me like an ulna nerve injury–give him some Advil and he’ll be fine…He also had this sensation when the Sox were back at Fenway…

    So now the Sox have lost 3 in a row, 9 of their last 12 road games, and are 3.5 games behind the Skanks….and I am veryVERY worried…So if anyone is going to the Tobin bridge this weekend, save a spot for me…

    Another side session for Tim Wakefield today, who seemed to be OK from his 1st earlier in the week. He still has that crappy limp…

    Despite the fact that he still does not have all the answers (and apparently the Players Association will not be interceeding on his behalf for his records–way to support the players who PAY YOU) Big Papi will finally try to get the monkey off his back, with a news conference at Skankee stadium, before the game. He has waited this long, couldn’t he have waited until he was back at Fenway? The stadium has to be the WORST place he could have this gathering…the worst…

    Coming up: Let’s hope the mojo Josh Beckett has had against the Skanks stays true, and he can be the stopper for the Sox, as he has been almost all year. He is opposed by AJ Burnett, who hasn’t been able to win against the Sox since becoming a Skankee–lets hope THAT trend continues…1st pitch 7:05…

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