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  • August 11th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Tigers 5:
    Hold that Tiger…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:29 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Whew! While all that ails the Sox hasn’t been resolved, stopping that losing streak is definitely a step in the right direction…

    Bad Penny! actually was pretty good last night, going 6 innings, and giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (and no homers this time!) while walking 1, hitting 1, and striking out 2–he threw 93 pitches, 56 for strikes….he kept the Sox in the game, and certainly pitched well enough to win…

    But then MDC comes out and in 2/3 of an inning, manages to give up 2 runs, tying the score in the 7th inning–and when that happened–I had visions of the night before, when the Sox were briefly in the lead, and then Daniel Bard came in an screwed it up…Fortunately, Ramon Ramirez (whom I have a new respect for since he drilled A-Fraud this weekend) came in an stopped it there–then Papelbon pitched an inning and a third of perfect baseball, striking out 1…

    Am I the only one that notices that Manny Delcarmen is not as effective as he once was? I think something needs to give–it seems like a lead is rarely safe anymore when he comes into a game…

    And since the Blue Jays were able to do what the Sox were not (Beat the Skanks) the deficit is now 5.5 games back in the AL East–but with the Ranger’s lost last night, the Sox are now in sole possession of the Wild Card (1/2 game)–for the moment…

    Great news on the Tim Wakefield front: He threw a simulated game of 51 pitches, as well as a 40 pitch bullpen session, including several fielding drills. From Wake: “Pitching-wise, everything is fine. It’s just a matter of when they’re going to let me pitch in a live situation. My arm was in great shape before I got hurt. I did a lot of hard work during the off-season, and this season I’ve been able to maintain that strength. Today was a big step. I don’t know what’s in store next, but we’ll find out.” There is a chance, however slight, that we could see him back on the mound in the next week or so…then what to do with George Kottaras becomes an issue–does the Sox really need 3 catchers?

    I guess I was wrong (happens sometimes…) There are actually teams that want John Smoltz as it–The “Dark Bright Blue Team”(aka the Rangers) for starters–there are also several National League teams (Dodgers, Astros, Brewer and Cubs) that would like him on their roster, where he would probably do much better. We all know, his whole career has been National League–American League is a whole different ball of wax…The Sox are looking to keep him if something can be worked out– he go to the minors to get right, and then come back as a reliever, rather than a starter–and if he would be willing to restructure his contract, so that he makes $35,000 for every DAY he is in the bigs. So if he was a September call up–34 days to finish up the season: $1,190,000–postseason–if they went all the way (however unlikely that may be at this point) he could make another 665K, if the max playoff games were played…

    Coming up: 23 year old Junichi Tazawa gets his 1st start in the Bigs this evening, in the roster spot previously held by John Smoltz. This kid was the last pitcher in a 15th inning nail biter at Skankee Stadium–and did well–this should be a cakewalk for him…He is opposed by a 20 year old rookie named Rick Porcell. Should be an interesting game. 1st pitch: 7:10pm

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