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  • August 14th, 2009

    Red Sox 2, Tigers 0:
    Oh, not THIS again…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:03 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    The Sox were hitting the cover off the ball all week, and all of a sudden, the bats go silent again. I am hoping it was just because Justin Verlander is so good, often hitting 100mph during his outing yesterday, including on his last pitch of the game–his 123rd…

    And it seems like that the role of Tim Wakefield is now being played by That Clay Person–once again, certainly pitched well enough to win: 7 strong, giving up 2 runs (1 earned, error on Josh Reddick) on 5 hits (including a homer run) while walking and striking out 3. He threw 100 pitches, 60 for strikes…But the offense couldn’t do better than a 4 hits for support…

    And I guess the Skanks played yesterday (I thought the day game on Wednesday was an away day), so with the loss, and despite the fact that the sox won every game but 1 this week, they are in the exact place they were on Monday morning–6.5 games behind. AND, they are now a minuscule 1/2 game ahead the Rangers in the Wildcard race–and will be playing 3 with them this weekend–the team that have been able to beat all of ONCE this year…

    I know we don’t normally do this for anyone but the Skanks, but there is a 1st time for everything…

    To the Blackboard!

    Today, the Sox enter a 3 game series against the Rangers, who are 1/2 game behind them in the Wild Card Standings.

    If the Sox Sweep: (Highly unlikely, but just work with me here…)They will be 3.5 games ahead in the Wild Card race…

    If the Sox Win 2: They will be 1.5 games ahead in the Wild Card race…

    If the Sox win 1: They will be 1/2 game behind in the Wild Card race…

    If Sox are swept: They will be 2.5 games behind in the Wild Card race…

    Ducky marvy, huh?

    And how about this: In the last week (7 games), Sox starting pitching has a 2.00 ERA (it would be lower, if not for last Friday night’s drubbing…), but the Sox offense has been shut out three times. And their record? 3-4 in the span…Gotta start hitting good pitching better…GOTTA…

    Red Sox starters have posted an ERA of 2.00 over the last seven games.

    And I know the buzz around town for the last couple of weeks was: Why get Adam LaRoche and then dump him like a week later for Casey Kotchman? Theo, in his call to WEEI’s “The Dale and Holley” show yesterday, explains: Well, the LaRoche deal led to Casey Kotchman. Unlike LaRoche, who’s a free agent at the end of the year, [Kotchman] is controlled for two more years. And he’s also younger, he’s entering his prime. At the time, we made the LaRoche deal knowing he could turn into Kotchman, because there was some interest from the Braves. That was part of it. But yeah, what you’re hitting on was accurate. LaRoche, to a certain extent, was an insurance place in case we weren’t able to address the bat. We didn’t know if we would get Victor Martinez until an hour or two before the deadline, and we didn’t want to end up empty-handed.”

    Jed Hoyer may be getting a promotion to head honcho–in Washington. The Sox Assistant General Manager is on the short list to become the GM for the Washington Nationals. Jed has been with the Sox since 2002…

    And don’t forget, tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:55am, Boston Red Thoughts will be on TV! I will be joining 2 other Sox bloggers on Comcast Sports Net New England’s The Baseball Show, on a segment called “Web Sox Nation”. This weekly segment, Hosted by Greg Dickerson, spotlights members of the Red Sox Blogging community, talking with them about the hottest Red Sox topic from their sites for the week. So, if you get CCSN, New England, tune in!

    Coming up: The Sox kick off a 6 game road trip with 3 against the “Dark Bright Blue Team”– the Texas Rangers, a team they have beaten once out of 7 attempts. Hopefully they will fare better in this final series…yes, that is the understatement of the week… Jon Lester gets the start (who is the architect of the only win again the Rangers this year…), opposed by Kevin Millwood. 1st pitch: 8:10pm…

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