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  • August 19th, 2009

    Red Sox 10, Toronto 9:
    By the skin of their teeth…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:06 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    This should not have been this difficult…

    Josh Beckett was obviously having a bad night, and the intimations are that it was because he is a pitcher of routine and habit, and had to use a different catcher (‘Tek was out with neck spasms, so Victor Martinez filled in) and a different pitching coach (Gary Tuck, the bullpen coach, filled in for John Farrell, who needed to go home for a family emergency) Although Beckett said it was all him, not Victor Martinez: …”I felt comfortable with him. The guy’s caught two Cy Youngs, the last two. He’s obviously doing something right.’’ Ah huh…

    His line (the shortest outing he has had since freaking APRIL) 5 1/3, throwing 99 pitches, 63 for strikes, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits (including THREE homers) while walking 1, throwing a wild pitches, and striking out 4…ewww….

    Then Papelbon, who is getting more and more tiresome with this “high drama” nonsense, takes 17 pitches to get one out in the 8th, and allows his 2 inherited runners to score, and then loads the bases TWICE–and then in the 9th, he allows 2 runners on base–its getting to the point that every time he pitches, I have flashback to Scott Williamson, I mean it…

    HIS line, and because Daniel Bard is on the hook for 2 runs Papelbon allowed to score, it does not even look that bad–but trust me, it was UGLY: 1 1/3, throwing 33 pitches, 17 for strikes, while giving up 2 hits, and walking 3…and still he gets the save…BOGUS…

    Thankfully, everyone in the starting 9 got a hit, Big Papi hit another homer (his 18th) and the Sox managed to score more than pitching gave up…

    And, of course, the Skanks won, so we are holding at 7 games behind in the AL East, but are now tied with the Rangers in the Wild Card race…

    Dustin Pedroia’s wife finally had their baby, a 7 pound baby they named Dylan. Dustin flew from Toronto yesterday to get there in time, and mother and baby are doing fine. No word on when he will be back in the lineup…probably by the end of this week, I expect…Nick Green has been filling in at 2nd base…good thing they got A-Gon, huh?

    I see that Brian Daubach is now Manager of the American Defenders of New Hampshire in the Can-Am League, and seems to be having the time of his life. I always liked him, despite the fact he made me crazy back when he played for the Sox. I didn’t have direct TV back then, so I had to watch all of the games on Gameday–and I would sit, yelling at my computer, that if he would just get hit, rather than a strikeout, or worse yet, a GIDP, I would never say bad things about him again…

    Looks like another doctor for Tim Wakefield, this time a back specialist, who will do the whole MRI thing, and try to figure out what is going on with him. He threw a bullpen session in Toronto yesterday, and the pitching is coming along, but his calf is still all boogered up: “I’m going to talk to a back specialist and see what his opinion is, looking at an MRI. The strength is coming back, but it’s very slow. I feel like I ran on the treadmill today a lot better than I ran a week ago. Earlier today I threw the ball well, without any hesitations. The next step is just deciding whether I should go out there and try to pitch, or maybe more rehab, or wait another week and see if it gets better and then try from there. I think the biggest concern that the Red Sox have is, am I going to hurt myself for the rest of the season and the rest of my career…I need to sit down with the doctors and decide whether or not that’s going to happen.” Wake is scheduled to pitch another rehab start in Pawtucket on Friday…

    So, John Smoltz is officially gone, and will more than likely sign with a National League team (the Marlins, the Dodgers, or St Louis seem to be the short list) and I hear he is open to being a reliever for THEM–apparently, the whole “go the minors to work the bugs out, then come back to the bigs” was not what he wanted to do–and I guess one of these teams will let him pitch immediately–yeah, well, good luck with that. From Smoltz: “I’ve been working hard since I’ve been gone. I’ve found some mechanical flaws. I know I can still pitch.” (Where have we heard that before?)…What people don’t understand is I want to pitch in 2010. And there were a lot of things (with the Red Sox) that could have gone in other directions that I could not (abide by). It ended up it wasn’t so simple. It’s too long to explain how the process works, but it started to become very complicated how this was going to work out. But I have nothing but admiration for everyone associated with the Red Sox and the fans who follow them.” I used to be a huge fan of his–now, not so much…

    Mike Lowell has his 1,500th hit in last night’s contest, making him the 43rd active player to reach that mark…

    Coming up: Game 2 of this 3 game series to end a less than stellar road trip. Once again, That Clay Person gets the crappy end of the stick, as he is opposed by Toronto Ace, Doc Halladay, the 3rd time in a row he has faced a staff ace–he has pitched well both times previously, but has been beaten anyway…Maybe the reverse lock will come into play–or Doc will have a bad day…hopefully 1st pitch: 7:07pm

    Heading to the shore this weekend (of course I am, it’s the weekend in late August the Skanks and the Sox play) so my access will be limited–that may not be a bad thing…

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