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  • October 8th, 2009

    Countdown to Red Sox Postseason:
    STILL more than 3 hours to go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Red Sox roster is just about finalized, and as always, there is room for discussion. The Sox have decided that Paul Byrd would be the 11th pitcher, and that MDC will be sitting this one out. Personally, I think this is a good choice. Obviously, Delcarmen cannot pitch in the condition he is in–and some could argues he wasn’t doing such a great job before the car accident over the weekend (Since the All-Star Break, he has a 7.27ERA…UGH) and Paul Byrd can give the Sox innings, especially if they get into trouble and need a long man…

    The lone spot that Tito hoped to fill by Rocco Baldelli, who is still not right since he strained his right hip flexor on Friday night, will not be–he is just not ready.  The Sox feel that if they advance, he’ll be ready by then. Brian Anderson will be on the roster in his place…

    And with just a few short hours to Red Sox Postseason Baseball, its time for Round 1 of the Boston Red Thoughts 2009 Postseason predictions, which are unusually completely off the mark, but here goes…

    As we all know, the Skanks and the Twinkies, the Rockies and the Phillies, and the Cardinals and the Dodgers all played their game 1 last night night, with the Skanks, Phils, and Dodgers winning their game 1.

    So let’s break it down:

    American League

    Sox (95-67) vs Angels (97-65): Yes, the Sox have beaten the Angels 9 out of the last 10 postseason games they have played against each other, and that might mess with the Angels mojo a bit, but before we all start looking to yet ANOTHER Sox/Skanks ALCS, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Angels beat the Sox 5-4 in their season series in 2009, and they are a better construction (read: hitting) team than in past years. Add in the fact that the Sox can have a hard time hitting good pitching, and you never know which bullpen you are going to get these days, the best one in baseball, or the Demonic Bullpen Tandem…

    Angels in 5–as much as it pains me to say….

    Skanks (103-59) vs Twins(87-76): Skanks leading series 1-0. The Twins were 0-7 against the Skanks during the 2009 campaign, and while they beat the Tigers at the bitter end, the AL Central is a very weak division–and it’s the Tigers. Coupled with the fact that heavy hitter Justin Morneau is injured, it does not bode well for the Twinkies. But, its baseball, so anything can happen, but in this case, probably won’t–as much as I would like it to…

    Skanks in 4…and that’s a gift for the Twinks…

    National League

    Phillies (93-69) vs Rockies (92-70): The series is currently tied 1-1, with the Rockie rebounding from a hapless start…I was going to say a sweep for the Phillies, but I guess I will revised my prediction–If you saw the way the Rockies flailed around on the field yesterday, I really don’t need to explain…

    Phillies in 4…

    Cardinals (91-71) vs Dodgers (95-67): Dodgers leading series 1-0. Because I would don’t want Manny to see any more of the postseason…

    Cardinals in 5…

    Did you know that the Vegas odds-people are predicting a Cardinals/Skankee World Series–wonderful…If that happens, I’ll be watching about NONE of that…

    Heard from Ben of Top Prospects Alert yesterday, who let me know that J.P. Schwartz’s Top 10 Red Sox Prospect Rankings for 2010 are up. And here they are:

    1. Casey Kelly
    2. Ryan Westmoreland
    3. Junichi Tazawa
    4. Lars Anderson
    5. Josh Reddick
    6. Michael Bowden
    7. Anthony Rizzo
    8. Luis Exposito
    9. Reymond Fuentes
    10. Daniel Bard

    To be eligible, a prospect cannot have had more than 130 at bats, or have pitched more than 50 innings in a single season. The whole less than 50 innings pitches seems like alot to me, especially if its a relief pitcher–that could be a whole year for some guys….Prospects are also provided for the remaining 29 team–you can get those here

    Coming up: Same as last year, the Sox vs the Angels, Lester vs Lackey, in California, in the middle of the night, let’s hope the end result is the same… 1st pitch 9:37pm

    Also on tap tonight the Cardinals and the Dodgers (6:07pm) play their game 2, while the Skanks and Twins have a day of rest…

    Go Sox!

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