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  • March 26th, 2010

    Red Sox 6, Marlins 4:
    2 wins! In a Row!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:17 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! Trying not to get too excited about the wins–but crap–about freakin time! After losing 3 in a row (and 8 out of 9), the Sox have won their last 2 contest, most recently as a result of great pitching by Tim Wakefield (naturally) and Daisuke, who finally made his grapefruit league debut. Wake, pretty much all ready for the reason, went 6 strong, throwing 73 pitches( 51 for strikes)against the Marlins, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (including a 2 run homer to Dan Uggla) while walking 2 and striking out 5. This win takes his Spring Break record to 3-1. Daisuke fared well in his 2 innings of work giving up a run on 2 hits while walking and striking out none…and most amazingly, he only threw 25 pitches in his outing, 17 for strikes…

    If he recovers OK, he will get 3 innings of work after Josh Beckett’s start on Monday against the night game against the Rays…So he will need about 5 or 6 more starts to get to the 25 innings the Sox like the starters to have pitched in Sparing Training–currently, he is at 4–but then again this is Daisuke–he of the 37 pitching inning–so it may take longer…

    Wait a minute, Wait a minute, WAIT A MINUTE. I saw THIS projected 5 today:

    Josh Beckett

    Jon Lester

    John Lackey

    Clay Buchholz

    Tim Wakefield or Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Are you KIDDING me…Clay Buchholz as the 4th starter? And Wake in Limbo? Uh Uh…Can’t happen. Clay Buchholz has been less than stellar this Spring, with his 0-1 record and 10.80 ERA (as compared to Wake with his 3-1 record and his 3.66 ERA. I know that it’s Spring Training, but do we really need to look at each of their body or work, career wise? Clay Buchholz, based on his past performance, is in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM more deserving of a roster spot than Tim Wakefield…Period.

    And that would be 3: The Sox managed to scrape by the Blue Jays this afternoon 3-2 as starter Jon Lester fared pretty well at City of Palms this afternoon, giving up 2 runs (both unearned) on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. But of course, it was not all good–Mike Lowell fouled a ball off his knee in his 1st AB, and had to leave the game–so now he is day to day…

    With the last 3 wins, the Sox are back to .500, at 12-12…

    Finally, Out of the Park Baseball is releasing their 11th version of their game which runs predictions from any and all baseball seasons from 1871 to 2010, and so much more. In a couple of weeks I am going to have the opportunity to try the new software out and I will let you know how it all turns out. But in the meantime, if you’re interested, Out of the Park is running a series of articles talking about features of the game. You can see those here. Also, if you buy now, the Pre-release price is $30.00. Once the game is released, the price jumps to $40.00. Still a decent deal, but if you want to save, pre-order your copy now!

    Coming up: The Sox head to Sarasota to play the Oreos Saturday, John Lackey gets the start and Alan Embree will make his Grapefruit League debut…Dustin Pedroia, who did not play today as scheduled, will start in this contest. 1st pitch 1:05pm

    And its the last weekend of meaningless baseball, as the Sox are just NINE days away from the 1st game of the 2010 campaign–and I think I can speak for pretty much everyone when I say that it is LONG overdue…

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