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  • April 16th, 2010

    Red Sox 0, Twins 8:
    WAY too many black dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:11 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox have played 9 games, 3 series (1 at home and 2 on the road) tsand have had 437 days off (ok, only 3–but that is PLENTY) and their not so sparkling record, as of today?

    4-5…UGH

    It’s probably a good thing my show opened this weekend and that all of the games this week were during the day, and that Roku is behind schedule on getting MLB. TV all compatible and such…Or, chances, are, my TV would be sitting in the middle of my front yard, face down in my azaleas…

    This is the way of Tim Wakefield. On any given day, he can throw a no-hitter–or give up 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning. And, sometimes, both can happen–where he is cruising, and then all of a sudden, it goes to hell in a hand basket…

    Going 5 1/3 innings, throwing 98 pitches (67 for strikes) Wake gave up 6 runs (5 earned–we’ll get to that later) on 10 hits, while walking Joe Mauer intentionally and striking out 2. Scott Schoeneweis did little to stop the bleeding, giving up 2 runs of his own–a 2-run shot to Michael Cuddyer. But Ramon S, he of the 15.00 ERA threw a competent inning and 2/3 or scoreless, 2-hot ball, while only giving up a walk…

    Now, onto the THREE errors of the contest—A throwing error by Adrian Beltre, Bill Hall (who hasn’t played center field since 2007) couldn’t field a ground ball… And while I really like Victor Martinez–he can’t throw runners out to save his freaking life–12 of 13 runners have been successful against him this year–and WHY did he throw to 2nd base????

    And then there was the offense (we KNOW they can hit…we’ve seen it already) that was completely shut down by Francisco Liriano, et al., limiting the Sox to 6 hits-and about a billion strikeouts (OK, it was only 10, but it felt like a billion)….

    Mike Cameron, a last-minute scratch with abdominal strain, further depleted a thin outfield, as Jacoby Ellsbury is still out with bruised ribs because of his collision with Beltre this week. So Bill Hall and Jeremy Hermida (who has been hitting the cover off the ball) joined JD Drew…

    And Cameron is due for more testing today in Boston: “I’m just kind of sore… (Wednesday) when we played the game, I started feeling a little something. I got up (Thursday) it was hard to move. It’s kind of hard to even walk. I’ll go to the doctor (Friday) get X-rayed and MRI’d and make sure I don’t have any hernias or anything like that. I’m not a doctor, but most of the time, you know your body pretty well, and if something hurts, you kind of put a finger on it. This is something I couldn’t put a finger on.”

    And Jacoby doesn’t seem like he will be back anytime soon either–tried hitting off a tee–pretty much couldn’t, and even admitted that playing tonight is probably not going to happen: “Not if I feel like I do now…If I can’t really breathe right, I don’t know if I should play” He will join Cameron at the Dr’s in Boston today…

    I really hope neither of these are a DL worthy injury…Although, calling Josh Reddick up from Pawtucket (a logical choice) is never a bad thing…

    And things should get very interesting soon, from the pitching perspective, as Daisuke draws closer to joining the team. Throwing 6 shut out inning for Pawtucket Thursday, and only needing 86 pitches to do it, Daisuke only gave up 3 hits, while walking NONE and striking out 2… His next start at Pawtucket will be Tuesday, as there is no clear timetable for his return at this point…

    And while this is no surprise to anyone, let me just say that if Tim Wakefield is sent to the bullpen I am going to be veryVERY pissed off…

    Alan Embree’s opt out clause activated yesterday, although nothing has been announced. He could choose to stay with the team, or be released and try to find work somewhere else. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Pawtucket in yesterday’s contest…

    So Big Papi is being sued by Jay-Z, for the name of his Dominican nightclub forty-forty. Apparently Jay-Z and his partner have 40/40 clubs in NYC, AC, and Las Vegas. According to the lawsuit: “David Ortiz is fully aware of plaintiff’s Manhattan 40/40 Club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions long before he opened his infringing Forty/Forty Club.”

    Coming up: The Sox head home for 10 games, starting with a 4-game series against red-hot Tampa Bay. Josh Beckett gets the nod, and will hopefully be able to stop the slide, opposed by Wade Davis. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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