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  • April 19th, 2010

    Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 7:
    3…3…3…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:45 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    333.

    As a batting average, it’s amazing. As an ERA, it’s more than competent…

    But as a win-loss record, it sucks…out loud…

    But, as of today, this is the Boston Red Sox record for the 2010 campaign. In their 1st 12 games, the Sox have managed to win 4–yes FOUR of them…and while they have yet to be swept in any of their series yet, always managing to scrape out 1 win, I pretty much expect a sweep will happen today, when they play Tampa Bay this morning…

    And, in case you were wondering, a %^#@%@ start like this has a precedent: In 1996, The Sox were 2-10 after 12–so I guess we should be grateful their record isn’t .166…

    But I’m not…

    And do I need to mention that the Skanks and Tampa Bay (who have won their last 6 games) are not tied for 1st place, and that the Sox are 4th, 5 games behind, and the only team doing worse is the Oreos? Didn’t think so…

    Where is the stellar pitching? The defense the Sox specifically went out to get? I am not even going to say anything about the hitting–and it’s not because they lost Jason Bay, or didn’t pick up a big bat. The Sox struggled against good pitching last year WITH Jason Bay–so I guess it’s not surprising that the 2010 iteration of the team will not be able to hit good pitching as well…

    I reallyREALLY hate to say this, after only 12 games in, but to quote my friend Paul: “The Red Sox are in a heap of trouble”

    Now, that being said, the eternal optimist in me (at least when it comes to the Sox, despite my bitching) hopes that perhaps they are trying a different path this year. Instead of starting all hot and fired up (remember 43-17 in 2002? Only to not even make the postseason?) Perhaps they will start off slow, and then get all fired up in a couple of weeks or so….Hey, it worked for the Skanks last year…

    And Jon Lester struggling in April has happened before–his career numbers for April are 2-6 with a 5.46 ERA. In 2010, he is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA. But this game started out promising: Lester came in and struck out the side in the 1st inning, and he looked great. Them 5 innings later, after giving up 2 homers and 7 earned runs on 7 hits, while walking 3, and striking out 5, not so much…

    A couple positives from the Game–both Scott Schoeneweis and Manny Delcarmen combined for 3 scoreless innings, which, with a bullpen that is still in a state of flux, is never a bad thing…

    And I think I know how Minnesota felt when Big Papi was blazing hot and how they must have regretted getting rid of him–its exactly the same way I feel when I see Carlos Pena and how much of an asset he is to the Rays–and how stupid the Sox were not to be able to find a home for him…

    and just for the record: While I am glad that Adrian Beltre broke up Matt Garza’s no no (and do not even get me started on that RIDICULOUS chin hair thing), did he really think he was going to get a double out of that hit? REALLY?

    As we know, Tax Day, April 15th was the day that Alan Embree could have opted out of his contract, and try to seek work elsewhere. For now, and at least until April 30th, Embree has decided to stay with the team, and continue to pitch at Pawtucket…

    Jacoby Ellsbury is getting better, and hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday–he has already missed 6 games since colliding with Adrian Beltre over a week ago.

    Fortunately, Mike Cameron did not have abdominal strain, or appendicitis, rather a kidney stone, which, once he passed that, was able to play on Saturday night–but, since he made the error that resulted in 4 unearned runs against That Clay Person in the 1st inning on Saturday night, and his misread of Eva(n) Longoria’s double yesterday, maybe that wasn’t such a good thing…

    Here is a revolting stat: The Sox have scored 7 runs in this series against the Rays–and allowed SIX UNEARNED RUNS. So THIS is the team that was built for defense? To prevent runs? Are you @&#^*&@^#*&KIDDING ME???

    And here is another one–the Sox actually have a BETTER record on the road (3-3) than they do at home (1-5) YUK…

    Remember when the Rays used to suck and the Sox would beat them up, and whenever they would scrape together a win, everyone was shocked? I miss those times. But it looks like this Tampa Bay team is here to stay–they are a young team with great pitching and a good running game…and I think they are going to be a thorn in the Sox side for the rest of the year…

    And I am not even going to TALK about the shelling that was today’s Patriot game today–tomorrow is time enough. Suffice it to say: @^&*@^!&!* @^&!*^@&* …CRAP

    Coming up: The Sox continue this abysmal homestand, welcoming the Texas Rangers in for 3. Tim Wakefield gets the start, opposed by Colby Lewis. 1st pitch 7:10pm.

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