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  • April 26th, 2010

    Red Sox 6, Oreos 7, in 10:
    Cannot Afford to Lose These Games…

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

    Yeah, the Sox won 2 out of 3 from the Cookies–Big Freakin Deal… They SHOULD be winning these games–and not just scraping by with 1 run either…every game this weekend was a squeaker–(4-3, 7-6, 6-7). It should not be this much work to beat a team with the worst record in all of baseball and 3, yes, THREE wins!

    The starting pitching was better in this series, but now that the starters are beginning to find their way, now the bullpen that, going into this weekend, had 21 innings of scoreless pitching, is blowing leads left and right…

    And I will say it again–I am get OH SO tired of Jonathan Papelbon’s inability to throw a clean inning…OK, most of the time he gets the job done–but he had to throw 23 and 18 pitches Friday and Saturday–and a staggering 76, yes, SEVENTY-SIX, pitches in the last 4 out of 5 games, so he was totally out of the mix for Sunday’s game, where he could have been useful…

    But how about Daniel Bard striking out the side in his 1 inning of work? And in his last 4 2/3 innings, he has five strikeouts, two hits and no walks…I know he is young, and still needs work, but if he can keep that stuff up, he’ll make a good closer when Papelbon goes to the Skanks…

    And the worst part about this loss? Tim Wakefield pitched wonderfully, throwing 108 pitches (74 for shrikes) over his 6 2/3 innings, and he only gave up 2 runs (and one of them was inherited by Okajima who allowed it to score–and a bunch of his own as well…)on 7 hits while walking only 1, and striking out 5. And then the bullpen screws the pooch and deprives him of the win…And now he gets banished to the bullpen until such time as they need a mop-up man, or a spot starter, or someone gets hurts (although, with Daisuke, that could be next week).

    And, I am sorry, part of what I love about Tito is his ability to play diplomat, but the whole ” we (the Sox) aren’t turning Wakefield into a reliever, just sending him to the bullpen until he makes his next start.” is just….UGH… If I were Wake I’d be “Please, don’t bother…UGH…

    Thankfully, my supply of Maalox and Jack Daniels for my smoothies when Daisuke pitches has arrived, so I am all ready…his 1st start will be next Saturday night in Baltimore…

    Alan Embree’s opt-out extension expires this Friday the 30th. He is pitching well at Pawtucket–with a 3.68 ERA, and hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in his last 5 appearances–can we please send someone down and get him up? Chances are Atchinson is already going, as Daisuke needs a roster spot…Good thing, as he makes me twitch when I watch him pitch…So does Daisuke–but since the Sox paid $103 million for him–HE isn’t going anywhere…

    And if the Sox could get through a game without an error, I think I would die of shock–Adrian Beltre booted 2 consecutive hits yesterday, but the scorer took mercy on him and only credited him with 1–yeah, I know they did not impact the scoring…But C’mon–THIS is the guy that is a better fielder and hitter than Mike Lowell? Not seeing that…

    The forgotten player, 2010 edition: Remember Jed Lowrie? Well, he is still recovering from the mono he contracted in Spring Training, and lost 10lbs in the process (like he wasn’t uber-wiry to begin with…) but apparently is getting better now. He is not losing any more weight, and he has started being more consistent with his workouts, working out every day, rather than every other. He has also resumed baseball activities….Absolutely no timetable on his return though…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett hopes to get the Sox back on the winning path as he kicks off a 6-game road trip with the 1st of 3 against Toronto. He is opposed by Dana Eveland, and can I just tell you how happy I am that the potential of facing Doc Halladay has decreased substantially? 1st. Pitch 7:07pm…

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