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  • May 3rd, 2010

    Red Sox 3, Oreos 2, in 10:
    “Unintelligent, Undisciplined, Uninspired Baseball. It’s got to change…”*

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:26 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    *As quoted by Theo after yesterday’s game…

    After taking 3 from Toronto, whom I THOUGHT were a better team–and in light of the fact that the Oreos went into this 3 game series having won only 4–Yes, FOUR games, I (and probably everyone else in The Nation) figured that they Sox could very well come out of this road trip with a perfect record–or at least 5-1…

    Yeah, OK… How ’bout we try BEING SWEPT BY THE WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL for $200 Alex?

    And how about this is the first time the Sox have been swept in Baltimore since 1974–yes, 36 YEARS AGO…

    And now there are only 4 games that separate the Sox from the bottom dweller Oreos in the Standings–and 7 games between the Sox and the Rays at the top…

    Oooooooooh Boy….

    Fortunately, it looks like Josh Beckett may have worked out what ailed him, and he certainly pitched well enough for the win, going 7 strong, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking none and striking out 6…Still has a 6+ ERA, but definitely a better outing than the last 2…

    Another positive–Jason Varitek actually threw out a base stealer–and, as a double bonus, it was Julio Lugo…

    And Mike Lowell made his major league debut as a 1st baseman–and was completely successful at the position–would have liked a better day at the plate though (0-4 with 2 strikeouts)

    And to add to that Victor Martinez actually threw one out this weekend as well–during that debacle that was Daisuke’s debut…Suffice it to say that it was a good thing I made extra Jack Daniels and Maalox smoothies…

    Can I just say that it was rather sh*tful of the Sox to hold onto Alan Embree until the last minute, activate him for one game, not even use him, and then designate him for assignment on Saturday to activate Daisuke? Why freaking bother?

    But, alas, the loss of yesterday’s game (and this combo, in some way shape or form, can pretty much be responsible for a bunch of other games as well) falls into the hands of the practically non-existent offense, crappy defense, the fact that Tito actually thought Jason Varitek could beat the play at home, and Jonathan Papelbon’s error on a pickoff throw, and subsequent unearned run driven in by Ty Wigginton, who was the bane of the Sox existence this weekend…

    Here is a funny story: At Christmas, I was talking with my bro-in-law, who is a Skankee fan (yeah, I know)…So anyway, I say to him: “Javier Vasquez…REALLY?????” To which he replies that this is a great move, and he is so much better than he was in 2004, blah blah blah…As of today Javier’s record: 1-3, with a 9.00 ERA, and pretty much everyone hates him…Good times!

    Just heard the news that Dave Roberts, currently special assistant to the Padres is being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the rarer of the 2 forms of cancer of the lymphatic system. He has already has 2 rounds of chemo, and the prognosis is considered good. Get well soon, Dave! sending tons and tons of positive vibes your way…

    Finally, don’t forget tomorrow night marks Boston Red Thought’s Podcast Debut on BBA Baseball Talk, the official talk show of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), with a 10:30pm start time. BBA founder Daniel Shoptaw, of C70 At The Bat and Peter Schiller, of Baseball Reflections will join me in discussing the big stories of the day in major league baseball and other baseball-related topics. Callers are welcome 347-884-8690. Stop on by and say hello!

    Coming up: a 10-game homestand, including 3 against the Skanks. But 1st–4 against the Angels–and let’s not start the whole “ALDS rematch nonsense” cause its not even close–except the very real possibility of the Sox being swept again…Maybe the reverse lock will happen…But That Clay Person has a great opportunity here: To stop the skid, and prove to everyone he can actually be brilliant twice in a row–but right now, I think the Sox need a no-hitter from Clay–or at least a shut out…He is opposed by Joe Saunders, who has been pretty sucky himself this year so far (1-4, 5.74 ERA). 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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