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  • July 1st, 2010

    Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 9:
    WHERE do I begin?

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:40 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (4)

    It’s bad enough that the Sox persist in keeping the demonic bullpen tandem, but do they REALLY have to have them come into a game–in tandem?

    Manny Delcarmen and Ramon S–in 2 innings of work–which is deceiving, because MDC gave up 5 runs without even recording an out. The 6 outs were all Ramon S’s doing–as were the 2 runs he inherited from MDC, which he allowed to score, which is why it only looks like he gave up 1 run–which he did–a 3 run shot to Jason Barlett (who had had 2 HR ALL YEAR) to put the game out of the Sox reach…

    And of course NOW it comes out that MDC has had pain in his elbow for the last week! Apparently, he is going to see the Dr. today or tomorrow, and since he has already has Tommy John surgery (while he was in the minors) there is reason for concern. At least he didn’t keep quiet and screw up a ton of games trying to pitch while hurting like he did last year…But just GET IT FIXED, or find another reliever–I know he had good stuff–but we see more of the garbage than the good stuff anymore…

    And of course, Daisuke was vintage Daisuke, going 6 innings, throwing 111 pitches, 63 for strikes, and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 7–certainly kept them in the game, but the Sox just could not seem to get it going against Matt Garza and Elmo (his trusty, and strange chin hair…)

    And I guess it doesn’t escape anyone’s notice that if the Sox had won last night, they would be tied for 1st place with the Skanks, as they lost their game? And do I need to mention that that is a 7.5 game jump in about a month? Didn’t think so…

    Ya know, it’s very hard to generate any sympathy for Jacoby Ellsbury, who is pretty much in stasis in Arizona rehabbing his fractured ribs–no time frame for his return. And then you see Dustin Pedroia, less than a week removed fracturing his foot, in crutches and a boot, kneeling on the ground taking freaking GROUNDERS to try to keep his arm in shape so he won’t lose too much ground during his 6 week rehab…Tito weighs in: “He’s a maniac. He knows he can’t put any weight on that foot and he knows he’s going to slow himself down if he does. So, he’ll abide by the rules, but he’s gong to bend them as much as he can.” THIS is why Dustin Pedroia is the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox…

    JD Drew was out AGAIN last night–a late scratch with a “real stiff” (according to Tito) neck…They Sox have played 79 games this year–and JD has appeared in 69 of them–doesn’t it feel like less than that??

    Some good news on Josh Beckett, as he will face live batting for the 1st time today, and will probably head to the minors within the next week to start his rehab assignment….He’ll probably need 4 or 5 of those, so it will probably be the end of July before he pitches for the Sox again…UGH…

    Coming up: The Sox kick off their last home series until after the All-Star break with 3 against the Oreos. Tim Wakefield gets the start, opposed by Brad Bergesen for the Cookies. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

    4 Responses to “Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 9:
    WHERE do I begin?”

    1. Cliff says:

      The Skanks!

      Would you even accept a comment from a devoted Yankee fan on your site? And oh yes, I’m the kind of a fan that roots for the Mets, too.

      (“What the world needs now is love,sweet love.
      It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”)

      What I’m really interested in knowing is whether or not you could accept a world in which there is no wild card safety net; and our two rivals can engage in a real knock down, drag out pennant race, where the winning takes all?

      Let me know!

    2. Christine E. says:

      Hi Cliff:

      Thanks for your comments…I welcome all good spirited comments, yes, even from Yankee fans..

      And before 1995, we did the winner takes all thing…:-) I happen to like the Wild Card, as it give more teams opportunities to get to the dance…and it has certainly worked for the Sox…

      Go Sox!

      Christine E.

    3. Cliff says:

      Hey Christine E.:

      I should know better than to even ask. It’s been my experience that the big market Northeast dominates the pennant race/wild card debate. Still you’ll never convince me that pennant races aren’t a much better season long brand of baseball. And I’ve substituted tiers as a regular season attraction. See, with wild card you’re already thinking post-season; and not giving the 6 month long regular season its proper due.

      Oh well, keep on rooting; and watch my pennant race league when you get the chance. (After all, I still pay attention to wild card baseball). Maybe someday I’ll get you!


    4. herveleger says:

      He will follow the rules, but he’s gong bend, because he has a lot can be used as

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