Home
  • About
  • Batterymates
  • BBA
  • Blog Disclosure Policy
  • Contact Us
  • July 7th, 2010

    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 3:
    Heart Stopping. And not even in a good way…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! Can I just tell you that my heart was in my throat when I saw Kevin Youkilis writhing on the ground with pain in his ankle? Fortunately, it appears to have passed, and it appears he just jammed it on the Astroturf, causing it to lock up. So, provided his ankle doesn’t fall off, he should be back in the lineup tonight.

    Unfortunately, his replacement, Niuman Romero (no, never heard of him either–but don’t worry, the Sox already DFA’ed him today…)couldn’t pull a Daniel Nava or Darnell McDonald and come up big…Add to that the protection Youk offers Big Papi in the lineup–with him out, Tampa Bay intentionally walked David Ortiz 3 times–effectively taking his bat away…

    Felix Doubront, who was tagged with his 1st major league loss, deserved better, pitching 5 2/3 innings of more than competent baseball. Throwing 100 pitches, 55 for strikes, he gave up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 4, striking out 3 and throwing a Wild Pitch…

    And apparently, Okajima, who had been out for 5 games with a bad back, wasn’t quite as ready as he thought he was, giving up a solo shot to Carl Crawford in his 2/3 of an inning of work last night–he now has an ERA of 6.00–yes SIX…how can this be the same reliever that had a 3.39 ERA last year? and .261 the year before?? Is he hurt? Or is he done?

    Josh Beckett took a HUGE step forward, throwing a simulated game of 4 innings at Tropicana Field yesterday afternoon, throwing 64 pitches against Gulf Coast League hitters. Josh weighs in: “…I thought my command was a lot better today than it was five days ago. I thought [my] velocity was probably about the same. Everything’s coming back together.” If Josh recovers OK from his outing, he will start for Pawtucket on Sunday. Another rehab start after that, and he is on track to be back with the Sox July 21 or 22…

    And not a moment too soon–although that means that Tim Wakefield will be banished back to the bullpen. Should be Daisuke–but we all know it will be Wake…CRAP…

    So, phenom Michael Bowden, a starter by trade, has been moved into the bullpen at Pawtucket. Guess we’ll be seeing him up the bigs at some point–hopefully sooner rather than later…

    Check for Pods in the Basement: Looks like Jacoby Ellsbury may actually be ready to resume baseball activities…But we’ll see…I, personally, am not holding my breath…

    It IS interesting to note that Jeremy Hermida, who has a similar injury Jake’s, and got injured a month LATER, took batting practice yesterday and will continue to do so throughout the weekend…I’m just saying is all…

    And it looks like David Ortiz got his wish: He will be hitting in the Home Run Derby next Monday night in Anaheim…Joining him will be Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Skanks’ Robinson Cano, and Toronto’s Vernon Wells in the AL. In the National League, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart, and St Louis’ Matt Holliday, with 2 more NL players being added at some point this week. This will be Big Papi’s 4th Derby, his last being in 2006. His best result was placing 4th in the contest…

    Speaking of Big Papi, Ben McGrath of The New Yorker wrote an article on Big Papi that will appear in the July 12th and 19th issues of the magazine. Entitled The Undead, McGrath examines David Ortiz’s current season. Definitely something to check out…

    In an unprecedented collaboration, The Red Sox have teamed up with the Cincinnati Reds to get both Kevin Youkilis and Reds first baseman Joey Votto to the All-Star game. Since Youk is a Cincinnati native (He wanted to play for the Reds growing up) its a great fit.

    And not only that, but MA Senator John Kerry sent an e-mail out to his 3 million supporters backing Youkilis, and encouraging them to vote…

    And it seems to be working: As of yesterday, Youk surpassed Nick Swisher in the vote tallies, and Joey Votto is leading the NL vote as well…

    You have until 4:00pm EST tomorrow….Vote Red–Get to it!

    Finally, Mariano Rivera, citing injuries, has removed himself from the All-Star game, choosing to stay in New York and rest: “I’ve been pitching hurt. I know they are going to use me. I’d prefer to take those days off before the second half…It’s hard — it’s a decision that I have to make for myself and the sake of the team. It’s a great honor, but I have to be wise.” Since he was selected by player vote, the next highest vote getter will replace him–hopefully, it’s not another Skankee…

    Coming up: Tim Wakefield will take the mound tonight, in hopes he can stop this downward spiral and save the Sox from being swept by Tampa Bay. He is opposed by Davis Price. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    Leave a Reply