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  • August 2nd, 2010

    Red Sox 4, Tigers 3:
    Decidedly Underwhelmed…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:07 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews,Red Sox No Comments

    So, the big trade deadline is over, and all we got was another catcher…

    Don’t get me wrong, I am glad the Sox finally picked up Jarrod Saltalamacchia–even if its going to take me a year to learn how to spell his name–he’s young, he’s pretty good, and has a TON of potential, and frankly, the currently catching situation isn’t getting any younger…

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out…Will the Sox opt not to exercise Big Papi’s option and go with Victor Martinez as DH in 2011? Then Saltalamacchia (gotta love cut and paste) could start, and have Varitek and Martinez as mentors? Or, will they dump ‘Tek, keep Big Papi, and have Martinez the starter, and Saltalamacchia the backup? I doubt they would get rid of Martinez, as they value his bat too much…

    I will say that I am very happy that Ramon S. is gone–although I really think Okajima needs to go as well. This had been said before, and I agree completely: If the Sox released Okajima, and brought up one the Pawtucket relievers, would the Sox really be worse off? Not possible…

    But I hear that the Sox have moved lefty Felix Doubront from a starter to a reliever at Pawtucket–could he be the help the Sox need? Michael Bowden is also an option, floating out there. AND I heard a rumor that if Casey Kelly is ready, the Sox may get rid of Daisuke…interesting stuff…

    But, truly, I think it’s a case of “too little too late”. This stuff should have been done at the beginning of July, when the Sox were 1/2 game out of 1st place, and ahead of Tampa Bay–not now when they are 7.5 behind the Skanks–and 5.5 behind Tampa Bay for the Wild Card…

    So that’s is, Ramon S out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia in, a couple of prospects–and Mike Lowell still swinging in the breeze…They did not activate him when he returned from Pawtucket, in hopes they would be able to trade him, and apparently they tried, but there were no viable options, which makes absolutely no sense to me. He hit FIVE HUNDRED with 4 homers during his rehab assignment–what more can he do to prove he can play???

    Now I am hearing the Sox might DFA Lowell, hoping he’ll clear, and they can send him somewhere…I’ll be the 1st to admit I don’t fully understand the complexities of the whole option/waiver/DFA thing (and I think I am with the majority here) But this sounds freaking retarded….

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record: __________ (insert starting pitcher’s name here–in this case: That Clay Person) pitched well enough for the win–getting himself into the 9th inning with a shutout. He then put 2 on base, and Mr “Setting the Standard for Closers Everywhere” comes in, and promptly allows the 2 on base to score, which, unfairly, Buchholz gets tagged for, and then he allows the 3rd run to score, tying the game. Fortunately, the Sox were able to come back when Marco Scutaro laid down a perfect bunt, and the Tigers made an error, to win the game.

    That Clay Person’s line: 8+IP, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5…

    Of course, Clay was all about the “The only thing that matters is that we won” party line–but you could tell he was less than pleased when he picked up his stuff and went into the clubhouse when Papelbon blew the save and tied to game…

    Have I mentioned how FREAKING TIRED I am of Jonathan Papelbon? And I know it’s the rules, but the fact that he not only screwed it all up for Clay, HE gets the win, despite doing nothing to actually accomplish this feat…

    Coming up: The Sox kick off 4 with Cleveland, as well as Game # 4 of the 17 games-without-a-break-thing. John Lackey gets the nod, opposed by pretty much the only good pitcher Cleveland has these days, Fausto Carmona. 1st pitch 7:10pm….

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