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  • August 6th, 2010

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 2:
    Reversal of Fortune…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    OK, whoever thought it would be a good idea to switch John Lester and Daisuke’s talent levels and put them in the other’s body–please put them back where they belong, Please? Thanks so much…

    ‘Cause, HOLY BUCKETS! It’s either that or like that Buffy episode where she had the demon for a college roommate who was sucking the life out of her while she slept…

    Can you offer any other explanation for Daisuke’s brilliance last night? 8 innings, throwing 109 pitches, 74 for strikes (He normally does that in about 5 innings!) while giving up only the 1 run (a solo shot by Shin-Soo Choo in the 1st) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6…

    I wish I could say momentum helps this 2010 Red Sox team–but if past is any indication–this weekend could go very well–or very badly–which is always how it is with the Skanks…

    We all knew this was coming, but of course, that certainly does not make the news easier to swallow–but at least Adrian Beltre didn’t cause Kevin Youkilis’ strange and bizarre season ending injury–the torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. He will have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic today, and will be ready in plenty of time for Spring Training in 2011…

    Good news is, Mike Lowell will get the bulk of the playing time at 1st base….Yay! But, because of his hip issues, the Sox are looking are perhaps finding a left-handed bat (Carlos Delgado, who has had hip surgery as well–one more than Lowell is being looked at as an option) to platoon with Mike…It would be SO nice if Mike were to go on a tear and start ripping the cover off the ball…

    I know it’s been a while, but its time, once again for Boston Red Thoughts Standings breakdown….Lets go to the Blackboard!

    Since the Skanks were off last night, the Sox picked up a 1/2 game in the standing, leaving them 6 games behind the Skanks in th AL East (Tampa Bay is 5.5 ahead of the Sox, and only 1/2 game behind the Skanks…) And this is a 4 game series–which, fortunately, I am not at the shore for this year–because it always seems to end badly when I am at the shore and the Sox are playing the Skanks in August…Very badly…

    So:

    If the Sox sweep: They would only be 2 games behind the Skanks in the AL East…Yeah, and I’m going to win the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes too…

    If the Sox win 3: They would be 4 games behind in the AL East…

    If the Sox split with the Skanks: Nothing changes, except for the fact that the Sox would still be 6 back, and lost the opportunity to gain ground–with less than 50 games left after the Skanks, time is running out…

    If the Sox Win 1: 8 Games behind in the AL East

    If the Sox get Swept: 10 games behind the in the AL East–I don’t even want to THINK about that, never mind say anything…

    But there are some positives about this series:

    The Sox will face Javier Lopez tonight, who usually can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position, babbling incoherently when the Sox come to town–hopefully that trend will continue…

    No Phil Hughes this series–good thing they dodged that bullet…

    The Sox have beat up on AJ Burnett (Sunday’s ESPN starter) this year–a bunch…

    The Sox will not see Andy Pettitte, as he is still on the DL with groin strain…

    Who the HELL is Dustin Moseley?

    We won’t have to hear about A-Fraud’s freaking quest for 600–I heard there was some deaf dumb and blind kid in Oregon who cared, but then he decided he liked pinball better…

    And how bout THIS neat-o factoid? Since the last time the Sox played the Skanks in May, the Skanks have gone 42-26. And the Red Sox? I am glad you asked: 42-27. Pretty impressive, given the almost complete depletion of the 25 man by the people who were actually supposed to play this year. The reason the Sox are so far behind is because of the suckage that was April…

    Ya know how I mentioned I was mildly freaking out about Mike Lowell being placed on waivers? I also mentioned each team can only do 7 placements a day. Well, On Monday, the Sox put Bill Hall, Jeremy Hermida, David Ortiz, Papelbon, Marco Scutaro and Tim Wakefield on waivers; On Tuesday: Adrian Beltre, Jed Lowrie, Victor Martinez and Daisuke Matsuzaka and on Wed: Mike Lowell. OK, so I am not freaking out so much anymore…

    As a result of the bench clearing brawl on Tuesday, Josh Beckett was fined, as were Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh we can understand, but why the other 4? Because they came out on the field during the game while being on the DL…

    Finally, Nolan Ryan’s Group, Rangers Baseball Express, won the auction in bankruptcy court for the Texas Rangers, and barring any unforeseen, will get MLB’s approval next week…From what I read, they really seem to care about the team, the stadium and the fans, so I think this is going to be VERY good for baseball…

    Coming up: The Sox head to the Stadium for 4, kicking off a 10-game road trip. That Clay Person gets the start tonight (his daughter was born 2 days ago–hopefully he is more rested than new dad Jon Lester was, whose son was born over the weekend), opposed by Javier Lopez. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

    And, in case you were wondering:

    Saturday: John Lackey vs CC Sabathia on Fox at 4:10pm

    Sunday: Josh Beckett vs AJ Burnett, on, where else? ESPN 8:00pm…

    Monday: Jon Lester vs Dustin Moseley, time TBA…

    Go Sox!

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    Reversal of Fortune…”

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