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  • August 16th, 2010

    Red Sox 3, Rangers 7:
    9 reasons…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:16 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    For just about every road trip/homestand/series/game in the last 2-3 months or so, we have all been saying “This is the true test of the Boston Red Sox–What they do on this road trip/homestand or in this series/game will be the true test of their mettle, and whether or not they have what it takes to get to the postseason” Blah Blah Blah…

    Enough is Enough…

    As of today, with 43 games left, the Sox are 6 games back in the AL East, and 5 games back in the Wild Card (and I don’t even want to talk about the fact that if the Sox had done a better job than 1-3 in the last 4 games, they could have been looking at 2GB in the Wild Card….) And since the Sox are idle today, and both the Skanks and Tampa Bay or not, it may be 6.5/5.5 by the time That Clay Person takes the mound at Fenway against a suddenly hot Angels ballclub…

    And I KNOW Dustin Pedroia will be back tomorrow, and I KNOW anything is possible, especially in baseball, where the freaky and bizarre happen almost on a regular basis…

    BUT…

    Here are 9 reasons why I don’t think the Sox have what it takes to make it to the Postseason in 2010. They are in no particular order:

    Disclaimer: Yes, this team has played with a TON of heart–and I love the fact that so many players who would probably never get to play every day (Daniel Nava, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish) got to–and got to be heroes in their own right–I mean honestly–The Sox pay $1.00 for a kid, and the 1st pitch he sees in the bigs, he strokes for a grand slam–see the “freaky and bizarre happen almost on a regular basis” above…

    9. Bench Players Expiration: Someone once said (Bill James, perhaps?) that a backup player has about 3 weeks of starting time in him, before he is exposed as the bench player that he is–and while some of these guys flew past their expiration date, and have been playing above their head for quite some time–the cracks show…

    8. Dustin Pedroia will be back tomorrow: Yes, if anyone could WILL this team into the postseason, it would be the Laser Show; But c’mon, he has played TWO games since June 25. Do you REALLY think he is going to come back and immediately start hitting .300? He went 1-6 with a walk in 2 games at Pawtucket. He will be rusty–anyone would be…

    7. Josh Beckett is not right: As evidenced by the shellacking he got the other night. I watched that game, as was all psyched when the Sox had that super 7-run 4th inning–and then Josh Beckett proceeded to GIVE IT ALL BACK, resulting in a horrific flashback to 2003 where poor Tim Wakefield has to go out in the 11th inning to face a guy who was 4 for 4 (yes, batting a THOUSAND) against him–and who is now 5-5 because the 1st pitch he sees, homerun to win the game for the Rangers…A team cannot have a Ace with an ERA of nearly 7–can’t happen…Hell, let Tim Wakefield back in the rotation–even with his awful record (3-9) his ERA (5.48) is still a run better than Beckett’s…

    6. Jonathan Papelbon is not right:  Papelbon has blown 6 saves this year, has an ERA of 3.20 and a W-L record of 4-5. ‘Nuff said…

    5.  Not as promised: We have never seen the 2010 team Theo constructed in the offseason–and never will…Would it have been the team to beat? We’ll never know…

    4.  Two of the best teams in baseball play in the AL East: Its distasteful, but it’s a reality. And it’s much easier to stay on top than come from behind–and unless the Sox go on a MIGHTY tear–which I don’t see happening…It’s going to be a loooooooong winter…

    3.  The Bullpen sucks: With the exception of Daniel Bard, and possibly Felix Doubront (lefties are only hitting .154 against him). Honestly, do you trust any of these guys? Manny Delcarmen? (Who has been better as of late, but still horribly inconsistent.) Scott Atchison? (shudder), Dustin Richardson–the left-handed specialist who has replaced Ramon S. as the “inherited runs guru” and lefties are hitting .364 against him? UGH. And supposedly Hideki Okajima will be back soon!–double shudder….

    2.  Injuries, Injuries and More Injuries: Obvious, but true. Mike Cameron has been pretty much playing with a HOLE in his abdomen all season–if he comes back after this DL stint, it will be a miracle. And do not even get me started on Jacoby Ellsbury. For the last 3 years he has been throwing himself against walls and on the ground in center field and comes out pretty much unscathed. This year, someone pats him on the back–DL Stint…If he isn’t done for the season, I would be very surprised…

    1.  No Kevin Youkilis. Now, no one is happier that the Sox were able to get Mike Lowell playing time, and he is doing a sensational job at 1st base–BUT he is not Kevin Youkilis.

    Coming up: A badly need off-day (the Sox have played 17 games in 17 days), That Clay Person, with his AL leading ERA, takes the mound to kick off this 9 game homestand, an try for his team leading 13th win. He is opposed by Jered Weaver, the AL strikeout leader. Should be interesting. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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