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  • August 30th, 2010

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 5:
    …But the Shouting…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    We all knew the Sox needed to win at least 2 of the 3, or better yet, all 3 of the games this weekend, to remain relevant n the AL East/Wild Card race for 2010…

    And we all knew that the pitching staff needed to pony up and get the job done–and on Friday night, Jon Lester, despite throwing THREE wild pitches in the contest, limited the Rays to 1 run, with the bullpen holding the lead. Luckily the 3 runs scored by the Sox were enough to win…

    And That Clay Person Only game up 2 runs on Saturday night, but there was the bizarre JD Drew “should I catch the ball? Or should I let it drop? No, I should catch the ball” THING, and That Clay Persons useless and errant pickoff throw…And of course there was Matt Garza and his scary chin hair Elmo who has had the Sox’s number all year, so this one went into the 10th inning before Scott Atchinson (WHY he is still a member of the Boston Red Sox baffles me) gave up the winning homer…

    And then there was last night. 5 runs is not that bad, not super, but not bad–but when your offense needs an act of congress to score, and can only come up with 3, well, then, let’s just say I won’t need to be consulting any sportsbook to figure out how this season is going to end…

    The rest of Lackey’s line: 6.1 IP, giving up 5 runs (including the 1 Okajima allowed to score) on 9 hits (including 2, count ‘em TWO homers) while walking 3 and striking out 7. He threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes.

    And this is what the Sox pad $82.5 million for–mediocre pitching–and no accountability: “I’m still trying to figure that out…I mean, I felt way too good to give up five runs, for sure.” Well, apparently NOT…

    And if it wasn’t CRYSTAL clear before–I am not sure its going to get any clearer: Hideki Okajima is DONE, OVER, FINISHED….Pitching in relief of Lackey, who left 2 men on base, the right thing to do would have been to get out of the inning unscathed. But a hit, a walk, and a strikeout later, he ends the 7th inning allowing 1 of the 2 inherited runners to score, giving Tampa Bay another insurance run…

    Yeah, I know, there are still 31 games to be played, blah blah blah–and a Magic Number of 26 for both the AL East and the Wild Card -and the Sox have not yet been mathematically eliminated, blah blah blah–and of COURSE the Sox are going to act positive to the press and the fans–even if they know, deep down inside, its just not going to happen this year…

    Its unfortunate, but the reality is, too much went wrong, too many injuries, not enough proactive-ness to counter those injuries by Theo, or as my friend Frank said to me a couple of weeks ago “It’s really been the perfect storm for the Sox this year–unbelievable”. So while it pains me to think this way, if I were a baseball betting type of girl, I’d be backing Tampa Bay–and hoping like hell they can knock the Skanks out of contention…

    Finally, the Sox made a waiver claim on catcher Mike Napoli, currently of the Angels, over the weekend, and the teams have until Tuesday at midnight to work out a deal, or the Angels will pull him back–the chances of this deal happening can be filed under “slim” and “none”…

    Coming up: Another off day, then the Sox head to Baltimore for 3 before heading home for 6…Let’s hope the “beat up on the Oreos” trend will continue. Josh Beckett, who pitched well enough to win in his last outing, gets the nod to kick off the series. He is opposed by lefty Brian Matusz. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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