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  • September 1st, 2010

    Red Sox 2, Oreos 5:
    Another Day, Another Loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:05 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Remember when Josh Beckett was so dominant, so lights out, that when he pitched, we EXPECTED a win–and when he had on of his rare sub par outings, and the Sox lost, we were all completely shocked?

    Unfortunately, this year, the exact opposite seems to be the case: we expect the loss, the sub par outing, all the while hoping against hope that THIS will be the contest in which the dominant, fired up Texan will grab the opposing team by the throat and wring the life out of them…

    But the only life wringing last night was by the Oreos–the FREAKING OREOS, who held the Sox to 2 runs, and while Beckett certainly pitched better than he has, didn’t give up a homer, OR turn into Yukky Pitcher–all the hallmarks of the 2010 Boston Red Sox Campaign were here:

    The Ubiquitous Error: Marco Scutaro’s bad throw for HIS 17th error of the season which lead to an unearned run…and that is not even counting the “transfer issue” earlier in the game which lead to Ty Wigginton getting an infield single out of it…

    The Ineffective Relief: Felix Doubront pitched 1 inning and gave 2 solo homers…

    The Lack of Timely Hitting: The only scoring came as a result of a 2 run shot by Jed Lowrie…

    Beckett’s line: 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 5, walking 1 and throwing a wild pitch. He threw 106 pitches, 70 for strikes. Certainly good enough to win, BUT…

    Sad Stat: THIS is how bad it has gotten: Do you know the last time the Oreos actually had a winning record at home against the Sox? 1998. And guess what? Even if they lose the next 2 games, they’ll have a winning season at home against them this year….

    So, the Sox have traded Manny Delcarmen to the Rockies for a prospect, but Theo is insisting this isn’t a concession that the Red Sox are done for 2010–uh, OK…Then how do you explain that Theo made a move like this back in 2006 (Traded David Wells to the Padres for a player to be named later (turned out to be George Kottaras) when the Sox were 8 games back in the AL East on August 31st. And if we look at our 2010 calendar, where are the Sox today? Yep, 8 games back in the AL East (7 in the Wild Card) Oh, but the Sox aren’t giving up THIS time…Yeah…sure….

    In any event, I was surprised that he threw MDC under the bus like he did: ‘I don’t think moving what had become for us a lower-leverage reliever was going to make the difference for us one way or the other in (making a postseason push)… We’re constantly looking to find guys that we can lean on in high-leverage situations, and the way the season evolved, at this point in time, Manny wasn’t one of those guys. So, we thought it was worthwhile to get an asset that can really help us in the future for what was now becoming a bit of a diminishing asset for us.’ Wow….that’s harsh–completely TRUE, but harsh…

    Manny Delcarmen’s lifetime numbers with the Sox over 6 seasons: In 289 appearance (the leader among Massachusetts-born pitchers who have played for the Red Sox) he is 11-6 with 243 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA…God speed and good luck, MDC…

    In a surprising move, Ryan Westmoreland, who had surgery to remove a “cavernous malformation” on his brain stem during Spring Training, has rejoined Single A Lowell Spinners to start easing himself back into the baseball routine. The plan is for him to work with the Spinners for a couple of days, and then move onto Single A Greenfield later this week. Holy Buckets! This kid had BRAIN surgery 6 months ago, and is now starting to play baseball…

    Coming up: Mr. Cranky, Jon Lester, coming off the only win the Sox have had on the road trip, takes the mound for game 2 of this series–Let’s hope his winning ways continue. He is opposed by Jake Arrieta for the cookies. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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