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  • September 8th, 2010

    Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay 14:
    Garbage In, Garbage Out…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So, apparently, the Demonic Bullpen Tandem has been replaced–Ladies and Gentlemen: I give you DBT, Redux! Dustin Richardson and Robert Manuel pitched 1 1/3 inning in last night’s contest and gave up 6 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out ZERO. Hmmmm. 6 runs on 4 hits? How does that happen? Well, how about the THREE HOME RUNS Manuel gave up. I know they are rookies, and just feeling their way, but these are games the Sox are supposedly trying to win…

    And I guess I should also mention the throwing error by Richardson, which makes 20 on the season for Red Sox pitching alone. Apparently, in spring training, when they do pickoff and throwing drills, they don’t actually THROW the ball, they just make the motion–this is supposed to save their arm or something. Well, guess what? That is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard–and trust me, I have heard a lot of stupid things… “Hey! Let’s just PRETEND to throw the ball when practicing picking off people! Yeah! THAT’LL Work”  Holy Buckets….

    Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around in this game. Daisuke. 4.2 innings, EIGHT RUNS. 2 homers of his own, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts…

    A glimmer of light in all of this awfulness was the 3 near perfect innings by Michael Bowden (2 IP) and Robert Coello (1 IP), where Bowden gave up a walk during the Span–if this keeps up, perhaps Coello can get his ERA below 20 (yes, TWENTY)

    UGH…

    But, thankfully, that means that Tim Wakefield will get the start today–gives him a chance to get another win, and keeps That Clay Person from starting unnecessarily on 3 days rest…

    Speaking of Wake–the nominees for the Annual Roberto Clemente Award came out yesterday, and Wake was honored with his 8th nomination. Timmeh weighs in: “It’s important to give back to the community that supports you on a daily basis on the field, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been nominated so many times. It’s still an honor. I don’t care how many times you do it. It’s an honor to get recognized for the things that you do off the field.” Fans can vote for the winner out of the 30 players nominated (one for each team) through October 8th.

    Looks like Marco Scutaro’s arm isn’t going to fall off after all. The results of the MRI taken yesterday show “inflammation of a long standing rotator cuff injury.” As it won’t get more damaged by his playing, he will continue to do so–but at 2nd base. Jed Lowrie got the start at shortstop for last night’s contest…

    Jason Varitek also returned to the lineup last night for the 1st time since June 30th. He went 0-2. ‘Tek has really reinvented himself as a great backup catcher–and just this week, he went on the record stating he has no intention of retiring–will the Sox keep their captain? Or will be play out him remaining years somewhere else? This offseason will be very interesting…

    Yukky Free Pass Stat: In the last 3 games? Sox pitching has allowed 6 runs to score on WALKS–yep. In 6 instances, the bases were loaded, and someone walked in the run. FREAKING Abysmal….

    Coming up: Tim Wakefield gets the nod for the final game of this series, and of the season against Tampa Bay. He is opposed by Matt Garza and his ridiculous chin hair, Elmo. 1st pitch; 7:10pm…

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