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  • September 29th, 2010

    Red Sox 4, White Sox 5:
    Dropping the Other Shoe…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:29 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    We all knew it was coming–and if the Skanks win over the Blue Jays hadn’t done it, the inevitable bullpen implosion would have…

    That doesn’t mean I am not disappointed.

    Don’t get me wrong, as I said as recent as yesterday, the fact that this team, as currently constructed, made it to the 6th to last game of the season before being eliminated, is no small feat. Think about it: No Kevin Youkilis, No Dustin Pedroia, No Jacoby Ellsbury, a diminished Josh Beckett, an uninspired JD Drew, an imploding Jonathan Papelbon, and a laundry list of starters and backup players who spent at least SOME time on the DL.This Red Sox team got this far with a rag tag bunch of Triple A and utility players–players who got their shot and stepped up and fought hard…And while we will never know what would have happened had the injury tornado not swept through the Sox a million and 15 times, for the most part, I am super proud of this 2010 Red Sox team–and plan on enjoying their last 5 games of the season…

    What does make me sad is that Mike Lowell is retiring, and I have a feeling we have seen the last of Tim Wakefield–there is no place for him anymore, and I am pretty sure the the Sox will not bring back Jason Varitek, opting to go with Victor Martinez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I feel like we are at the end of an era, retiring the old guard–hell, these are the guys who helped bring 2 World Series to Boston–Tim Wakefield started Game 1 of the 2004 WS and Mike Lowell was the MVP of the 2007 WS–how can we not be sad?

    While Jon Lackey labored once again, (108 pitches is TOO many for 6 innings of work) he certainly pitched well enough to win–giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (including a 2- run homers) while walking 2 and striking out 5..

    But then the bullpen comes in–and it takes SIX of them to get 8 outs–and between the 6 hits and the 3 walks and the wild pitch, and the 2 inherited runners scoring, is it any wonder the Sox lost this one???

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia had his surgery yesterday to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, and all went well. There is no reason to believe that, after his 4-6 weeks of rehab, that he won’t be 100% ready fro Spring Training…

    OK, is there anyone else who confused by the whole Felipe Lopez signing a week before the season ends? And do not even get me started on his refusal to go to the Padres because they are going to the postseason–which is strange. And then Tito played him last night, and he was like a sucking black hole offensively, going 0-4 in last night’s contest…I think the appeal here is the fact that he is classified as a Class B Free Agent, so if he signs somewhere else (which will more than likely happen) the Sox get a compensatory draft pick for him…

    And with all the focus has been on Jonathan Papelbon and his suckiness this year, I didn’t realize his potential replacement hasn’t been superb this year either. Daniel Bard had HIS 7th blown save of the year in last night’s contest. While his ERA is still under 2 (1.96), the last 12 innings have been ABYSMAL for him: 5 runs on 12 hits while walking 6…..YUK…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound for the final time in 2010 to try for his 7th win of the season (SEVENTH win–how pathetic is that???)–let’s hope he doesn’t give up the 432 homers he did in his last outing against the Skanks (OK, it was only 4). He is opposed by Freddy Garcia. 1st pitch 8:10pm.

    5 more games…

    One Response to “Red Sox 4, White Sox 5:
    Dropping the Other Shoe…”

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