April 25th, 2011
Holy Buckets! The Sox are BACK!
At least I hope so ….
But it certainly seems to be the case…The hitting is coming back, and Red Sox pitching is LIGHTS OUT right now, only allowing 5, count ‘em FIVE, runs over FOUR games against the Angels this weekend….So that is 5 wins in a row, 8 out of their last 9, and in sole possession of 3rd place in the AL East….
Both Daisuke and John Lackey threw shutouts in their work this weekend, Daisuke throwing a 1 hitter over 8, while striking out 9 on Saturday, and Lackey also going 8 while scattering 6 hits, walking 1, throwing a wild pitch, hitting a batter and striking out 6…His ERA is now a much more respectable 6.35–Gaw-Ley!
Speaking of respectable, Carl Crawford seems to have found his stroke. In the last 7 games, he is hitting a much better .259, with 5 RBI’s, and his 1st homer in a Red Sox uniform–a 2 -run shot in Sunday’s win against the Angels–not where he should be, but he is getting there…
So, I heard this goofy stat today: In 14 seasons of pro ball, JD Drew has NEVER been ejected from a game. Not sure why this surprises me–it’s not like his reaction would ever cause a rejection…Game winning Grand Slam? JD Drew Face. 0-5 with 4 strikeouts? Same JD Drew Face…
Speaking of JD Drew, remember at the beginning of the year, I was taking about my prediction that JD Drew was finally going to have “THE INJURY” and be lost for the season, thereby allowing Ryan Kalish the opportunity to come up and have a MONSTER year for the Sox? Well, apparently Kalish has a “significant sprain” to his labrum, and has started rehab for the injury. The bad news? If he does not get any better in 2-3 weeks, he will have to go for surgery to repair the tear, which I would expect would be, at the very least, season ending, if not longer…UUUUUGH!
Another stat: Reliever Dan Wheeler is the only active pitcher who has never been on the DL, based on relievers with 10 years or more in the bigs…He is also started the 2011 campaign 4th in baseball in appearances with 419. He weighs in on his success: “I think I’ve got a pretty good routine going. It’s almost prevention. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say there’s definitely a little bit of luck involved.”
Talk about a 180: In the last 9 games, Sox starting pitching is 7-1 with an 0.88 (yes, like 88 cents) ERA. The first 12? 2-7 with a 6.71 ERA..
Our friends at eTrueSports unveiled this tidbit today: Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will donate the team and all its assets to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to sources close to the team, a teary McCourt addressed the remaining Dodgers employees being paid and announced that with the help of a team of psychiatrists, he had come to realize he is a “selfish jerk.” He then dropped a bombshell: the Los Angeles Dodgers were now the property of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read the whole story here…
And, I think I can speak for EVERYONE when I say: “It is such a beautiful thing that Frank McCourt did not get his mitts on the Boston Red Sox…” This Dodgers’ thing is a cluster of EPIC proportions–and I think the Mets organization is probably not far behind…But I will say this–it’s terribly fun to watch….
Finally, here is your chance to meet Harvey Frommer, the author of the magnificent “Remembering Fenway Park” (you can read my review here), and even get a copy signed (makes a great Father’s Day, or even Mother’s Day gift!) He will be at R.J. Julia’s, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT, next Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5.00.. If you are in the neighborhood, check it out!
Coming up: The Sox have an off-day as they fly back to the East Coast to Baltimore where they face the Oreos (and the ever-cranky Buck Showalter) for the first time in 2011. That Clay Person starts the series for the Sox, opposed by Zach Britton for the Cookies. 1st pitch, a very respectable 7:05pm…AND, if the Sox win, they will break .500 for the 1st time this season…