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  • June 7th, 2011

    June 7, 2011:
    Off-Day Blahs….

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:20 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yeah, I know yesterday was the off-day, but the ennui will remain until the baseball actually starts happening….

    For the 2nd week in a row, a Red Sox player has received the AL Player of the Week award–this time it goes to David Ortiz–his 5th time receiving the honor, but his 1st since 2007. During the span, Big Papi played in 6 games and hit .545 with 4 doubles, 2 homers and 6 RBI’s, and is currently in the midst of a 6-game hitting streak…

    Marco Scutaro, who has been on the DL since May 8th with left oblique strain, has completed his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, and will be activated for tonight’s contest. He will take Scott Atchison’s spot on the 25-man, with the reliever returning to AAA…

    Of course, no Red Sox/Skankee series would be complete unless we broke it all down, to see where the Sox are, and where they may end up…

    To the Blackboard!

    So, the Sox are currently a full game behind the Skanks (2 in the loss column) and will play 3 at the Stadium this week. OK…

    If the Sox Sweep (which very possibly could happen, as the Sox HAVE swept the Skanks on their turf already this year): They will be in sole possession of 1st place in the AL East–by 2 games.

    If the Sox win 2: (which is my prediction for the series): The Sox and the Skanks will then share the top spot in the Division.

    If the Sox win 1: The Sox will be 2 games BEHIND the Skanks in the AL East

    If the Sox are Swept (I would think unlikely, but you never know): They will have dug themselves a pretty yucky hole of 4 games behind in the AL East…

    While I think each pitcher the Sox will have facing the Skanks (Lester, Wake, Beckett) all have excellent chances to win, anything can happen in these games, and with the Sox bullpen still pretty erratic, I could very well see them giving up a game in the later inning…So 2 out of 3 is my thought…

    In honor of the draft, fellow BBA member, Shawn from The Hall of Very Good wrote a piece about the correlation between the MLB Draft and the Hall of Fame–there is not as much as you would think. Here are ten things you might not have known about the Hall of Fame and the MLB Draft.

    Finally, last week, Jon Lester launched the 1st 3D video game for mobile devices. Called Hardball Ace, the app has been available on both iPhone and Droid since June 2nd, and is the first to use detailed motion-capture simulation technology to create a personal 3D experience exclusively for the mobile platform. In addition, Hardball Ace offers players chance to earn points for real prizes and free or discounted merchandise through in-game sponsors.

    Jon actually wore a skintight body stocking so that a computer could map the painstakingly detailed simulations of Lester’s exact movements, demeanor, pitch selection – even ball trajectory, arm speed and shoulder angles. You will actually be able to experience what it’s like to “stand in” and face major league pitching. And like big-league hitters, players can learn Lester’s tendencies over time and rack up higher scores for merchandise and prizes in the Hardball Ace “locker room.”

    Hardball Ace will be available as a free download and for $4.99 for the full version at the iTunes Store and Android Market.

    Coming up: One of those strange middle-of-the week Red Sox/Skankee series they throw at us at some point during the season (There is another at the end of August). I don’t know why, but I think these series should be on the weekends–but one advantage, no FOX or ESPN messing with our cake… Jon Lester, well-rested, will hope to overcome his recent struggles for his 8th win of the season, opposed by Freddy Garcia. 1st pitch 7:05pm

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