June 22nd, 2011
I know that Josh Beckett had the stomach uckiness, and they Sox needed a spot starter. And from the 10,000 foot view, Alfredo Aceves did OK; he kept the Sox in the game, until Daniel Bard allowed one of Dan Wheeler’s inherited runners to score, giving him (Wheeler, not Bard) the loss.
He gave the Sox 5 innings, only gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, but Holy Buckets: 6 walks, including 5 IN A ROW??? I had freaking Daisuke flashbacks when I saw that….and here I was all out of Jack Daniels and Maalox…Didn’t think I would be needing it, since Daisuke is all but gone from the Sox forever….
Now, let me get this straight. Because the Sox are playing a million games in NL League parks for the remainder of June (OK, its only 9, it just FEELS like a million), and thereby losing the DH, they are going to have David Ortiz play 1st base, with Adrian Gonzales going to right field for at least some of the games…Huh?
And, just because, do you know how many games Adrian Gonzales has actually played in the bigs? ONE. He played outfield in Winter Ball one year–but only 1 game, when he played for the Rangers…UGH…This just has disaster written all over it….
The Sox have consulted Dr. Yocum for a 2nd opinion on Jed Lowrie’s shoulder, sending him to LA with his MRI this week. The injury, which he got from slamming into Carl Crawford a few weeks ago, hasn’t gotten any better, resulting in him hitting the DL last Friday. He has been doing so well this year, I really REALLY hope that his shoulder is not the “2011 Thing” for Jed–he deserves better….
It’s been nice to see old friend Dave Roberts at Fenway, even if he is in a Padres uniform as their 1st base coach. He has finished all of his treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and received a clean bill of health from Dana Farber this week… Yay!
Jacoby Ellsbury is still in 4th place in the Al All-Star balloting, but the gap to the top 3 is getting closer. Carl Crawford has inched up to #5 from #7 as well. Still in 1st place are Adrian Gonzales at 1st Base, and Big Papi as DH. Other rankings are: Kevin Youkilis, 3rd at the Hot Corner (yes, A-Fraud is still, inexplicably, in the lead–I’m telling you, he pays a crew of interns to vote for him. Dustin Pedroia is 2nd at 2nd, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 4th at catcher, and Marco Scutaro is 5th amongst AL shortstops…You have until the end of the month (June 30th)–keep on voting!
Finally, I wanted to extend congratulations out to our friends at eTrueSports who celebrated their 4th anniversary yesterday…The site, a “daily Web publication offering objective (some might say spoofish), reality-based (some might say fabulistic) reporting and commentary on sports from a team of award-winning journalists (some might say malcontents) who write funny and don’t take direction very well.”, has been featured many times in my posts, and you can also see their news feed on the inside pages of Boston Red Thoughts. Congratulations folks and here’s to many more years!
Coming up: The Sox play their 3rd and final game against the Padres, and then head on the road for 9 in NL Parks. John Lacey takes the mound in this rubber match, opposed by Clayton Richard. 1st pitch 1:35pm…