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  • July 25th, 2011

    Red Sox 12, Seattle 8:
    The Wheels on the Bus…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:50 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    …are firmly lock nutted (SO not a word…) in place.  So, barring a collapse of Epic Proportions, I am actively liking where the Sox are at this point…

    Also, the fact that they are a full 3 games ahead of the Skanks does everything to reinforce that belief…

    There are 63 games left to play, so anything can happen–this is baseball after all…But it certainly looks good at this point…

    Who else but Tim Wakefield, and the horribly fickle mistress, known as the knuckleball, could give up 3 singles and a grand slam all in a row, and then walk off the mound to a rousing standing ovation from the fans, and still get his 199th career win?The Grand Slam notwithstanding, Wake had a good outing, throwing 100 pitches, 72 for strikes in 6 1/3 innings of work, giving up the 7 runs on 10 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 1, hitting a batter and striking out 4…He also joined Roger Clemens as the only Red Sox pitcher to notch 2000 strikeouts, when he struck out Mike Carp to end the 5th inning. And, the consummate team guy that he is, he had NO IDEA it was 2,000, until Jarrod Saltalamacchia came out and congratulated him. God! I love Tim Wakefield!

    Alfredo Aceves, who seems to often follow Wake out of the bullpen, held onto the lead, while finishing out the game, giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 0 and striking out 1…

    Holy Buckets, Seattle is worse than awful–15 losses in a row. Eric Wedge needs to shave that ridiculous mustache off and burn it–maybe that will help. Could you imagine if the Sox lost 15 in a row? When they started the season 0-6 folks where lining up at the Tobin Bridge…cannot even imagine if it has been worse than that…

    Looks like the rest did Carl Crawford a whole world of good–he is hitting .375 since his return from the DL last week, including a 3 hit day yesterday…Tito weighs in: “He’s getting into hitting position so much easier. There’s balance and he’s seeing the ball and swinging at strikes. He’s using the whole field. He looks like Crawford.”

    So, apparently, JD Drew is going on the DL (shocking, I know), with an “impingement in his left shoulder” Hopefully he and his .219 BA average will stay there for the rest of the season–Josh Reddick has got this….

    Speaking of Josh Reddick–I know folks are clamoring for a more famous right fielder, specifically Carlos Beltran. Guess what? I don’t want him. While he is a decent ball player, I don’t think he is a good citizen. To wit: The Mets as a team went to visit serviceman at Walter Reed last September–Beltran did not attend because he had a planning meeting regarding a school he is building in Puerto Rico (and to be fair, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez blew it off too–and their excuses were far crappier) OK, I assume this event was scheduled in advance, the team just did not wake up that day and decided to go. Second of all, if you are the funder of the project, I would think that you would pretty much be able to call the shots as to meetings–you couldn’t spare a couple hours? Those servicemen fight for your freedom, and your right to build that school.

    I know there are a lot of people who could care less what type of human beings their sports players are–I am not one of them. I want the Sox to win. But I do not want them to win with crappy human beings….’nuff ced….

    I am growing more and more concerned with That Clay Person and his back–it doesn’t seem like he is getting any better–he has been on the DL for well over a month and is only today throwing off the mound for his 1st bullpen session since June 17th–and He says it still hurts as much as it did when he went on the DL. Apparently, the medical staff told him it was going to hurt–but that there would be no damage if he pitched. But as good as a pitcher as Clay has become, he is still somewhat of a head case–and even if he won’t hurt himself–you know the pain and the fear HAS to be in his head…

    Here is a neato stat: At 99 games, the Sox have the best record in the AL at 62-37. If they were to play .500 baseball the rest of the way out, they would be at 93.5 wins–if they played at the level they are playing now, which is .626–they would have end up with 101.5 wins…I expect they will end up somewhere in the middle at about 96-98 wins…Will that be enough to get to the dance?

    Coming up: Jon Lester returns! Whoo hoo! Kicking off the 4 games series against Kansas City, Jon Lester takes the mound for the 1st time since he went on the DL on July 8th. He is opposed by Kyle Davies, who had lost his last 8 games. Let’s hope Lester isn’t too rusty…1st pitch 7:10pm…

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