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  • July 27th, 2011

    Red Sox 13, Royals 9:
    402 Pitches….

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Well, THAT was nearly 4 hours (3:52 to be exact) of my life I will never get back. While I was glad for the win, that felt more like a Skankee/Red Sox game (without the Skanks) than a freaking ROYALS game. Honestly it should not be that difficult to beat a team that is 17 games below .500, and dead last in the AL Central…

    But last night was a back and forth, back and forth, until the 6-run 5th inning when the Sox broke it open and took the lead for good, despite the fact that Franklin Morales tried like hell to give the lead back, giving up 2 runs in the 9th inning…

    And “supposed phenom” Andrew Miller impresses me less and less as time goes on. I know he is supposedly another Randy Johnson, but he could not even get out of the 4th inning, going 3 3/2, throwing 80 pitches, 43 for strikes. In his outing he gave up 7 runs–5 earned–although the 2 unearned runs were as a result of his own throwing error–so in my mind, they should be part of his ERA, on 9 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 2 and striking out 1…YUK…

    I know I have never had much faith in Alfredo Aceves, but as a reliever, he is very good. Getting his 6th win of the season, he went nearly as long as Miller (3 1/3) but his results were far better: 3 hits, a hit batter and 3 strikeouts–that’s it–no runs, no walks, and he is now the owner of a pretty nifty 3.28 ERA…

    So I am watching the game, and in the beginning, they were talking about how Jacoby Ellsbury has the night off, giving Darnell McDonald the start in Center. Then, I walk out of the room, and all of a sudden, Jake is in the game as a pinch hitter in the 5th–so much for a night off…

    I have never put much stock in the whole batting order thing–once you get started, does it really matter? It seems to me that it’s more of an ego thing–hitting 9th is BAD (just ask Jorge Posada) Hitting in the top 4-5 is good. But for Dustin Pedroia, there may just be something to him hitting 4th–he does REALLY well there–and last night was no exception–all he needed last night for the cycle was a homer, and in the 8th inning, he missed it by the narrowest of margins…and that makes  a nifty 23 game  hitting streak…

    The news the day after That Clay Person’s 30-pitch side session was certainly encouraging, with Tito weighing in: General soreness, which I think is expected. Saying that, I still think we view it as a very positive day [Monday]. So moving forward, what we’re going to do now is have him revisit the medical people that have talked to him, and kind of review where he thinks he is and where they think he is, so if we get going here pretty fast and aggressive, he feels good about it. That will start happening today.” And while it will still be a while, as there will have to be a bunch of rehab starts, it will not come soon enough…

    Should be interesting to see if Theo does anything by the Trade deadline, which is Sunday at 4:00pm. Wouldn’t mind seeing if he could pick up another reliever, as the Sox can always use another bullpen guy–but as far as anything else, I think they are in great shape–Note to Theo–NO CARLOS BELTRAN!

    This years forgotten man, Jed Lowrie–admit it, you forgot about him too, has progress to doing some soft tossing, trying to gain strength back in his left shoulder, which landed him on the DL on June 17th. There is no timetable for the shortstops return–but I am thinking probably another month or so.

    Neato Stat #1: JD Drew’s current rehab stint is only his 2nd since being with the Sox, but his 9th in his career. Doesn’t it seem like he has been on the DL like, 20 times?

    Neato Stat #2: With Aceves’ win last night, he becomes the first pitcher to win 20 of his first 22 decisions in almost 75 years. St. Louis reliever Howie Krist went 20-2 during 1937-42. In addition, Aceves has won 15 straight relief decisions, which hasn’t been done since Dodger reliever Phil Reagan did it from 1966-67…

    Coming up: John Lacey takes the mound in game 3 of this 4 game series against the Royals–let’s hope we get the good John Lackey, not Yukky Lackey–and he had better go 7 or 8 innings, as the bullpen is pretty depleted from the 14 innings on Monday, and last night’s contest. He is opposed by old friend Bruce Chen. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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