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  • August 11th, 2011

    Red Sox 2, Minnesota 5:
    Dragging some serious butt…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:36 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    I have no statistical data to back this up, but it frequently seems that by the time the Sox get to the last game of a really long stretch where they haven’t had a day off–as in this case, 20 games in 20 days, they don’t fare too well…

    And, it’s pretty safe to say they didn’t fare well in this one…although when Big Papi tied the score in the 8th, I thought perhaps some of the later inning magic the Sox have been generating would have kicked in and they would complete the sweep.

    But, unfortunately Jon Lester’s ineffectiveness continued, and the Sox had to make due with 2 out of 3… Still winning the series, but losing a game in the standings to be down to 1.5 against the Skanks…

    Jon Lester’s line: 7 1/3 IP, throwing 119 pitches, 73 for strikes, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits while walking 5 (a big part of the problem last night) and striking out 4. And, to be fair, Alfredo Aceves allowed one of those runs he inherited to score, and then tacked one of his own in the 1/3 of an inning he worked, which was all of the scoring for Minnesota in the contest, which Nick Blackburn and company managed to keep the Sox to only 1 other run besides Big Papi’s 23rd homer of the year…

    Every time anyone asked me to make a prediction for the 2011 season, this is what I told them: “JD Drew will get injured, go on the DL and Ryan Kalish will be called up and have a monster season.” OK, so I was 1/2 right. And if you substituted Josh Reddick for Ryan Kalish, I would be 100% right. But, unfortunately, Kalish came down with the same issue as the man he was supposed to replace; A shoulder problem. After just finishing a rehab assignment, Kalish is back in Pawtucket, and will probably be one the September call ups…

    And apparently JD Drew is making progress, having had 35 swings in the cage this week. He will probably see live pitching in Seattle, and off to a rehab assignment sometime next week. Apparently he feels he can still contribute to the stretch run for the Sox–really JD? You haven’t done anything so far this year, other than be a sucking hole of despair in the lineup–why do you think anything would be different now?

    So the postseason schedule has been announced, with the ALDS beginning on September 30th, the ALCS beginning on October 8th, and the World Series starting on October 19th, which is over a week earlier than the October 27th start of 2010…

    Neato Stat: Mariano Rivera has only a .784 success rate against the Sox, or has beaten them 58 times out of the 74 he has faced them in his career. While it’s still pretty impressive–what it means is that the 9th inning is not guaranteed for the Skanks when they face the Sox–not by a long-shot…

    And in case you were wondering, who is the owner of the best record against Mo? Probably not that hard of a guess:  Bill Mueller, who had a .918 OPS against Rivera in 18 plate appearances. The best current player? Marco Scutaro, who has a .896 OPS in 16 plate appearances…

    Fantasry Day2Finally, don’t forget that the 20th annual Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day is this Saturday, August 13th from 9-5pm. Giving fans the unique opportunity to experience Fenway Park like never before, Fantasy Day offers the the action and excitement of playing out their baseball dreams while supporting the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    You can also support the Jimmy Fund by purchasing tickets to the Fan Zone to enjoy activities in the concourse area including contests, a kid zone, and tours of the park. Tickets are $15 per person for folks 12 and over, $10 for children ages three to 11, and free for children under three. Packages for families are also available.

    Since 1992, caring fans taking part in Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day have raised nearly $7 million to support the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To purchase tickets and for more information, go here…

    Coming up: The Sox have a much needed day off today, as they head to Seattle for some middle of the night games–fortunately, the last ones of the 2011 Campaign. John Lackey gets the nod, looking for his 11th win of the season, opposed by Blake Beavan. 1st pitch 10:10pm.Thankfully they are weekend games…

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