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  • September 21st, 2011

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 7:
    Not Helping their Own Cause…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:17 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    This was going to be 7 Random Thoughts, in honor of the E# for Tampa Bay, but I had more to say… (Shocking, I know.)

    1. Yes, the margin to the Postseason had decreased, no thanks to the Sox themselves. I guess we have to thank the Skanks for the help (shudder) in defeating Tampa Bay last night…Just think, if the Sox had actually, I don’t know DID THEIR JOB and won a game, the number COULD have been 6…

    2. It would be very easy to totally blame Jonathan Papelbon for last night’s loss, giving up a base clearing double in the 8th inning. And the fact that he is taking sole responsibility is a good thing (Hear that John Lackey?) But he has to AT LEAST split the difference with Josh Reddick, who started the chain reaction of the error, which lead to THREE unearned runs in the 3rd inning, which also lead to Erik Bedard throwing way too many pitches, resulting the Sox bullpen having to pitch 2/3 of this game, which meant Daniel Bard was in the 7th inning, rather than the 8th, thereby causing Papelbon to have to get 5 outs, instead of 3…

    2A.  Of course, Erik Bedard should have been able to hold it together after the error and get one more out, not spit the bit, throw 37, 000 more pitches and give up a buttload of runs…

    2B. And, yes, it’s Jonathan Papelbon’s JOB to get those outs at the end of the game, and it’s little consolation that this is only his 2nd blown save, and his first one in 25 tries–the Sox desperately needed that win, and, up until last night, he was one of the few pitchers the Sox had that hasn’t melted down…

    3. But Kudos are in order to Daniel Bard, who had another great 7th inning last night. Got into some trouble in the 8th, which Papelbon was not able to get out of, which resulted in his 9th loss of the season, but he seems to have worked out his mechanical issue that had turned him into John Wasdin…

    4. Heard a good joke: Who is taxed more than the American middle class? The Red Sox bullpen…Yeah…AHEM…

    5. There may be a bright spot on the horizon: That Clay Person threw a simulated game yesterday of 32 pitches, at about 85-90% intensity and his back didn’t fall off or anything. He weighs in: “Location wasn’t what it should be, which is expected, but the ball’s coming out of my hand [well] and [there’s] no problem with the back. It feels good.” Next step, if all goes well is another bullpen session, at all out intensity… After that, a start may very well be in the cards. Hey, the Sox need a started for the Skankee game on Sunday–honestly, could he do much worse? And really, what are the other options? Yukky Lackey? Erik Bedard? Josh Beckett on 4 days rest?

    6. Speaking of rest, if the Sox do somehow make it to the postseason, who starts Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday the 30th? If Beckett and Lester need to go all in to actually GET the Sox to the Postseason, then they would not be available until Game 2 and 3 respectively, unless Beckett goes in Game 1 on short rest. Then you still need a game 2 starter…The Sox need to start helping themselves NOW, so that the last few games don’t matter…

    7. I guess its time for me to weigh in on the whole Sox to the postseason thing. To me, this feels like 2005 all over again. The Sox will more than likely get to the dance (I would be surprised if they don’t) But unless some miracle occurs, and the Sox get back to where they were less than a month ago, they are not going to get out of the 1st round…Prove me wrong Red Sox, prove me wrong…

    8. Neato Stat: Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .434 lifetime against Baltimore, and has a hitting streak of 32 games, which goes back to April 2009. This breaks the club record for a Sox player against any team–EVER…Jake has been a HUGE bright spot in this season. He has completely recovered from him injuries of last year, and has grown in leaps and bounds as a player.

    9. So now Manny wants to play baseball in the Dominican. How nice for him. Matt Kemp actually said “It shows he loves this sport a lot” REALLY Matt? Have we learned NOTHING? The only thing Manny Loves–is MANNY…And as far as the alleged abuse charge–If he did it, I hope they lock him up–although I doubt they will…and all the Manny lovers have been oh so quiet since this happened…Still think Manny’s just a big lovable goofball?

    10. Finally, you have until Friday to win a copy of the 2004 AND 2007 World Series Films, in DVD or Blu-ray (your choice) Head on over to the review I did earlier in the week, and sign up. I have FIVE copies to give away. Good Luck!

    Coming up: The only pitcher the Sox have left that seems to win (or at least that is what it feels like anymore) is on the mound tonight. Josh Beckett, who really needs to throw a complete game, or at least get REALLY far into the game. Holy Buckets, if the Sox ever needed Josh to come up big, it’s this game…He is opposed by Tommy Hunter. 1st pitch 7:10

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