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  • April 17th, 2012

    Red Sox 0, Tampa Bay 1:
    Not Closing the Deal…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:50 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While I am thrilled that The Daniel Bard Experiment took a positive turn and that the Sox actually won 3 in a row (When is the last time they did THAT?) over the weekend, I am disappointed that they couldn’t drive that final nail in the Tampa Bay coffin and take the sweep. After all, they outscored them 31-11 in the 3 games previous, but could not even scrape up a run or 2 in support of Bard, who pitched brilliantly?

    His line for the outing: 6 2/3 innings, throwing 111 pitches, 63 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while hitting a batter, walking 7 and striking out 7. Yes, the SEVEN walks are troubling, especially since the last one was to Eva(n) Longoria (who always seems to be right in the mix when Tampa Bay beats the Sox) to score the only run in the contest. But the fact that he kept them to 1 run is pretty impressive. And, as I said last week for Jon Lester: If Daniel Bard continues to pitch like this, he will win more than he loses…

    I do think that Bobby Valentine left him in too long. Here is a kid who has never started before last week–did he really need to throw 111 pitches in the 2nd start of his professional career, on a day where over 4000 people opted OUT of the Boston Marathon because of the heat? I’m not saying baby him, but I think it’s a very long season, and you don’t want a dead arm, or heat issues, or a 2-week DL stint because his arm is spent….

    But, unfortunately, that is not the worst think Bobby Valentine did yesterday. Apparently, he felt the need to call Kevin Youkilis out, questioning his commitment to the game, saying:

    “I don’t think he’s physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past, for some reason” Yikes! If Kevin Youkilis can be accused of anything its being TOO committed, TOO passionate…Of course, Bobby backed right off those comments, and apologized to Youk, but seemed a bit taken aback that Youk didn’t accept his apology. Really??? I would not be the least bit surprised if Youk carries this FOREVER…

    But I love love LOVE what Dustin Pedroia had to say about it: “I know that Youk plays as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen in my life. I have his back and his teammates have his back and we know how hard he plays. I don’t really understand what Bobby’s trying to do, but that’s really not the way we go about our stuff here. I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon.” Think he is actively missing Tito as much as we are?

    Holy Buckets, the Sox have played 10 games and already there is dissention. And ya know what boys? You have only yourselves to blame…Not all of you, but because of the September nonsense of a few of you last year you lost your BEST MANAGER EVER…

    But apparently, Bobby talked to Pedroia, and to Youk, and Ben Cherington got involved, so everything is all A-OK…Yeah–until something else happens. And I think with Bobby Valentine, there is always something else…

    As we all know, Jacoby Ellsbury is on the DL for at least 6-8 weeks, hoping that the dislocation of his shoulder can heal without the season-ending surgery. The Sox are still running tests, but until it calms down and the swelling subsides, they won’t have any definitive info…But, I just don’t have a good feeling about. I hope I am completely wrong, but I don’t think I am…

    But in any event, I will say this: Carl Crawford had better come up BIG–with Jake out, he will have the chance to prove he can be an important, contributing member of the Boston Red Sox–he’ll probably get to bat lead-off, so that excuse is out. Put up, or shut up Carl–this is your moment–if you ever get off the DL…

    Finally, from our friends at eTrue Sports, we finally hear what is REALLY going on with Roger Clemens. Apparently, he has asked for a “mulligan” from the Supreme Court on the charges that are hanging over his head: “Johnny, I goofed up, ” an apologetic Roger Clemens said he told U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts in a private weekend meeting where Clemens asked for a “mulligan” from the Supreme Court.

    “I told JR in Texas if a man is big enough to admit he’s wrong, well, dang, you should be cuttin’ that man some slack,” explained Clemens.

    “So I asked Johnny to talk to the rest of the Supreme Court folks and tell them to let me go. He said he’d think about it.”

    Moments later, a TV news producer interrupted the press conference to report that Justice Roberts had just issued a statement calling Clemens a “delusional fruitcake.”

    You can read the whole story here

    Coming up: A quick 2 day series with the Rangers, starting tonight with Jon Lester on the mound, still trying to get his first win of the 2012 campaign, despite 2 strong outings this year. He is opposed by Colby Lewis. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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