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  • April 25th, 2012

    Red Sox 11, Minnesota 2:
    Two in a Row!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:10 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    How sad is it that we get all sorts of grateful if our team with the $178 million payroll full of superstars, gets two wins in a row–Not sure my heart can stand it if they win 3 and actually sweep the reeling Twins….even more sad…

    Josh Beckett put in a good outing for his 2nd win of the season, going 6 strong, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits (including ZERO Homers!) while walking 3 and striking out 5. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes…

    And, shockingly, the bullpen did not implode and/or explode, with Atchison and Albers throwing 3 innings of 1 hit ball, with 3 strikeouts.

    And, apparently the Sox are keeping to their word: Daniel Bard, who ironically got his first win of 2012 coming out of the bullpen, not as a starter, is not available for tonight or tomorrow’s contest, and will start Friday night’s game in Chicago…

    And just because we needed some more crappy news: Carl Crawford is back in Boston, wanting a 2nd opinion on his ailing elbow, which apparently STILL isn’t good enough to start a throwing program…What’s next? I’m only 4?

    As always, Chad Finn provided some thought provoking stuff in his post the other day, here are my favorites:

    Based on a very small sample size, Mike Aviles gets WAY too little credit:

    Jed Lowrie: .229 average/.357 on-base/.257 slugging with one RBI in 42 plate-appearances.

    Marco Scutaro: .222/.300/.259 with one RBI in 61 plate-appearances.

    Mike Aviles: .294/.333/.471 with two homers and eight RBIs in 55 plate-appearances.

    Jose Iglesias (Triple A): .241/.333/.259, 1 double in 67 plate-appearances.

    And not only is Aviles doing a great job at shortstop and with his bat, THIS is what he has to say last night after going 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 doubles: “If I’m hitting ninth, first, it really doesn’t matter. I just try to have good at-bats and get on base, because I know if we keep the chain moving, with the guys we have on this team, the offense can explode like it has the last couple of nights.” Hear THAT Carl???

    And That Clay Person better watch his back, he needs to be successful for this team to do well, but Aaron Cook has been pitching beautifully in Pawtucket, and has an opt out clause that kicks in on May 1st. And after his last outing (1 run in 7 innings of work), and the fact that he is 3-0 with a sparkling 1.33 ERA at Triple A, the Sox would be CRAZY to let him go…AND, he is open to working out of the bullpen.

    So, c’mon management, DFA someone (take your pick) and send Aaron Cook up here–PRONTO…

    Daisuke is still on the path to righteousness, and, at the rate the Sox are going, he may be a big boost. After his 1st start in Single A Salem, where he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits (including 2 homers) in 4 innings, he moves to Single A Portland for his next start on Saturday–Pitchers can only rehab in the minor for 30 days, so the clock is ticking–he’ll be back with the Sox before June 1…

    Finally, if you have been looking for a Red Sox browser theme for your computer (I used to have one on Firefox, but then it became incompatible with newer versions), BrandThunder.com has just what you need: The Official MLB Red Sox Browser!

    Styled with the Sox logos and colors along with interactive elements to keep you updated on scores, breaking news & trades, and even links to tickets to games. The themes are free and are available for Chrome, Firefox or IE. Already got mine for Firefox, and it works great. Check it out!

    Coming up: The Sox try for their 3 win in a row, for only the 2nd time this year. That Clay Person makes his 4th start of the season–let’s hope he is finally going to get it together, because the first 3 outings, totaling 17 innings were abysmal with 17 runs on 23 hits, including SIX homers…and an ERA of 9.82…

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