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  • April 30th, 2012

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 3:
    6 out of 7…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:06 pm in Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Can’t really complain that the Sox lost a single game on this 7 game road trip, despite the fact that their .500 record lasted less than 24 hours. If they win more series than they lose (with a few sweeps thrown in for good measure), the Sox will be in very good shape for 2012.

    Now, they just have to keep winning, and start beating better teams…

    Josh Beckett, who seems to have once again gotten his own personal catcher in Kelly Shoppach (who even looks like Jason Varitek), was competent in what was his 3rd loss of the season. Throwing 126 pitches (yikes!) 85 for strikes, Josh went 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (including the ubiquitous homer) while waling 3 and striking out 1. Certainly good enough to hold up to a sportbook review, and certainly good enough for the win.

    Unfortunately, Gavin Floyd was completely unhittable through 6 1/3 innings, with Dustin Pedroia finally breaking the seal in the 7th inning with a base hit, which lead to the only run the Sox were able to score in the contest…

    The large amount of pitches Beckett, and the night before for Jon Lester (122) are a bit troubling this early in the season. Not sure if this is how Bobby Valentine operates, under higher pitch counts, or he is still a bit gun shy about the bullpen, but at this rate, their arms are going to be dead before the All-Star break…

    And tomorrow should be interesting, as it’s the day that Aaron Cook can opt out of his minor league contract and become a free agent–and honestly, why wouldn’t he? He is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA, and 13 strikeouts–and had another great outing over the weekend–why would he continue to languish in AAA ball, when he could get real money (and probably a starting job) somewhere else? He says he is open to relieving, but he has had shoulder issues in the past, which might not be conducive to the every day, up and down that is a bullpen guy…

    And then there is Daisuke, whose 30 day rehab clock is ticking in the minors, and is progressing well, throwing 4 2/3 innings of 1 run ball in AA Portland, with his next stop Pawtucket. He absolutely IS NOT a bullpen guy…so where are they going to put HIM?

    I know there is no such thing as too much pitching, and at the end of the year last year, this would have been a boon for them–but in May?

    I guess sometimes a change of season DOES help. Since being traded from the Cubbies last weekend, Marlon Byrd is hitting .333 his 1st week in a Red Sox uniform and thrilled to be a part of the Boston Red Sox: “I knew this was a good team and built to win. I’ve played against everybody on this team before and played with some of them. I had an idea that I was getting involved with something that would be special.’’ He was hitting .070 (yes, like 70 cents) with the Cubs…

    Rich Hill returned from his Tommy John surgery over the weekend (he had his within a week of Daisuke), and gave up his 1st run in the a Red Sox uniform, breaking his 12 scoreless inning streak…He weighs in on this return: “I didn’t really know at the time as far as how long it was going to take with the rehab process, but as soon as you start throwing…and you kind of stay where you’re at at every segment. You don’t try to get too far ahead of yourself. You don’t try to push the envelope with the rehab process.” Justin “why-the-hell-was-he-in-the-Red-Sox-bullpen-anyway” Thomas and his 7.71 ERA were optioned to Pawtucket…

    Finally, the Sox will be doing the special ceremony thing for Tim Wakefield, on May 15, before the 4:05 game against Seattle. Named “Thanks, Wake Day”, the pregame ceremony will be approximately 30 minutes before the contest…

    Coming up: That Clay Person takes the mound to kick off the 6-game home stand, and 3-game series against Oakland, opposed by Tommy Milone. 1st pitch 7:10pm.

    Let’s hope Buchholz can do something with that oh-so icky 8.49 ERA….

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