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  • May 9th, 2012

    Red Sox 4, Kansas City 6:
    Can’t even beat the crappy teams…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:08 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Remember when the Sox had pitchers like Curt Schilling, and Pedro, and even Josh Beckett a couple of year ago? These were pitchers that, when they came up in the rotation, you always expected them to win, and when they didn’t, you were shocked.

    The Boston Red Sox don’t have ANY of those pitchers anymore. The closest is still Josh Beckett, but I don’t trust him anymore. It’s not that I don’t think he has the stuff anymore, because I do. I think he could still be an ace. I just don’t think he cares anymore–and that is even worse…

    Daniel Bard did pretty well yesterday–but the devil is in the details. The TWO balks in the 2nd inning lead to 3 runs being scored, which was bad enough, but he did himself no favors with the 4 walks, and then he got tired in the 8th inning, and was pulled from the game with 2 runners left on base. AND, as these things usually go, the bullpen couldn’t pick him up, and Matt Albers, as he has oh so often in the past, allowed the 2 inherited runners to score, giving Daniel Bard his 4th loss of the year. But at least Alber’s sparkling 1.84 ERA is still intact (YUK)–I actively HATE the whole inherited runner scoring rules as they are currently written…ACTIVELY.

    Bard’s line: Throwing 96 pitches, 60 for strikes, he went 7+ innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 1, AND he threw a wild pitch…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s been 23 years since 2 balks were called in an inning on a Red Sox pitcher, John Dopson did it in June of 1989 against the Tigers…

    And Will Middlebrooks, who is STILL hitting the cover off the ball, couldn’t try and save the day (again), as he was pulled in the 2nd inning when his left hamstring tightened up again…

    More than likely only 1 more rehab start for Daisuke, and then the Sox have to decide who is going to go in the starting rotation–or at least move somewhere else…His last start, on Monday night was brilliant, throwing a 2 hitter in 4 2/3 innings while walking 3. He only threw 84 pitches, 49 for strikes… His next start for Pawtucket is on Saturday…

    And if I had my druthers, the Sox would send That Clay Person to Pawtucket to work his crap out…Probably won’t happen, but it’s a good idea…

    And apparently Josh Beckett’s lat is all better, as he threw his bullpen session this week with incident, and is scheduled to make his next start on Thursday against Cleveland. But then again, his arm might be about ready to come off, and he may not tell anyone…

    Finally, a moment of silence please, for Red Sox announcer, Carl Beane, who was killed in a car accident in Sturbridge today. Most famously known for his “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to Fenway Park”, Beane, 59, has been the voice of Fenway Park since 2003. Godspeed Carl…

    Coming up: The rubber match in KC, with Jon Lester taking the mound, opposed by Bruce Chen. You remember him, the Sox wanted to sign him to get them to the postseason during last year’s September collapse–good times! I reallyREALLY hope Lester gets himself together–he is better than this. 1st pitch 8:10pm…

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