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  • June 4th, 2012

    Red Sox 1, Toronto 5:
    5, 1, 5, 6, 2, 2, 1

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:40 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    THAT, my friends, is the terrible horrible awful line from The Daniel Bard Experiment Yesterday. 5 outs (or 1 2/3 inning for those of you playing along at home) giving up 5 runs on ONE hit (which just happened to be a 3-run shot to Jose Bautista) while walking SIX, striking out 2, and hitting 2 batters, one nearly in the FACE.. Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia said it best: “How do you like facing a guy who throws that hard who doesn’t know where it is going?…” Holy Hell…

    All of this magic happened over 55 pitches (24 for strikes). How often can you say that your starting pitcher gave up more free passes (EIGHT) than actual OUTS (5)? These are the types of lines we laugh about when other teams have them…

    I’m not laughing…and I think it’s pretty safe to say the DB Experiment is an EPIC Fail…But the question is, what the hell do the Sox do with him? He can’t find the strike zone, that is not going to change whether he’s pitching 1 inning or 7–and the bullpen isn’t completely horrible these days, and actually are doing quite well, with their best month since 2007(!!) in May, with a 2.37 ERA. I cannot imagine they would really want to start messing with THAT cake…

    Daisuke will be back soon, he can take the spot in the rotation do they send Bard to Pawtucket, like they did with Melancon, so he can get his sh*t together? Because something has to give–he is of no use to anyone this way…

    And while the Sox lost the final game of the series, missing yet another sweep (just cannot seem to put that final nail in the coffin) it could have been a blood bath yesterday, completely roaching the bullpen, but pleasant surprise Franklin Morales (who actually prevent 3 MORE inherited runners from scoring, which would have brought Bard’s total to even more abysmal numbers) pitched 4 1/3 innings of 2 hit ball, while striking out 4…

    So instead of being completely out of the cellar in the AL East, they now share that honor with Toronto, with both teams 3.0 games behind Tampa Bay…

    And the Cookies are on an impressive downward spiral, having lost the last 9 out of 12 games…And people actually thought they would contend…OK, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, what with the end of the world and all…

    According to Dustin Pedroia, the swelling has gone down, they got him a couple of braces, he can hit with them, and he will be playing in Tuesday’s contest–and it really may happen. Hell, he almost went into Saturday’s game when Mike Aviles got hit in the hand in the 4th inning. Can I just say for the record that I am THRILLED with dirt doggedness (is that a word? Is now..). No one plays harder than Dustin Pedroia–but maybe some more time for healing? I am just concerned he will hurt it again, and then he will need surgery like Youk did, and the Sox will lose him for the season. And I think we all know, that if the Sox are going anywhere, it won’t be without Pedroia…I’ll just be holding my breath for the rest of the 2012 campaign, so elbow me or something if I start turning blue…

    Mark Prior made his Pawtucket debut Saturday night, pitching a scoreless inning in the 2nd game of their doubleheader. Throwing 23 pitches (14) for strikes, he struck out and walked 1…

    The draft starts today, and apparently the rules have changed, which is a disadvantage for the Sox–and that is all I am going to say about that, because I completely and utterly do not understand the whole draft concept–makes no sense to me…NONE…

    Neato Stat: Scott Atchison, with 1 hit 7th yesterday, has now pitched 19 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Which means that he’ll get lit up for like NINE runs in his next outing…

    Coming up: A day off, then Jon Lester takes the mound at the Fens for the 1st of 3 games against the Oreos. Lester has a shiny 14-0 record in 19 starts against the ballclub. Let’s hope that trend continues. He is opposed by Jason Hammel. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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