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  • July 2nd, 2012

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 1, in 10 Innings:
    This should not be this hard…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:42 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! Maybe it was the middle of the night games, but I don’t know what’s worse, leaving the dreadful Mariners with a SPLIT, or the fact that there were only 14 runs scored over FOUR GAMES–for both teams COMBINED…

    Thursday night was a brilliant pitchers duel between one of the best, and the young, still-proving himself Franklin Morales. And the kid didn’t blink, going 7 strong, pretty much going pitch for pitch with King Felix for 7 innings..If his performance is not making a compelling case to stay in the rotation, I don’t know what will…

    But the rest of the weekend (with the exception of Aaron Cook’s 2 hit, 81 pitch complete gem), felt like they were just going through the motions–or molasses…it was completely uninspired…

    And I am having BIG concerns that Felix Doubront is hitting a wall. He hasn’t thrown this many pitches in a season since 2008–is he tired? He’s only 24, how can he be tired?  One this is certain his effectiveness is waning, as it took him 103 pitches (61 for strikes) to get through 4 1/3 innings. And in that span he gave up 1 run on 3 hits, but he walked FIVE, hit a batter, and struck out 4…and June 8th he has made 5 starts, and 2-2 with a 5.93 ERA, and 2 of those games , he could not even get to the 5th inning….

    So Big Papi made the All-Star cut (no surprise there) AND THAT’S IT. For the 1st time in 11 years, the Sox have ONE All-Star player. I was hoping Saltalamacchia’s exemplary play in the 1st half would be recognized, but Mike Napoli (fan ballot), Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters (reserves) were chosen instead… There is always a change injuries could result in a naming, but since the All-Star team already HAS 3 catchers, it seems unlikely…

    Not sure why I am not surprised. 2 out of 3 of the players that were listed on the ballot for the Red Sox outfield are on the DL; Youk is gone, Middlebrooks wasn’t around early or long enough, Mike Aviles isn’t sexy enough (for voting fans, anyway). Thought Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzales may have had a shot, but this is what happens when you have a team with one of the highest payrolls in baseball, and they are mediocre at best…People are not particularly motivated to vote….

    But its nice to see that Big Papi isn’t going to do the home run derby again this year–he needs to save his strength if the Sox have any hope of making a go of this after the break…

    And, if nothing else, the team will be WELL RESTED, as its 4 days off again this year…

    And how bout Tim Wakefield doing the analyst thing for NESN? He was on Saturday night for the pre-show coverage with TC and Jim Ed…Didn’t get to see it, but I am sure he was wonderful….he’s a smart guy, and knows pitching…Hope he has a long career ahead of him in broadcasting…

    I was sad to see that Darnell McDonald lost the 25 man lottery, being DFA’ed to make room for Josh Beckett on Saturday night. Its was either him or Daniel Nava, and Daniel is ON FIRE right now, so that wasn’t going to happen…He weighed in via Twitter: “Dream come true to play in Boston want to wish my boys good luck the rest of the year!” Good Luck and Godspeed Darnell. You were a great citizen of the Nation, and you will be missed…

    And what in holy hell is going on with Daniel Bard? More of the same, apparently. On Friday night, in 1/3 of an inning, he threw 26 pitches, NINE for strikes. And walked 3 batters, and hit another. Honestly, does he need glasses like the Wild Thing? Or does he have the yips??? Or is “it” just gone? Whatever it is, they had better figure it out fast, or he is going to be a COMPLETE headcase…and completely useless…

    Finally, the Fellow BBA‘ers Fenway Nation have opened up The Great Dalton Jones Average Experiment, or the DJIA, to the general membership, and Red Sox Nation. What is the DJIA, you ask? Its a composite index that measures the “Mood of the Nation” via a select panel of 50 members worldwide. Historically, it’s been a pretty good barometer of confidence in the Red Sox. If you want to vote, you can do so here

    Coming up: Daisuke, who gave up only 1 run in 5 2/3 innings of work, but only got a non decision in his last start, hopes to build on that outing, as he faces Oakland tonight. Will the 5th time be the charm? He is opposed by Jarrod Parker. First pitch: The middle of the night. (10:05pm)

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