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  • July 9th, 2012

    Red Sox 3, Skanks 7:
    Out with a Whimper…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox basically ended the first half of the season the way they have played it all year: wading through molasses, and at .500. Losing 3 out of 4 to the Skanks certainly didn’t help matters…

    What also didn’t help matters was the fact that Dustin Pedroia finally torqued his thumb in a way that put him on the DL–the same DL he could have been on a month ago–a compensatory injury? Perhaps…

    And what in holy hell is wrong with Jon Lester? Already KNOW what’s wrong with Josh Beckett, but Jon has me completely flummoxed. I know this is an alternate reality season–how else could Cliff Lee–freaking CLIFF LEE–have only gotten his first win OF THE SEASON–THIS WEEK. (Yeah, go back and read that again)

    But Jon Lester is currently 5-6 with a 4.49 ERA, and he could not even get out of the 5th inning last night, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits while walking 2, hitting a batter, and striking out 6…Oh, and he threw 101 pitches, 56 for strikes, which is horrible for him–that is only about 55%–he is usually at about 70%…And how bout Terry Francona in the booth, calling this debacle…and it was so sad when he talked about Jon Lester, and how when Jon was going through his cancer treatments he would text him at the same time every week, to let him know how he was doing. And you could just HEAR the affection for this kid in his voice–which makes Lester’s part in last year’s September collapse all the more heartbreaking…

    To be fair, there were a few nice moments over the weekend. Pedro Ciriaco, called up to replace Dustin Pedroia, had the night of his life on Saturday night, going 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs score, 4 RBI’s, a stolen base. He also started at shortstop, and was error free. One of those feel good stories in a season where the Sox need more of those.

    And, despite the fact that Saltalamacchia struck out 4 times on Saturday night, he made 2 brilliant catches in foul territory to preserve the only win the Sox had in this series.

    And the miscues by Jeter, which are so much fun, because they are oh so very rare…

    And despite the fact that I think Vincente Padilla is a jerk, and I as much as I hate having him as a member of the Boston Red Sox, I cannot stand Mark Toxemia even more, so their escalating feud, especially Padilla’s quote “If he has a base hit, he cries, if he doesn’t, he cries…not even women complain as much as him.” is pretty amusing…good times…

    But for the most part, the weekend was pretty sucky–the pitching was mediocre to downright abysmal, there were very few timely hits, and it was just…UGH.

    It looks like Jacoby Ellsbury may be back very soon, even as soon as Friday night, and That Clay Person is slated to pitch on Saturday night against Tampa Bay, but Carl Crawford had yet ANOTHER setback–this time it’s a groin pull, which means he is shut down for at least 5 days, and THEN will start his rehab again. Oh, and did we mention that he needs Tommy John surgery, and that his balky elbow could blow out, literally at any moment?

    So I guess the 64 THOUSAND dollar question is–why the HELL didn’t he just get the surgery when all this nonsense started? I know, I know, he is saying he wants to help the team, but I am betting you, dollars to donuts, that if he actually DOES make it back, he’ll last 10 games–MAX. I know I suck at making predictions, but I am going to make this one…

    Truly Carl, go have the surgery–Let Daniel Nava have the rest of the season. He is doing a great job, works hard, and is really happy to be a citizen of the Nation.

    As they did with Tim Wakefield, the Sox will have a day to honor former Captain and Catcher Jason Varitek. Called “Thanks, Tek Day”, it will take place on July 21st, prior to the 7:10 game against Toronto…

    Coming up: No Red Sox baseball until they take on Tampa Bay in Florida on Friday night. I, for one, am pretty relieved. I hate watching them play like this, but it’s like a massive train wreck–I can’t look away….The trade deadline is in 3 weeks, maybe Ben will do SOMETHING to wake this team out of its stupor-but if his past behavior is any indication, that outcome is unlikely. Like I told someone today–I don’t think he has the stones to pull the trigger…

    So now we get to watch the Home Run Derby, of which Robinson Cano is the AL team captain, and listen to Chris Berman and his infernal “Back Back Back”. Ya know what? I think I may just stab myself in the eye instead…

    Y.U.K…

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