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  • October 1st, 2012

    Red Sox 3, Oreos 6:
    Giving up the Ghost…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:04 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Although the Oreo wins have left them tied for first place in the AL East with the Skanks, I felt like the Sox just laid down and let the cookies walk all over them.

    I know this season no longer matters–but there is something called PRIDE, and with yesterday’s loss, the Sox sit at 90 LOSES for the 2012 campaign–kind of ironic, as they had 90 WINS last year…

    Lost season, indeed…

    And remember how we thought that trading the brooding Kevin Youkilis would help this team, sort of like Nomar in 2004? Think again. It was the perfect storm: He didn’t have a position, because the Sox had Adrian Gonzalez, and the on-fire Will Middlebrooks, and then the Sox trade him, and Middlebrooks breaks his wrist and is done for the season, and Gonzalez is traded to the Dodgers. They traded him for an infielder (Brent Lillibridge) and a starter (Zach Stewart), and they quickly trade Lillibridge for a minor leagues relief pitcher, who, to be fair, is doing very well in Pawtucket (in 12 appearance, Jose De La Torre, has gone 1-0, with a 2.45 ERA.

    And then there is the starter, Zach Stewart, who makes John Lackey look like the ace he once was. 2 Starts for the Sox, including yesterday’s debacle. Neither start could he clear the 3rd inning, and he is 0-2 with a 8.58 ERA, which, while abysmal, is much better than the 27.00 he had after his first start, when he gave up 9, (yes, NINE) runs in 3 innings of work…

    So Daniel Bard blames playing in Boston as the reason he could not make it as a starter: “Maybe in a different market, for a different team, where there wasn’t that pressure, where there wasn’t media coverage (I would have succeeded as a starter) Every fricking flat-ground, every bullpen, every pitch I threw in a spring training game, I got questioned about.. Different things, and it makes you overthink everything and I think that’s where I started trying to turn into a starter rather than just pitching my role.” Interesting. Maybe Daniel, just maybe, it’s because you completely lost your velocity and control? Hmmm? Nope, must be the media…’cause it’s ALWAYS the media…

    How is THIS for a Bizarro Stat: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit his 25th homer on Saturday night in the loss, is hitting .225, with an OBP of .291. So, apparently, all he does is hit homers. If they could work on his plate discipline, I think he would be a VERY dangerous hitter–and for a catcher, that is HUGE…

    And, all the Sox have to do to match their 7-20 September of 2011 is lose one more game–I and totally sure THAT won’t be a problem…

    Finally, I hear that Terry Francona is writing a tell-all, with Dan Shaughnessy–Uh, WHAT? UGH…I know I am going to HAVE to read this, but CHB, really???

    Coming up: The last 3 games of the season–against the Skanks. And chances are I will not watch 1 minute of it. Although, let’s think on this for a minute. Wouldn’t it be the coolest thing EVER if the Sox swept the Skanks, effectively booting them from the post season?

    Yeah, sure, like THAT would ever happen. And, at this point, that would be the ONLY thing that would offer ANY redemption for this pile o’crap of a season…

    That Clay Person gets the nod in Game 1, opposed by CC Sabathia. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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