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  • March 18th, 2013

    Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay 1,
    Red Sox 3 , Pittsburgh, 4:
    Closer and Closer

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:50 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Some thoughts 14 days from Opening Day:

    Well, if yesterdays game was any indication, one of the essential pieces to the Red Sox success is in place for the 2013 campaign: Jon Lester is on the path of righteousness.

    How bout THIS line: 79 pitches, 53 for strikes over 6 brilliant innings of PERFECT baseball, including 5 strikeouts…

    That Clay Person also had a great game in today’s loss vs the Pirates. Pitching 5 strong, he gave up 1 run on 1 hits (the solo shot to Neil Walker) while walking 2 and striking out 4…

    With today’s lost, the Sox have a 12-10-1 Grapefruit League Record for 2013.

    And while the pitching seems to be falling into place–the injury bug is never far away, as it looks like another DL stint for Big Papi is imminent, and Stephen Drew is channeling his brother, and can’t shake the concussion injury sustained when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch on March 7th. I know I had a mild concussion 10 years ago and it took a good 6-8 weeks for the dizziness to completely go away. and that was just from banging my head off the car as I was getting into it–it wasn’t getting hit in the head with a fastball…

    But the silver lining? We may get the see Jackie Bradley, Jr in the bigs, sooner, rather than later. And Jose Inglesias, who has been at least hitting above the Mendoza line this spring (.237/.275/.474) may be the starting shortstop on Opening Day 2013. Also Ryan Lavarnway could stay as the 2nd catcher, allowing Jarrod Saltalamacchia to DH in Big Papi’s stead…

    Speaking of starting, this could very well be the starting 9 in 14 days:

    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Shane Victorino RF
    Dustin Pedroia 2B
    Mike Napoli 1B
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia DH
    Will Middlebrooks 3B
    Jonny Gomes LF
    David Ross C
    Jose Iglesias SS

    Is it good enough? No way to tell for sure..but I think its better than last year. And if we can get David Ortiz and Drew right–and no more injuries, I think they will do ok..Not expecting greatness this year–just a team I like, and that is fun to watch play…

    No more injuries–not asking for much, are we???

    Remember how much fun Julian Tavarez was to watching pitch? The pointing, the head rubbing with David Ortiz? He was batsh*t crazy, but he was never mean. Alfredo Aceves is like his freaking evil twin–oh sure, he can be entertaining (wearing a cup when not pitching in case there is a fight) but then there is the whole “devil in his eyes” thing during the fight between Mexico and Canada in the WBC last week.

    Finally, got some new stuff for you I came across over the weekend. We all knew it was just a matter of time, but check out Life After Bobby. Some good stuff there…

    Also, if you are looking for a great gift for your favorite Red Sox fan (or any other team for that matter, check out Fan Watches. I want one of each…

    And just because the world needs another omelet named after a famous person–head on over to the South Street Diner on Kneeland Street, on opening day, April 8th for the “Joel Hamraham & Pepper Omelet”, in honor the Sox’s new closer. The creation is an egg white omelet with red peppers (Sox colors, natch) and ham. and its even healthy, until you order the bacon and home fries to go with it…AND, when he gets the save or the win, the price is $5.20, like his #52..get it?

    Coming up: The face the Oreos at home tomorrow, with Ryan Dempster getting the start, opposed by Brian Matusz for the cookies. Also slated to pitch are Junichi Tazawa, Daniel Bard and Terry Doyle. 1st pitch 1:35pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay 1,
    Red Sox 3 , Pittsburgh, 4:
    Closer and Closer”

    1. Kurt Smith says:

      That’s not a bad looking starting nine if the Sox stay healthy. But boy the Blue Jays are loaded. Gonna be a tough division this season.

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