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  • April 15th, 2013

    Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay 0:
    The Emergence of the Aces–as in PLURAL?

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:10 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    On behalf of Boston Red Thoughts, our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the explosions during today’s Boston Marathon.

    After Josh Beckett was traded to the Dodgers, the discussion began as to whether or not the Sox had a legitimate ace in Jon Lester. After all, prior to the meltdown in the Sept of 2011, and the subsequent debacle in 2012, Lester was one of the winningest lefties in all of baseball with a 54-23 record and a 3.40 ERA from 2007-2010. And he is certainly doing well this season, with a 2-0 record, and a sparking 1.42 ERA.

    And That Clay Person had a no-hitter on Sept 1st 2007 (I was on my honeymoon in Bermuda and missed the damn thing) in only his 2nd start in the bigs, but then he would struggle mightily, and we often wondered if he was just too much of a head case to be “that guy”… But over the years, we have seen flashes of brilliance (like his 17-7, 2.33 ERA  season in 2010)…and yesterday’s “6 outs away from no-hitter #2” gem that he tossed  against Tampa Bay, which included a career high 11 strikeouts. It was his 3rd win for 2013–and what is even more telling is the minuscule ERA of .41–Yep, like 41 cents…

    Is it really possible that 2013 maybe the year where Lester and Buchholz actually fulfill the promise of Ace 1 and Ace 1A? Intriguing thought, this…Because if that is the case, I may have to revise my “83 wins, won’t make the postseason”-because those 2 pitching this well, could be a game changer…

    John Lackey, who can come off the DL next Monday the 22nd, hasn’t even started throwing again yet, although the tightness in his strained bicep seems to be lessening. He is expected to start playing catch later this week, and will be have at least 1 minor league start before he comes back. So, confidence is not high it will be a week from now…

    Speaking of minor league rehab, Big Papi will once again be delayed, as he was a scratch from yesterday’s game due to illness. He has played 2 for Pawtucket, going 3 for 7 with 3 RBI’s in that span. The Sox want him to be able to slide without incident, and get in 20-30 bats before he will join the big club…

    In today’s Patriot’s day contest, the Sox completed their sweep of Tampa Bay (not sure if 2 games should count as a sweep, but OK…), with a score of 3-2, with Mike Napoli being the hero, scoring Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the 9th, for the 2nd walk off win in as many days for the Sox

    Ryan Dempster, still after his elusive 1st win in a Red Sox uniform, pitched 7 brilliant innings of 1 hit ball, certainly well enough for the win, and would have had it, if Andrew Bailey (who could be heir apparent to Hanrahan is he needs to go on the DL for his right hamstring issue)hadn’t given up the tying run in the 9th.

    The rest of Dempster’s line: 101 pitches, 63 for strikes giving up 2 hits (including a solo shot to Eva(n) Longoria (naturally–its ALWAYS Longoria) while striking out a season high 10, and walking 2. He has also managed to lower his ERA to a respectable 2.65…

    Maybe not a “30 win guy” but it he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll win more than he loses…

    Today is also Jackie Robinson Day, and he will be honored with ceremonies during all 9 games today. The Sox and Tampa Bay all wore #42 (as will the Sox again tomorrow vs Cleveland) and Monday, ceremonial first pitches were thrown by Carl Cruz and Khalid Bilal, descendants of soldiers from the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Volunteer Infantry, which was the first military unit consisting of black soldiers to be raised in the North during the Civil War..

    And the streak of consecutive sellouts FINALLY ended last week–Thankfully. Listed as 794 regular season and 26 postseason contests for a total of 820, the “streak” dates back to May 15th 2003. Personally, my idea of “sold out” and the Red Sox idea is vastly different, especially when I would see SO many seats open, while they are still bragging about the “longest sellout streak in history” Yeah, it was a sellout alright….

    Finally, Boston Red Thoughts (namely, me) will be sitting down with Dave Mitchell, of Ohio Baseball Weekly, and host of the BBA Baseball Talk Show, this Thursday evening around 9:20 to talk about all things Red Sox. I’ll post more info later this week, so stay tuned….

    Coming up: The Sox head to Cleveland for a quick 3-game road trip, where they will face Terry Francona’s new club for the first time. Felix Doubront, on 10 days rest, gets the start in game 1 against the Indians, opposed by Jimenez. First pitch: 7:05pm

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