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  • April 18th, 2013

    Post #1301: Red Sox 6, Cleveland 3:
    Lots and LOTS of Red Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:37 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Shameless Plug: Join me tonight at 9:10pm, EST, as I sit down with Dave Mitchell of BBA Baseball Talk to talk chat Boston, the Red Sox, and Boston Red Thoughts. The show is broadcast on Ultimate Sports Talk and you can find it here. Then, just click on “Listen Live” and you’re all set. Hope you can join us!

    And I completely missed the boat yesterday that my review of Closer was my 1300th post. Consequently, we are celebrating Post #1301…Never thought I would write 1300 posts on ANYTHING… Yay!

    So, the Sox won their 5th game in a row, and are currently the owner of a gaudy .714 winning %–and #1 in the AL East…At this pace , they are projected to win about 110 games–Yeah, right… heh heh heh…

    It’s early, but starting record of 10-4 is a damn sight better than the 4-10 start of the 2012 campaign–and this team is INFINTELY more likeable…

    Alfredo Aceves did a competent job for his first win in 2 years, even if he did completely run out of gas in the 6th inning, allowing Nick Shankapotomous and Jason Giambi back to back homers. What a surreal scene that was–like a strange alternate reality where the Sox and the Skanks are all intertwined and shit…VERY weird…

    The rest of his line: 106 pitches, over 5+ innings, 64 for strikes, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits (including the 2 homers) while walking and striking out 3.

    And the bullpen was NAILS again, with Tazawa, Uehara and Andrew Bailey contributing to 4 innings of NO hit ball, with EIGHT strikeouts!

    One of my fondest wishes EVER–a lights out bullpen! Whoo Hoo!

    While he has always been one of my favorites, it was nice to see the Sox get to Justin Masterson, who got his first loss of 2013, and saw his ERA rise to 1.67…

    John Lackey graduated to long toss at 130 feet yesterday, with some throwing off a mound on tap for tomorrow. Still no definitive return date, but it won’t be next Monday, when he could come off the DL…The earliest I would thing would be next weekend–and that is if everything goes right…

    Speaking of going right, David Ortiz is feeling better, and is excited to play again tonight. There is a VERY good possibility we will have the Large Father back during the upcoming homestand–and sooner rather than later. While the team is doing exceptionally well, what team isn’t better with Big Papi in the lineup?

    Is it just me, or was Joel Hanrahan’s placement on the DL Tuesday pretty stealthy? Maybe I just missed the boat, but it seemed pretty quiet for a closer on the #1 team in the AL East. He has started playing catch at 90 feet with no pain or issues, he is eligible to be activated on May 1st–let’s hope that’s enough time…But that gives the other guys that much time to prove why THEY should be the closer instead…Knuckleballer Steve Wright was called up to replace him on the roster…

    Mike Carp, in his first start this season (he was also the last Sox player to play this year), played 1st base, and went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and a stand up triple…

    And it’s never a good thing when it happens, and even less so when it happens to our own: 2 Red Sox minor leaguers have been banned for 50 games for violation of the drug policy, Red Sox’ Dominican Summer League pitcher Gerson Bautista, and Single A Salem pitcher Miguel Pena…Honestly, why do players think they can still beat the system, when they can’t???

    Coming up: Jon Lester hopes to build on his beautiful beginning to the season (2-0 with a 1.42 ERA) and to sweep the Indians in game 3 of the series. He opposed by Zach McAllister. 1st pitch: 7:05pm…

    One Response to “Post #1301: Red Sox 6, Cleveland 3:
    Lots and LOTS of Red Dots…”

    1. Sarah says:

      Glad to hear that David Ortiz is okay! Yehey!

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