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  • April 30th, 2013

    April 30, 2013:
    The best record in baseball…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:47 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets!

    As you know, my prediction for the 2013 campaign was that the Sox would win 83 games–and not make the postseason. And I was alright with that–as long this team was a team I could like. Because, as we all are painfully aware, the Boston Red Sox hadn’t been very likable as of late…

    So, if you had told me that on this last day of April, the Sox would have a sparkling 18-7 record, and have won every series they have played except for 2, and have NOT EVEN BEEN SWEPT YET, I would have told you that you were a Stark. Raving. Lunatic…

    And I would have probably called you something MUCH stronger if you told me that John Lackey, (JOHN LACKEY!?), would have a 1-1 record with a 2.61 ERA to start off the season, after having one of the worst records for a starter in all of baseball in 2011. But it’s true; fresh off his DL stint for the right bicep strain, he pitched a 6-inning, 1 -run gem on Sunday, securing the sweep against the hapless Astros.

    The rest of his line: 5 hits, with 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He threw an economical 81 Pitches, 56 for strikes….

    And the bullpen returned to their dominance, with 3 innings of 2-hit ball…

    I was so sorry to hear that David and Tiffany Ortiz are divorcing after 9 years and 3 kids together. Big Papi weighs in: “I’m going to separate things. Whatever is happening to me off the field is happening, but I try not to confuse that and bring that into my job. I know how to separate things. Personal life matters, and hopefully everybody respects that.” And, for now, it seems to be working: As of Sunday’s contest, in 8 games, he is hitting .516 with two homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.400 OPS…1.400!!

    Neato Stats: Some Sox players broke some team records for this month of April: Mike Napoli, with 18 extra base hits, and 13 doubles, and Jacoby Ellsbury had 11 (yes, ELEVEN) steals this month!

    And how bout Daniel Nava?? He was the feel good story of 2010, hitting a Grand Slam off his first PITCH in the majors, after and never even supposed to have GOTTEN to the majors. Now, he’s batting .310, which is 11th in the AL, 2nd of the Sox, and he has really developed as a steady and dependable outfielder…which the Sox need, since Shane Victorino came up lame last week…

    And it looks like Shane Victorino may be able to avoid the DL for his balky lower back. The MRI only shows inflammation in the area, and no structural damage. He has been receiving treatment, and is getting better, so the Sox are hoping he’ll be able to play soon. He hasn’t been in a game in nearly a week, so a DL stint, retroactive, wouldn’t be that bad…

    Daniel Bard is back to the minors, as the Sox activate Joel Hanrahan from the DL, where he has been since mid April with hamstring issues…I didn’t get a chance to see him pitch this weekend, but my friend Paul from Boston said he looks like a head case-and is still VERY inconsistent, and much slower…

    Tonight: The Sox hope to close this great April out with a 19-7 record, as they kick off a 3-game series against the “looked-much-better-on-paper-but-now-reality-kicks-in” Toronto, who they took 2 out of 3 from at the beginning of the season. Jon Lester looks to match That Clay Person with win #5, opposed by Brandon Morrow. First pitch: 7:07pm…

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