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  • June 3rd, 2013

    Red Sox 3, Skanks 0:
    And the Trend Continues…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    As I mentioned when we went to the blackboard on Friday, while a sweep was wonderful to think about, I fully expected a repeat of the April Series–2 out of 3.

    And that is exactly what we got, keeping the Sox in 1st place, and pushing the Skanks down to 3rd place, a 1/2 game behind the Oreos, and 3 games behind the Sox. Still a long season, but the Sox are now leading the Skanks 4-2 in the 6 games played so far, and hopefully the dominance with continue…

    And last night, despite the 3 rain delays (1 for absolutely no reason), That Clay Person put on a clinic, pitching 5 innings of 2 hit ball, while walking 1 and striking out 4. He threw 71 pitches, 43 for strikes…He is now 8-0, with MLB leading 1.62 ERA, which is more than a 1/2 run LOWER than Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who is #2 with a 2.13 ERA… We all knew Clay could be good–but Holy Buckets, THIS good?

    And speaking of good, when the hell did Felix Doubront become a Yankee killer? Because he was fracking great on Saturday night, throwing 6 innings of 1 run ball, allowing 6 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 3. In 9 career appearance against the Skanks (Including 5 starts), he is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA…Uh, HOW did THAT happen?

    So after stealing all those bases (5) on Thursday night against the Phillies, Jacoby Ellsbury has missed the last 3 games with a left groin strain. Fortunately, the Sox were able to get it done without him this weekend. The expectation is that he will be back in the lineup when the Sox return to Fenway tomorrow…

    Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for Shane Victorino, who is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday for his left hamstring strain–it’s not gonna happen…The guy can’t even run fill boar yet…John Farrell weighs in: “At times he was [tentative]. He’s not running at 100 percent. The one thing that we’re being cautious with here is that based on experience of having him come back and play successive games and he’s had a couple of those setbacks prior to going on the disabled list, we want to be sure that there’s a gradual improvement, which he’s showing.” So there is no firm timetable for his return at this point.

    Finally, with the All-Star game in about 6 weeks, David Ortiz is once again leading the pack of DH’s in the voting with 1,045,283 votes. And with good reason; Despite being 37, and starting the season late with his cranky Achilles, The Large Father is hitting .333 with 10 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.023 OPS in 39 games…So, unless something crazy bad happen, we’ll see Big Papi at Citi Field in New York on July 16th…

    Coming up: The Sox have today off, after playing 20 days in a row (they went 13-7 in that span), and head to the Fens for 6. First up: 3 with the “Dark Bright Blue” team, AKA The Texas Rangers, who swept the Sox in Texas a month ago–let’s hope that trend ends now…Ryan Dempster gets the start in Game 1, opposed by Justin Grimm, 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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