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  • June 12th, 2013

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 8:
    Well, THAT Should Have Gone Better…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:25 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    OK, I think it’s time: What the FRACK is going on with Jon Lester? His last 5 starts have been CRAP (0-3 with a 6.90 ERA, and FIVE homers and 18 walks,) with this one being the WORST of all: 4 2/3 innings, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits (including THREE homers) while walking SEVEN and striking out 3. He threw 98 pitches, 50 for strikes.

    And all of this on a night after a 14 inning “Shouldn’t have taken this long to win it” cluster that depleted the bullpen–a game where the Sox NEEDED their ace to give them 7 innings of work…

    Thankfully, Jose De La Torre came in and gave the Sox the rest of the game: 3 1/3 innings of 1 run ball–thereby saving the bullpen…

    And I feel a haiku coming on:

    Lester is struggling.

    Clay Buchholz is injured again.

    Do we have an Ace?

    So last night’s contest was played in front of 16,870. Sixteen Thousand Eight Hundred fans. Despite the fact that I am surprised there are that many Tampa Bay fans in the world–and all of them were apparently at last night’s game–Could you imagine only that few at Fenway? I know it was commonplace 20 years ago–but never now…Unless they repeated the sh*t storm that was the 2012 Campaign…

    Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning last night…and Joe Maddon is STILL going on about how John Lackey hit Matt Joyce on purpose on Monday night, starting the bench clearing non-brawl. Coincidence? Or something more? Honestly, if there wasn’t some sort of retaliation, I would have been surprised…

    It’s quite possible That Clay Person will start again on Sunday. It all hinges on how his bullpen goes on Friday. As long as there are no surprises, he should be ok. And with the crap Jon Lester is tossing these days, the Sox need a stopper…

    Jose Iglesias is making a pretty compelling case for Rookie of the Year: a 14-game hitting streak (longest for a rookie this year) and a .449 (!!) batting average in the bigs in 78 at bats…

    Coming up: The rubber match of this 3 game series, Alfredo Aceves returns from Pawtucket for a spot start, opposed by rookie Chris Archer for Tampa Bay. It’ll all depend on which Aceves we get tonight. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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