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  • July 3rd, 2013

    Red Sox 4, Padres 1:
    John Lackey…Ace???

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:26 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments


    My dislike for John Lackey has been deep and long standing–but it wasn’t always that way. I remember when he was a 24-year old rookie, winning game 7 of the 2002 World Series when he played with the Angels–and I always liked him when he was with that ballclub. I even liked him his first year with the Sox, when he finished the 2010 campaign with a 15-11 record, and a 4.40 ERA–he was exactly what he is: a great 3rd or 4th starter.

    And then it when all downhill from there. 2011? One of, if not the, worst pitcher in baseball. 2012? Better, because he was sidelined all year, recovering from Tommy John.

    And then we get to 2013, and all of a sudden, he’s the ACE of the staff? How the hell did THIS happen? I know with Jon Lester struggling, and That Clay Person on the DL, he kinda wins by default, but there is no disputing the brilliant outing he has last night, where he pitched 8 innings, throwing 103 pitches, 73 for strikes, giving up 6 hits (including the solo shot by Jesus Guzman, the only scoring managed by the Padres) while walking 1 and striking out 6. He improves his record to winning 6-5, but with a sparkling 2.81 ERA (Yeah, go back and read that again-—I’ll wait…)

    Honestly, if someone was using a betting system, I think John Lackey would totally mess with their cake, at least so far…

    And while I don’t think Koji Uehara is the permanent or final answer as closer (although he DID pitch a perfect 9th in last night’s contest, while striking out 2), I do love to watch him pitch–he has this amazing energy which is great to watch…

    It looks like That Clay Person is starting to make some progress again, throwing from 60 feet yesterday, and everything felt ok. John Farrell weighs in on the progression: “The throwing program will be outlined to 60, 90, 120 at varying number of throws or progressive number of throws before we get him on the mound. We don’t have a specific date that right now he would get back on the mound.” He will be traveling with the team for the 10 game road trip starting Friday…But the odds of him being back before the break? Somewhere between slim and none…

    Oh, and did anyone look at the schedule for next week? 10 game Left Coast trip leading us RIGHT up the All-Star Break. And of those 10 games, SEVEN of them are middle of the night games–AND EPSN decided to pick up this Sunday’s game as well. Holy Hell…

    Speaking of the All-Star break, My Favorite Yankee Fan (Shut it…) seems to think that despite the fact that the Skanks are in 4th place, and 6 games behind the Sox in the AL East, they are going to make this sudden resurgence and lead the division at some point. Well, the Sox and the Skanks have 13 games left to play, and the Sox have won 4 out of the 6 contests thus far–and I fully expect THAT trend to continue. BUT it IS baseball and it’s the Skanks, so it’s always POSSIBLE, I’m just thinking HIGHLY unlikely…

    And how about the fact that Josh Beckett is done for the season? Apparently he has to have surgery to actually remove one of his ribs, as its pressing on one of the nerves in his neck, causing loss of feeling in his pitching hand. Before that, he was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in 8 starts this year. Holy Buckets, trading him was SUCH a good idea…

    Neato stat: The Sox won only 69 games last year, ending the season 69-93. This year, as of today: 51 and 34. So the Sox only have to win 18 games out of their next 77 to equal last year’s record (or a .233 Win %). If we extrapolate the season, based on their current .600 win %, the Sox are looking at 97 wins for the 2013 campaign–if that happens, not too shabby for a team that I hoped/predicted would win 83–and not make the postseason…

    Coming up: Game 2 of 3 with the Padres (or, as my friend Barrett said last night, the team we all pretty much forget about most of the time) Jon Lester, who will hopefully put his oh so crappy June behind him and get his 9th win of the season, opposed by Edinson Volquez. 1st pitch: 7:10pm.

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