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  • July 25th, 2013

    Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 5:
    On Again, Off Again…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:54 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I’m not a good predictor of anything–my prognostication skills pretty much suck, which is a big part of the reason I am not a betting kind of a girl. However, I have been watching baseball long enough that I can usually get a feel for how things are going with a certain game or series. Of course, this is baseball, the most fickle mistress of all, so anything can happen–and usually does (2004 ALCS, anyone?)

    And last night’s contest was one of the ones that could have gone either way. David Price has been a GREAT pitcher ( as evidenced by his Cy Young Award last year), but he has been very human as of late, with a 4-5 record with a 4.06 ERA going into last night’s contest. AND Felix Doubront has been very good, winning his last 3 starts before last night.

    And last night he was certainly no slouch, giving the Sox 6 2/3 innings of good work, only giving up 3 runs on 6 hit (no homers) while walking 2 and striking out 5. He threw 104 [pitches, 66 for strikes. And on most days, that would be enough to keep the Sox in the game.

    But history reared its ugly head, with David Price putting on a clinic, limiting the Sox to 1 run and 5 hits in his complete game, 97 pitch outing last night…

    Alright already. There has been opinions, and 2nd opinions, and 2nd 2nd opinions–all saying there is no structural damage in how shoulder or anywhere else–and, as long as he is careful. And yet, he STILL is wavering. He has this to say: “I want to come back more than probably anybody wants me to be back, but probably I’ve been pushing myself a little too much…I’d feel really good for a day or two or three and then try to get off a mound, and it would be like a re-strain and start from square one again. That’s what I’ve been doing for a month and a half, and it’s been miserable.” Yeah, Clay, it’s been pretty fracking miserable on this end too…

    But what is the complete opposite of miserable, is the 8-year, $110 million contract extension the Sox and Dustin Pedroia signed yesterday, effectively making sure that The Laser Show will play nowhere else in his career. He weighs in:”This place is the only place I’ve known since I started playing professional baseball. It’s my home, and I love every single part of being a Red Sox, and I’ll do all I can for the remainder of my time here to try to help us any way I can to do the right things on and off the field and bring an attitude that the Red Sox are going to try to win every single year and win our last game.” Holy Hell, I wish the Sox had 25 guys who played the game like Dustin Pedroia…

    Oh, and those 2 or 3 people out there who think this deal is not the best idea in the world? SHUT IT…

    One of the best quotes I’ve heard in a while, from Boston Globe’s Chad Finn, who had this to say about A-Fraud in his last column: “I can’t be the only one who is skeptical about A-Rod’s sudden “quad injury.” Either he’s trying to stay one step ahead of Bud Selig’s PED Posse, or he’s simply fallen back into that weird habit of copying everything Derek Jeter does.”

    Less than a week to go before the non-waiver deadline of July 31st, which is always an interesting time. Despite the fact they are in first place (for the moment anyway), they need pitching, and a bat or two certainly wouldn’t hurt…

    Finally, our friends from eTrueSports, as always, have the inside track on Ryan Braun’s only fan–living in Pocatello, ID, and boy, is he a doozy! Read all about him here

    Coming up: The final contest of the 4 game series against Tampa Bay, which the Sox really need to win, so as not to end up in 2nd place in the AL East, for the first time since May 27th. Resident Ace (holy hell, it is STILL do weird to say that) John Lackey, going for his 8th win of the 2013 campaign, takes the bump, opposed by Jeremy Hellickson. 1st pitch, 7:10pm.

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