August 16th, 2013
For the first time since May, the Sox have lost 2 series in a row, and these last 2, to the SUCKIEST teams in baseball…and, as it was, the Toronto series was damn near a sweep, as it took them 11 innings to get the job done in Game 1. Not that its anything new, as the Sox have been doing it for years, but this “playing down” to the lesser, crappier teams, is getting…no, scratch that, has GOTTEN very VERY|old.
Lets just hope that the fire in their belly ignites for the series this weekend, even tho the Skanks are flailing mightily this season…
But Jake Peavey, the unfortunate recipient of a loss last night, certainly did his job, giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits, while walking none and striking out 5. He threw 99 pitches, 68 for strikes, in 7+ innings of work.
But the bats just could not solve Mark Buehrle, who limited the Sox to 1 run in 7 innings of work–despite the fact they managed to get 11 hits off him. Go fracking figure.
So the “easy” 10 game road trip, against the crappy teams, leaves the Sox at 4-6 for the span. That is just CRAP…Fortunately, Tampa bay hasn’t done much better, going 6-4 as well, so the 2 game lead in the division holds–for now.
With that said, and although there really isn’t anything all that exciting about this series, other than the fact that I get to torture my Favorite Yankee Fan if the Sox win, but this is what we do at BRT, so…
To the Blackboard!
So, to recap. The Sox are currently in 1st place in the AL East, 2 games ahead of 2nd place Tampa Bay, and 8.5 games ahead of the 4th place Skanks. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Ahem….he he he..Here we go…
If the Sox Sweep: 11.5 Games ahead of the Skanks. Personal feeling is they are DONE anyway, but hey, if you can twist the knife, I say go for it–they wouldn’t hesitate if the shoe was on the other foot..
If the Sox win 2 (and my feeling, the most probable): 9.5 games ahead in the AL East.
If the Sox win 1: 7.5 games ahead in the division.
If the Sox are swept (highly unlikely these days, but hey, it IS baseball: 5.5 games ahead in the division…
Bottom line, the Sox are playing with house money for this series, with the best case scenario being 11.5 games ahead, and the worse being (but still pretty good) 5.5 games ahead…My prediction (with all its usual caveats) is the Sox will take 2 out of 3 this weekend. Hey, its worked for them so far, as they are currently 6-3 against the Skanks for 2013…
Finally, We all know A-Fraud is coming to Fenway for the series this weekend, and everyone is gonna boo him–and this might be the first time that EVERYONE (Skankee Fans included!) might be in agreement on this. There really isn’t anyone who will CLAP for this Tool, is there?
Coming up: Felix Doubront, who is 2-0 against the Skanks for the 2013 Campaign, hopes to continue his positive trend, taking the mound in game 1 of the 3-game series, opposed by Andy Pettitte, who, at 7-9, has a losing season for the first time since, uh, NEVER. Of course, he still has a bunch of starts to go, but, its still pretty compelling…1st pitch: 7:10pm.