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  • August 27th, 2013

    August 27th, 2013:
    18 Series…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:45 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

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    So, the Sox blew up the winning series record (18 series wins) that the Dodgers had been running since the middle of June–and the fact that they took 2 out of 3 from a team who has been the very definition of on FIRE (49-11 since the beginning of July), is is a very good indication that this Red Sox team is probably gpoing to be right in the thick of it for the rest of the season.

    Now, if they could just start playing up the crap teams, rather than playing down, I think that would help–a TON…

    What also helps a TON is the acquisition of Jake Peavy. Holy hell, what ISN’T there to like about this guy. Since coming to the Sox, he is 2-1, with a 3.31 ERA in 5 games. AND Sunday night’s game was probably one of the best outings by a starter for the Sox all year. The Sox gave him 8 runs to play with, but he wouldn’t have needed more than 2–a complete game, 1-run outing, where he gave up 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 5. Throwing 111 pitches, 77 for strikes, Peavy improved his 2013 record to 10-5, and dropped his ERA under 4 (3.99)

    Oh, and of course, the only run he gives up? The solo homer to Adrian Gonzales–of course

    Speaking of, naturally, the big story this weekend was “The Trade”–a year ago last Sunday, the Sox traded Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzales, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. And it went pretty much as expected–Beckett griped, Adrian Gonzales was non committal (god’s will and all, undoubtedly) and Carl Crawford WHINED..

    And I am THRILLED we are done with the Left Coast and the middle of the night games for the rest of the 2013 campaign–cause I hate passing out in the 3rd inning, only to be awoken in the middle of the night when the stinking text message comes in with the results of the game…

    After getting off to a slow start in the first 2 games he played in (0-5), the Xander Bogaerts we expected to see has started to emerge in the last 2 games of the Dodgers Series. In 5 AB, he is 3-5, with an RBI, or, hitting .300. Of course, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but so far, so good…

    And Will Middlebrooks is still hitting the cover off the ball, with a .356 BA in 14 games since being returning from the Banishment to Pawtucket. Again, small sample size–but if the Sox can get .280-.290 out of this kid (and I think he is capable of much more than that) and good defense–he’s a keeper…

    So, That Clay Person had his first rehab outing on Sunday, and got completely lit up–by Single A guys. Throwing 2/3 of an inning (!!!) he gave up 3 runs only 1 earned) on 1 hit, while walking 3 and striking out 1. He threw 38 pitches, 19 for strikes. 2/3 of an inning. Ya know all that talk about him being back next week? I’m thinking not. And to be honest, if this is all he’s got–we’re good, thanks anyway, Clay… Holy Hell…

    It’s no secret I really like Sox closer, Koji Uehara–he’s got a great energy on the mound, and seems like a great teammate. And what I read recently only makes me like him more. Apparently he has been learning English for years, is very outgoing (which is pretty rare for the Japanese, who are usually more reserved) and never ever tries to separate himself from the whole team dynamic (Daisuke, anyone?) Koji weighs in: “It is very important to me to be one of the guys. With the difference in culture, I try to make it a point to go out and interact with the guys so that they can feel comfortable around me, too.” HOW could you not LOVE this guy???

    Coming up: The Sox head home to the Fens for 9 games against some pretty tough competition: 3 each against the Oreos, White Sox and Detroit. If they ever needed rise to the occasion, now is the time. Tampa Bay got annihilated by the KC Royals last night (11-1), so the Sox start the day 1.5 games ahead in the AL East. First up: Felix Doubront takes the mount in Game 1 of the 3 game series against the Cookies, opposed by lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Let’s hope Doubront’s trend of quality starts continue. 1st pitch: 7:10pm

    One Response to “August 27th, 2013:
    18 Series…”

    1. Damion says:

      Reconozco es la primera vez que he llegado tu blog
      y tengo que decir que est? bastante bien y seguramente me
      tendras con frecuenci? por estos lares.

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