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  • September 3rd, 2013

    Red Sox 0, Tigers 3:
    The Role of Tim Wakefield will now be played by…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:29 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    John Lackey…

    Ya know how every year, there seems to be one pitcher that is a better pitcher than his record indicates. They will give the Sox a quality outing, but the offense will put up little or no run support. In recent history it was often Tim Wakefield, and this year’s permutation is John Lackey. How bad is it really? Glad you asked. The Sox have been shut out 11 times this season. John Lackey was on the mound for 6 of them–more than half…

    His line for yesterday’s contest: 7.1 IP, throwing 111 pitches, 72 for strikes, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Of course, Matt Thornton allowed the 3 run, when he allowed the inherited runner to score in the 8th…

    Sidebar: Have I ever mentioned how much I hate, hate, HATE the fact that the pitcher who allows the inherited runner to score gets no penalty whatsoever? I did? Like a BILLION times? Yeah, I thought so. Good.

    Moving on…

    So John Lackey has another good outing, and has a lovely 3.22 ERA–and a WHIP of 1.17, which is his best EVER–but a W/L record of 8-12.

    Abysmal.

    Speaking of abysmal, it’s almost a guarantee that the Sox will face the Tigers in the postseason–and they hafta hafta HAFTA get their sh*t together and solve their pitching…They have beaten them ONCE this year, on June 21st…Doug Fister COMEPLETLEY shut them down for his 12th win of the season, limiting the Sox to 4 hits…

    Yep, Abysmal.

    BUT, the Sox are still 5.5 games ahead in the AL East, with a Magic # of 20 and are still 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers for best record in the AL–although, that may change as soon as tonight, if the Sox can figure out to beat this team..

    Some more neato stats: As of today, the Sox have a 92.7% chance of winning the division, and a 98.9% chance of getting to The Dance.

    This means they are not gonna screw this up again, right?

    By comparison, the Skanks have a .05% (yes, like 5 CENTS) chance of winning the division, and an 11% chance of advancing to the postseason…

    And ya know WHAT? They have been so god-awful this year that I almost feel bad for them.

    Almost. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Schadenfreude!

    So, the Sox finally did it. Designated Daniel Bard for Assignment. Which means that his time with the Red Sox could be done. Although with the way he has been, and the money still owed to him (about $275,000 for the 2013 campaign–yeah, they Sox have been paying him $1.86 million to sit on the bench…Lovely…)and then there is the whole arbitration thing coming up in the offseason. No one wants to pay a million + for a completely ineffective pitcher…

    Probably the likeliest scenario is that he will clear waivers, the Sox will outright him to Pawtucket, and at the end of the season, he will be a free agent, and any team could negotiate with him–and get him for far cheaper…

    Coming up: Jon Lester gets the call for game 2 of this series, opposed by Max Scherzer, who is going for his 20th win of the season, to go with his sparkling 2.90 ERA. I wonder which Jon Lester will show up tonight? 1st pitch, 7:10pm.

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