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  • September 4th, 2013

    Red Sox 2, Tigers 1:
    And this is why they play 162…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:26 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! I have to admit, that, with how inconsistent Jon Lester has been, and how GREAT Max Scherzer has been (19-2, with a 2.88 ERA in 28 starts this year), coupled with the vaunted Tigers offense, I thought this was gonna get ugly.

    But then again, my little girl had her first haircut yesterday, and I thought that would get ugly too…

    But to my relief and delight, both my daughter AND Jon Lester came through it better than OK–some might say spectacular…

    Lester’s line for his 13th win of the season: 7 IP, throwing 111 pitches, 81 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 8 hits while walking NONE and striking out 9.

    That Clay Person will make his final rehab start on Thursday for Pawtucket in Rochester–so after that, provided nothing falls off, his next start will be the 1st game of the Tampa Bay series–next Tuesday the 10th.

    From the office of Who the HELL would have thunk it: This Red Sox player has a .831 OPS (5th among AL outfielders) and a .385 OBP (13th in ALL of baseball) Yep, Daniel Nava. You can go back and read that again–I’ll wait… Oh, and his .298 BA for the 2013 campaign is almost 30 points higher than his career average of .269. Not too shabby for the kid whose contract was bought for a dollar…

    Speaking a feel good story, how bout Will Middlebrooks? Banished to Pawtucket for over 2 months, and since he has been back, has been hitting the cover off the ball, AND was responsible for both runs in last night’s win, finally being able to solve Scherzer after being 0-4 (all strikeouts) against him, getting the 2 run single in the 5th inning.

    Cubs President Theo Espstein, and GM Jed Hoyer have always been huge fans of Daniel Bard, (he WAS Theo’s 1st round draft pick in 2006)  and must be seeing something the rest of the world isn’t, as they claimed him off waivers today.  John Farrell weighs in: “Not surprised that the Cubs would claim him given the familiarity with Theo and (GM) Jed Hoyer, who drafted him here.. I guess the most important thing is that we wish him well. We hope he gets back on track. There’s still a good pitcher in there once he gets back on track…But based on what we saw over the last couple of years, it needs to be built back gradually. How long that takes is the unknown in this.”  Daniel Bard spent nearly all of the 2013 campaign in the minors, where he walked 27, and only striking out 9 in 15 1/3 innings…Yeah, major suckage…

    Finally, Major League Baseball released it postseason schedule today, with The Dance Starting on October 1, and ending with Game 7 of the World Series ( if it gets that far) on Halloween, October 31st. Some highlights:

    The ALDS starts on October 4th, Best of 5 series (THANKFULLY they didn’t jump it to 7 games like they talked about, because the fracking postseason goes on LONG ENOUGH…) and there is only 1 off day in there, another good thing…

    The ALCS starts on October 12th on Fox, which means we get to be subjected to Buck and McCarver–but at least this year it will be a bit more bearable: No Skanks (although I am sure they will work them into the conversation–just can’t help themselves), and it’s the LAST. TIME. EVER. As Tim McCarver is retiring after the season ends…Whooo HOO!

    The World Series starts on October 23rd, also on Fox…

    Coming up: Rubber match of this 3 game series against the Tigers–the final time in regular season play–although I fully expect the Sox to see them again in the Postseason. Ryan Dempster, who was actually pretty good in his last start against White Sox, going 6 1/3 while only giving up 3 runs for the win, is opposed by Rick Porcello. There are currently 1.5 games between the Sox and Detroit for the best record in the AL…Let’s make it 2.5 tonight, shall we?

    Note to Dempster: Don’t suck…

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