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  • September 9th, 2013

    Red Sox 3, Skanks 4:
    3 out of 4…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:27 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Last week when we did The Blackboard, I said I would be happy taking a split from the Skanks, winning the 2 out of 4 that would negate all the games, and keep them from moving anywhere, except to knock a bunch of games off their Magic #…

    And then 3 out of 4 happened, especially Friday night’s brilliant come from behind win that has the Sox at 2-8, and ending up winning the contest 12-8…

    Yes, I would have liked to have seen the final nail in the coffin with a sweep yesterday afternoon–and Jon Lester certainly gave a quality start, with 8 innings of 3-run ball, throwing 1115 pitches, 77 for strikes, giving up 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5.

    And despite the fact that the Sox tied it in the 9th inning, giving Mariano Rivers his 7th blown save, as well as his 5th win, there was just not enough offense to get it done…

    So, as of this morning, the Skanks are 10 games behind in the division, with a Magic # of 9, and they dropped 2 slots to 5th in the Wild card race to 2.5 GB with a Magic # of 18.

    So, damage HAS been done. Hopefully enough of it. Although, if you look at any of the betting online sites, they have pretty much written the Skanks off for 2013, with very long odds of making it to The Dance.

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Sox have handily won the Season Series. With 3 games left to play (at Fenway this weekend), the Sox are 10-5 against the Skanks for the 2013 Campaign.

    And…Holy Buckets! That Clay Person is Back! Yep, Clay Buchholz will be making his next start on 3 months and 2 days rest. The Sox hope he can give them 75-80 pitches in his return, AND if he can win more than he loses, he will be a HUGE boost to the rotation. Right now, the Sox will be skipping Felix Doubront’s turn in the rotation to accommodate the change…

    But then the baseball gods taketh away: Jacoby Ellsbury’s foot is broken. Yep, Jake has a compression fracture in his right foot, which occurred on the 28th when he fouled a ball off it, but continued to play until he aggravated the injury stealing a base last Thursday. He is in a boot for 5 days, and then, the Sox are cautiously optimistic that he will respond to treatment and be back in the lineup before the end of the season. Even if it’s not until the postseason, I could live with that…

    Finally, What a difference a year makes: Currently, the Sox, holding the BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL, are 6-2 for September, with 17 games to go. Based on that, the projected record for September 2013 is 19-6, which would give the Sox the 100-win Season, my friend Steve has his heart set on. Oh, and last year’s September numbers? 7-19…Blech…

    Coming up: An off-day, and then the Sox play 3 in Tampa Bay, and will hopefully increase the lead in the division–although 7.5 games IS pretty robust. Clay Buchholz gets the nod, opposed by a very human (8-7, .351) David Price, who usually kicks Red Sox butt. But we’ll see. Fortunately the bullpen is well rested, in case That Clay Person can’t get out of the 3rd inning without his arm falling off… 1st pitch: 7:10pm

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