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  • September 11th, 2013

    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 0:
    Welcome Back Clay Buchholz!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:58 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    After 3 Months and 2 days rest, That Clay Person returned to the mound, and crazily, it was like he never left. Yes, he only threw 5 innings in his 1st start since June 8th, but he shut down the Rays for the span, giving up only 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes.

    And for the first 4+ innings, David Price was literally unhittable, until Mike Napoli broke up the no-no in the 5th with a double, and then Johnny Gomes drove him in with an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished the job with a sacrifice fly to score Gomes. That was all the scoring the Sox needed to win this game, as the bullpen was once again NAILS, pitching 4 innings of 1 hit ball, with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts…

    The tentative schedule for the 2014 campaign came out yesterday, with the Sox starting where they are ending this year: Camden Yards. But the season starts early next year–my birthday to be exact–March 31st. But after the 3 game road trip to kick off the season, the Sox return home to Fenway and start INTERLEAGUE PLAY, against the Brewers. WTH?

    BUT, it looks like the Sox will NOT be playing the Phillies next year, which is a good thing, cause I never understand what the brouhaha was there. And of course, while we were spared it this year, with the final Sox/Skanks Series being this weekend at Fenway–Next year, the Sox close 2014 against the Skanks in the Fens…

    Right now, the since the rosters expanded on September 1, the Sox are playing with 33 players on the active roster. But once October 1 hits, it’s back to the 25-man for The Dance. I don’t expect there to be any huge surprises as to who is, or is not on the postseason roster, although with Jake being TBA, that could mix things up a bit. Of course, each round of postseason play allows for addition and subtraction…

    And, with the addition of an effective Clay Buchholz, I am digging the starting 4: Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey, and Buchholz. Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront would work out of the bullpen…

    I thought Derek Lowe did a decent job in the booth with DO last night. While he is not as flamboyant as Eck, and he did say “uh” like a million billion times, I thought his analysis was fresh and insightful, offering us a good glimpse of a pitchers standpoint. He will be in the booth for the next 3 nights…

    And then…wait for it…MIKE TIMLIN will be the color guy for the 2 games in Colorado next week! THAT is come crazy crap. Wish they would get Mike Lowell–I love Mike Lowell…

    Finally, remember when Scott Williamson was the closer, and you would need to start drinking in the 6th inning to get ready to cope? Or when in the later years, Jonathan Papelbon would always seem to blow it, JUST when the Sox needed him to get it done?

    And now there is Koji Uehara, the 38 year old, plan F, who was thrown into the closer role when ever other one the Sox had came up lame. I remember saying earlier in the year that he was doing well, but was not the solution for a whole season.

    And I was completely wrong about that. COMPLETELY.

    With the 4 out save last night, Koji has retired 31 batters IN A ROW. A complete game no-no is only 27 outs…John Farrell says it best: “To be in the same uniform, in the same dugout, to see a guy who’s been this efficient. It’s a very calm inning when he comes to the mound.”

    Oh, and add to that his great energy on the mound, and the fact that he is an AMAZING teammate?

    It doesn’t get better than that….

    Coming up: Game 2 of 3 against Tampa Bay, with Ryan Dempster getting the nod, opposed by Alex Cobb. 1st pitch 7:10pm….

    Let’s hope we get the effective Dempster, rather than the crappy one…

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