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  • September 13th, 2013

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 4:
    A Mixed Loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Truth be told, I am not really broken up about last night’s loss to Tampa Bay. Yeah, it would have dropped the Magic # in the division to 6, and the # for Postseason Play to 4…And my friend Steve has his heart set on a 100 win season. And while all of that is way cool. We all know that the Sox are getting to the dance…

    But with a Tampa Bay win last night, it keeps the Skanks away from that 2nd Wild Card slot. Right now they are in 3rd place, 1 game behind Tampa Bay. ONE. GAME. So my feeling is, the Sox need to take AT LEAST 2 from the Skanks this weekend–with a sweep being optimal…

    And with that…To the Blackboard!

    Right now, The Sox hold the best record in baseball at 89-59, and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Their Magic #’s are 8 for the division, and 6 to get to The Dance. This equates to an 8.5 game lead against Tampa Bay, and a 9.5 lead against the Skanks in the AL East.

    So…

    If the Sox Sweep: (Never a bad option, and in this case, the one that will obviously do the most damage) will leave the Skanks 12.5 games out of first place, and hopefully, HOPEFULLY, Tampa Bay (playing Minnesota) The Cookies (playing Toronto) Cleveland (playing the White Sox) will get their own sh*t done and win some games this weekend, pushing them further down the Wild Card Ranks…

    If the Sox win 2: 10.5 Games ahead of the Skanks in the Division

    If the Sox win 1: 8.5 Games ahead of the Skanks in the Division.

    If the Sox are swept: 6.5 games ahead of the Skanks in the Division.

    Obviously, the onus of winning this weekend falls to the Skanks, and the Sox are playing with house money at this point. But like I said yesterday, if a team can get to The Dance, it’s any body’s ballgame in a short series…

    My prediction is 2 out of 3…so we will see what happens.

    Jake Peavy is saying that the pitch he took off his right wrist in the 6th is nothing: “It’ll be OK. I’m not worried about it.” And the X-rays taken after the game were negative. Let’s hope this does not become a “thing”, as they Sox need him in the rotation for the postseason…

    With Mike Napoli being on the active roster for 165 days, the incentives that we part of his 1-year deal kicked in, resulting in an $8 million raise for the 2013 season. We all know how he was originally signed to a 3-year $39 million deal, but then was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips, so the deal was restructured–which took like 797 days to complete (it was actually only 45, it just felt like 797) But he has stayed healthy, with no DL stints at all this year and his hips appear to be stable at this point…

    Coming up: The Last Red Sox/Skankee Series of the Season, with the Sox leading 11-5 for the year. John Lackey, going for his 10th win, takes the mound in the last regular season homestand for 2013. He is opposed by Hiroki Kuroda who, despite being very effective in his last start against the Sox, is 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA against the ballclub. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

     

    Let’s do this…

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