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  • September 16th, 2013

    Red Sox 9, Skanks 2:
    Process of Elimination…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:11 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While I was HOPING for a sweep, I wasn’t really EXPECTING one. I figured there would be at least one game where something went wrong–and Friday night was almost the one…until Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s grand slam in the 7th inning put the Sox ahead for good.

    This weekend really had that 2004 ALCS feel to it (the last 4 games anyway). The Sox were firing on ALL cylinders, and things were just going their way. And Jarrod Saltalamacchia stealing home? As part of a double steal? Really? In what universe does that actually happen? Apparently this one, cause it happened last night…

    I don’t pretend to understand the fickle mistress that is the baseball mojo–but while she is hanging out–I am enjoying the hell out of it…

    So now the Sox’s magic number is 4 to clinch the division, they are 9.5 games ahead of Tampa Bay, and have mathematically eliminated the Skanks from the AL East. They also own the best record in all of baseball, and with the sweep this weekend, have pushed the Skanks to a tie for 4th with the Oreos in the Wildcard race, 3 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas, who are tied, and 2.5 games behind Cleveland…

    Oh, and they won 13 of the 19 contests in the season series for 2013. The last team to beat the Skanks 13 times in 1 campaign? The Oreos in 1976…The season series thing is a sore point for me because of what happened in 2005, when the Skanks and the Sox ended the season with the same record (95-67), but because the Skanks won the season series, THEY got the AL East, and the Sox got the Wild Card.

    2nd verse, just like the first: That Clay Person’s 2nd start was just as good as the first, 6 strong innings, throwing 91 pitches, 53 for strikes, giving up 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits, while walking 4 and striking out 3…He is the 1st pitcher since Fat Boy Roger in 1986 to go 11-0 in a season–even if there was a 3+ month hiatus in between…

    And Daniel Nava continues to be the feel good story of the year, with another brilliant night at the plate last night, going 4-5 with a strikeout, and RBI, and scoring a run. His BA is currently .306, and he has and OBP of .392, which leads the team in this category. He weighs in: “I’m trying to relax as much as I can. For me, I know my game and my game is more relaxed…I’m not trying not to do too much this year. I know the type of player I am, just let that player play. If that turns out to be .350, great; .250, great. I’ve got to stick with who I am. A couple of years ago, I lost sight of that.” Sounds like great advice–both on the field and off…

    37…and counting: While he has not pitched since Friday night (and there was really no reason, for him to then either–let the guy rest already) Koji Uehara has retired 37 consecutive batters–and is creeping up on the MLB record of 41–held by Bobby Jenks since 2007. I hope he blows Jenks right out of the water…

    Speaking of neato stats: Remember how I said at the beginning of the year that I would be happy with a team that was fun to watch, and if they could win 83 games this year, I would be happy? Well, they have ALREADY won 92 this year–with 12 more to play. And compared to the incredibly atrocious 2012? 23 wins ALREADY. My friend Steve has been squawking about the 100 win season, but with the way they are playing, it’s quite possible they could win 8 or their last 11 and GET THERE.

    Coming up: Another off day, then Part 2 of the final homestand of 2013–3 against the Oreos. Ryan Dempster, who hopefully continue the recent trend of non-suckage, opposed by Scott Feldman for the cookies. 1st pitch: 7:10pm…

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