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  • October 24th, 2013

    World Series Game 1: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 1:
    3…Is a Magic Number…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:33 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! WHAT a great game last night! Then Sox not only had a BRILLIANT outing from Jon Lester, but they had timely hitting, and were able to take advantage of all the opportunities given to them, including an ineffective Adam Wainwright. It was one of those rare nights in baseball where everything seemed to go their way…

    And I actually DID NOT fall asleep this time…BAM!

    But I fully expect it get harder from here. Today is another day, and we all know how fickle a mistress the baseball goddesses can be…

    But last night, Jon Lester was the ace that we all knew he could be, going 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball, giving up 5 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 8. He threw 112 pitches, 76 for strikes…

    Unfortunately, a minor leaguer from the Cardinals organization felt that Jon had something on his glove that giving him an unfair advantage (ie:  he was doctoring the ball), and instead of doing what any normal person would do (like CALL YOUR BOSS), he decided to put it out on Twitter. So then this big brouhaha started, with Red Sox and Cardinal fans slugging it out on the interwebs. MLB determined that since the Cardinals did not file a complaint (and still haven’t), and that the umpires were unaware of anything untoward, the matter is a non issue.

    My feeling on the matter is that Jon Lester is not some no talent hack that all of a sudden was pitching brilliantly. He has a long history of pitching well, so why we he start cheating NOW? And the fact that the minor leaguer chose a public forum, instead of going through channels, just feels to me like some kid looking for his 15 minutes of fame. There was a BILLION people watching last night, and he is the only one who noticed anything?  Weird. And like I told some of my Cardinal Blogger compadres: “No matter what the result is, SOMEONE is going to be unhappy…”

    So hopefully, that is the end of that…’cause crap like that cheapens the game and takes the focus off what is important: baseball and the World Series…

    A little more info is coming out about That Clay Person and this nebulous injury he may or may not have. He weighs in: I couldn’t really get loose. … It was a constant tightness that I felt. That’s all there is. I’m going to go. That’s my only goal, to be prepared to start…” It may be that it’s really not an injury at all–but what most of us thought: he doesn’t have the arm strength or stamina to go much further, after being off for 3 months…

    John Farrell will not determine the Game 3 starter until after tonight’s contest, citing: We’re going to take a look at tomorrow, going to see how it goes with a right-hander, because there’s different styles between Peavy and Buchholz and that’s where we’ll adjust.” What also factors in the equation is that whomever is the Game 3 starter will likely start Game 7 (if there is one), and there is a TON of concern about Clay pitching it 1 game–don’t see 2 games happening…

    But, just in case, Felix Doubront did a side session, pitching to live hitting yesterday…

    Wicked crazy good catch by Carlos Beltran last night to rob The Large Father of a Grand Slam in the 2nd inning. But everyone could see he was hurting, so he was removed from the game. X-Rays proved negative (which is a fracking miracle, as he hit the wall full bore) but I can’t imagine playing right field, or swinging a bat will be super effective. He is listed day to day at this point…

    Red Sox WS stat: With last night’s win, that is the 9th World Series game in a row that the Sox have won

    Neato World Series Trivia: Will Middlebrooks and Michael Wacha are both from Texarkana, TX, and in their first World Series…awwww

    My hash tag for this postseason has been #2013thenew2004, and for good reason (at least I think so)…Here are a few:

    Mike Napoli is the 2013 Version of Mark Bellhorn

    Koji is the 2013 Version of Keith Foulke (But better–sorry Keith!)

    Big Papi is the 2013 Version…of Big Papi

    Johnny Gomes is the 2013 Version of Kevin Millar (even though my friend Steve says he looks like a kidnapper)

    These guys have a similar “vibe” that the 2004 team did…Now if we could get someone to get braids like Bronson Arroyo did in 2004 that would be WAY cool…

    And tonight? Wake, ‘Tek, Mike Timlin and Kevin Millar will throw out the first pitch. And Curt Schilling will be working the game as an analyst for ESPN…

    Finally, some Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) shout outs:

    J-Doug from Rational Pastime has been doing projections for all of the 2013 postseason, and has been pretty accurate to this point. According to his projection, he shares my prediction of Sox in 6 (and so does a good amount of people on the interwebs, from what I have seen thus far.) You can see all of his analysis here–check it out!

    And congratulations to Paul Sullivan, from Sully Baseball, who is celebrating his 1 year anniversary of daily podcasts–that’s right, 7/365, you can check out The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast. You can subscribe via iTunes, Sound Cloud, or Twitter as @sullybaseball.

    Finally: Game 2, Last game in the Fens until Game 6: John Lackey vs rookie and NLCS MVP (the youngest EVER) Michael Wacha. Great. A rookie, and a really good one at that.  Let’s hope the trend of less success with a rookie does NOT continue.

    1st pitch: 8:07.

    Let’s do this…

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