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  • June 5th, 2014

    Red Sox 4, Cleveland 7, in 12:
    And then THIS happened….

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:39 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Ya know…

    I like Cleveland. I like Terry Francona, and I like the 47 former Red Sox players who are currently playing for them. (Not too fond of Jason Giambi–but that is probably no surprise). They are my Dad’s favorite team. If I didn’t like the Red Sox so much, I could probably be a Cleveland Indians fan…

    And I was SO heartened by the 7 game winning streak the Sox had going on. It looked like MAYEB they had gotten their mojo back, and we were well on our way to making Brock Holt a genuine imitation super hero…

    And THEN Cleveland Happened. And 3 days later the Sox are 5 games under .500 and 8.5 games out of first place. And the suckiest thing of all is that if they could get their heads out of their asses, they could actually win the division, because c’mon, does anyone actually believe Toronto is a 97 win team????

    Me either.

    I was gonna do a haiku because I haven’t done one in a while, but all I can come up with is:

    Why Why Why Why Why

    Brock Holt cannot save the day

    Blech Blech Blech Blech Blech

    That’s all I got…UGH…

    Speaking of uninspired, if Edward Mujica was this unimpressive when he was with the Cards, why the hell did Ben sign him??? I know in the 12th inning it’s pretty slim pickings, and Andrew Miller has been just as bad as of late, but 3-hits, including a 3-RUN WALKOFF HOMER, in 1/3 of an inning?

    Holy Hell…

    And Brandon Workman deserved better. He gave the Sox 5 solid innings of 4 hit, 3-run baseball, no homers, 3 strike outs and 2 walks, throwing 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. And if Capuano has done HIS JOB, it would have been a 1 run outing, and it is quite likely the Sox could have left with at least ONE win…But no, 2 inherited runners–and BOTH score. I know I bitch about this all the time, but really, cannot MLB come up with some way to statistically penalize the pitcher who is tasked with coming into a game with men on base and, I don’t know, DOING YOUR JOB, and not letting them score???

    Oh, and apropos of nothing, 3 Red Sox players got hit last night by 2 different pitchers, and yet no one was ejected, except for AL Pierzynski in the 6th inning. The bottom of the 6th inning. When Cleveland was hitting. For arguing balls and strikes. OK, Am I missing something?

    So That Clay Person pitched a solid bullpen over the weekend, and John Farrell weighs in: “Very good. It was 35 pitches. He threw all his pitches. He’s continuing to repeat the delivery adjustments that we’ve outlined. He came away from today encouraged by the way he threw the baseball.” Don’t do it. Don’t believe it. There is no pressure pitching a bullpen. He’ll suck you in, and then when he gets on the mound for REALS, it’ll be hell in a hand basket. Don’t. Do. It…

    Finally, yesterday was the anniversary of a momentous day in baseball for pitchers. On June 4, 1972, 16 games were played in the major leagues–and of the 16, 8 of there were shutouts, with the ERA for the pitching that day a nifty 2.78 ERA…Fellow BBA‘er David from Baseball Roundtable weighs in on the anniversary, and how things are so different 42 years later. Check it out!

    Coming up: A BADLY needed off-day and their only one for the next 3 weeks, then it’s off to Detroit for a 3-game weekend series. Rubby De La Rosa gets his 2nd start in a Red Sox uniform, and let’s hope he is as good as he was on Saturday night. He is opposed by Drew Smyly. Honestly, the Sox CANNOT lose to a guy named Smyly. Seriously. 1st pitch 7:08pm…

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