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  • June 24th, 2014

    Red Sox 7, Oakland 6, in 10:
    One Out of Four Ain’t Bad…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:22 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    It’s absolutely abysmal…

    But what do you expect from a team that scored more runs in yesterday’s contest, than in the THREE games before it (5). Pitching kept it close, two 1-run and a 2-run losses were the results, which means our offensive is just not getting it done…

    So the Sox will take their 6 games BELOW .500/35-41 record/4th place in the AL East to Seattle, before heading to The Stadium this weekend. Oh joy.

    When we talked about this back in February, the MLB Futures Odds predicted the Sox as #6 to win the World Series, and I remember being surprised they were that far down the list. Heh. NOW, they are tied for #13 with The Orioles, and Cleveland? #1 is now Oakland and San Fran; the Dodgers have dropped to 3rd from first, and in case you were wondering: the Skanks are #8…

    UGH.

    Oh, and in case you needed more…At this point, the Sox are projected to win 75 games–the year after winning the World Series.

    Outstanding.

    So, Jon Lester pitched a very good game yesterday, and actually even better than his line would indicate. Going 7.2 innings, he gave up 3 runs (2 earned–and THOSE 2 scored because Badenhop allowed BOTH to do so, and threw in a run of his own–yet HE has a 1.77 ERA, and people go ON and ON about how many scoreless innings he has–Holy Hell can SOMEONE do SOMETHING with the inherited runner stat???)on 4 hits while walking 2, hitting a batter, and striking out 4. He threw 111 pitches, 65 for strikes. And that SHOULD have been enough for his 9th win. But then Koji inexplicably gave up TWO homers in the 9th inning to tie the game, which was broken in the 10th by the solo homer by David Ortiz, which was the only thing that prevented the Sox from being swept.

    So much for the sweep of Minnesota being their “turning point”

    And, in case you were wondering, Shane Victorino is not playing at Pawtucket. He took batting practice over the weekend with the ballclub. But did not play. John Farrell is saying he’ll be back with the Sox this weekend during the Skankee series. Not holding my breath there.

    And ’cause it just keeps getting better and better, That Clay Person is coming off the DL this week, probably to start against the Mariners. All I will say about that is if he gets lit up, they cannot let him continue start…CAN NOT…

    It’s going to be VERY interesting at the end of July at the trade deadline…

    At this point, the only thing that is making this season fun for me is “what will Brock Holt do next?” And the tantalizing prospect of the Sox calling Mookie Betts up to the bigs. Yep, the kid who has a .845 OPS and is hitting .312 in 19 games in Pawtucket. Oh, and did we mention eh is the YOUNGEST player with the ballclub?

    Coming up: The middle of the night games on the Left Coast Tour continue, with the Sox playing THREE of them against Seattle. I freaking hate this team, and I hated them BEFORE Robinson Cano got there–that just adds to the fun. John Lackey takes the bump against, who else, King Felix. First pitch 10:10pm…Blech…

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