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  • June 30th, 2014

    Red Sox 8, Skanks 5:
    The Weekend of Our Content–Mostly…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how this weekend was going to go. Not that the Skankees are any kind of force to be reckoned with these days, as they are in 3rd place, 2 games behind the improbable Blue Jays…

    But after the drubbing on Friday night against the pitcher I thought we had the best chance of beating this weekend, let’s just say confidence was not high…

    BUT, because this is baseball, and anything can happen (and usually does) the Sox managed to take the remaining 2 games to win their first series against the Skanks THIS YEAR–AND they did it by going through probably the best pitcher in the league, Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched a complete game gem on Saturday night. It’s just that Jon Lester and Koji were just a little bit better…

    Speaking of Lester, What more does this guy have to do to get an extension with this ball club? He is 9-7, with a 2.92 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 114 IP, and has a WHIP Of 1.18. He is on track to be better than every season he has had with the Red Sox, except for 2010 when we went 19-9. He has a 109-63 lifetime record (.634 win %), and a career .370 ERA. AND he’s a left who just turned 30. Ben: Get. This. Done. You are not going to find a better deal for an ace.

    And he also gets the quote of the week award. When asked what he did to get so “consistent” this season, he replied: “I don’t want to be a smart ass, but I think I’ve been pretty good for eight years.”

    John Lackey did a competent job for the Sox in last night’s contest (could have done without the 2 homers in the 4th, and the early exit); good enough for his 9th win of the season.

    The rest of his line: 5IP, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2. He threw 96 pitches, 65 for strikes.

    The bullpen was again, NAILS, throwing 4 scoreless innings of 3 hit ball, including some great stuff by Andrew Miller, who struck out the side (and walked 1) in his inning of work…

    And Mookie Betts got his first start in the bigs last night, after being called up on Saturday. He played Right Field and went 1-3 with a single, a walk, scored a run, and got caught stealing…Busy night for the young ‘un.

    So after a good weekend in the Bronx, the Sox are pretty much where they were on Friday, 6 games behind the Jays, and 4 games behind the Skanks…and 6 games under .500–with 80 games to go…

    Impossible? No. Unlikely? Very.

    Coming up: The Sox head home for 10, including 3 against the 2nd place Oreos. But first, they will welcome Theo’s Cubbies to the Fens. And yes, they suck worse than the Sox (34-46). So anything less than a sweep is really not acceptable.

    Jake Peavy (who might just be auditioning to keep his roster spot) goes for his SECOND win of the season, opposed by Jake Arrieta. 1st pitch 7:10pm

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