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  • July 2nd, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Cubs 2: One. FRACKING. Run…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    This loss is not Koji’s fault.

    Yes, he is tired. Yes he is nearly 40 years old. And despite the fact he is one of the premier closers in the game, things like this will happen.

    No, this is because in the last 3 games the Sox have scored 9 runs. Sounds pretty impressive, until you realize that EIGHT of those runs were ALL IN ONE GAME. Yep, if we do the math, over the last 2 games the Sox have scored one run.

    ONE. RUN.

    Against the Cubs. Yeah, read that again, I’ll wait…

    OK. I really didn’t think that they would win the World Series again this year, as I know how infinitely difficult it is to repeat. But Holy Hell do they really have to suck SO SO bad?

    But, That Clay Person had a GREAT outing for the Sox, going 6 1/3, giving up 1 run on 5 hits while hitting 2 batters and striking out 2…he threw 100 pitches, 61 for strikes. Can’t blame him for this one…

    No, the blame is firmly in the hands of our offense, who make oh so crappy pitchers seem like freaking Cy Young (Edwin Jackson and his 4.99 ERA, good god…) and just cannot seem to string together enough hit to get it done.

    So they have lost 2 out of 3 against one of the crappiest teams in baseball (No, the fact that the Sox are RIGHT THERE WITH THEM as one of hte crappiest teams in baseball, does not escape me…), and if they lose to them again tonight? Will not be surprised. Even remotely.

    Remember when we EXPECTED the Sox to win? Yeah, me too…

    And because there are still one or two positions he still hasn’t played, The Most Interesting Red Sox Player in the World, Brock Holt, may actually see come time at shortstop, in order to keep his bat in the lineup. And if I were Xander Bogaerts, I would be royally pissed about that…

    And then there is Will Middlebrooks, who has been sidelined for over a month and a half with a fractured finger, but has resumed his rehab duties with Pawtucket yesterday, where he went 1-3 with a strikeout. So when he gets backs, they had better hope the whole “left field experiment” works, as there is really no other place for him…

    And the Chris Capuano era is over. After being DFA’ed to clear a spot for That Clay Person a week ago, he has cleared waivers, and has been released…

    And when did Bill Mueller leave the Dodger’s front office and become the Cubs hitting coach? And Darnell William is working in the front office? And how about Eric Hinske as 1st base coach? Its like freaking old home week.

    If you are looking for a very cool gift for your favorite baseball fan, check out Marc Johnson’s glove paintings. What started as a love affair as a kid in Montana, when during the winter months he would stare at the 1st baseman’s mitt he was saving up for, has grown into a wonderfully unique expression of that boyhood dream. These are amazing–Check them out!

    Finally, on Sunday will be the announcement about the All-Star team–and there will be no Sox players voted in by the fans. Not that anyone can blame them. I am hoping some of the players get in from the player/managers selection process, as there have been some decent performances. But despite the fact that the Sox own manager is managing the AL Team this year, I think there are going to be VERY slim pickings in Minnesota on the 15th…

    You can still vote online if you want to until tomorrow night, July 3rd at 11:59pm…Just not feeling it this year…and I think the feeling is mutual for a lot of people…

    Coming up: The final game against the Cubbies, where I fully expect the Sox will turn Travis Wood (and his glorious 4.52 ERA–UGH) into the ace of the staff. Brandon Workman, who will hopefully fare better than he did against the Skanks, takes the bump. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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