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  • July 28th, 2014

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 2:
    The Definition of Insanity…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:21 pm in Baseball,Red Sox No Comments

    Unfortunately, THAT seems to be the best way to sum up our beloved Red Sox this year. They keep doing the same things over and over, and expect a different result. And while it works just fine when things are going your way, obviously when it doesn’t. It doesn’t…

    So the Sox won 1 out of 3… Which is better than a sweep, but they should have fracking LIT UP freaking David Price on Friday, and on Saturday they (once again) made mediocre pitching look like CY Young…

    But young un, Allen Webster, who got his first start of the 2014 campaign in place of the recently traded Jake Peavy, gave the Sox exactly what was needed: 5 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 5, throwing a wild pitch and striking out 4. He threw 86 pitches, 42 for strikes. Not the prettiest outing, but good enough for the win…

    And David Ortiz took care of all the offense, with a 3-run shot off Chris Archer, who apparently didn’t like that (or The Large Father’s attitude when he hit it) and made sure to mention that after the game. Whaaaaa Whaaaa…

    It’s time to realize that the 2014 season is not about getting to the dance, but getting the young uns ready for 2015. I think we are going to see a number of moves this week, and some are going to be A LOT less palatable than others. My only hope is that they don’t trade Jon Lester. They need to sign him. Because trading him for Matt Kemp who STILL has $100+ Million left on HIS contract for the next 4 years is STUPID. If you could get Puig, or Trout, or a game changer like that, I would say that’s a good deal…But otherwise, why on EARTH would you want to let go of a pitcher who has said on more than 1 occasion that he wants to end his career in Boston, and not only would take less money to do it, but if the Sox DID trade him this week, he would STILL want to come back to Boston??? And he is an elite lefty (career 110-63, with a 3.64 ERA) who is LIGHTS OUT in last year’s postseason (4-1 with a 1.56 ERA), and has NEVER been on the DL, unless you want to count the time he took a leave of absence because he BEAT CANCER…

    How is this a hard decision???

    I don’t think it is. Just like I don’t think trading Jake Peavy to the Giants for 2 decent prospects was a hard decision. He was 1-9 with an 4.72 ERA this season. The Sox just could not drum up run support for him when he did pitch well and his ERA is 1 run LOWER in the NL. He was a good guy, a great teammate, and as I said on Facebook this weekend, a class act, and he bought a duck boat. So thanks for everything and lots of luck…except when you play the Sox, which thankfully doesn’t happen this year…

    And in case you were wondering, he made his first start with the Giants on Sunday night, and lost 4-3 against the Dodgers…

    So Mike Carp wants to be traded, citing his desire to play more as the reason. While I get that, he was on the DL for quite a while, and it just feels a bit disloyal–he wasn’t complaining last year. And I think John Farrell might think so too: “We’ve had a chance to sit down and talk. I respect his desire to play more. And yet, when you’ve been very consistent with what his role was a year ago, that was to be the same role this year. And I understand where players want to get on the field more consistently. So I respect what he had to say.”

    Interesting week ahead, I expect…

    Coming up: In a strong feeling of “Didn’t we just do this???”, the Sox take on Toronto for 3, this time in the Fens. That Clay Person takes the bump (Oh. Yeah. Not.), opposed by R. A. Dickey. 1st pitch, 7:10pm…

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