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  • August 1st, 2014

    August 1, 2014:
    Well, THAT was Interesting…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:58 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Don’t even know where to begin really…and I am kind of all over the map, so this is probably going to be more incoherent than usual…

    Quite a fruitful day in the Fens yesterday, where Ben Cherington traded every starting pitcher NOT named Buchholz…Jon Lester–Gone. John Lackey–Gone. Felix Doubront–Gone. Andrew Miller–Gone.

    And the Sox also did the first deal with the SKANKS in 17 years, trading Stephen Drew to the Evil Empire for Kelly Johnson.

    And lest we forget, Johnny Gomes was also part of the deal for Jon Lester.

    The buzz around town is that the Sox were definitely winners in the trade deadline sweepstakes, most notably due to the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes, the young slugger from Oakland who should be the middle of the order bat the Sox so desperately needed…and if you are going to give up your ace, he is certainly the type of guy you want to get for him…

    It was certainly an interesting day in the Nation, and honestly, with the exception of the Lester trade, I am happy with how things turned out. Ben got some good players for what he gave up…and none of these deals made me want to bang my head for being freaking stupid–which is a feat, in and of itself….

    Gomes was fairly useless this year, and Stephen Drew really wasn’t doing anything but complicate the whole “Middlebrooks/Bogaerts” dynamic. But Xander is not going to be able to use the “playing out of his natural position” excuse any longer, because Will Middlebrooks will be back at 3rd, and Xander will be back at shortstop…

    It just perplexes me WHY the Skanks insist on signing SHORTSTOPS and then moving them to another position. (Drew will be playing 2nd for the ballclub)…

    And I am glad Felix Doubront and his OH SO crappy attitude is gone, and the whole John Lackey and “would he or wouldn’t he” pitch for the league minimum next year is drama I am glad the Sox will avoid…

    But WHY OH WHY could they not get a deal done for Buchholz? I am sure SOMEONE would have taken him. So how HE is anchoring a very young rotation and that scares the ever lovin’ CRAP out of me…UGH

    And, for the record, we need to stop thinking that the Sox are gonna re-sign Lester in the offseason. Cause they are not. And if they do, I will be the first one to apologize. But thinking that Sox management is going to rethink their “don’t sign pitchers over 30 to expensive, long-term contracts” philosophy is not realistic. Let’s not forget, they offered him a 6 year $70 million deal–which is less than 12 million a year. He is worth AT LEAST $18–and is probably going to get closer to 20-22 in the open market. And the Sox will Nev-A Ev-A pay that….

    Oh, and who had August 1st in the pool? Shane Victorino’s back is out. AGAIN, which means he is back on the DL. AGAIN,

    So it will be interesting to see how this new team as constricted will fare. Honestly, they cannot be any worse than the team that has been playing for the last 108 games…

    And not that it’s even going to remotely matter, but the Sox host the Skanks for 3 at Fenway this weekend, so as we always do here at Boston Red Thoughts…

    To the Blackboard!

    To recap (yes, we have to…) Sox 48-60, dead last in the AL East, 13 games behind the fracking cookies, and 7.5 games behind the 3rd place Skanks…

    So…

    If the Sox Sweep (I know, but we need to at least SAY it…): The Sox would then be 4.5 games behind the Skanks–I am not doing the analysis on where they will be if the Oreos and Toronto win or lose. It not only doesn’t matter, but my teeth ache just thinking about it…

    If the Sox win 2 (always possible, even tho it’s unlikely…): 6.5 games behind the Skanks.

    If the Sox win 1: 8.5 Games behind.

    If the Sox are Swept: 10.5 games behind the Skanks…and A LOT more behind everyone else…

    My prediction? They’ll win at least 1, possibly two. But I am thinking 1…And it the end, it doesn’t really matter (Sorry, Linkin’ Park) because the only thing the Sox will be doing for the next 54 games is playing out the string…

    Coming up: Old Friend Chris Capuano gets his 2nd start in a Skankee uniform. The Sox got rid of him because he started sucking, which means he will probably no-hit the Sox tonight…But he is an interesting choice–guess the Skanks are hurting for pitching…He is opposed by Anthony Ranaudo, making his major league debut (His record in Pawtucket this year is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA), and will probably now have a permanent spot in the rotation. 1st pitch 7:10pm.

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