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  • August 4th, 2014

    Red Sox 7, Skanks 8:
    Yeah, that’s about right…

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

    Well, so much for rising to the occasion.

    Not that anyone really expected him to. As a matter of fact, after last week’s trade someone asked Buchholz something about him being the anchor to a young pitching staff and how he felt about that. And his response was about how he FELT good and healthy.

    So, yeah, expecting That Clay Person to go out there and, oh, I don’t know, actually PITCH COMPETENTLY, was, apparently too much to fracking ask…Instead, he channels DICE-K and gives the Sox THIS:

    5 IP, throwing 114 pitches, 61 for strikes, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits while walking FIVE and striking out 5. And that nifty 6.20 ERA? It’s almost as bad as John Lackey’s in 2012 (.641)! But there are still games to be played, so he still has time to get there…

    While Craig Breslow DID give up the go-ahead run, and got the loss for this contest, the blame is squarely in the lap of Buchholz. This is CRAP. And it needs to stop, trade him for a bag of balls, or put him in the DL for the rest of the year. I don’t care, but I would rather see one of the kids get a shot and get lit up, than look at someone who looks like a reject from the casting of “The Grudge”, and says sh*t like this: “My mindset is always to go out and compete and try to keep my team in the game. I didn’t do either of those tonight.”

    Ya THINK, Clay??

    BUT, something happy to report. Looks like Dustin Pedroia may have his groove back. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .400, with multiple hits in every one of his last 5 games.

    And, unfortunately, my prediction of 1 win in this series was accurate, although they certainly could have won all 3–there were no blowouts, They lost by 2 runs on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday, it was just (ironically) the pitching that failed them this time, not the hitting…

    And here is an interesting stat: The Sox have played 60 games against teams other than those in the AL East, and they are at .500 in those contests. They have played 51 games against their brethren in the AL East. Their record there? .372, or 19-32. Against one of the weakest AL East Divisions in a very long time. Blech…

    David Ross’ plantar fasciitis in his right foot finally ruptured, which means it can finally start healing–weird how that kind of stuff works. But now he is on the DL, and hopefully will be back sooner rather than later…Dan Butler was called up, and will make his major league debut probably tomorrow…

    And…….Shane Victorino is probably going to need back surgery. Outstanding…

    Finally, not super thrilled about Lackey’s comments that he planned to honor his contact next season (the one that pays him the league minimum of $500K), because (as told to MLB’s Jenifer Langosch: ) “his decision partially hinged on where he landed.” What exactly does that mean? He would not have if he was in Boston? Guess we don’t have to worry about that anymore. But its a crap thing to say..

    For Sure…

    Coming up: An off-day, then 3 against the Cardinals. Anyone have the urge to say this is some kind of WS revisit “thing”? Just…DON’T…Please. The Sox will not be seeing John Lackey in this series, as he pitched this weekend, but the Cardinals will be seeing their former starter, Joe Kelly on Wednesday night. Tomorrow we see Rubby De La Rosa take the bump in St. Louis, against Lance Lynn. 1st pitch: 8:15pm…

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