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  • August 18th, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Astros 8:
    The Shoe is on the Other Foot…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:51 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Remember how I/we used to bitch that the Sox needed to do better against horribly crappy teams, as there was no reason why these teams should be beating them?

    Well guess what, OUR team is now the crappy team…

    (sigh) Yeah.

    I know, this isn’t a great revelation, as evidenced by the fact that they are dead last in the AL East–which is historically at its weakest in a long time–the Oreos in first place, SEVEN games AHEAD of the Skanks? Really? So the Sox are 14.5 games behind, and 11 games below .500, on pace to win 74 games in 2014. A year removed from winning the AL East with 97 games. Oh, and winning the FRACKING WORLD SERIES as well. And they are TWO years removed from sucking even WORSE that this year, finishing 26 games behind the Skanks with 69 wins.

    So why doesn’t it feel as AWFUL this year, as it did 2 years ago? The obviously reason is the World Series that was sandwiched in between the suckage. But I think it’s more than that. Obviously the 3-ring fracking CIRCUS that was Bobby Valentine, aka, The Smartest Man in the Room, who seemed to, as always, make it all about him. But in 2012 the “I don’t give a crap” vibe was loud and proud, and it just was HORRIBLE to watch the team (or a good portion of it) quit on us like that. This year, while the result is similar, the vibes is totally different. This is a team that is trying, but they just don’t have the right pieces to get it together this year. The kid’s learning curves are longer than expected. Most of the veterans are either injured or underperforming. And Management didn’t sign enough reliable talent to replace what was lost to trades…

    It happens, and we move on. Enjoy the kids, and hope the hell next year things fall into place. And despite the fact that the Sox will be playing golf on September 29th, if you are still looking to do some betting then check out these recommended online sportsbooks for US bettors looking to bet on sports online for the MLB, NFL, NBA and Kentucky Derby.

    And, although it’s probably never EVER going to happen, resigning Jon Lester and getting rid of That Clay Person would be much appreciated…

    So. In other news, yesterdays’ drubbing was a cluster from beginning to end. Our shortstop didn’t step on the bag, when trying to turn 2, it was contested by Houston, who WON their appeal, and then someone hit a grand slam. And just like that, the Sox were in a 6-0 hole in the first…

    Not that Joe Kelly was particularly sharp anyway: Throwing 91 pitches, 49 for strikes, he went 4 innings, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) while walking SIX, and striking out 2. I know he is better than this, buy Holy Hell…

    And look for David Ross to be back this week, as his DL stint did what it needed to do–allowed his plantar fasciitis to heal. He is so ready, he is not even going to do a minor league rehab appearance…

    A fun AND Neato stat: Stephen Drew, the only player traded from the Red Sox to Skanks in recent memory (I think you might have heard of the guy) is currently hitting…wait for it….163/.200/.256 slashline for the Skanks. Schadenfreude!

    And, an even MORE fun and Neato stat: Since his return from his banishment to the minors at the beginning of June, Daniel Nava is hitting .331, with an OBP of .399…Now THAT is more like it…

    Finally, fellow BBA-er Graham from Baseball Past and Present. has compiled 139 seasons of run totals throughout baseball history. Very neat stuff. Check it out!

    Coming up: 7 against the Left Coast teams in the Fens, starting with 4 against the Angels. Brandon Workman, who hopefully righted himself so he doesn’t turn into the Latest Permutation of Jake Peavy, takes the bump against C.J. Wilson. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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