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  • August 20th, 2014

    Red Sox 3, Angels 4:
    On…and on…and on…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:47 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yeah, I know the Angels are the best team in baseball, on pace to win 96-ish games this season–but holy hell it feels like they have been in Boston for MONTHS kicking the ever loving crap out of them. Honestly, I had to look and see exactly how many games the Sox have lost in the last 7 days (answer: most of them)–as they are pretty much all starting to runtogether….

    Blech…

    In last night’s loss, it was Koji’s turn, giving up the go-ahead run in a tie game in the 9th inning. And despite the fact that this was his 3rd loss of the season, he STILL has a 1.53 ERA…

    Allen Webster had another competent outing, going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while walking 2, hitting a batter and striking out 3 . He threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes, and he is shaping up to be a decent 3rd or 4th starter. Now all they need is an ace, a second and possibly a third starter. And right now, the pickings are slim…

    Holy buckets, what the HELL happened to Josh Hamilton? .263 with EIGHT homers and 35 RBI’s with more than 3/4 of the season over? Guess this is just another chapter in the “pay older guys too much money for too many years, and it bites you in the ass more often than not…” And for those of you think this makes for a compelling argument for NOT signing Jon Lester, you can just SHUT it; cause there is a big Big BIG Difference…

    Oh, and Will Middlebrooks is hurt. Again. Had to leave last night’s contest with “right hamstring tightness” in the 4th inning. Let’s see: He broke his finger AND had calf strain so far this year. And HOW old is this guy?

    Outstanding.

    Apparently, the Sox are in the running for Rusney Castillo, the Cuban infielder/outfielder. We’ll see. My concern with Cuban players it he age thing. He SAYS he is 27…but he could really be 35…

    And the walking wounded are progressing. David Ross will be back for tonight’s game, and Allen Craig, who already has 1 rehab game under his belt, will play 2 more, today and tomorrow, and then be evaluated…I expect if his ankle/foot/lower extremity doesn’t fall off, he’ll be back with the Sox his weekend…

    Finally, Fellow BBA’er Marcus over at Hidden Vigorish compiled an interesting list of the longest and shortest winning and losing streaks since the inception of the Wild Card. Not surprising, the amazing 20-game run in 2002 by Oakland still stands. Check it out!

    Coming up: Game 3 of 4 against the Angels. That Clay Person takes the bump, opposed by Garrett Richards, who holds a 13-4 record, with a nifty 2.53 ERA–and Clay…doesn’t…

    Outstanding.

    1st pitch: 7:10pm.

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