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  • August 22nd, 2014

    Red Sox 0, Angels 2:
    One Hit. AGAIN…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:14 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So. How many IS that this year? 4? 6? An even dozen? I don’t have the time or inclination to slog through the 2014 campaign looking for the instances where the opposing pitcher no-hit the Red Sox for a bunch of innings, and then someone steps up and saves their collective bacon from the indignity. Last night Shoemaker, perfect EXCEPT for hitting Brock Holt in the 1st, took his bid into the 7th inning, when Will Middlebrooks (Yeah, go back and read that again, I’ll wait) hit a double to spoil his efforts. Guess the hamstring strain from the night before wasn’t as bad as it could have been…He was in the game because Cespedes had to leave abruptly in the 3rd inning to deal with “a family medical emergency”…

    So that is loss #5, including a sweep by the Angels, and a completely wasted effort from Rubby De La Rosa, who threw 6 2/3 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8. He threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes. Certainly good enough for the win, if the Sox didn’t, you know have major SUCKAGE in the offensive department this year…

    And I’ll spare you the AL East Rankings, The Sox are DEAD LAST; anything else is superfluous. HOWEVER, I would like to note that the Skanks are 9 GB behind the Cookies, and tied with Toronto for 4th place in the Wild Card. And of the 2 spaces available, Oakland has a choke hold on one of them, with 5.5 games AHEAD of the 2nd team on the list, Detroit…And the Skanks and Toronto are 4 games behind THEM…Likelihood they will make the offseason? Slim…and none…

    Allen Craig returned from the DL last night, batting 5th–and obviously doing nothing–just like everyone else–except for Middlebrooks. David Ortiz got the night off, and Mike Napoli is still resting his spasming back.

    So the Sox are the winners in the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes, and have agreed in principal with the 27-year old Cuban defector to a 6-year $72.5 million contract…If this guys is what he is billed as (A speedier version of fellow countryman Jose Abreu, who has been very successful with the White Sox) he could be the outfielder/leadoff man to replace what the Sox lost when Jake signed with the Skanks…But better…

    Speaking of better, That Clay Person ISN’T. Actually he is downright HORRIBLE. And he needs to be traded. For who or what, I do not care, but please Ben, get this done. I don’t think any of us can stomach any more of this awful pitching, and his bullsh*t excuses. And that is saying something in a year where there is little to stomach to begin with…

    And how bout THIS not so Neato stat: The Worst ERA IN HISTORY by a Red Sox starter was 6.13 in 2000, by Pedro’s brother Ramon. That Clay Person’s currently? 5.94. Don’t worry, Clay, there’s still time…

    Coming up: 3 against Seattle, who actually don’t suck this year (Guess there is hope for the Sox yet–just not this year.) I just cannot STAND Seattle. And now that they overpaid for Robinson Cano, my dislike has only grown. Joe Kelly, hoping for a better result than his abysmal outing on Sunday, where he gave up 7 runs, takes the bump, opposed by, you guessed it: “King” Felix. Wonderful. 1st pitch, 7:10pm.

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