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  • October 29th, 2014

    October 29, 2014:
    Finishing up the Postseason…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:54 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Poor Jake Peavy.

    From a CY Young in 2007 to not being able to win a game if his life depended on it. 3 World Series Starts and 3 stupendous World Series losses (This includes last year’s 4 inning start with the Red Sox). He is truly the Tim Wakefield of baseball these days. He really is a better pitcher than his record suggests. OK, not in the postseason tho, as he is now saddled with a 12.79 (Yes, like 12 dollars and 79 cents) ERA. Last night, he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, leaving the bases loaded, and had already given up 2 runs. And of course, Yusmeiro Petit promptly allows all 3 base runners to score, and then adds 2 of his own. So it’s a 7th run 2nd inning, and the Giants night just get better from there, as they Yordano Ventura put on a freaking clinic, with 7 shutout innings of 3 hit ball, and a sparkling 1.49 ERA. His bullpen continued the trend with 2 innings of 3 run ball as well…

    So the Royals and the Giants each get to live another day and the series is evened up at 3-3. And tonight is game 7, the culmination of this wild ride against these pretty evenly matched teams (with the spread favoring KC by just -1.5).

    And I have not watched 1 inning of postseason baseball. The Royals getting here has been interesting, but the debacle that was the Sox’s 2014 campaign just wore me down and sucked the baseball life out of me. I expect it will get better once the hot stove heats up, but right now it’s just…Blah…

    However, it IS nice to remember that 10 years ago Monday , 7 years ago yesterday and 1 year ago tomorrow, the Red Sox won some contests of their own…And if I were to rank them, I would have to say 2007 was the best. While 2004 broke the 86 year drought–I felt the World Series was anticlimactic–beating the Skanks, and coming back from 0-3 was the pinnacle of that offseason for me. 2007 was the year Mike Lowell was the MVP, and they played much more erratically. Of course, the worst to first to worst of 2011-2012-2013 made last year’s win very exciting–AND never in a million years did any of us see that coming, but 2007 was my favorite. Although any winning season is a good one…

    Looks like Rusney Castillo is acclimating to American baseball just fine, as he and minor league pitcher Robby Scott will be members West Division Team of the Arizona Fall League All-Stars, and play in their annual contest this weekend. I cannot WAIT to see this guy play a full season in the Fens in 2015…

    So Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, and now is a free agent manager. Let the “The Sox should sign him to replace John Farrell” buzz begin! Ugh, NO. I used to like him, and as a matter of fact, he lives in my neck of the woods in the off-season (or, at least he used to), but the last couple of years, he has kinda morphed into a jerk. Not the epic jerkiness of Buck Showalter, but enough to make me NOT want him at the helm of the Red Sox…But the buzz around town is Theo will snatch him up so he can guide all the young talent of the Cubbies…

    Finally, Paul from Stadium Journey sent their new and updated reviews of Fenway Park, and a bunch of the minor league facilities, such as Pawtucket and Portland () as well. Great stuff. You can also see how the Fens measures up against all of the others in the bigs. Of course, they made the Top 5–although naturally I think they should be higher…

    Coming up: Game 7. Cause you know it had to be like this. Tim Hudson vs Jeremy Guthrie. For All the Marbles. Who knows? I may even actually watch this one…1st pitch: 8:07pm.

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