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  • August 20th, 2015

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 4: Well, that was unexpected…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:51 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    …Except that I guess it really wasn’t.

    I think everyone kinda felt the rumblings (at least I did) that it was certainly possible that once Dave Dombrowski was let go by the Tigers, that he would find a home with the Sox. Especially since he and John Henry have a looooong history–and we all know how much John Henry loves his history.

    So he is in, and Ben is out, despite management saying Ben was going nowhere, and even said that Ben didn’t have to leave. But Ben knew the writing on the wall–Dombrowski is a hands-on guy–hell he even fired GM Randy Smith and Manager Phil Gardner when the Tigers lost their first 6 games of the 2002 campaign and replaced Smith as GM. This is definitely not a guy who is afraid of making hard choices.

    That could be great for the Sox, as we need a salary dump RIGHT NOW, and send Panda and Hanley somewhere–maybe the Dodgers will be suckers…er…trade partners once again?

    And it can be awful for the Sox because these are not his guys–and has been known to raid prospects to get established players–Would he be dumb enough to raid the cabinet and trade Xander, or JBJ, or Mookie Betts? Holy crap, I hope not…

    I guess it will be interesting, either way–and hell, the added bonus is King Larry will be gone as well, so the front office will have a very different look/feel than it has in the last 12-14 years…

    So Joe Kelly is actually at .500 for the season with a 6-6 record–but the 5.37 ERA is still pretty abysmal. Throwing 100 pitches, 57 for strikes he went 6 strong giving up 1 run (unearned) pm 5 hits while walking and striking out 3.

    But, once again, the big story is Jackie Bradley, Jr. Holy Buckets! Another spectacular catch, which he makes seem OH SO easy, AND a 3-run shot in the 4th. His slash line is now .247/.349/.517, which is much better than his career slash of .204/.282/.317. Nothing would make me happier than to see him, Mookie, and Rusney Castillo patrolling the outfield for many MANY years to come…

    And because I could not love the man more, how about Tito going with John Farrell to his first chemo treatment this week. Complete class act. I hear that Brad Mills joined them as well. Way to be supportive of your friend…

    Coming up: Closing out this 10-game home stand, where they have actually won more than they lost. 4-2), they have 4 against KC for the weekend. Wade Miley, also at .500 with a 9-9 record (although his ERA is better at 4.58), takes the bump in Game 1. He is opposed by Danny Duffy. 1st pitch 7:10pm.

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