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  • May 9th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Skanks 1:
    Well, THAT Could Have Went Better…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:21 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    When I did my series analysis for the Sox/Skankee Series on Friday, I predicted 2 out of 3, but I was really hoping for a sweep, because having the Skanks TEN GAMES BEHIND in the AL East, even this early in the season, would be glorious, and really fun to watch…

    And, as an added bonus, the Sox would maintain their first place position in the division, no matter what anyone did.

    So here we are on the Monday morning after the series, that saw the Sox LOSE two out of three, and the only thing that prevented the dreadful prospect of a sweep to a team that hadn’t even gotten to ten wins for the SEASON, was not Ric Porcello, who, at 5-1 is still the winningest Red Sox starter. Nor was it David Price, who was signed in the offseason for stupid money, and got the snot beat out of him on Saturday afternoon, not even able to get out of the 5th inning (4.2 IP, but gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 4. And is now the owner of a oh so nifty 6.75 ERA…Blech

    Nope, it was a KNUCKLEBALLER. Stephen Wright threw a COMPLETE GAME GEM, which was almost a shut out–but then Brett Gardner hit a solo shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning. I am willing to bet (no pun intended) baseball is one of those sports that can make betting sites completely crazy, with how completely random it seem sometimes…

    But holy buckets, look at this line: 9IP, 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 (Astounding for a NB), and striking out 7. And he did it all in 101 pitches (66 for strikes). Just for comparison: HE is the owner of a sparkling 1.52 ERA.

    And…He’s a knuckleballer. Yeah.

    So the Sox are 6 games ahead of the Skanks, and that is still fun. They are still in last place, hopefully where they will continue to stay for the foreseeable future. But now the Sox are in 2nd place, half a game behind the Oreos, which I expect is going to be a back and forth thing this year.

    Unless the Sox don’t do something to rectify their pitching situation.

    I think Ric Porcello will bounce back. It was a close game (3-2) on Friday night, and the Sox just did not have sufficient offense. Yeah, there was that crappy call in the 9th inning where Big Papi was called out on strikes when it was CLEARLY ball 4, which lead to John Farrell getting ejected and The Large Father getting ejected, but the Sox left 12 men on base in that contest, so I’d be more apt to blame that, rather than Umpire Ron Kulpa (although I think he totally blew that call)

    I am far more concerned with David Price. WTH? A 6.75 ERA? His career numbers are more than HALF that (3.19) He currently has a WHIP of 1.38, his career WHIP is 1.14. He is averaging less than 6 innings per outing so far this year, and has been ranging from OK to rather icky, with the exception of his stellar outing against Atlanta at the end of April. But now, apparently, Dustin Pedroia may have found a mechanical issue that David Price didn’t notice himself that may make this better.

    Hey, Pedey, can you do something for That Clay Person too, while you’re at it?

    Thankfully, Eduardo Rodriguez may be ready to come back to the bigs, after pitching a competent outing (5.2 IP, 3 runs on 6 hits) during his rehab start at Pawtucket. They will reevaluate him and make the determination this week…

    But then the question becomes, who goes? Stephen Wright has certainly earned his spot in this rotation. Ric Porcello and David Price aren’t going anywhere. And That Clay Person pitched well in his last start, so that will probably earn him enough good will for the next month of crappy starts–although his DL stint should commence anytime now (I have May 15th in the pool)

    But when it’s REALLY going to get interesting is when Joe Kelly is ready to come back from his shoulder impingement. He is currently in Pawtucket on rehab assignment, and made his first start of 3 innings on Friday night. I expect he will have at least 2 more outings before returning to the bigs. But Dave Dombrowski has already said Joe Kelly will not be a reliever…

    Finally, I will be joining AC Wayne and Ricky Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and District On Deck (Nats) on BBA Live! tomorrow night, starting at 10:00pm EST to talk about all things Red Sox baseball. If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out!

    Coming up: The Sox kick off a 7-game home stand with 3 against Oakland. That Clay Person takes the bump to kick off the series. He is opposed by Sonny Gray. I guess the 64,000$ question, as always is: Which Clay Buchholz will show up? 1st pitch: 7:10pm.

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