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  • June 8th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Giants 3, in 10:
    Mookie Betts…Bunter?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:30 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Of course, there appears to be little that Mookie Betts CANNOT do, but this is the guy that hit FIVE homers last week–in TWO days. In a Row. But last night, when he needed to get on base, John Farrell has him bunt to do so. And it worked, setting the table for Xander to hit a single and score not only Mookie, but also Marco Hernandez to win the contest in 10 innings.

    Ric Porcello certainly pitched well enough to win, but the offense not being able to get things going until the extra frame, his 8th win is going to have to wait. His line: 6 IP, giving 3 runs on 5 hits (including a homer), while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 93 pitches, 6 for strikes.

    So John Farrell has decided not to let either That Clay Person OR Joe Kelly be a starter right now, opting to keep a 4-man rotation for the time being. Therefore, Buchholz stays in the bullpen, and Joe Kelly stays in Pawtucket, where he was banished immediately following his horribly abysmal start (7 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1–in less than 3 innings–2.1 to be exact)

    While I am super happy That Clay Person was finally held accountable for his awfulness, and that management didn’t allow Joe Kelly to reach Buchholz proportions of bad by trotting him out there every 5 days. This Sox team cannot win as constructed. Yes, they can win a lot with their offense, but there is a reason “pitching wins championships” is a cliché–because it’s TRUE…

    And I also realize that this is not an earth-shattering revelation–The Sox need, at the very LEAST a decent (like a #3) starter, and some bullpen helps, because losing Carson Smith for at least a year due to Tommy John really hurt. Koji is 41 years old, and while he can still be effective, he currently has a 4.37 ERA,which is over 2 runs higher than last year, and as a frame of reference, his career ERA is 2.53. Adding to that is the rest of the bullpen being inconsistent, and while Craig Kimbrel has been better, he is still learning the AL, so if the starters are only going like 5-6 innings, the Sox need a bullpen that can pitch 3-4 innings….

    So right now, the Sox are 2nd in the AL, 1/2 game behind fracking Baltimore, and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. While it since to see the Skanks in 4th place 6.5 games behind the Cookies, the Sox a squandering a HUGE opportunity to gain uber ground in the division, but without pitching…

    But here is some fun news: the Dodger’s DFA’ed Carl Crawford. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. He was good for them for a couple or years (which the Sox never even got), but the last 2 years his slash was 240/.281/.351. So unless another team signs him in the next 10 (now 8) days, the Dodgers have to eat the remainder of his contract: $34.6 Million. WHAT a waste…

    Finally, heard from Nick at Breaking T., a t-shirt company offering some pretty cool David Ortiz World Tour T-shirts to commemorate his final season in the Bigs. I personally like the one with the rings. Check them out!

    Coming up: Another game in the middle of the night, but thankfully there are only 2 right now. It gets really ugly at the end of July/beginning of August when they spend a little less than 2 weeks on the Left Coast, and of the 11 games they play, SEVEN of them start 10:05 or later. THAT’S going to be a long stretch. But tonight, David Price goes for his 8th win, opposed by Madison Bumgarner. 1st pitch: 10:15pm.


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