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  • June 20th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 1:
    Too Many Black Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    With my Graduation done, the end of the school year for my daughter, and the various and sundry life happenings in the home office of Boston Red Thoughts, I haven’t been watching as much as I should.

    Although in terms of the win/loss column, it appears I am not missing much. 5-5 in their last 10 games, blowing a perfectly good chance to put some distance between them and the freaking cookies, who are currently 1 game ahead of them in the AL East.

    Fortunately, the Skanks still suck (still under .500 and 6.5 games back, and Tampa Bay sucks even more (also under .500 and 8.5 games back)

    But holy hell, there is just 8.5 games separating worst and first, with 94 games to go. This could still be anyone’s ballgame.

    Dave Dombrowski NEEDS to do something about the pitching, because even with the transcendental offense, this team does not have it takes to get to and stay at the dance…

    Which is unfortunate, because most of the starters they DO have are freaking good. Stephen Wright who has the lowest ERA IN THE AL with 2.22. Not only that, but he also has the most complete games in the AL, and is tied with a bunch of NL pitchers for the most in ALL OF baseball. A knuckleballer. Yes, go read that again, I’ll wait…

    Stephen also have 8 wins on the season, sharing that stats with Ric Porcello and David Price, who also leads the AL in strikeouts (105) and is #5 overall…

    And his losses were more often as result of anemic offense on the nights of his starts, and even yesterday’s afternoon’s contest was no exception, except he pitched well enough to win, even without much offensive backing.

    His line: 8 IP, giving up 1 run on 8 hits (including 1 homer) while walking none and striking out 7. He threw 110 pitches, 79 for strikes…

    Then, the rotation falls into a molten abyss of suck, because Eduardo Rodriquez has pretty much failed miserably since he has been back with a 1-2 record and a 6.94 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 20 innings over 4 starts. And his last 2, hasn’t been able to get out of the 5th inning…

    And after him, well, we have That Clay Person who will be returning to the rotation for Tuesday’s start against the White Sox, cause THERE IS NO ONE ELSE…

    “Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain”, indeed…

    And this really could be THAT team. Big Papi is hitting like he is 30, and not on his World Retirement Tour, and there you have the 3 B Kids: Bradley, Bogaerts, and Betts, who are not only hitting well cover off the ball, hitting .309, .352 (!!) and 295, with 12, 9, and 15(!!)homers respectively, each is pretty much a defensive wizard, making beautiful plays in both the infield and the outfield…

    And it would be a waste to er, waste this kind of production because the Sox don’t 4th and 5th starters, and in NADA…

    But one young ‘un that just did not work the way the Sox has wished was Rusney Castillo, who was placed on outright waivers yesterday with a 5-year $50+ million price tag still attached, the remainder of his 7-year, $72.5 million contract. It is likely he will clear waivers and end up in Pawtucket, as no one will likely touch him for that kind of money, especially with 2 years of barely playing any major league ball that was actually impressive, including the 80 games in 2015, where he made 5 errors, 6 outfield assists, hit 5 homers and bat .253. Certainly not worth THAT kind of money…

    Coming up: Stephen Wright, going for his team-leading 9th win, takes the bump to kick off a 4-game series against the White Sox. He is opposed by Miguel Gonzales. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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