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  • July 15th, 2016

    July 15, 2016:
    Finally! Some Baseball!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:36 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So, after an interminable 4-day hiatus, which saw the AL win for the 5th time in a row, the Sox head to NYC for a 3-game weekend series against the Skanks.

    We’ll get to that in a minute, but how about the Sox signing a starter with an ACTUAL WINNING RECORD. Yep, Drew Pomeranz, formerly with the Pittsburg, leaves the NL with an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 102 innings pitched. What I like is he had struck out 115 in that span, and is only 27 years old. He has had success pitching for both NL and AL Teams, as he was with Oakland in 2014 and 2015, although it was primarily as a reliever. He asked to return to the rotation with the Bucs, and he has been successful there. He was also one of their representatives at this week’s All-Star game, throwing a scoreless inning in the contest…

    Unfortunately, the Sox gave up a pretty good prospect to get him. Anderson Espinoza was rated the best prospect in the Red Sox Organization (and 4th overall). The 18-year old was pitching in Single A and in 17 starts was 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA. Yes, he had AMAZING potential; however, there is a long way (and a number of levels) between here and the Bigs. The Sox need help now, and Dave Dombrowski made those steps.

    Pomeranz will likely make his first start in a Red Sox uniform in the Fens next Wednesday against the Giants.

    The bullpen woes have been made worse in recent days by two relievers on the DL: Craig Kimbrel’s knee surgery, which takes him out for the next 4-6 weeks, although maybe THAT is why he has been so icky-awful this year. And Junichi Tazawa, out for a while with an impingement in his right shoulder, but it will probably at least 2-3 week…

    But Dave Dombrowski addressed that too by trading minor leaguers Jose Almote and Luis Alejandro Basabe to the Diamondbacks for Brad Ziegler, a righty with a 32-24 record with a 2.49 ERA and 374 strikeouts. He can also close if need be, with 81 saves, mostly with Arizona in the last couple seasons…

    So these trades, while costing the Sox something, should pay dividends, and hopefully be what the Sox need to right the ship.

    They beat up on Tampa Bay (although my daughter could beat up on Tampa Bay) with a sweep last weekend, which gave them 4 wins in a row and 7-3 in the last 10. Definitely better than June, where they ended up with a 9-17 record.

    Blech.

    So now the Sox head to the Bronx to take on the Skanks so let’s take a minute to see where both teams are at the beginning of the unofficial send half of the season. The Sox are currently 49-38, 2 games behind the Oreos, and tied for 2nd place in the Division with Toronto, who, but sucking less than usual, with probably be in the mix for the remainder of the 2016 campaign. The Skanks are at .500 (44-44) and 7.5 games behind the Cookies in the AL East…

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…

    Ahem…

    For the sake of clarity, and because I don’t feel like doing all the maths involved to include Baltimore, this will only compare the gap between the Sox and the Skanks, which stands at 5.5 games, with the Sox beating them 4 out of their 6 meetings so far this year, including the sweep at Fenway at the end of April/Beginning of May…

    And, with that: To the Blackboard!

    If the Sox Sweep: There will be a lovely 8.5 games between the two teams, and hopefully 3 wins would help the Sox gain some ground against the Oreos (who are playing Tampa Bay–so not likely)–and some space against Toronto, who are playing Oakland on the Left Coast.

    If the Sox Win 2: 6.5 games between the ballclubs, which is completely acceptable…and kinda daunting if you are a Skankee fan…

    If the Sox Win 1: 4.5 Game, which isn’t terrible, but with Wright and Price, they should be able to win at least 2…

    If the Sox are Swept: 2.5 Games will separate the Sox and the Skanks, and I will be royally pissed they could not even win 1 game with 2 Aces starting during this series.

    So, what do I think will happen? Since Eduardo Rodriguez has been called back from Pawtucket to start in Saturday’s game, I think the Sox will win 2 of 3. But while we are at it, why isn’t Porcello involved in this series? I can see not wanting to throw Pomeranz out for his first start with the Sox against the Skanks at The Stadium, opting to ease him in at the Fens, but they have just had FOUR DAYS OFF. Rick could have started tomorrow, or Sunday…

    But I guess we’ll see. And, as I am in the middle of Yankeeland, but without the necessary New York Stations, it is likely I’ll only get to see the ESPN (naturally) game on Sunday…

    Finally, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) released their selection for the 2016 Tony Gwynn Leadership Award this week. This award to chosen by the BBA membership for the player who is not only a great leader in baseball, but off the field as well. This year’s winner is Sean Doolittle, who is a reliever for Oakland. You can read all about it here..

    Coming up: All-Star Knuckleballer Stephen Wright takes the mound in the Bronx for Game 3 against the Skanks. He is opposed by Michael Pineda, who has been Buchholz-like this season (3-8, 5.38 ERA). Let’s hope there is no reverse lock in this contest. 1st pitch: 7:10pm.

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