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  • August 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 4, KC 10:
    Holy Crap Matt Barnes!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:25 pm in Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    6 RUNS–without getting an out.

    Really, Matt Barnes??? Admittedly, Eduardo Rodriguez left the contest in the 6th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out. But then you not only allowed THOSE 3 runners to score, but then you gave up THREE MORE of your own, then left TWO MORE on base, which then Robbie Ross came in and allowed to score.

    Holy…hell… FIVE inherited runs allowed to score, plus another 3, for a total of 8 runs. Way to go bullpen…place THIS loss squarely in your lap.

    And what an ugly UGLY loss it was, although I think that John Farrell should have done SOMETHING before this one got all out of control like it did. There is no cushion or comfort zone here. The Sox need to win more than they lose if they have a chance of holding onto their place at the dance…

    Oh, and now the Sox are back in 2nd place, 2 games behind Toronto with the Oreos breathing down their necks. They are still ahead in the Wild Card, but there are 5 other teams including the SKANKS at 3.5 games who are all 4 games or less behind…

    So, this Thursday is September 1st (Holy crap! Where the hell did this season go….), where teams have the opportunity to call up additional players for the annual roster expansion. While this is a good opportunity to get some reinforcement when players are tired, and teams also get to see some of their minor leaguers in the Bigs for evaluation, I always thought it was a bit weird that the rosters expand, but if the team gets to the postseason, the roster contracts back to the 25, and you need to jump through hoops to get any of these players on the postseason roster. The minor league season ends on September 5th, so I expect the majority of the call-ups will not appear until then.

    What will be interesting to see is if the Sox call up their other phenom prospect, Yoan Moncada, who is #2 in ALL of baseball. Currently at AA, the recently-minted 3rd baseman has a triple slash of .288/.393/.546 in 42 games with Portland.

    Speaking of #2 prospects, the Sox #2 Andrew Benintendi is suffering no structural damage in his knee, and the doctors are saying it’s just a sprain, not damage to the ACL, which was the first concern. He is currently on the DL, with no timetable for return, although the ball club is hoping it is before the end of the regular season…

    The Sox are also hoping they will see elder statesman Koji Uehara before the end of the season, as they are in desperate need of some type of stabilizing influence in that bullpen. Rehabbing from a pectoral strain, he has a great bullpen session on Friday, with another scheduled for today. As there will be no opportunity for a minor league rehab with the season ending, he will have to pitch to live batters in batting practice. I really hope he can get back and contribute, because the Sox need better bullpen than they have…

    Coming up: 3 more at home against Tampa Bay, and another chance to put some games back in the W column. Rick Porcello goes for his team-leading 18th win, opposed by Matt Andriese, same as last time. Let’s hope the outcome is same as last time… 1st pitch 7:10pm.

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