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  • September 20th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 2:
    And that would be win #5…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Returning from a week at the beach and playing catch up on my life, as I did not have much of an opportunity to watch baseball more than peripherally while I was gone.

    It is interesting to note, however, that a 4-game series between the Sox and the Skanks happens more often than not when I am at the beach–it also seems that there are a higher than average sweep occurrences during this time. I’m just glad that this year the massacre went in the right direction, with a mighty sweep of the Skanks, which also put to rest any possible chance they had to do one of those last minute miracle surges and get themselves back in the mix.

    So, with last night’s win against the cookies, where Rick Porcello got his 21st (!!) win, the Sox have a 4 game lead in the AL East over both Toronto and the Oreos, and leaves each with a Magic Number of 9. Both are also tied for sole possession of the Wild Card–yep, both spots, with their closest competition being the Tigers 2.5 GB, and with a Magic Number of 11.

    And in case you were wondering, the Skanks Magic Number is 5 for the AL East and 9 in the Wild Card, where they are 4.5 games behind–Toronto and Baltimore…

    So, barring some sort or EPIC collapse, it looks like three out of the 5 AL East teams will be going to the dance. Of course, only one of the 2 wild card teams will advance to the ALDS, after the 1-game tie breaker the first week of October.

    And the best part? Not one of them is the Skanks! Or Tampa Bay! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    But from the office of you can’t make this crap up: The Sox have 12 games left–3 each with the 4 teams in the AL East. I don’t ever remember it being this division-centric at the end in previous years, but it makes it very interesting with the Top 3 teams in the AL East battling it out for the Division–and the 2 Wild Cards…

    So there has been some discussion about how much of a bargain Rick Porcello’s contract ($82.5 million/4 years) is, now in this second year. With a 21-4 record, he is a FAR cry from his abysmal record of 9-15 for the 2015 campaign. Yeah, it was a good deal. And it will be an even better deal if he continues to pitch this way.

    And last night’s complete game (which only took him 89 pitches to execute, with 65 for strikes) was his THIRD for this year–and his 24th quality start of the season.

    The rest of his line: 2 runs on 4 hits (including a homer) while walking none, hitting a batter, and striking out 7…

    And what about Hanley Ramirez???? Now THIS is the player the Sox signed for. He has been ON FIRE, and won Co-AL Player of the week with Khris Davis. His line for the week: 5 homers, and the highest OPS in the American League (1.594). This is his 2nd AL Award in his career, and he has 4 overall.

    I was glad to see Andrew Benintendi was activated again last week while I was on vacation. Unfortunately, the prognosis for Stephen Wright is not so bright. He is currently rehabbing in Florida and hoping that he can contribute at some point this year, although the window for the regular season is rapidly closing. STILL pisses me off that he got injured as a pinch runner, because he has no business being out there…

    Finally, Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox (one of my daughter’s favorite books–and one I reviewed back in April) has been nominated for the New Hampshire Writers Project Children’s Literature Readers’ Choice Award. If you would like to vote, you can do so here… Voting is open until September 30, 2016. Congratulations to author Franklin Black on his nomination, and Good Luck!

    Coming up: Game 2 of 4 against the Oreos, with Eduardo Rodriguez getting the start against Kevin Gausman, who has had some success against the Sox this year. 1st pitch 7:05pm.

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