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  • September 22nd, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Baltimore 1:
    What’s with all the 5’s??

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:18 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox have won three in a row against the Cookies: 5-2, 5-2 and 5-1–and their win against the Skanks was 5-4. So is that the secret? The offense will score 5 runs, and as long as pitching doesn’t give up 5 runs, they are golden?

    Well, if the last 3 days are any indication, 5 runs is PLENTY, as the Sox have had quality starts from Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, and can-you-believe-it: That Clay Person in the last 3 contests. Add to that the fact that the Sox are beating the Oreos, further putting out of reach their place in the division (they are now in 3rd place at 6GB) , and I freaking hate Buck Showalter, this is a win-win all- around.

    Oh, and Toronto isn’t faring as well, being firmly in 2nd place, 5 games behind the Sox who have won 8 of their last 10…

    And Baltimore and Toronto had better watch it, because the Tigers and the Astros are breathing down their neck in the Wild Card, each only 1 and 2 games behind in the standings, respectively… While the Sox only have one more game against Baltimore tonight, they last 3 games of the season are against Toronto–at Fenway Park.

    So this could be a cat-fight until the very last day of the season…But with a Magic # of 6 to clinch the division, and 5 to clinch ANY postseason berth, barring an collapse of epic proportions in the last 11 games of the season (and I am not even sure THAT is possible now), the Sox are going to the Dance!

    Yay!

    So last night, That Clay Person turned in a great performance, going 7 strong innings of 1 run ball–with no homers! The bullpen chipped in with 2 innings of 1 hit ball and 2 strikeouts–Now THIS is the way a pitching staff should operate.

    The rest of Buchholz’s line: Throwing 95 pitches, with 60 strikes, he gave up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. Bringing his ERA down to 5.00, and giving him his 8th win of the season, as well as his 8th quality start…For the first time in a looooong time, his winning streak is actually coming at a great time–so let’s hope it lasts for as long as the Sox do.

    And it came out this week that Andrew Benintendi actually had a FRCTAURE in his knee when he got injured at the end of August. Which could have been REALLY ugly–but fortunately, those young ‘uns heal fast, and even tho he will be wearing a knee brace for the foreseeable future, it certainly is not impacting his play, as he hit a 3-Run shot in the 6th inning which put the Sox ahead–and for good. This was his 2nd 3-run homer of his very short big-league career. He is slashing .317/.360/.524 in 25 games and 82 at bats, with 26 hits, and 13 RBI’s…And it is quite possible he will be moved from the #9 spot to the #6 spot before the season is over. At 22. With the offense that is in this lineup….Now THAT’S impressive…

    Looks like Steven Wright may still be in the mix at some point. He has been doing the long toss thing, up to 120 feet as he rehabs in Florida. If all goes well, he may test his ailing shoulder by throwing off the mound over the weekend. If he can do this without pain, the Sox may see him in the postseason, as knuckleballers have an easier time building up their arm strength, and need less time to do it….Fingers crossed, because you can never have too much pitching. Especially All-Star caliber pitching.

    And speaking of. What is UP with Red Sox knuckleballers and the All-Star game? Tim Wakefield was selected for the All-Star team in 2009 (although Joe Maddon didn’t use him–bastard) then injured his back and calf and was on the shelf for 6 weeks. And then Steven Wright, makes the All-Star game this year–and Ned Yost didn’t use him EITHER–bastard), and then he gets hurt, and has been on the shelf since mid- August…Is this sort of like the curse of the Sports Illustrated Cover? hmmm….

    Coming up: The last game of the 4-game series against the Oreo’s–and the last game against them for the 2016 Campaign–probably, but who knows, the Sox may see them again if they get it together and get to the postseason. David Price goes for the sweep, and win #8 for the ballclub, opposed by Ace Chris Tillman. This could either be a pitcher’s duel to the death–or a complete shelling–Should be interesting. First pitch 7:05pm…

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