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  • October 6th, 2016

    Game 1, 2016 ALDS: Red Sox vs. Cleveland:
    11 wins to go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:52 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox are back at the dance after a 3-year hiatus, going from World Series Champions in 2013 to one of the worst teams in all of baseball–for 2 years in a row. We have seen the Sox do stupid things, like let Jon Lester get away–although I think he is doing OK as the Ace of the favored-to-win- it-all Chicago Cubs…

    And we have seen some pretty smart things–even tho some of them didn’t seem so smart at the time, such as signing Hanley Ramirez and Rick Porcello. Although they both had abysmal 2015 seasons, they have both bounced back and have contributed greatly to the Sox’s success in 2016. The Sox have not had a 20 game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007. Rick ended this season with a 22-4 record with a 3.15 ERA, a HUMONGOUS difference from last year when we was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

    As the saying goes: “Pitching wins championships”. And while the Sox can certainly mash with the best of them, they need good pitching to show up, which includes not only David Price shaking off whatever mojo that has been messing with his cake the last couple starts—not to mention his 0-7 postseason record, but for That Clay Person to continue his “good and effective” streak.

    And they need to shelve ANY thoughts they had about bringing Pablo Sandoval back this season. RIGHT NOW…

    So, I saw a tweet the other day from Fenway Nation which said something to the effect of: IF the Sox want to win the World Series, they have to potentially go through Terry Francona (Cleveland), Ben Cherington (Toronto) and Theo (Cubs) Interesting–and totally true, especially now since Toronto beat the Cookies in the 1 game Wild Card Tie-Breaker on Tuesday, probably due in large part to the completely inexplicable decision by Buck Showalter to not bring his star closer, Zac Britton into a tie game on the road. I get that the stats say this is not a good idea, but holy hell, you got ONE GAME FOR ALL THE MARBLES…Hell, YOU go out and pitch if that gives you the best chance to win…This is not hard…

    Of course, as always I will provide the disclaimer that my prognostication skills are pretty abysmal when I make my prediction for this series: Sox in 5–cause I think it’s going to be a hard ride all the way. Which will be made harder if David Price doesn’t get right and pitch the way he should (although he is 0-7 in postseason play–UGH) He goes against Cleveland Ace Corey Kluber tomorrow afternoon.

    I am OH so excited to see all the young ‘uns play. Mookie turns 24 on Friday, so if he, Andrew Benintendi and Xander start in tonight’s contest, that will the first time in 49 years that 3 position players 24 or young get a postseason start for the Sox. 49. Years…How funny is it that JBJ is the old man of the kids–at 26

    There will be some old friends on the other side of the park, in addition to Terry Francona. 2013 Hero (and fracking coolest Boston partier EVER) Mike Napoli and Coco Crisp (I honestly thought he retired) will be on hand for this series. I LOVE Mike Napoli, although I hope he goes 0-for-100 in this series…

    And I reallyREALLY hope that Toronto can beat Texas because if the Sox win the ALDS, I have NO desire to watch them play the “Bright Blue Team” (So named by my stepdaughter when she was like 10–but who is now a freshman in college–Holy Hell I am getting old…)

    Ahem, ANYWAY, So Texas, yes. My prediction for the other half of the ALDS is Texas in 4, as much I hope that doesn’t happen…

    As far as the National League, the Giants beat the Mets last night 3-0, on a 3-run homer by Conor Gillaspie, given up by Met’s closer Jeurys Familia. Noah Syndergaard, aka Thor pitched really well, for 7 innings, but Madison Bumgarner pitched better: a complete game of 4-hit ball….

    So now it’s the Dodgers and the Nationals (have NO idea how the Nationals manager to get to the postseason) and the Giants and the Cubs. So I am going to say Dodgers in 4 and Cubs in 3. Again, prognostication skills pretty terrible…

    Once we get through the Division Series-es, (yes, I know that is not a word) I will make my predictions for the Championship and World Series (-es)…

    Coming up: Game 1, started by Rick Porcello, who is opposed by Trevor Bauer, who started out the 2016 campaign as a reliever, but became a starter due to injury. And he has had mixed success with that, including his last 6 starts, which have been not so great, notching a 6.39 ERA during that span. This is his first postseason start, so let’s hope the jitters from that and his struggles continue….

    And in case you were wondering, this will be Rick’s third postseason start of his career, and his 9th appearance overall. His record is 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA

    Oh boy…

    Let’s do this…

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