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  • April 24th, 2018

    April 24, 2018:
    OK…What Happened Here?

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:09 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    The Sox were playing TRANSCENDENTAL baseball, with a 17-2 record, and easily beat Oakland in Friday night’s contest…

    And then the bottom fell out.

    OK, I am being a bit dramatic, but holy buckets, THEY GOT NO-HIT???? Really??? By Sean Manaea, a guy who has faced the Sox 3 times prior, and they’ve beaten the snot of of him, with a 13.50 ERA and a 1-2 record. Yeah, I would say this one pretty much came out of nowhere.

    I could not even remember the last time the Sox were no hit–so I had to look it up: April 22, 1993–almost 25 years to the day, when Seattle’s Chris Bosio walked the 1st 2 Red Sox batters of his outing, and then got 27 consecutive outs…

    Then they lost again on Sunday, and while it would easy to blame David Price, the fact that he didn’t give up that 3-run shot until 2 outs into the EIGHTH inning (he has given up 1 run prior to that), Add to that the fact the Sox couldn’t muster more than a run in 9 inning (but then again, they could not even muster up a HIT in the previous game), I think we’ll give him a pass on this one. He certainly pitched well enough to win, 3 run homer, notwithstanding… Read more…

    April 17th, 2018

    April 17, 2018:
    The Middle of the Night Portion of Our Program…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:38 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So with Patriots Day weathered out, The Sox take their 13-2 record, their lead in the AL East (and 5 games ahead of the Skanks–ha ha ha ha ha) and head to the Left Coast for 6, with 5 of them being 9:05pm or later….

    As I have stated before, there are some good and bads to later games. I have a better chance to seeing a game, because homework and bedtime and all that stuff is over, but then there is the 12:30 (and that is if they are really hustling) or later end time–which means I am a zombie the next day–or passed out somewhere around the 5th or 6th inning.

    But tonight’s contest should be a very interesting one–at least from the vantage point of getting to see Angels pitching phenom Shohei Ohtani, who not only is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a WHIP of .046, but ALSO has a triple slash of .367/.424/.767–and 3 home runs…

    A pitcher AND a slugger–in the same guy??? Who does that???? Shohei Ohtani, apparently… Read more…

    April 9th, 2018

    Red Sox 8, Tampa Bay 7:
    Another Sweep, and Some History Making…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:01 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So I thought the win streak was toast yesterday when they were down by 5 at the start of the 8th inning. But then they had one of those 6-Run innings, which was enough to get them the win and sweep against the Oh-so-awful Tampa Bay Rays…

    But the dark spot of yesterday’s contest was Xander Bogaerts cracking a bone in his ankle in the 7th inning when he slid in the 3rd base dugout, trying to stop a bad throw. So he is now on the DL for 10-14 days while the bone heals..Good thing the Sox didn’t trade Brock Holt, who will probably be seeing some time at SS, along with minor leaguer Tzu-Wei Lin, who takes Xander’s spot on the 25-man…

    We saw Eduardo Rodriguez forgo another minor league rehab start and an pitch a fairly strange start: He threw 92 pitches, but could not get out of the 4th inning (3 2/3), and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits (including 2-run homer), and walked 2..But then he struck out 7…definitely a weird on–because if it has been a-6 inning start, it would have been considered a good outing…He probably should have made at least one more start with Pawtucket… Read more…

    April 5th, 2018

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 2–in 12:
    Happy Opening Day Part 2!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:58 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox got to do Opening Day a 2nd time in 7 days–but in a MUCH better place–both figuratively and literally. Back home to the Fens for some home cooking, and a 5-1 record to kick off the season (should’ve have been unbeaten–looking at you Joe Kelly and Carson Smith), as well as #1 in the AL East (any day that happens is a good day…)

    And the Sox faithful got a win on Opening day, extra innings, and to see David Ortiz team up with Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Reisman yell “Play Ball!” but from what I heard from my friend Paul in Boston, today was a fracking FREEZING day to go to the ballpark…

    We also talked about his concerns with their lack of hitting thus far. And while it’s only been 7 games, of the 6 wins, FOUR of them have been by 1 run. Yes, a win is a win, no matter if it is by 1 or 21 runs–and I’d rather have great pitching than great hitting any day of the week, but it would be nice to have both…or at least a bit more bat…And I honestly do think they will get to where they need to be– and there is A LOT of baseball left to be played… Read more…

    April 2nd, 2018

    Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 6:
    A Very Good Start to the Season…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox took 3 of 4 from a pretty awful Tampa Bay Team, which bring back fond memories of how awful they used to be–and how much fun it was to beat up on them. Whenever they would occasionally lose to them, it was always completely shocking… Good times!

    But as wonderful as the starting pitching was (0.82 ERA in 4 games–yes, like 82 cents), and the hitting was timely enough to get the job done–and they won every game by one -run, which is refreshing, because 1-run games were a problem for this team last year…

    On Opening Day, the bullpen imploded, leavig Joe Kelly with a 108.00 (!!!) and Carson Smith with a 27.00 ERA!!

    THOSE two were responsible for blowing Chris Sale’s great start on Thursday, and the Sox’s only loss of the weekend. Holy Buckets, it’s far too early for the bullpen to be pulling this nonsense….UGH Read more…

    March 27th, 2018

    Red Sox 4, Cubs 2: 2…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:43 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets! How did we get to 2 days until Opening Day?? And why exactly are we starting the season on a Thursday? Isn’t it usually a Monday or a Tuesday, and then they have like 2 days off?

    But this year is different, with the Sox kicking off their 2018 campaign when Red Sox Ace Chris Sale takes the bump in Tampa Bay at 4:00pm on Thursday, and then they actually play every day until next Wednesday–and THEN they play 3 in 5 days–with 2 days off, including next Friday, which is REALLY weird, cause weekends are BIG revenue days….

    But one thing about it being a Thursdays (and right before a Holiday), me and my daughter can actually watch the Opening Day game, probably in its entirety, which I have not been able to do in a bunch of years. And that is pretty exciting…Also want to watch more this season–hoping life allows me to do that… Read more…


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