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  • July 15th, 2016

    July 15, 2016:
    Finally! Some Baseball!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:36 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So, after an interminable 4-day hiatus, which saw the AL win for the 5th time in a row, the Sox head to NYC for a 3-game weekend series against the Skanks.

    We’ll get to that in a minute, but how about the Sox signing a starter with an ACTUAL WINNING RECORD. Yep, Drew Pomeranz, formerly with the Pittsburg, leaves the NL with an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 102 innings pitched. What I like is he had struck out 115 in that span, and is only 27 years old. He has had success pitching for both NL and AL Teams, as he was with Oakland in 2014 and 2015, although it was primarily as a reliever. He asked to return to the rotation with the Bucs, and he has been successful there. He was also one of their representatives at this week’s All-Star game, throwing a scoreless inning in the contest…

    Unfortunately, the Sox gave up a pretty good prospect to get him. Anderson Espinoza was rated the best prospect in the Red Sox Organization (and 4th overall). The 18-year old was pitching in Single A and in 17 starts was 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA. Yes, he had AMAZING potential; however, there is a long way (and a number of levels) between here and the Bigs. The Sox need help now, and Dave Dombrowski made those steps. Read more…

    July 12th, 2016

    All-Star Game Day:
    3 Biggest Surprises From The First Half

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:36 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    By: Matthew Crawford, Guest Contributor.

    We’ve finally reached the All-Star break, and in the MLB that means we’re more than half way through the season. The Red Sox are 49-38, and if the season were over today they’d be the first wild card entry in the American League, but a runner-up to Baltimore in the AL East. It’s been a successful season, and frankly a better one than a lot of fans in Boston and around the country expected.

    But more than a successful one, this has been a weird season for the Red Sox. This club has seen a lot of things go well that weren’t supposed to, and has struggled in a few areas where they should have excelled. And since now is as good a time as any to recap what we’ve seen through 87 games, let’s take a look back at three of the biggest surprises so far.

    Xander Bogaerts Is The Best Player Read more…

    July 8th, 2016

    July 8, 2016:
    Sox! Need! Pitching!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So they go and trade for not one, but TWO infielders???

    YEP-PER (as my daughter likes to say)

    Yesterday, the Sox gave up two prospects (including a pitcher who didn’t suck) and cash to Milwaukee for Aaron Hill, who will likely spell Travis Shaw at 3rd base, especially when there is a lefty on the mound, cause Shaw fares better against righties (.294 vs .211).

    And then today, they pick up Michael Martinez from Cleveland, who had been DFA’ed by them over the weekend. He’s like a BrockStar in the infield, and was hitting .283. This player only cost them cash, rather than any prospects, or current players–although I think I can speak for everyone who would have been completely OK with them sending That Clay Person along to Cleveland…

    Hell, let’s just throw him into the mix, ’cause we’re just that kind of ballclub… Read more…

    June 23rd, 2016

    Red Sox 6, White Sox 8:
    OK, This is Getting Ridiculous…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    So. The Sox have played 3 of 4 against the Pale hose, and GUESS how many they have won?

    Yeah, pretty much.

    Monday night, Stephen Wright pitched a 9 inning what-should-have-been-a-complete-game GEM, (If the Sox could have scraped together more than 1 run) but then Craig Kimbrel comes in for the 10th and can’t even get out of the inning without giving up TWO RUNS for his third loss of the year…

    Then Tuesday, That Clay Person got an start cause they have no one else, and while he wasn’t horrible, it was enough to get him his SEVENTH LOSS of the year. Oh, of the 3 runs he gave up in 5 innings of work, 2 of them were as a result of homers. That makes FOURTEEN so far this year, putting him on pace for like 30 this year. IF he could stay healthy and the Sox were actually stupid enough to have him make 30 starts this year.

    Holy Hell, please don’t let that actually happen…. Read more…

    June 20th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 1:
    Too Many Black Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    With my Graduation done, the end of the school year for my daughter, and the various and sundry life happenings in the home office of Boston Red Thoughts, I haven’t been watching as much as I should.

    Although in terms of the win/loss column, it appears I am not missing much. 5-5 in their last 10 games, blowing a perfectly good chance to put some distance between them and the freaking cookies, who are currently 1 game ahead of them in the AL East.

    Fortunately, the Skanks still suck (still under .500 and 6.5 games back, and Tampa Bay sucks even more (also under .500 and 8.5 games back)

    But holy hell, there is just 8.5 games separating worst and first, with 94 games to go. This could still be anyone’s ballgame.

    Dave Dombrowski NEEDS to do something about the pitching, because even with the transcendental offense, this team does not have it takes to get to and stay at the dance… Read more…

    June 8th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Giants 3, in 10:
    Mookie Betts…Bunter?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:30 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Of course, there appears to be little that Mookie Betts CANNOT do, but this is the guy that hit FIVE homers last week–in TWO days. In a Row. But last night, when he needed to get on base, John Farrell has him bunt to do so. And it worked, setting the table for Xander to hit a single and score not only Mookie, but also Marco Hernandez to win the contest in 10 innings.

    Ric Porcello certainly pitched well enough to win, but the offense not being able to get things going until the extra frame, his 8th win is going to have to wait. His line: 6 IP, giving 3 runs on 5 hits (including a homer), while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 93 pitches, 6 for strikes.

    So John Farrell has decided not to let either That Clay Person OR Joe Kelly be a starter right now, opting to keep a 4-man rotation for the time being. Therefore, Buchholz stays in the bullpen, and Joe Kelly stays in Pawtucket, where he was banished immediately following his horribly abysmal start (7 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1–in less than 3 innings–2.1 to be exact) Read more…

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