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  • June 22nd, 2015

    Red Sox 13, Kansas City 2: Winning the Series….

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:10 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    And how sad is it that this is such a unique thing that it is shocking when they manage to string together a couple of wins?

    It’s equally as sad that there is little to no expectation of them winning, just that they will lose in some embarrassing and horrifying fashion.

    And there is also the whole “chicken and beer” vibe happening again this year, who someone who is SUPPOSED to be a clubhouse leader, thought it would be a good idea to like stuff on Instagram in the middle of a game??? And how about the fact that it often feels Hanley Ramirez’s “immaturity issues” are back, and worse than ever?

    To be honest, this season has held little interest for me. Too much other crap going on. But what also does not help is EVERY STINKIN TIME I turn on the TV, they are losing–and losing bad, and I’d rather work my mind-numbing neuropsych classwork than watch the Sox get gutted. Again.

    But this weekend they actually won two of 3 against KC, Wade Miley didn’t suck, and Mookie Betts was being…Mookie Betts, hitting everything but a single on the road to the cycle. I liked they were 10-0 for most of the game, and admittedly, I had to look twice to make sure it wasn’t the Sox down by 10. Read more…

    June 8th, 2015

    Red Sox 7, Oakland 4:
    And the Sweep is Complete

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Wait…What? Have we entered an alternate reality? Should we check for pods in the basement?

    Not only did the Sox SWEEP Oakland this weekend, they did it scoring all 7 -runs in the 8th inning, and despite That Clay Person’s less than stellar outing?

    While his outing wasn’t HORRIBLE, it wasn’t exactly inspired either. Throwing 102 pitches, 66 for strikes, he didn’t get out of the 5th inning, going 4 2/3 while giving up 4 runs on 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. But I bet he FELT GOOD! Yes, I know, he has been pretty good for his last 5 starts or so, but it this an anomaly? Or the trend to 5 kinda awful to really awful outings?

    Rusney Castillo, who was 2-2 in the 7 run 8th, stroked his first homer in a Red Sox uniform, a solo shot to lead off the inning. Read more…

    May 21st, 2015

    Red Sox 1, Rangers 2:
    AGAIN with the Sleeping Offense…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:17 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets. There seems to be a proportionately large number of low scoring games these days. And while it is certainly a good thing Joe Kelly did pitch very well in his 7 innings of work, it means NOTHING if the bats do NOTHING…and with THREE opportunities with the bases loaded–they deserved to lose this game…

    Xander Bogaerts, of all people, contributed the only runs the Sox got in the contest–a solo shot at the top of the 5th inning. But then again, this was Phil Klein’s first start in the bigs, and we all know that the Sox inexplicably suck against pitchers they have never seen before…

    The rest of Kelly’s line: 2 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) while walking 1 and striking out 7. He threw 108 pitches, 68 for strikes. Again. Great effort. But completely wasted…

    While there was no structural damage (thankfully) on Sandoval’s knee, it’s still not super clear when he’ll be back in the lineup, although the injury is not expected to require a DL stint. Read more…

    May 20th, 2015

    Red Sox 4, Rangers 3:
    OK, So that didn’t suck…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:37 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    In a refreshing twist, the Rangers are actually more awful than the Sox this year (not that is something to be proud off)

    And it looks like the $72.2 million dollar minor leaguer Rusney Castillo will be hitting the bigs sooner rather than later; some say it wil be before the 6-game homestand. All I can say is that I hope it jump starts SOMETHING, cause this really cannot be a rehash of 2014…

    And who had May 19th in the Pool? Jacoby Ellsbury is on the DL (again) this time with a sprained knee. But the concern is 1.) Its a soft tissue damage, and they can take FOREVER to heal. 2.)He is not getting any younger–will this impact his speed, long-term? Again, I am OH SO happy the Sox didn’t give him a humongous long-term deal…while I missed his bat and speed last year–It was far too much, for far too long…

    I was wrong. OK. I said it. Shane Victorino is doing VERY well, since returning from the DL (When they said he would too!)he has played in 5 games, and has amassed a nifty .353 BA in the span. Small sample size, yes, but if HE CAN STAY HEALTHY… Read more…

    May 14th, 2015

    May 14, 2015: Guest Post:
    Jackie Robinson: A Letter to the President

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:27 pm in Baseball,BBA,Guest Post | Comment (1)

    Fellow Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) member Stephen of Pastime Post offered this article to whomever wished to post it on their website.

    I am so very glad he did. It is worth the read. Enjoy.

    Jackie Robinson: A Letter to the President by Stephen C. Jordan

    I have lived in New England for the majority of my years, and have been a baseball fan since I can remember. As a kid I voraciously read any sports history I could get my hands on. In the 1970s, I would check out all the baseball and football history books in the elementary and junior high school libraries I could get my hands on, and routinely trudge through the snow in holey sneakers with a sack on my back filled with sports books. (How did we ever live without the Internet?) I would keep many of the books far past the due dates-some would never make it back to the school libraries. (I was such a little rebel geek.) I would digest baseball statistics for hours at length, and would happily lose myself in historical baseball stories learning the legend of many of the diamond’s greatest historical figures. The Babe was of course larger than life, Cobb’s villainism seemed surreal and the courage and strength of Jackie Robinson was beyond inspirational. Read more…

    May 13th, 2015

    Red Sox 2, Oakland 9:
    I guess 3 in a row was too much to ask..

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:15 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    …at least in wins, anyway. In losses, the Sox have NO problem getting 3 or more in a row..

    And I see that Justin Masterson didn’t think his 6+ ERA was QUITE high enough, with the shelling he received last night. Love the guy, but as I said in the offseason when Ben signed him–did we REALLY need another #4 or 5 pitcher, when we already have 4 of them???

    His line: 2 1/3 IP, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits (including TWO homers while walking 1 and striking out 1. He threw 57 pitches, 30 for strikes. Read more…

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