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  • September 20th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 2:
    And that would be win #5…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Returning from a week at the beach and playing catch up on my life, as I did not have much of an opportunity to watch baseball more than peripherally while I was gone.

    It is interesting to note, however, that a 4-game series between the Sox and the Skanks happens more often than not when I am at the beach–it also seems that there are a higher than average sweep occurrences during this time. I’m just glad that this year the massacre went in the right direction, with a mighty sweep of the Skanks, which also put to rest any possible chance they had to do one of those last minute miracle surges and get themselves back in the mix.

    So, with last night’s win against the cookies, where Rick Porcello got his 21st (!!) win, the Sox have a 4 game lead in the AL East over both Toronto and the Oreos, and leaves each with a Magic Number of 9. Both are also tied for sole possession of the Wild Card–yep, both spots, with their closest competition being the Tigers 2.5 GB, and with a Magic Number of 11. Read more…

    September 7th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Padres 1:
    Back in First Place!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:51 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Yes, it is shared with Toronto, and I think the Sox are going to be in this dogfight until the bitter end with both Toronto and the Oreos–especially since they still have 6 and 7 more games, respectively, with each ballclub. As a matter of fact, after tonight, the Sox ONLY play AL East teams for the rest of the year –3 against Tampa Bay, and 7 against the Skanks (Blech).

    There are still MANY outstanding issues with the Sox as they head into this final 3 weeks of the regular season, such as will Stephen Wright be back, and if so, which pitcher will they get. And I am sure I am not alone in being majorly P*ssed about how he came upon this shoulder injury–arguably one of, if not the best pitcher on this team has NO BUSINESS pinch running.

    NONE.

    And then there are things like Eduardo Rodriquez who pitched a GEM on Sunday, even taking a no-no into the 8th inning, only to have Craig Kimbrel screw the pooch and blow the save, and take the loss…against fracking Oakland no less, a team they have beat the snot out of in 2016… Read more…

    August 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 4, KC 10:
    Holy Crap Matt Barnes!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:25 pm in Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    6 RUNS–without getting an out.

    Really, Matt Barnes??? Admittedly, Eduardo Rodriguez left the contest in the 6th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out. But then you not only allowed THOSE 3 runners to score, but then you gave up THREE MORE of your own, then left TWO MORE on base, which then Robbie Ross came in and allowed to score.

    Holy…hell… FIVE inherited runs allowed to score, plus another 3, for a total of 8 runs. Way to go bullpen…place THIS loss squarely in your lap.

    And what an ugly UGLY loss it was, although I think that John Farrell should have done SOMETHING before this one got all out of control like it did. There is no cushion or comfort zone here. The Sox need to win more than they lose if they have a chance of holding onto their place at the dance…

    Oh, and now the Sox are back in 2nd place, 2 games behind Toronto with the Oreos breathing down their necks. They are still ahead in the Wild Card, but there are 5 other teams including the SKANKS at 3.5 games who are all 4 games or less behind… Read more…

    August 23rd, 2016

    Red Sox 6, Tampa Bay 2:
    Holy Buckets! First Place!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:11 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    For the first time in a while, the Sox have reclaimed first place in the AL East–even if they are currently sharing it with Toronto, who did not play last night. This leaves the Oreos 2 games behind the two ballclubs. And where are the Skanks, you ask? SEVEN game behind…. ha ha ha ha…

    The Sox have 4 against the really sucky horrible Rays this week, (although they have been much better as of late–figures) which can be a GREAT opportunity to gain some ground–Let’s hope they take advantage of it…

    David Price pitched like the Ace he is supposed to be, throwing 8 scoreless innings, giving up only 2 hits in the contest. Throwing 116 pitches, for strikes, he struck out 8 and walked 2. It was Matt Barnes who gave up the 2 runs in the 9 inning, although he did strike out 2…

    And what about that play! Andrew Benintendi, who is not only hitting the cover off the ball, with a triple slash of .306/.353/.468, with a homer, 10 RBI’s in 19 games, made one of those “holy crap, did that really happen???” kind of plays in the 8th inning when he almost went ass over teakettle on the outfield wall and came up with the ball, then immediately threw the ball in. This is one of those you need to see to believe… Read more…

    August 12th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Skanks 4:
    Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:53 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy…Hell…

    So.  THAT certainly didn’t turn out as expected.

    And while there are many things that could be blamed for this abysmal series loss against the Skanks, such as:

    Hanley’s 0-5 on Tuesday night, especially after The Large Father was intentionally walked TWICE,

    Newbie Andrew Benintendi’s error in last night’s contest (which naturally was hit by Jacoby Ellsbury) ended up costing the Sox 2 runs, and ultimately the game.

    The ENDLESS opportunities to bury the Skanks in both games. The Sox left 11 on Base on Tuesday and 9 on Thursday

    The fact that Stephen Wright, could not start last night because John Farrell decided to have him PINCH RUN on Sunday and then he jammed his shoulder diving into a base. All because he didn’t WANT TO WASTE A PLAYER. So they waste the arguably best pitcher the Sox have.

    Brilliant. Read more…

    August 9th, 2016

    August 9, 2016:
    Playing the Skanks in the Middle of the Week…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:54 pm in Baseball,Red Sox | No Comments

    It is always weird to me when the Sox play the Skanks in the middle of the week, and this year, they are doing it twice. The 3 games now and the last 3 contests between the two at the Stadium during the last week of September.

    Seems like baseball is taking the loss there, not shoving Red Sox/Skankee baseball down the world’s throat as the Fox game on Saturday, and the ubiquitous 8:00pm ESPN Game on Sunday. Personally I think it’s a bit much anyway, as there are 28 other teams in MLB baseball, and they too should get a turn…

    Besides, the Sox and Skanks series are not as compelling as they once were…and this year, they are even less so. At this point, I just want to see them win the season series–because if the Sox do not have what it takes to get to the postseason (not that I am ready to concede that yet), it will be content if the Skanks don’t either. So with that… Read more…


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