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  • September 23rd, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 3:
    Again with the 5!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    And with that the sweep is complete, and the Sox’s magic number in the division goes to 5 and the magic number to get to the postseason is 4. Holy Buckets, this is really gonna happen this year…

    The Cubs have clinched and have been awarded home-field advantage for the NLDS. I knew they did well this year, but WOW, they annihilated the rest of their division. St Louis was 17 games behind and Cincinnati was 34(!!!) games behind. With their 97-55 record, they are the best in all of baseball by a margin of SEVEN games (Texas is 2nd with 90-63).

    And while it is likely the Sox will clinch the AL East title by the end of this weekend, it is widely expected they will have clinched a postseason berth by that time…Yay!

    Can you imagine the possibilities of (Finally!) a Red Sox/Cubs World Series? I think that might be one of the signs of the apocalypse…But it’s mighty fun to think about… Read more…

    September 22nd, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Baltimore 1:
    What’s with all the 5’s??

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:18 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox have won three in a row against the Cookies: 5-2, 5-2 and 5-1–and their win against the Skanks was 5-4. So is that the secret? The offense will score 5 runs, and as long as pitching doesn’t give up 5 runs, they are golden?

    Well, if the last 3 days are any indication, 5 runs is PLENTY, as the Sox have had quality starts from Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, and can-you-believe-it: That Clay Person in the last 3 contests. Add to that the fact that the Sox are beating the Oreos, further putting out of reach their place in the division (they are now in 3rd place at 6GB) , and I freaking hate Buck Showalter, this is a win-win all- around.

    Oh, and Toronto isn’t faring as well, being firmly in 2nd place, 5 games behind the Sox who have won 8 of their last 10…

    And Baltimore and Toronto had better watch it, because the Tigers and the Astros are breathing down their neck in the Wild Card, each only 1 and 2 games behind in the standings, respectively… While the Sox only have one more game against Baltimore tonight, they last 3 games of the season are against Toronto–at Fenway Park. Read more…

    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…


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