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  • 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 | Comment (1)

    …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…

    May 5th, 2015

    Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 5:
    Well, THIS has the Air of the Familiar…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    What is that now? 32? 34 losses in a row? It feels like they haven’t won in forever, even tho it’s only the last 4 in a row—although they have lost the last 7 of 10–and are, once again, DEAD LAST in the AL East…with a 12-14 record–Holy Hell, haven’t we played this riff already????

    And…Once again, That Clay person was a hot mess (in more ways than one), giving up 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings worth of work. With a 1-4 record and a 6.03 ERA, not to mention SEVEN previous years of CRAP–doesn’t he have enough of a body of work for the Sox to trade him? Somewhere? I am sure they could use an extra bag of balls–and maybe some gum or something….

    Here is the rest of his line: 107 pitches, 67 for strikes, one homer, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. And he hasn’t won a game since Opening Day.

    Outstanding… Read more…

    April 27th, 2015

    Red Sox 7, Oreos 18:

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Yes, I understand that ending April at .500 is acceptable behavior, as teams are still trying to find their way, often battling drastic weather changes and getting into the groove of the season. I get it. But holy hell, going from winning 2 out of 3, to LOSING 2 out of 3, taxing their bullpen to the extreme, and mostly complete and utter CRAP pitching from the starting 5 (But That Clay Person has actually been ok–how freaking ironic is that????)

    Apparently, Wade Miley decided to channel his famous counterpart (minus the twerking, hopefully), because there is no other explanation for the suckage that was yesterday’s outing. 57 pitches, 247 for strikes in 2 1/3 innings where he gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 0. Which gives him a nifty 8.62 ERA. Blech.

    And since we are spreading the blame around: Note to management: I know you brought Hembree up to ease the load for the bullpen–but I’m thinking 6 runs while only getting 4 outs is not exactly what you had in mind. Should have called someone else up…or kept Barnes in the bigs…. Read more…

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