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  • July 2nd, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Cubs 2: One. FRACKING. Run…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    This loss is not Koji’s fault.

    Yes, he is tired. Yes he is nearly 40 years old. And despite the fact he is one of the premier closers in the game, things like this will happen.

    No, this is because in the last 3 games the Sox have scored 9 runs. Sounds pretty impressive, until you realize that EIGHT of those runs were ALL IN ONE GAME. Yep, if we do the math, over the last 2 games the Sox have scored one run.

    ONE. RUN.

    Against the Cubs. Yeah, read that again, I’ll wait…

    OK. I really didn’t think that they would win the World Series again this year, as I know how infinitely difficult it is to repeat. But Holy Hell do they really have to suck SO SO bad? Read more…

    June 30th, 2014

    Red Sox 8, Skanks 5:
    The Weekend of Our Content–Mostly…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how this weekend was going to go. Not that the Skankees are any kind of force to be reckoned with these days, as they are in 3rd place, 2 games behind the improbable Blue Jays…

    But after the drubbing on Friday night against the pitcher I thought we had the best chance of beating this weekend, let’s just say confidence was not high…

    BUT, because this is baseball, and anything can happen (and usually does) the Sox managed to take the remaining 2 games to win their first series against the Skanks THIS YEAR–AND they did it by going through probably the best pitcher in the league, Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched a complete game gem on Saturday night. It’s just that Jon Lester and Koji were just a little bit better…

    Speaking of Lester, What more does this guy have to do to get an extension with this ball club? He is 9-7, with a 2.92 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 114 IP, and has a WHIP Of 1.18. He is on track to be better than every season he has had with the Red Sox, except for 2010 when we went 19-9. He has a 109-63 lifetime record (.634 win %), and a career .370 ERA. AND he’s a left who just turned 30. Ben: Get. This. Done. You are not going to find a better deal for an ace. Read more…

    June 27th, 2014

    June 27, 2014:
    A Much Needed Off-Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:11 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox enjoyed their first day off in 3 weeks yesterday, a span where we saw them go 9-11, which isn’t horrible, but the fact that they are still in 4th place, with a .456 winning percentage, and 8 games behind freaking Toronto, and on pace to win 73-74 games…

    UGH…

    And now they are heading to Yankeeland for 3, which means we get to listen to the assault on our senses, known as ESPN, My9, and the YES Channel. The only time they are fun is when the Skanks are looking, cause they start throwing their guys right under the bus. Someday, I would really love to watch a game called by Rem-Dawg and DO…But because I live about 3 hours from NYC, and am in the midst of their blackout zone, I would have to drive to Connecticut to do it…

    So.

    As is the tradition here at Boston Red Thoughts, let’s do a W-L analysis of how things could go this weekend. Last time the Sox met the Skanks, it was in April, so there was not much going on. And since there are 5 games between them and 3rd and 4th place, it’s not like a rank can be won or lost…But for giggles, we’ll go…

    To the Blackboard! Read more…

    June 25th, 2014

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 8:
    And the Suckage Continues…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:14 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I like Jake Peavey, but holy hell the guy needs to go. He has a 1-6 record for the 2014 campaign, and gave up a season high SEVEN runs in last night’s debacle–and WHY he was left in THAT long completely escapes me…

    His line: 5IP, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits (including TWO homers) while walking 2 and striking out 3. He threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes…

    So another day where the Sox make a mediocre pitcher look like he’s freaking Pedro, can’t capitalize on the SIX walks that we given up by Seattle pitching, and were scoreless after the 2 runs in the 5th inning…But it was interesting to note that Felix Doubront came out of hte bullpen last night. Looks like the Sox may have made the decision to go back to Brandon Workman, now that he is off his suspension for NOT hitting Eva (n) Longoria… Doubront threw 2 perfect frames with a strikeout…

    But of course, Edward Mujica has to give up another run in HIS inning of work–even if he had 2 strikeouts…

    And because it can only happen this way, GUESS who is going to be on the bump in the middle of the night tonight, to top off this 7 game Left Coast swing, where the Sox are currently 1-5?

    Clay Buchholz. Read more…

    June 24th, 2014

    Red Sox 7, Oakland 6, in 10:
    One Out of Four Ain’t Bad…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:22 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    It’s absolutely abysmal…

    But what do you expect from a team that scored more runs in yesterday’s contest, than in the THREE games before it (5). Pitching kept it close, two 1-run and a 2-run losses were the results, which means our offensive is just not getting it done…

    So the Sox will take their 6 games BELOW .500/35-41 record/4th place in the AL East to Seattle, before heading to The Stadium this weekend. Oh joy.

    When we talked about this back in February, the MLB Futures Odds predicted the Sox as #6 to win the World Series, and I remember being surprised they were that far down the list. Heh. NOW, they are tied for #13 with The Orioles, and Cleveland? #1 is now Oakland and San Fran; the Dodgers have dropped to 3rd from first, and in case you were wondering: the Skanks are #8…

    UGH. Read more…

    June 19th, 2014

    Red Sox 2, Twins 1, in 10:
    A Game…From the Twilight Zone….

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:02 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know that baseball is a game where anything can happen, and usually does. And there is often weird crap that goes on that no one could ever predict would actually happen.

    I think this game ranks up there as a fairly weird one. And of course I was work when it happened, so I missed watching it

    John Lackey pitched, for all intents and purposes, a complete game: a 9-inning scoreless gem, giving up 3 hits while striking out 9 and walking 1, throwing 105 pitches, 74 for strikes…

    Trouble is–the Twins pitching staff managed to keep the Sox scoreless for the same span, including a perfect game for the first five innings, until Daniel Nava hit the first and only hit until the 10th inning–a ground rule double. So they get to the top of the 10th inning, and Koji is on the mound. No problem for the man who started the day with an ERA under 50 cents, and hasn’t given up a run since May 1, or 21 innings ago. Right?

    WRONG. Read more…


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