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  • October 19th, 2016

    October 19th, 2016:
    Cleveland, you have ONE job…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:42 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets Terry Francona, you KNOW what can happen when a team is down 0-3 and you take your foot off the gas (or their throat, depending on what analogy you want to use…) Actually NO ONE knows it better than you.
    Which is why it is so very troubling that your Cleveland Indians, up 3-0 in this ALCS allowed Toronto to win last night. I know its baseball and anything can (and usually does) happen, but its human nature for folks to think “No worries, we’re up 3-0, no WAY they are going to win 4 in a row…”

    And holy crap the SOX did this to them in 2007! They were down 3-1 and came back to win the next 3. And not only did they win, they beat the SNOT out of them, out scoring them 30-5 in those contests…, and 51 to 32 over all 7…While this was fun for Red Sox fans, Tito, of all people should remember….

    Honestly, I think Cleveland will make it to the World Series, but the Chicago Cubs are still the favorite to win the World Series, which is kind of surprising, seeing the Cubs are down against Los Angeles. But again, it’s baseball..fickle mistress that she is… Read more…

    October 17th, 2016

    October 17, 2016: Guest Post:
    The Red Sox Postseason So Far…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:34 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    by: Andy Gen.

    After being swept by the Cleveland Indians in the recent MLB Division Series, the Boston Red Sox announced second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee. Despite the injury, Pedroia finished the 2016 campaign with some of the best statistics of his career, and should be back in action in time for spring training. The 33-year-old played in 154 of the Red Sox 162 games during the regular season, including all three contests against the Indians in the ALDS.

    Pedroia batted .318 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs during the regular season, with the four-time All-Star’s 201 hits accounting for his highest total since his AL MVP season back in 2008. While Pedroia and his teammates had been hoping to send David Ortiz off with another World Series success, the early exit could well be a blessing in disguise for the Red Sox, as Pedroia will have an extended period in order to get himself back to full fitness. As management is expected to fill some holes for next season, BettingSports.com have not only made the Red Sox the overwhelming favorite to once again win the American League East title, but a more successful post season is also expected. Read more…

    October 11th, 2016

    ALDS Game 3: Red Sox 3, Cleveland 4
    Out With a Whimper…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Ya know, in some ways I think it would have been better for the Sox NOT to have won the AL East and gotten to the postseason (Stay with me here for a minute). Because the end in the Postseason is often sudden and can’t be planned for (Although in this case, I think the writing was on the wall). And when the season ends suddenly, there was no opportunity to properly honor David Ortiz on the last game of his career. And then there is the whole “let’s try and celebrate his last game while the other team is celebrating in our house…”

    I had my hand on the change channel button for the last 10 minutes of the game, ready to turn it off the instant the Sox lost–because I had no desire to see that nonsense. And my hatred for Jason Kipnis grew more last night when he caught that liner by Xander with 2 on in the 8th inning, ending yet another attempted rally by the Red Sox…I fully expected there would be interviews with that tool, and I had NO desire to see that nonsense…

    And I can’t even blame That Clay Person for this one. Rick Porcello and David Price got lit up, setting the stage for an impossible task for a headcase who hates pressure. And his junior college friend/teammate Josh Tomlin was DEALING last night…so it was a matter of who blinked first… Read more…

    October 10th, 2016

    October 10, 2016:
    Is Today REALLY the Last Day of the Season???

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:38 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Or, even worse, the last day we get to see the Large Father play for the Boston Red Sox? I’m not ready to let go yet! They are a better team than this! How can there be a world without David Ortiz and his clutch performances to save the day????

    I suspect the Sox are done. I know, I know, down 0 and 3 in the 2004 ALCS to the Skanks and no one in baseball has ever come back in the history of baseball, blah, blah, blah. But this year it just feels different. The BEST pitcher on the Red Sox, Rick Porcello (a 22-game winner! Could actually win the Cy Young!) got wrecked last week. And do not even get me started on David Price. And really, if the Sox win tonight, then David Price is in line for Game 5. I think we all can guess what will happen there, IF by some miracle they got that far…

    I just do not want to be swept at Fenway…is that really too much to ask??? So if the baseball gods could just have them win tonight, I will feel much better about the season ending this week.

    Oh hell, who am I kidding???? I will be MASSIVELY disappointed there will be no Cub/Sox World Series–cause that would have been epic…and it will suck out loud that David Ortiz will have his astounding career end with a whimper… Read more…

    October 7th, 2016

    Game 1 ALDS: Red Sox 4, Cleveland 5 :
    Another Day, Another On-Run Loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:29 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So Rick Porcello, who has been NAILS all season, decides to channel (of all people), freaking John Wasdin in an ugly, UGLY 3rd Inning, which saw him chased before he could complete the 5th inning (4.1) and left him with an ERA of 10.38 (yes, TEN) for this year’s postseason.

    The rest of his line: 5 runs on 6 hits while walking none, hitting a batter, and striking out 6. He threw 72 pitches, 51 for strikes…

    Yep, complete and utter crap.

    But Drew Pomeranz, someone I didn’t think we would see again this season came out and calmed things down (even if he did let an inherited runner score), pitching 2.1 innings of 3 hit-ball, including 5 strikeouts. He certainly kept the Sox in the game.

    And then there were the 14 strikeouts, including 3 each from JBJ, Xander, and Dustin Pedroia, whose checked swing strikeout ended the game.

    Fourteen. Strikeouts. So more than half of the outs the team had were used up by way of the K. Actually, the ONLY Red Sox player NOT to strike out last night was Brock Holt, whose 8th inning homer brought the Sox within 1 run last night… Read more…

    October 6th, 2016

    Game 1, 2016 ALDS: Red Sox vs. Cleveland:
    11 wins to go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:52 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox are back at the dance after a 3-year hiatus, going from World Series Champions in 2013 to one of the worst teams in all of baseball–for 2 years in a row. We have seen the Sox do stupid things, like let Jon Lester get away–although I think he is doing OK as the Ace of the favored-to-win- it-all Chicago Cubs…

    And we have seen some pretty smart things–even tho some of them didn’t seem so smart at the time, such as signing Hanley Ramirez and Rick Porcello. Although they both had abysmal 2015 seasons, they have both bounced back and have contributed greatly to the Sox’s success in 2016. The Sox have not had a 20 game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007. Rick ended this season with a 22-4 record with a 3.15 ERA, a HUMONGOUS difference from last year when we was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

    As the saying goes: “Pitching wins championships”. And while the Sox can certainly mash with the best of them, they need good pitching to show up, which includes not only David Price shaking off whatever mojo that has been messing with his cake the last couple starts—not to mention his 0-7 postseason record, but for That Clay Person to continue his “good and effective” streak. Read more…

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