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  • May 9th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Skanks 1:
    Well, THAT Could Have Went Better…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:21 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    When I did my series analysis for the Sox/Skankee Series on Friday, I predicted 2 out of 3, but I was really hoping for a sweep, because having the Skanks TEN GAMES BEHIND in the AL East, even this early in the season, would be glorious, and really fun to watch…

    And, as an added bonus, the Sox would maintain their first place position in the division, no matter what anyone did.

    So here we are on the Monday morning after the series, that saw the Sox LOSE two out of three, and the only thing that prevented the dreadful prospect of a sweep to a team that hadn’t even gotten to ten wins for the SEASON, was not Ric Porcello, who, at 5-1 is still the winningest Red Sox starter. Nor was it David Price, who was signed in the offseason for stupid money, and got the snot beat out of him on Saturday afternoon, not even able to get out of the 5th inning (4.2 IP, but gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 4. And is now the owner of a oh so nifty 6.75 ERA…Blech

    Nope, it was a KNUCKLEBALLER. Stephen Wright threw a COMPLETE GAME GEM, which was almost a shut out–but then Brett Gardner hit a solo shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning. I am willing to bet (no pun intended) baseball is one of those sports that can make betting sites completely crazy, with how completely random it seem sometimes… Read more…

    May 6th, 2016

    Red Sox 7, White Sox 3:
    Keeping the momentum going…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:13 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox took 2 out of 3 against one of the best teams in baseball, allowing them to resume sole possession of first base in the AL East, and putting them in VERY good position for the weekend series against the Skanks.

    Henry Owens struggled a bit again, only going 3 innings, although he only gave up 2 runs on 2 hits (including a home run) during that span, and since he only threw 64 pitches (33 for strikes), I am not sure what John Farrell was thinking there, going to the bullpen so early especially with a Skankee series coming up. Although the 6 walks was a bit troubling…

    But the Sox (of the Red Variety) had plenty of hits in this contest, with Pedroia, JBJ and Hanley all contributing solo home runs, Travis Shaw hit a triple, and the Large Father is continuing his final season dominance, going 2 for 4 with a walk, and a double. He is currently hitting .319 with 6 homers and 23 RBI’s. I have heard rumblings from some fellow bloggers who thing there is no way he can retire after this year and walk away. My feeling is he does. Because I would much rather he go while he is still on-fire, rather than dragging himself through a sub-par season. Because this will NOT last forever, even if sometimes we think and hope it will… Read more…

    May 2nd, 2016

    Red Sox 4, Skanks 2,
    Red Sox 8, Skanks 0,
    Red Sox 8, Skanks 7:

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:32 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Due to the fact that I live 3 hours from NYC, I am at a certain disadvantage when the Sox play the Skanks. Not only am I blacked out from most games (unless they are national), if I do luck out and they show a game on a local channel, I am subjected to YES, or some other Skankee-centric broadcast, and yes, it’s as bad as you would expect. The only time I have ever seen NESN cover a Red Sox/Skankee game was when I was pretty much anywhere but here.

    So, per the usual, the only game I got to see was last night’s ESPN contest, but it was definitely one worth seeing. I was nervous for a while there when the Sox were down, as David Price certainly did not have his best stuff, but then, holy buckets, Christian Vazquez, who is hitting .225 since his return, stroked his 2nd homer EVER–a 2-run shot in the 7th, which put the Sox ahead for good.

    So the sweep is complete, the Sox are now in first place (1/2 game ahead of the Oreos), and the Skanks are still DEAD LAST–SIX games behind.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Read more…

    April 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 3, Braves 5:
    Clay Buchholz, Red Sox Stopper…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:09 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Yes, stopper of momentum and all good things a baseball club wants and needs to be…

    So the Sox were doing well, running on all cylinders, stealing bases like mad (20 in 22 games–what is UP with that??) and in the midst of a nice 4-game winning streak. Yeah, it was Atlanta, who pretty much suck, but a win in a win, and I was all excited about the potential of going into the Skankee series on a 5-game winning streak…

    But…NO….That freaking Clay Person dropped a whole ton of suckage last night. AGAIN, leaving him with a 0-3 record and a sparkling (NOT!) 6.51 ERA. Throwing 104 pitches, 64 for strikes, he could not get out of the 7th inning, going 6.1 giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2.

    And GUESS WHAT? It’s not HIS FAULT– some of the pitches were “hit hard” and “found holes” and the walks were “badly timed” and that this stuff just “happens”, and he is not sure WHY but he FEELS GOOD!  Ugh… Read more…

    April 26th, 2016

    Red Sox 1, Atlanta 0:
    Ric-Porcello, Red Sox Staff Ace…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:25 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Wait. What????

    Yep. Ric Porcello is the holder of a 4-0 record with a 3.51 ERA. How does the rest of the staff match up?

    David Price 2-0, 7.06 ERA (Disappointing–and hopefully an aberration)

    That Clay Person 0-2, 6.33 ERA (Typical–for Buchholtz)

    Stephen Write 1-2, 1.40 ERA (Typical–for a knuckleballer)

    Joe Kelly (Pre-DL) 1-0, 9.35 ERA

    Henry Owens (filling in for Joe Kelly–for now) 0-0 8.10 ERA

    And even more impressive is the 1-run game that happened last night, as they are never easy games to win (or lose, for that matter). But if this trend continues, he is making a compelling argument for actually being WORTH the ridiculous money ($82.5 million) Ben thought would be a good idea to pay him…

    Porcello’s line: 6.1 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. He threw 98 pitches, 69 for strikes. Read more…

    April 18th, 2016

    April 18, 2016: Book Review:
    Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    51DjTdNETsLWritten by Franklin Black, with Illustrations by Christy Little

    One of the best things about being a blogger is the ability to combine two of my passions: Reading and the Red Sox, allowing me the opportunity to review some of the great books out there, not only on the Red Sox, but on various aspects of baseball as well.

    And having the chance to review a Red Sox book with my 4-year old is even more of a treat–for both of us.

    So when children’s author Franklin Black reached out to me about his new book, Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox , which was inspired by a porcupine he saw in the woods, I was excited that my daughter and I would have an opportunity to read it together. Read more…

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