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  • July 8th, 2016

    July 8, 2016:
    Sox! Need! Pitching!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So they go and trade for not one, but TWO infielders???

    YEP-PER (as my daughter likes to say)

    Yesterday, the Sox gave up two prospects (including a pitcher who didn’t suck) and cash to Milwaukee for Aaron Hill, who will likely spell Travis Shaw at 3rd base, especially when there is a lefty on the mound, cause Shaw fares better against righties (.294 vs .211).

    And then today, they pick up Michael Martinez from Cleveland, who had been DFA’ed by them over the weekend. He’s like a BrockStar in the infield, and was hitting .283. This player only cost them cash, rather than any prospects, or current players–although I think I can speak for everyone who would have been completely OK with them sending That Clay Person along to Cleveland…

    Hell, let’s just throw him into the mix, ’cause we’re just that kind of ballclub… Read more…

    June 23rd, 2016

    Red Sox 6, White Sox 8:
    OK, This is Getting Ridiculous…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (3)

    So. The Sox have played 3 of 4 against the Pale hose, and GUESS how many they have won?

    Yeah, pretty much.

    Monday night, Stephen Wright pitched a 9 inning what-should-have-been-a-complete-game GEM, (If the Sox could have scraped together more than 1 run) but then Craig Kimbrel comes in for the 10th and can’t even get out of the inning without giving up TWO RUNS for his third loss of the year…

    Then Tuesday, That Clay Person got an start cause they have no one else, and while he wasn’t horrible, it was enough to get him his SEVENTH LOSS of the year. Oh, of the 3 runs he gave up in 5 innings of work, 2 of them were as a result of homers. That makes FOURTEEN so far this year, putting him on pace for like 30 this year. IF he could stay healthy and the Sox were actually stupid enough to have him make 30 starts this year.

    Holy Hell, please don’t let that actually happen…. Read more…

    June 20th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 1:
    Too Many Black Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    With my Graduation done, the end of the school year for my daughter, and the various and sundry life happenings in the home office of Boston Red Thoughts, I haven’t been watching as much as I should.

    Although in terms of the win/loss column, it appears I am not missing much. 5-5 in their last 10 games, blowing a perfectly good chance to put some distance between them and the freaking cookies, who are currently 1 game ahead of them in the AL East.

    Fortunately, the Skanks still suck (still under .500 and 6.5 games back, and Tampa Bay sucks even more (also under .500 and 8.5 games back)

    But holy hell, there is just 8.5 games separating worst and first, with 94 games to go. This could still be anyone’s ballgame.

    Dave Dombrowski NEEDS to do something about the pitching, because even with the transcendental offense, this team does not have it takes to get to and stay at the dance… Read more…

    June 8th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Giants 3, in 10:
    Mookie Betts…Bunter?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:30 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Of course, there appears to be little that Mookie Betts CANNOT do, but this is the guy that hit FIVE homers last week–in TWO days. In a Row. But last night, when he needed to get on base, John Farrell has him bunt to do so. And it worked, setting the table for Xander to hit a single and score not only Mookie, but also Marco Hernandez to win the contest in 10 innings.

    Ric Porcello certainly pitched well enough to win, but the offense not being able to get things going until the extra frame, his 8th win is going to have to wait. His line: 6 IP, giving 3 runs on 5 hits (including a homer), while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 93 pitches, 6 for strikes.

    So John Farrell has decided not to let either That Clay Person OR Joe Kelly be a starter right now, opting to keep a 4-man rotation for the time being. Therefore, Buchholz stays in the bullpen, and Joe Kelly stays in Pawtucket, where he was banished immediately following his horribly abysmal start (7 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1–in less than 3 innings–2.1 to be exact) Read more…

    May 26th, 2016

    Red Sox 10, Colorado 3:
    Another Good Knuckleball Start…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:27 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I personally love having a knuckleballer in the rotation. Yes, they can swing between throwing a no-hitter to giving up 7 runs in a third of an inning. And the lame-ass jokes (Hey! you know how to catch a knuckleball? Wait until it stops rolling and go pick it up) can get tiring, especially when you hear them a BILLION TIMES. But there is just something fun and quirky about the pitch that so very few hurlers can master. And Tim Wakefield was one of my favorite Red Sox players. EVER, so there is that as well…

    And it is especially nice to see Steven Wright being so successful now, and last night was no exception. His line for last night’s contest: 7 IP giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. He threw 117 pitches, 74 for strikes. And while his 4-4 is not super impressive, he has a 2.52 ERA, and has 54 strikeouts in 9 games–and average of 6 strikeouts is impressive, as is the fact that he has only given up THREE homers this year…

    And he has had two complete games in 2016. TWO. So far. He is rapidly moving into 3rd starter territory, which is WAY cool. And I know, the next outing he could get completely shelled, but I think this guy is the real deal. And holy hell, he’s better than That Clay Person. A LOT better…. Read more…

    May 24th, 2016

    May 24, 2016:
    9 Red Thoughts a 1/4 of the Way Through.

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox are about 25% through the season (give or take a game or three), and with the off-day, I figured a Top 9 List would be fitting. These are in no particular order, it’s just a list of 9…Here we go:

    1) So the Sox are tied with the Cookies for first place in the AL East, and hold the 2nd best win % in the AL, and 3rd in all of MLB. How the frack are the Cubbies holding onto a win % near SEVEN HUNDRED (.674). With that, they are on pace to win 109 games, which is not only in the top 3 of modern W-L records (Seattle with (inexplicably) 116 in 2001, and the Skanks with 114 in 1998. Could a Red Sox/Cubs World Series actually happen in my lifetime?

    2) That Clay Person Needs.To.Go. NOW. Honestly, he is like the anti-Josh Beckett (well, re-2011, anyway) Remember when Josh would go out and pitch, and we would be all shocked when he actually lost? That is Buchholz is reverse. Every time he is on the mound, unless the Sox score a crap-ton of runs, he has a bad inning, misses his pitches, can’t locate his fastball, tries to be too fine, blah blah blah…and the end result is 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA. While there are a number of other starters who have not so wonderful ERA’s (David Price’s icky 5.53), he also has 6 wins, and 70 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. That Clay Person? 35 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Oh, and Clay has given up an average of 1 homer per outing (9 in 9 starts) in 2016–compared to David Prices 1/2 of a homer (5 in 9 starts).

    Blech… Read more…

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