SG - Walker
next ?/back up
PG- Paul (sign and trade with lee)/Douglas
SG-Gay or Johnson/walker
PF-Bosh or Amarie/
C- Barron/ vet I.E. Miller
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox Stopper… http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/29/red-sox-3-braves-5-clay-buchholz-red-sox-stopper/ http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/29/red-sox-3-braves-5-clay-buchholz-red-sox-stopper/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:09:41 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6121 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…
Holy Hell, can we demote his ass or something? Send him on the DL, or Pawtucket or SOMEWHERE. We might as well give a minor league some starts. Because honestly could they BE any worse????
But despite the awful game last night, the Sox are still in 2nd place in the AL East (although they are now down 1.5 games, cause the Oreos, naturally, won again), and the Skanks are still last, and remain 3 games behind the Sox, and 4.5 behind the Cookies.
And, is the tradition, let’s look at how I think/hope the weekend is going to play out…
To the Blackboard!
So, the Sox are 12-10 with a .545 Winning %, and have won 6 out of their last 10 games. The Skanks are 8-12 with a .400 Winning %, and have won 4 out of their last 10 games…
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…Ahem. Sorry.
For the purposes of this discussion, I am going to pretend the other teams in the AL East do not exist (if only), because all the maths will make my brain hurt…And as a recent Grad with a MS, I don’t need to think anymore–at least until I completely lose my mind and head back to school for my Ph.D.
If the Sox Sweep: There will be SIX games the separate the Sox and the Skanks, which since the Sox aren’t even in first place, that’s a pretty big hole. Now, I get it. This is only the first month of a very long season. But does anyone really want to be that many games behind…in April??? Do I think this will happen? Unfortunately no.
If the Sox Win 2: There will be 4 Games between the teams, which is still a pretty big hole (and you can go back and read what I just wrote, because it applies here as well–I’ll wait)
If the Sox Win 1: The Skanks will pick up a game between the two teams, and may even get their sorry asses out of the cellar…
If the Sox are Swept: The Sox and the Skanks will be tied. Where the heck that will be in the standings, is anybody’s guess–although I suspect it won’t be a good place…
To sum up–this weekend could go reallyREALLY well or reallyREALLY bad for either team. Although, based on how each team is hitting and pitching right now, my prediction will be the Sox will win 2 out of 3. The game that concerns me most is tonight’s, as Henry Owens did not fare well in his first start (3.1P, giving up 3 runs) and ended up with an 8.10 ERA and a WHIP of 2.70. Yikes…Tanaka’s the better pitcher, at least on paper…
The rest of the series is Ric Porcello vs. Michael Pineda, and for the finale (and yet another ESPN Game) is David Price and Nathan Eovaldi…
But then again this is baseball, so anything can (and usually does) happen–and factor in the whole Red Sox/Skankee “thing”, it will probably be an interesting weekend…
Finally, Rick Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and I spent some time last night talking about this series, and the season so far. You can check it out here…
Coming up: The first game Red Sox/Skankee Series of 2016. This weekend’s 3-game series is in the Fens, with Henry Owen’s taking the mound, hoping to suck less this time around. He is opposed by Masahiro Tanaka. 1st pitch 7:10pm…]]> http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/29/red-sox-3-braves-5-clay-buchholz-red-sox-stopper/feed/ 0 Red Sox 1, Atlanta 0:
Ric-Porcello, Red Sox Staff Ace… http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/26/red-sox-1-atlanta-0-ric-porcello-red-sox-staff-ace/ http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/26/red-sox-1-atlanta-0-ric-porcello-red-sox-staff-ace/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:25:38 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6112 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.
JBJ took care of the scoring for the Sox, and was responsible for the 2nd win in as many games, driving in Hanley in the 12th inning on Sunday night against Houston, and then with a solo shot in the 7th inning in Monday night’s contest. While he still has a .234 BA, and bats 8th or 9th in the lineup, I think this team has enough good hitters to carry an exceptional outfielder (and, frankly, exceptional really doesn’t even begin to cover it), who isn’t the greatest hitter in the world…
So, because the Sox had a REALLY late night on Sunday, with the extra inning game that started at 8:05pm, John Farrell let the players skipping battering practice, and come the ballpark later than usual. But of course, Dustin Pedroia was still at the ballpark at noon–because that’s just how he rolls.
Speaking of rolling, I reallyREALLY hope Craig Kimbrel’s performance is an aberration as well–we need him to be like Koji–maybe not transcendental, but he needs to stop missing and giving up homers…cause 2 in 11 games is not good start..
But at least the Sox overall are off to a decent start, with a 10-9 record, and in 2nd place, 1.5 games behind the Oreos, who we knew had to lose sometimes…
And what makes me gleeful is the fact that the Skanks are DEAD LAST 8-10, and 3GB. Let’s hope that the trend continues, especially since the Sox have 3 against them this weekend. A sweep would certainly not be unwelcome.
It’s getting to be that time of year again: All -Star voting, which runs now until June 30th until 11:59PM. I really hope The Large Father makes it to his last All-Star game. Certainly, if he keep up what he has been doing so far this season (.991 OPS 3 homers and 8 doubles in 16 games), he should be a lock. But by the same token, I want him to get there honestly, not just because it’s his last year….Do vote early and often–you have 35 votes per e-mail address–but in a new wrinkle, you can only vote 5-times in any 24 hours. The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 12th on FOX…
Coming up: David Price has the chance to get himself back on the path of righteousness this evening, taking the mound for game 2 of this half and half series against Atlanta. He is opposed by Matt Wisler. 1st pitch 7:10pm.
Then the Sox will head home for the remaining 2 against Atlanta, and then the 3 against the Skanks–the first of the 2016 campaign. Blech…]]> http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/26/red-sox-1-atlanta-0-ric-porcello-red-sox-staff-ace/feed/ 0 April 18, 2016: Book Review:
Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/18/april-18-2016-book-review-petey-porcupine-rocks-the-sox/ http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/04/18/april-18-2016-book-review-petey-porcupine-rocks-the-sox/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:45:06 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6103 Written 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.
Petey is a cute porcupine who is jealous of how the birds are the only animals able to see a baseball game, and decides to take matters into his own hands and take the journey to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park. Lucky for him he meets two students, Bethy and Carlos, who on their way to a contest between the Red Sox and the Yankees, and he hitches a ride in little Bethy’s backpack.
His adventures continue throughout the whole game, culminating in to an experience this little porcupine will never, ever forget. To tell you more would give away the ending…
With charming illustrations and some neat facts about porcupines at the end of the book, Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox is an adorable book for not only the little Red Sox fan in your life, but any child who likes nature, baseball, or animals.