Friday, August 31, 2007
I'm not panicking. But I am pretty annoyed. No reason to lose all 3. Streaky offense will never get us a World Series ring. Amazing that a team can win 4 games in a row scoring 10+ runs, and then the next 3 hit like, 6 total. Yankees pitching is not THAT good, but kudos to them, they made us look like a farm team this time.
Don't blame Manny and his injury. He's only one of the 12 guys that can go our there at any time. Tito needs to take a long hard look at the likes of Drew, Lugo, and even Coco. There is 3 outs, right there.
The roster is expanding soon. It would be fun if Tito shakes things up when all these prospects we held onto, come up for the year's remainder. We didn't trade them, SO LETS USE THEM. I've certainly had enough of "G.D." Drew, and Eric 'Stinksky" for this season. Eric in for Manny for 3 games? Please. Put in Ellsbury, he certainly can't do worse.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Jim, Connor, Jon, and Jaxson thought rally caps would help... (nope!)
Mike Timlin, just after I got him to wave to us. One of the last days his son got to hang out at the park with him.
I was so close to Delcarmin, I saw he has a filling on a top molar.
When he's getting ready to pitch, Papelbon looks at NO ONE. All business for this guy, explains why he's got 30 saves already.
Mirabelli hung out in the pen with the Pirates for awhile after the 7th.
I love this picture of Okajima. Looks like he's a little kid, hiding!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Game One, Friday, Aug. 24th
11-3 win. Josh Beckett becomes the game's first 16 game winner of '07.
It wasn't his strongest outing, which included a 36 pitch first inning. But our bats were behind him, and once he settled in, his fastball took over.
Game Two of Doubleheader, Sox win 10-1
This was Schillings best outing since coming off the DL. He gave up only 3 hits. But the key was the fact that his fastball clocked in at 93 MPH. This has been a source of worry for Curt, the Sox and the Nation in recent weeks.
Offense during the doubleheader got 21 runs on 28 hits, including Papi's 2 homers in Game Two.
Saturday, Sox win 14-2
Now we have (2) 16 game winners in our starting rotation. Wake once again demonstrated his reliability and depth, by giving us 7 scoreless innings. In his last three starts, Wake has only given up nine hits, and zero runs in over 22 innings. This is without his sidekick, Mirabelli behind the plate, who is still on the DL.
What other team out there can boast that their #4 pitcher has 16 wins? Uh... nobody but those of us in Red Sox Nation, that is.
Roger Clemens is the oldest pitcher to ever win a CY Young, at age 42 back in 2004. Wakefield is now 41.
I know no one is talking about it out there, but how about it? Wakefield is certainly a candidate worthy of some consideration for this year's Cy Young award.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
- 14 guys stranded on base. You can't win a game, if your runners don't make it across home base.
- Varitek 0-5. He should have only gone 0-4. I can't believe Tito didn't hear me and my husband, BEGGING him through the TV, to pinch hit Manny for Tek in the top on of the 9th. While I understand Tito doesn't give up on his players, blah blah blah, this was clearly the opportunity for the Sox to get that extra run. Another 2 men on, with two outs. Who is the better hitter, right now... Manny, whose bat is HOT, or keep a guy in who is already 0-4 and is batting only .216 since the All-Star break. C'mon, Tito. Forget about hurting Tek's feelings. He's the Captain of the team. Of anyone, Tek is the one who understands that sometimes, you've got to take one for the team.
- Dice-K pitched solidly again, but still walked away with a loss. One pitch cost him the game. A one pitch meltdown.
- JD = lack of power. OK, I know this isn't anything new. But why Tito isn't putting this guy in the 9 hole, to work his issues out, bewilders me. $14 million a year means that he is a regular player no matter how much he struggles, and the Nation must accept this. But the fact that Drew continues to bat in the 6th spot or higher in the lineup really disappoints me.
- Ortiz trying to score in the 5th. Man, he is a great hitter, but a slow runner. When in doubt, DON'T SEND HIM.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
My apologies for the long lapse in entries...
Went to Cape Cod for a week, and now I am back.
Had a great time; we even took in a Red Sox/Devil Rays game.
(Dice-K's loss last Wednesday.) I will blame the loss on Beth, the Sox are 0-2 this year when I go to a Sox game with her!!! (Just kiddin', Buffy!)
I will post again later today, I know the last 10 days in Red Sox nation has been an absolute rollercoaster ride. I have lots of opinions about it, of course. And I got some great pictures at the game, our seats were in the bleachers, right behind the bullpen. Closeups of those bullpen Pirates. Even got to say hello to Timlin.
Thanks for your patience, guys. I will talk to you again after work!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
OK all you Sox fans out there, will you PLEASE get off the edges of the skyscrapers? Wipe your brows, and take a deep breath, would'ya?
The Sox lose 2 out of 3 to the Angels, and you all are in panic mode. It's driving me C-R-A-A-A-Z-Y.
The Angels are a good team. Anyone who doesn't think so, doesn't follow the game very closely.
We fans need to stop worrying about what is happening in the Bronx. I admit, I have been guilty of this from time to time. I concede that the Yankees have some really good bats. And because of this, they will play good offensive baseball, outhitting opponents. Remember, though... their win streaks have come against sub .500 teams, whose pitchers are not outstanding. How those Yankees play over the next 2 weeks will really demonstrate how their depth is. They can hit, but in the end, pitching sustains a team, especially in the playoffs; not just good hitters. You just need to look at previous Yankee lineups who have been World Champions to see the difference. While they may have had a Murderer's Row too, those previous teams also had much much better pitching than what we are seeing in the 2007 Yankees. Everything balances, and I do not expect .700 playing to continue for the remaining 49 games. Not with that bullpen.
So guys, listen to me, the gal with the cheerleading pom-poms: Stop looking in the rear view mirror.
We have been in first place in the East all year for a reason. Don't compare Papi to A-Rod. One is hurt, and the other, well... is not. Our Pirates of the Bullpen have been there all year long for us, and it has been significant. Just look at last night's win against the Angels. Our 5'6" giant, Pedroia, gives us a lead late in the game (uh... is he our next Mr. Clutch?? Shall we call him Lil' Papi?) Once we get the lead, we bring out the toughest 7-8-9 pitcher combination in the AL. And all three last night proved their worth. Gagne is settling in nicely as our 8th inning guy, between Okajima and Papelbon.
I know the Sox have their weaknesses, just like everybody else. Our bats are streaky, and with Papi's injured shoulder and knee this year, we lack late inning power and that one clutch go-to guy. This has hurt us more than a few times, against some good teams. So what? Now it will be our turn for our schedule to be a little easier for a few weeks. The Sox need to, and I expect them, to have a good run.
Guys, forget about the Wild Card race. We're not in that race!! Let's just see those Sox go out and play some damn good baseball and focus just on that task alone. We're up by 6! We need to celebrate, not worry about the guys next door.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Luckily for Coco Crisp, he wasn't in the front seat of our SUV that July evening in 2002. Still, if you watch this video, Coco, too, seemed to narrowly escape some serious harm, from a Mariner Moose.
Can you imagine, going on the DL because you had a run in, with a cartoon character? Copy and paste this link, and see for yourself:
Pitching coach John Farrell is clearly not amused, I wonder, does he kiss his wife with that potty mouth???
He's been gone for about 60 games now, strengthening his muscles in his shoulder, getting ready for the remaining 51 games, and we expect, beyond.
His rehab starts with Pawtucket have been impressive, and we hope it translates to an effective outing tonite.
I don't know about you, but for me, Schill coming back feels like we just acquired another great arm. I know we really didn't; he's just been gone for awhile. But when you look at our already really solid starters (Beckett, Dice-K and Wake) along with a bullpen which includes Delcarmen, Okajima, Gagne, and Papelbon, adding Curt to the mix is like icing on the cake, for me.
Curt isn't the same guy he was back in '04. We all know this, and I accept this. We just need a guy who can get us through 6 innings, so our intimidating bullpen can do their stuff. All this time off, getting rehab and conditioning was a good thing for Curt, and the Sox.
We all know we are lacking some power bat strength this year. It isn't some secret out there. Papi's been hurting, and it has shown in his numbers. The Sox, going forward, have a mission: to prove that good pitching wins championships.
As of now, the Yankees are currently tied in the wildcard race. They aren't a team of good pitchers, they are good hitters. Let's see what means more in the long haul; the hot bats vs. the hot pitching.
Time to settle in, and enjoy some really good baseball, folks!!