Rays try to make it 5 in a row as Price faces Hughes (the two have nearly mirror ERA’s and records). Comment away!
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
One would imagine that Tazawa and Bailey are not available today since Mortensen probably eliminated any chance he sticks in this ‘pen with his stinker of an outing yesterday and forced the two valuable back-end arms into the game. Tazawa did not have his typical velocity yesterday and worked two days in a row plus two innings recently in Cleveland. Bailey has pitched an inning in each of the last three days.
Aceves probably doesn’t provide the best opportunity to get a starter deep into the game, but the Sox will take whatever innings they can get when he faces former Sox pitcher and known PED sampler Bartolo Colon. Comment away.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
No team in the Junior Circuit has won more games than the teams playing today (Boston has one fewer loss than Oakland, and Texas has the same record as the Red Sox).
Doubront has been a solid 4/5 starter, going 5 innings in both of his 2 outings, and giving up 5 runs in those 10 innings. In his 102+ innings (18 starts) of major league experience, A.J. Griffin has a 2.90 ERA and is off to a great start this year (5 runs on the season like Doubront, but in one more start and twice as many innings). Let’s see how it goes: comment away!
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Following are the Red Sox starters’ innings pitched and earned runs given up for every start this season.
5 IP, 2 ER (Lester @ Yankees)
7 IP, 1 ER (Buchholz @ Yankees)
5 IP, 3 ER (Dempster @ Yankees)
5 IP, 3 ER (Doubront @ Jays)
4 1/3 IP, 2 ER (Lackey’s injury-shortened start @ Jays)
7 IP, 0 ER (Lester @ Jays)
7 IP, 0 ER (Buchholz vs Orioles)
5 IP, 1 ER (Dempster vs Orioles)
5 IP, 2 ER (Aceves vs Orioles)
7 IP, 1 ER (Lester vs Rays)
8 IP, 0 ER (Buchholz vs Rays)
7 IP, 1 ER (Dempster vs. Rays)
5 IP, 2 ER (Doubront @ Indians)
5 IP, 3 ER (Aceves @ Indians)
7 IP, 2 ER (Lester @ Indians)
8 IP, 2 ER (Buchholz vs Royals)
No starter has yet given up more than 3 earned runs. Aceves (who’s been great for a spot starter), Doubront, and (to a lesser extent) Dempster have taxed the bullpen somewhat, but really, this is an incredible streak.
Apparently those responsible for the disgusting events of the past week are dead and captured, respectively. I am eager to find out all of the facts and evidence surrounding these people and events.
But I must admit I am more excited to just see baseball played. I imagine there will be an emotional charge at today’s game. Not sure how much of it I can watch, but I look forward to the pre-game ceremony highlights later.
Recent Royals acquisition Shields vs. long-standing franchise player Buchholz. Comment away!
Friday, April 19th, 2013
The Yankees have traveled to Toronto to visit the Jays at Rogers Centre. The Sox have postponed their contest with the Royals while law enforcement attempts to locate and apprehend a suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon and murder of an MIT police officer.
Andy Pettitte faces Brandon Morrow on this somber day. Peace be with you and comment away.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Or is that “hex a win”? Whatever. The Sox can win six in a row for the first time since…last April (I am almost certain). That win streak near the end of April 2012 pushed the Sox to 10-10. A win today would put the 2013 Sox’ record at 11-4. Certainly getting win #10 in game 14 is an improvement over game 20.
Lester vs. McAllister. Comment away!
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
C.C. Sabathia is on the mound today for the Bombers on the heels of a monster game by Robinson Cano — who you likely already know to be named for Mr. Jack Robinson — and a fitting close by GOAT on a special day in the Bronx. It’s hard not to feel good about what the Yankees are doing right now. Lineups follow, comment away.
So many great gestures yesterday. The Yankees were one of many teams to play “Sweet Caroline” during their game. It ain’t my favorite song, but the show of support means so much even to a non-Boston resident like myself (I’ve been a few times, maybe four games at Fenway, cool town). Oakland fans started a “Let’s go, Boston” chant at their game. Probably my favorite tribute was the Brewers playing the Cheers theme at their game, but Cleveland playing “Dirty Water” after the Sox won was good stuff, too.
Oh, the game today? Well, it’s Aceves vs. Masterson. Probably should bask in the support/love a bit longer as the game is not likely to provide the solace of victory/the big inning like yesterday. Still, the solace of baseball/normalcy is really nice, and you never know what’s gonna happen.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
I don’t like raisins. Never have. The Coen brothers’ classic gives me a wedge to try to find some levity what with those D-Backs coming to town, but each joke plays back as soggy and unsavory as the bran cereal dotted with those atrocious once-were-fruit nuggets.
My long memory of Luis Gonzalez’ bloop in the deciding game of the 2001 series has been played out too many times to try to poke any more fun, all things considered. Suffice it to say that there are only a few players on the DBacks that were involved in baseball *at all* during that series, and none with those DBacks of yore. No Yankee scheduled on the field today was party to that game, though there is a rumor that Mariano Rivera may pitch today, and all players will wear 42 in honor of Jack Roosevelt Robinson. This is worth watching. We will see a couple old Yankee friends over in the visitor’s dugout — Wil Nieves, Eric Chavez, Ian Kennedy, Erik Hinske if my memory serves. Brandon McCarthy is on the mound for the Senior Circuit visitors, with Ivan Nova hoping to get something, anything, going tonight for the Bronx on the bump.
Enjoy the game. The Yankees will play Sweet Caroline as a tribute to Boston in the middle of the third. I’ll sing along, this time.
Lineups follow, comment away.
Monday, April 15th, 2013