Broom Town: Sox-Yanks Gamer III

And here we are. Game No. 3 of 18, and thus far the most anticipated of the season.

The Boston Red Sox spent a mint to snatch Daisuke Matsuzaka, both for themselves and from the Yankees. He has been everything they expected, and now comes the first true test of whether he has a chance to be spoken of in that same one-name pantheon of great Red Sox hurlers — Wood, Pedro, Rocket.

Matsuzaka was acquired to be an ace. And an ace for the Red Sox must be able to beat the Yankees. Josh Beckett has done it — four times in six tries now. Curt Schilling has done it — heroically, blood seeping through his sock. Pedro Martinez did it — in 2004, when he wasn’t on his game, and in 1999, when he was. Even Jonathan Papelbon to an extent has done it — two saves and a sub-1 ERA with 16Ks in 10 innings.

The Yankees have been obliging enough to make tonight easier. With starter after starter going down with injuries, rookie Chase Wright makes his second major-league start. He looked shaky his first outing but got the win. Can he succeed where Mariano Rivera and Jeff Karstens have failed? Can he silence David Ortiz, who has thus far been the true king of this series, or the awakening bats of Jason Varitek and Coco Crisp?

Even if the Sox do hit Wright, can Matsuzaka avoid getting rattled like he did in Toronto? Will he once and for all silence A-Rod? Can he dominate the best offense in the American League like he did the fifth-, ninth- and 12th-best?

Even if he dosn’t, the Red Sox have assured themselves a series win. While a loss tonight would be diappointing, the series is alredy a success for Boston. To open the season series with a sweep of New York, however — the first since 1981 — would be a tremendous boost and put the Red Sox in great position heading to Yankee Stadium next weekend.

Daisuke Matsuzaka can make it happen. It’s exactly why the Red Sox got him.

498 comments… add one
  • Coco is out with a “tight oblique”. The guy finally seems to get going and then this.
    F*ck.

    SF April 22, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • not sure why coco is sitting today. figured tito would let a guy get hot.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • see above comment, sf rod.

    SF April 22, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • thanks for the answer SF.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Irritating to say the least…but I have the strange feeling that WMP is going to enjoy his game against the rookie LHP.
    Or, strike out twice and ground into a double-play.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Didn’t this game used to have a 7:05 start? Did MLB let ESPN move it? Yesterday was a national blackout, including on MLB.com. Today I hurried home to find no game. Impeach Bud Selig, the $14 million man.
    Yankee fans would obviously feel better if we didn’t have a AA pitcher on the mound tonight, and we’d feel better if we had Jorgie calling the game and the only Yankee who’s faced Dice-K in right field. Not to mention our catcher’s 0 for 24 career record.

    john April 22, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • uh Beckett was 2-2 last year as the Sox “ace” Where does the 4 of 6 come from? Marlins?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • i dont think any sunday games have 7 05 starts its either 8pm ESPN or afternoon game. cause espn has exclusivity on Sunday nights.

    TJ April 22, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • 2-2 with sox 1-0 in 03 World Series and 1-0 this year

    TJ April 22, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Check that 1-1 in 2003 Series so it would be 4-3 now

    TJ April 22, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • John, making excuses already.

    SF April 22, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • I think if Boston loses tonite the series is a failure. I dont care that they would have taken 2 of 3. This is why we got Matsuzaka to beat the Yankees.

    TJ April 22, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • haha i conveniently forgot about yesterdays game! thnx

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Sox fans are going to say 4 wins in 6 games. Yankee fans are going to say we are very happy with the high era over the last 4 games we’ve faced Beckett. Plus let’s get Damon, Matsui and Jorgie back in the lineup. Nieves has been worse than a pitcher so far.

    john April 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • SF, being the gracious host already.

    john April 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Any series where the Sox take 2 out of 3 from the Yankees has GOT to be considered a success, no matter who pitches.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • OK say matsuzaka walks off in the first inning with an injury (not that im wishing this, just a hypothetical) and the yankees go on to win. Are there any comments from SFs about the reason the sox didnt sweep, win, etc is due to the injury?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • It feels good to be back – I missed the first game entirely, only able to check the scores intermittently via Blackberry in an area with weak service. Yesterday, I had DirecTV installed following a six hour ordeal involving chopped-down trees and an installer who spoke very halting English. He finally got the service working as Papelbon took the mound. But, my DSL line was not functional so blogging was an impossibility. Seems like the debate here has been pretty solid, and I do relish the fact that Yankees fans are just “explaining” why they are losing or why they should be considered underdogs, but we Sox fans are always “making excuses” when we point out painful facts about our team. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, I guess. Or it’s all about the messenger.
    Tonight should be fun, but as this week has shown (Halladay vs. a weaker Sox lineup ends in a Sox victory, Schill gets tagged but the Sox emerge victorious after beating up on Mariano Rivera) the paper advantage doesn’t always hold. We love the Sox’ chances tonight, but at this point none of us should be surprised about any result.
    And, how exciting does A-Rod make the game now, just by his presence? I for one am happy to see him raking – I’ve always been a pretty fierce defender of him on this site (I think I told John in the pre-season I’d trade Papi for him, at least in theory). Though tonight he can go 0-4, as far as I am concerned. Don’t love him that much.

    SF April 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Ok.. Coco is an ominous sign. He finally was hot.
    Now I’m nervous. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Are there any comments from SFs about the reason the sox didnt sweep, win, etc is due to the injury?
    Sure, why shouldn’t there be speculations about “what ifs”? There’s a fine line between excuse-making and theorizing, I suppose. Maybe it’s like the pornography thing, you know it when you see it?

    SF April 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Now I would agree with you SF but I dont think everyone knows it when they see it…

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • SF, here’s the difference: my comments were about the game and were not derogatory. Yours was personal and negative. This is the point at which your friend YF says, “Bite me.”

    john April 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Bite me!

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • this didnt sound like an excuse to me….
    Yankee fans would obviously feel better if we didn’t have a AA pitcher on the mound tonight, and we’d feel better if we had Jorgie calling the game and the only Yankee who’s faced Dice-K in right field. Not to mention our catcher’s 0 for 24 career record.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • No, he says it to you.

    john April 22, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • You two getting into some wierd “porno” bighting thing?

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Bite me!

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • That would be biting

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Jeez, now who has thin skin? Relax, YF’s…hehe.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Oh God.. not Joe Morgan.
    I knew it was coming, but it still doesnt lessen the blow

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • John: nothing meant personally. I was responding to the line of debate here where everyone takes a simple expression of “what if” and turns it into “excuse making”. Too subtle, I suppose.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • why is josh phelps even on the yankees? what else does Minky have to do to not get a start, never hit? oh wait he has that covered…

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • A-Rod is absolutely on fire right now, and as a pure baseball fan, it’s amazing to see. As a Sox fan though, I wonder just when someone is going to plunk him, or at least back him off the plate.
    The same goes for Barry Bonds- why in the world doesn’t someone throw at his knees??
    I’m not calling for a beanball war, but it offends my sensibilities to see batters so comfortable in the batters box. I can only imagine what pitchers from the 60s are thinking.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • I don’t get the “back A-Rod off the plate” or “throw at Ortiz” thing. If it was that easy, wouldn’t it have happened? I don’t understand why people think a purpose pitch can basically nullify great players.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • ESPN gun giving Dice 95. Pretty high.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • agreed, its more likely to just make them angry which cant be a good thing.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • You know, Crisp did almost catch that.

    john April 22, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • “ESPN gun giving Dice 95. Pretty high.”
    Not the first time. He’s typically been in the 93-95 range; that was what I heard about him before he came over. Let’s see what they give Wright next inning.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Crisp said it touched the top of his glove, John.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Beautiful changeup on 1-1.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • I don’t think a purpose pitch nullifies a great player, but I think it does help keep a batter from sitting on a pitch. As Moonlight Graham said “the next one is either low and away, or in my ear”

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Ump apparently not giving the “six inches off the plate” strike.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Up to 96. Dice painting the corners.
    Let’s see what the gun gives Wright.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Umpires don’t give him anything, ever…

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • The question is, what if you layoff the changeup? Is it a strike? I haven’t watched any of his starts.

    john April 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Alex vs Dice 1:
    HBP on pitch 1. Hight, tight fball.
    Harrumph.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • That is all Tavarez’ fault

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Like THAT

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • DICE MAN! :D

    TJ April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • That didn’t look on purpose…f*ck. How the hell does Joe Morgan know what Tavarez is telling him, or that it has ANYTHING to do with A-Rod? God dammit I hate this guy.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • There you go…
    See, I just don’t see how that can possibly affect A-Rod.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Interesting that DiceK tipped his cap after beaning A-rod. Thats some Japanese baseball etiquite.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Well he looks like shit. Great.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • WOOWOOOOOOOOOO!

    john April 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Here we go….

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Giambi gapper to right plates 2! Take that!
    Familiar start to this one, no?

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • 2-0! THAT is why hitting a batter ia not a good idea.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • DICE MAN :(

    TJ April 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Ok.. Vomit bag time

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • D1- Dice doesn’t look that bad. He walked a guy, “accidentally” hit another one, and Giambi had a great at-bat against him. On the other hand, he’s up in the mid-90s and throwing different pitches for strikes.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Cano grounder strands Giambi.
    Can’t see Dice intentionally hitting A-Rod, but you know he’s worried about him. If I’m Dice, I’m worried about one of my sinking offspeed pitches getting parked. Alex has been all over that pitch thus far this season. Makes sense to get him thinking high in before going down there. Didn’t work that time, tho.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • “Familiar start to this one, no?”
    Hopefully. The last two games didn’t exactly go your way, now did they?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Uuh will jon miller please stop talking in Japanese

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Ok.. one bad inning. If he has another one, I’m gonan take a shower. I took a quick shower (I was gettign complaints… covered in rust and sawdust) after the bottom of the second LAST night and it worked…

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Giambi also hit a pitch that was pretty far outside – gotta give Jason some credit there for that as well, taking what was given him.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • OK Giambi hit a changeup that stayed up near the belt. Good job taking it opposite field, but that was a bad pitch.
    “If you’re left-handed and you have good stuff, you can win.”
    Joe Morgan, folks.

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Lugo draws the walk, nice start

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Neither pitcher getting the corners much here. Spells big trouble for Wright. He doesn’t have the stuff/experience to deal with getting squeezed.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • That was me…maybe it was a good pitch, I didn’t think so but I also didn’t really get a good look at it.
    Whatever…good job by Lugo taking the walk.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Wright is excrutiating to watch with runners on…

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • 4 throws to first already- get ready for a loooong night

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Wright is a slow worker. So is Dice. This is going to take forever.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • i blame that SB on posada.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Wow, nice barehanded snare on a serious rope into the crowd by Youk.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • May want to sign that guy

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Excellent at-bat by Youkilis there. 10 pitches, works the walk. Come on, Papi!

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • No catcher had any chance at nailing Lugo on that one. For all those pickoff throws, he did a pretty lousy job holding him on.
    That, or Lugo just had a really good read on him.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Wright is working himself into a possibly huge problem

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Papi looks a bit like Mo Vaughn with that #42 on his back.

    Scott SF April 22, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Morgan says left handers take longer to go to the plate. Does this make any sense?

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • The over-third cam shows Wright’s move is really easy to pick up. His step has no deception when going home, or to first. I am guessing Lugo figured it out.
    Ortiz just misses one. Dang.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Papi misses a TERRIBLE f*cking pitch.
    Throw that one to Manny. Dare you.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Papi swung at the wrong pitch

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Matsuzaka’s lack class and sportsmanship. He hit Arod in his first pitch. What a Joke.. I hope and expect Chase Wright do the same. hit Big papi as well.

    Ty_Yf April 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • no….it doesn’t make any sense to listen to what joe morgan says.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Morgan says left handers take longer to go to the plate. Does this make any sense?
    Yes, don’t you know about the special “lefty rubber” that is located 9″ behind the regular rubber? This added distance makes the travel time slightly longer to home.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • What game are you wathing Ty? That had no appearance of intent

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Manny misses another meatball, just like Papi. Manny really struggling – that ball should have been punched hard the other way, really a fat pitch.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Another bad pitch. Ugh. He’s not long for the game if he keeps throwing these meaty fastballs.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Posada’s who’s not even playing tonight.

    Ty_Yf April 22, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Hopefully we are not going to screw this up and not score anything.

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Can’t believe Boston’s this close to letting him off the hook. He doesn’t look good…at all. And I don’t think I’m being a homer in saying so.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Thanks SF. Thank God we have Joe Morgan to point out these hidden mysteries to us.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • ty- my point exactly. if he cared he’d be there.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Is it really still the first inning?! Sloooow.
    And now the rook cockily swaggers off the mound…on Ball 3.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • 2 LOB

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • the kid stays in the picture!

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • And then he does it on strike 3, correctly. Drew’s at-bat useful only for the 6 pitches he saw. Not a good plate appearance at all.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Wow. Ortiz, Manny, and Drew should be ashamed of themselves.
    Awful.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Why was Ortiz wearing #42? What he gets his own special Jackie Robinson Day?

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Wow. Ortiz, Manny, and Drew should be ashamed of themselves.
    Awful.

    Take it easy, d1 – they just missed a couple of meatballs – they’re not machines you know. They saw a ton of pitches, made the kid work, and he definitely looks hittable. 8 more innings to go, lots of time, as long as Daisuke keeps it at 2.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Nice pitching there by the kid. Didnt get rattled…

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Is it just me, or do lefty hitters usually look a lot worse against lefty pitchers than righty hitters against righty pitchers?
    I’ve never seen a statistical analysis of that- I wonder if the numbers bear it out.

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Nice pitching there by the kid. Didnt get rattled…
    See, here’s the difference in perspective. Manny and Ortiz missed two horrible pitches that should have been mashed, and he pitched Drew well. To me that isn’t “not getting rattled”, but “getting lucky twice and pitching well once”. But I guess it depends on the color of your hat, right?

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • OK, all Matsuzaka has to do is settle down…somehow I don’t see Wright lasting too long.
    Look, I know those ab’s weren’t terrible…but if a rookie pitcher walks the first two guys he faces, you have to score. You just have to. Especially when he leaves that many pitches up in the zone.
    I fully expect at least one of them to redeem himself next time around…

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Is the wall ok?

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • WMP looks to damn big to play CF

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Willy Mo looked absolutely Greenwell-esque on that flyball.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Nice quick inning

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • …wow, Nieves, of all people, smokes one and gets robbed.
    Not a good start.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • >>>Wow. Ortiz, Manny, and Drew should be ashamed of themselves.<<< But d1, don't you see? The Red Sox have never faced Wright before. And according to YFs (when they faced Okajima, at least) it is impossible to hit someone you've never faced before... so Ortiz, Manny and Drew did the best one could expect given the impossible odds. ;^)

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • d1: you seem very sullen – so much negative energy! That was a dribbler by Nieves. In the box score, at least.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • I predict Mike Lowell will pop the ball up.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Is that horse dead yet hudson or do you want to keep beating it?
    Should I say that Sox fans now all think that Okajima is the best pitcher to walk the face of the planet?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Nice hook by Wright, following the foul ball homer.
    Morgan is calling that a changeup, but it had curveball rotation on the replay. Am I incorrect here?

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • SF- it looked like a change to me. He had it way back in his grip.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Gawd, Morgan is unlistenable. I was prepared for it, but it still stings.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • That second pitch to Pena was a changeup, and it had much less break. Does Wright have two changeups?

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Sam, so long as YFs post that our hitters “should be ashamed of themselves” (“Classy!” I believe is how I’d respond if I were a YF), yeah, I’ll keep beating it.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Nice job, walking the Human K Machine.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • just so there’s documentation of my call….pedroia goes deep to tie it.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Hudson –
    We’ll see if it holds up against Wright. Okajima faced how many batters? It’s very different than a starter going through the lineup twice.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Hud: d1 is a Sox fan, and he is the one that posted that comment.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • I dislike Morgan so much I actually am listening to the Yankees Radio Network instead. He’s that bad.
    Pedroia double, 2nd and 3rd, two out for Lugo.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • This guy Wright sucks. The only thing that sucks more than him is the Red Sox hitters. I don’t know how they haven’t crushed him yet.
    I speak too soon. Pedroia!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • What was that out of DPod?

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Heh, I’m about as cynical as they come…
    Boston always seems to have trouble vs young left-handers. I wouldn’t be too upset by a loss tonight, though if the final score is something like 2-0 I’ll be kinda pissed.
    Go Dustin! Breaking out!

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • ok…maybe a double.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • dPod!

    TJ April 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • All those bunts yesterday helped on that one, perhaps. Alex was really in, and almost grabbed the laser shot to the corner from Pedroia.
    Nice play by Jeter in the hole ends the threat.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • i see my name for him is sticking :p
    But its lower case d like iPod :p cause hes a little guy :p

    TJ April 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Wow… this guy is getting as lucky as a guy can get. This isn’t going to hold up.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Two more stranded. I suppose this is better than their previous Matsuzaka starts, where they didn’t even get baserunners. Next step: runs!

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Yeah, I’m an SF. Just a fairly bitter and irritable one.
    This is gonna be one of those, “Strand 13 people through the first 5 innings” games, isn’t it?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • And the Sox let Wright off the hook for the second straight inning.
    47 pitches for the rookie through 2, but a 2-0 lead.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • “How many curve balls can you hang with guys on base and still get away with it: the Chase Wright Story”

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • “Yeah, I’m an SF. Just a fairly bitter and irritable one.”
    Oh, and yes, that’s kind of the stereotype for SF’s, but I assure you, it’s not just about sports. I was like that before I cared about baseball. I prefer “passionate” to angry, but whatever…:-)

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • JD clips one right up the middle. Here we go.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • And now Jeter HBP on the sailing inside fball.
    Double Harrumph.

    YF April 22, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Was Mattingly laughing about that?

    Rob April 22, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • “How many curve balls can you hang with guys on base and still get away with it: the Chase Wright Story”
    Can i get a ruling on this – explaination or excuse?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • We all should know this is how baseball works sometimes: the game everyone thought the Sox were a lock in is the one where a rookie comes in and skates by, stranding 15 guys, and maybe gets a suprising win against the heralded Japanese newcomer.
    This game is totally befuddling at moments.
    Meanwhile, Jeter gets hit, and I think we can say that Daisuke is having a bit of a problem throwing inside. Though that pitch wasn’t too far inside, Jeter really crowds the plate and didn’t move back at all.

    SF April 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • um…something makes me think dice-k doesnt like pitching from the stretch. maybe not allowing leadoff runners might help that.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Its OK everyone. Joe Morgan doesn’t think that Matsuzaka was trying to hit Jeter.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Does the “problems from the stretch” angle look so ridiculous now?

    Kazz April 22, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • …this is fantastic. And Fenway falls silent.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Wow, I’ve never seen Matsuzaka miss so badly with a breaking pitch. That one would have hit a righty in the head…. and so would that one.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Tonight Matsuzaka is not impressive at all. No control, no deception in the pitches. This has a lot to do with the Yankees, I think – he’s going to have to learn how to pitch to them.
    And as I type that he Ks Abreu.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • “he was just con…fooled by that pitch” morgan.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez terrifies me, and its not because of his purple lipstick.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Another Hit by pitch great Matsuzaka on Jeter. I want Chase Wright hit Manny in eye.

    Ty_Yf April 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Does the “problems from the stretch” angle look so ridiculous now?
    Tonight it looks like he’s having problems from every position, not just the stretch.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • I wonder if what Morgan’s saying about pitching inside in Japan has any truth to it. I suppose it could; someone with Matsuzaka’s stuff might not ever have had to before. I don’t normally put a lot of stock in anything he says, but I’m a little curious about this.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • YEAH! Sidown, A-Rod!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Dice vs Alex 2
    slider low for a ball 1-0
    fastball low middle strike 1-1
    curve high and outside, fouled off 1-2
    fastball inside edge, k looking

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • SF- that K against A-Rod was impressive, no?

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Yes, it was. I need to continue to carp about how unimpressive Dice has been, and how he has no chance against these guys.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • D1: Every once in a while Morgan accidentally says something useful as opposed to most of the time when he just spouts crap. The problem for us is figuring out which is which.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • The GIAMBINO!

    john April 22, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • “Anytime you face this Yankee lineup, you got your work cut out for you.”
    I’d like to see just how many times ESPN broadcasters use this line, or some variation of the same in each broadcast. I mean it’s true, but c’mon…shut up.
    And Giambi with another bloop F*CKING RBI. F*CK. Great pitch, and that happens. F*CK

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • AAH!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • YES!!!

    Doug April 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Giambi Texas Leager scores JD, Jeets to third!
    3-0.
    After that great pitching, burned on a cheapie.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • John: your broadcast must be far ahead of Time Warner’s. You posted that at least 7 or 8 seconds before my broadcast showed that play.
    Nonetheless, what a total cheapie of a hit.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Smokin’

    john April 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • After that great pitching, burned on a cheapie.
    The “great pitching” started after two guys were on base…

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Yeah, that was weird John…for me it was a good 30 or so.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • After the 2-2 pitch to Abreu, the second ball high outside, Dice waved his arms in frustration with himself. Looked like it was going to be the turning point. He got Abreu on the floater over the middle, and a brilliant pitch on the edge to get Alex. But, as ever, free bases kill.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • SF – I was encouraging the Giambino. Or commenting on his MIGHTY hit. Take your pick.

    john April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • OK, so Wright’s not a good pitcher…can we maybe scrape together a couple of runs now? Please?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • DiceK seems to be his own worst enemy the last 2 games, not the hitters. Too many bad BBs and HBPs.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Joe Morgan reminds us Cano is named after Jackie Robinson. Thx Joe.

    Doug April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • The Yankees have been getting a number of bloop hits falling in for them in this series. Good job by Giambi muscling that one over Pedroia, but you can’t blame Matsuzaka for that. He did what he was trying to do.
    These Chevy commercials are terrible.

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Matsuzaka: erratic as hell. You see enough to know he’s for real, but tonight he’s just way too inconsistent. The Yankees’ lineup, at least 1-6, is just too unforgiving for this kind of effort.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Ok guys…lets get a few hits, put a run or two on the board before Dice thinks we cannot score when he pitches.

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Also the only thing more irritating than 3 hours of Joe Morgan is the 15 minutes of Chevy advertising we see in every broadcast. I figure 30 seconds a spot, at least 22 breaks between innings and for pitcher changes; that’s gotta be about 15 minutes, total.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Another well-hit ball. Karstens could have just as easily given up 10-12 runs yesterday…more of the same today?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Niiice catch by Bobby.

    Doug April 22, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Youk smokes it to Abreu, who makes a solid, if not spectacular, play. It has the makings of one of those nights, where the boys miss the meatballs, and the ones put in play hit gloves. Lots of time for that to change, of course. We just need Mo in the game! ;-)

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • “unforgiving for this kind of effort”
    it is baseball. damon’s hit was a grounder, giambi’s a bloop. not saying he’s on top of his game here, but it’s not like the guy isn’t trying. the breaks don’t always go your way.
    and here’s chase wright w/ 2 quick outs.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • What is WRONG WITH US?!?!
    I’m going to put my head through a window in a minute (don’t worry, all the windows in my home are made with sugarglass)

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ortiz with a craptastic at-bat. Manny up.
    This might be my last post, as well – long weekend with two tireless kids and travel. Gonna go to the fluffy bed where the internet doth lack.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • manny talks to joe morgan?

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • MANNY!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • That departed quickly.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Jesus that was a long shot!!

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Ok, NOT my last post. TAGGED by Manny.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Wow. That uh…that ball got hit pretty hard. And you can believe me or not, but right before that pitch I had this mental image of him crushing something all the way out and over the monster.
    Yeah, I’m psychic. What can I say?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Man. Who is this Manny Ramirez? The Yankees should think about pitching around him.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Jay DEE!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • DREW!!

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • well the second time through the lineup doesnt look so bad.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • JD! Feeling better D1, Matty?

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • DREWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWw

    TJ April 22, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Drew MAULS one. Drew looked completely confused to that point, as well.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • SWEET JESUS 3 IN A ROW!!!!

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • See Hudson – the difference between seing a pitcher once versus twice.
    Okajima will get his.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • LOOOOOOOOWELL!

    mattymatty April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • wow- that was…. impressive

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • BTBTB!!!!!!!

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • BP here.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • i will stop posting now.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • LOWELL!!!
    OUCH, three in a row!!

    Scott SF April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • BACK TO BACK TO BACK!!!!

    TJ April 22, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Were those three on three pitches?

    john April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • See Hudson – the difference between seing a pitcher once versus twice.
    Okajima will get his.

    But Jim, Okajima is a relief pitcher, so that “second look” could be in a month, or three months. It’s just not the same as seeing a guy in the course of an hour or two three times.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • no 2 on the season for each of the threesome.
    Tek has one does he want #2? then Pena has 1 does he want #2:p

    TJ April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • FOUR!!!!!!!!!
    HOLY FRIGGIN CRAP!! CAPTAIN!!

    Scott SF April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • HOLY SHIT!!!

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Oh god…I think I just crapped myself.

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Jesus.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Varitek still sucks.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • WOW.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Chase Wright going for some kind of trivia thing.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Ho leee shit.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • F*CK!

    john April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Someone wake up Joe and have him pull Chase now.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • I guess with Wright, you just have to see him once.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • How do you say “batting practice” in Japanese?

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • OH MAN!

    TJ April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Wright should walk WMP

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Oh my god. This is just…Jesus Christ.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Wow what a historical night, thanks Jon Miller.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • >>>Chase Wright going for some kind of trivia thing.<<< Now that's funny, YF. (Wily Mo just gave Wright a mercy K.)

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Wily Mo whiffs. How come there is nothing mysterious about that?!

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • True SF – but it won’t be a novelty act. Maybe next weekend he still has some of that. Not after game four.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • “Varitek still sucks.”
    No Jim, your pitcher sucks.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Well, only down by 1?
    With this depleted lineup, Yanks can’t constantly be coughing up leads. But maybe with all the drama the Sox get complacent?! Time for a Yankee comeback.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I have to ask… What is Morgan saying?

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Wow you guys are ready to get fitted for World Series rings…deep breath, you’re up 1.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Think in the dugout they were making fun of Drew for not hitting it as far? Hehe.
    I can’t really think of anything that could destroy a young pitcher’s confidence faster then giving up four straight bombs…

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Maybe Matsuzaka can go four more and not embarrass himself.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Well, maybe if Giambi can bat up 10 more times against Dice-K we’ll be allright.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Signing off, everyone. Have fun with the thread – wish I could participate but the eyes won’t have it.
    Go Sox!!!
    (and Joe: LEAVE WRIGHT IN. PLEASE.)

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • the kids name is chase…that’s like being named groundintodoubleplay jackson if you played the field.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • According to WFAN, it’s happened just five times before.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • So let me get this straight…as Boston tees off, jim decides it’s an appropriate town to rag on Okajima? Whatever makes you happy there buddy.
    Trisk, gimme a fricken break; if your team hit 4 homers in a row you’d be freaking out, too. Not about arrogance; that would have been exciting if the score was 10-3 in your favor. (Though not quite as cool)

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • “that’s like being named groundintodoubleplay jackson if you played the field.”
    Haha… “Gid P. Jackson?”

    Doug April 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Wow you guys are ready to get fitted for World Series rings…deep breath, you’re up 1.
    Aw, Trisk, come on. It was four homers IN A ROW. Nobody’s fitting anything. That would be frickin’ cool for a Devil Rays fan, much less a SF in a Sox-Yanks game.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Minky and Nieves will make DM look like an ace again. Great work Cashman!

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Minky doubles, ground rule.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • bloop double for Minky

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Whatever you say mystery man!!! LOL

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Or maybe not.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Jim, wrong again. You’re like the atomic clock. Minky doubles.
    And with that, good night.

    SF April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Minky dinky with a double. Back at ’em!
    Potential Hero: Wil Nieves?

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Anon was I, stupid Typekey.
    Now SETTLE DOWN DAISUKE!
    …and as I type that…this is actually just sort of depressing. Daisuke still looks awful, so that could all go for naught.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Minkie mouse doing his impression of a homerun!

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Chase Wright, looking bummed.

    john April 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Bloop Double? What game are you watching Sam?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Melkster moves him. Go Wil 0-for-the-Season Nieves!

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I must admit I’m still giggling from the previous half-inning. It’s that nervous laughter, though, like when you see something truly surreal.
    DiceK adding to the nervous atmosphere as well.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Haha, Nieves almost took care of your little Mienkievich problem for you!

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • im watching the game where every hit that the yankees have this game has been called lucky or something by SFs on this blog

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Sam’s listening to the Japanese radio translation.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • On the whole, they’re getting their hacks at Dice-K.

    john April 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Nieves is feeling Dice K right now.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • umm…sam? I’m pretty sure most SF’s here agree that Daisuke looks awful, and that the hits are legit. (Except for that bloop by Giambi, which was lame and came on a jam shot, but Daisuke made his own mess by hitting Jeter)

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Will Nieves swings like my grandmother.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Actual Wil 0-fer-his Yankee career.
    0 fer 22
    now
    0 fer 23

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • dPod :D

    TJ April 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Nieves can’t even catch a break. He looks like he could go 0-for-2007, and I don’t mean the year. I mean 2007 at bats w/out a hit.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • god Nieves cant buy a hit.
    I was just being controversial sorry!

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • I actually feel bad for Nieves now. Well, as bad as I can feel in this situation, which is actually more enthused then anything else.
    Talk about snakebit. He’s definitely looked the most comfortable up there against Daisuke, that’s two straight rips.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • yes. i am a sf who feels dice-k is getting touched up and not fooling anyone.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • That “bloop” by Giambi was only in the same area as a Sox defender because Pedroia was set up in short right field.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • That really stings.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • And both clean innings D-Mat has have still been terrifying. We need more runs. (I’d be pretty pissed if I were a YF…hehe)

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Good news Joe is done with is nap and he’s going to speak after the commercial. Don’t worry though he’s going right back to sleep as soon as the headset is off.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Over at LoHud:
    >>>[Chase] is holding his own. yes. He gave up four homeruns in a row.He gave up four homeruns in a row. they were, last time I checked, only solo.<<< Kind of hard to hit anything but a solo home run when the previous guy just hit one.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Dice has been inconsistent- sometimes getting raked, other times looking unhittable. I can’t figure him out.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I have to say…I always get a kick out of how Torre calls Morgan “Joseph.”

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • The Melkster!

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Ayuh,
    He’s just a man, a young, wealthy, athletically talented, man.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Son of a …
    Mother ….
    God d …
    I’m outside picnicking with the neighbors, checking in periodically.
    The last time I checked it was 3-0.
    I come back and realized I missed FOUR F****** CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS!
    I MISSED HISTORY!!!
    I’ve been watching baseball since 1972 and I’ve never seen THAT!!!!
    Aw, crap!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Colter Bean….Colter Bean…I like my Colter Bean.
    He looks like his is pitching a wiffle ball.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • And Walien, yes, I’m now drinking.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Wow…two catchers. That’s no good.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Great. Nieves injured. Does Phelps catch?
    Where are you Todd Pratt?

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Whoa…Phelps! Let the races begin. Man…I’m just punch-drunk on being a Yankee fan today!

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Little league rules – the Sox will lend Mirabelli.

    john April 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • What else could possibly go wrong??? Ladies and Gentlemen, Josh Phelps.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Well the good news is it’s not going to hurt Nieves’s hitting.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Peter Abraham was right about you Bill.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Well…thank god for the short wall out there in right.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • hanging anything to Ortiz = bad

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • I thought a ground-rule double with a runner on first was a judgment call as to whether the runner scores? Am I wrong?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Abreu should have punched that big frat guy in the face.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • that pack of drunks should have done something to keep that ball in play.

    sf rod April 22, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • You are wrong D1. That rule applies to fan interference.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • D1- that’s only on fan interference. Even then, it’s rarely called.

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Bean Baby!

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Thank god for the mistake check.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Oh, OK. Stupid wall…cost a run.
    So Bean is pretty much the junkiest pitcher ever, huh? I don’t mean he’s bad, or anything, just that he throws nothing but…junk. That wiffle ball analogy was pretty apt.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Damn.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Now for like the 10th time…f*cking settle down, Matsuzaka. Still in line for the QS, just two more decent innings now. 64 pitches through 4; it’s not totally outside the realm of possibility.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • oh capitan my capitan

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • DEREK! 4-4
    OMG DEREK IS SO HOT!

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • I’m just not gonna say anything for a while.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • sorry. wife got a hold of the keyboard.
    not that i disagree.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • So where’s the old, “That’s an out in any other ballpark” critique?
    Oh, there it is. Thanks Miller.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Abreau is having a hard time at the plate tonight.

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Calm down, YF, he’s engaged now, isn’t he?

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Bobby did have a nice walk in the first inning but has looked lost the last two ABs

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • If Dice would start acting like the other 7 players were Abreau and ARod we would be ok.

    Rob April 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Abreu ks.
    Alex vs Dice 3
    swings through a low curve 0-1
    swings through a slider outside 0-2
    swings throug low outside curve. strike 3

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • DiceK seems to own Arod tonight. It’s the other 8 guys he needs to work on.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • …well. Maybe Matsuzaka’s angry now? Makes Abreu and A-Rod look bad…that’s the pitcher we paid for and unfortunately, it’s not always the one who shows up.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • giambi fouls out. feh. next time around.
    looks like this will be decided by the pens.

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Working backwards makes it so difficult for hitters…
    Colter Bean + Chase Wright = Daisuke through 5.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 22, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Okay, who thought this would be 4 – 4 in the 5th?

    john April 22, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • OK SO…grind out two more innings while throwing like you did those last three batters, let the offense feed on the wiffleballer, and we’ll call this a so-so entrance into the Rivalry.
    I mean he pitched two very solid games in a row and got nothing from the offense…they kinda owe him.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • 4 – 4 in the 5th with Colter Bean pitching.

    john April 22, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • By the way D1…I didn’t mean to sound…the way I did. I think I’ve finding the Yankees losing and the constant code thing starts making me write more curtly.

    walein April 22, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • leadoff walk = death

    YF April 22, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • “Okay, who thought this would be 4 – 4 in the 5th?”
    I’m not terribly surprised. Having Daisuke dominate the game would have been far too storybook to actually happen. Heh…as baseball fans we should know never to expect things to go the way they look like they could or should.
    It’s cool, walein. I didn’t have a problem with it.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Somehow I don’t think the WMP vs junk-baller matchup favors the Red Sox.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Sure would be nice to see WMP hit one out here

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • can always count on WMP

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Yeah, everyone in the ballpark saw that one coming. Except for Wily Mo.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • 6 walks, 4 home runs on 4 pitches, Dice-K versus Wright and Bean — sounds like a 10 to 1 game.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • 0/7 now with runners on. Terrible.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Aside from the HRs, the Sox offense has been pitiful

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • DiceK has 79 pitches how far does he go in this game? I say this is his last

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Every Red Sox has been on base at least once today and it’s only the 6th inning. Yet they’ve only scored four times. Frustrating.
    If Daisuke handles these three as easily as he did Abreu, A-Rod, and Giambi, he’ll be back for the seventh. But he didn’t, so short of a DP this is probably it.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • That’s our Robi Cano. Whap. Leadoff man on.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • wow he dominated in high school. Does anyone really care?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Cano! Aggresive running on the pads gets him to third on the flair from Minky. Set up at the corners with 0 out.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • nice baserunning by bobby. He is basically doubled off no matter what if Drew gets that may as well go for 3rd.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • F*cking Matsuzaka, I really didn’t feel like listening to the “$100MM ROFL RED SOX SUXORS” for the next week, but so it goes.
    God he looks bad.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • doh. Robbie not bobby.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Melkster DP at least gets in the run. Was hoping for a big rally but with Nieves due best to just have a run in.
    5-4

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • he splaying possum with them hes gonna go and throw a perfect game in their house friday nite :p

    TJ April 22, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Andy!

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Nothing short of AP getting hammered right now can make this game anything but a colossal disappointment. And all that would do is provide a little mild entertainment in an otherwise depressing affair.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • This move is weird. Smacks a bit of desperation. We would love this win but we need Andy for the long haul

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • I guess when you throw this many strikes, you’re going to get hit by a team as good as the Yanks, but come on…Dice Man is not impressing me.

    Michael Webb April 22, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Yeah, can’t say I understand this. Henn can’t throw an inning here? Proctor and Bruney can’t handle the 7th and 8th? Does Joe have that little confidence in most of his bullpen already?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • We HEART Andy.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Papi does not look good tonight.

    Tom sf April 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • DP for AP. Classic Pettitte.
    But walking batters in front of Papi is a bad habit. Better to let Youk hit his way on with something low and outside in the strikezone. easier said than done, right?

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • …even with Daisuke’s struggles, Boston really should have managed more than 4 runs off those scrub minor leaguers. Ugh…

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • What’s Pettitte’s pitch count for a bullpen session?

    walein April 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Does Francona have such little faith in his bullpen that he leaves DM out there?

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Who knows, but it’s probably more than 9 so I’m sure this wasn’t particularly taxing.

    Anonymous April 22, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Press rewind on your DVRs and watch the end of the inning again. Did you see Pettite stomp off the mound? He looked pissed! I wish I could read lips better. Probably asking himself “Am I the only guy on this team who can pitch? Do I have to do everything myself around here?”

    AngelsFan April 22, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Billy Martin used to use starters in relief on their throwing days quite a bit. And as Morgan was saying, pitchers like Marichal used to do it.
    Pettitte volunteered last time, and probably said something again tonight. It’s a LOT better than using your relievers for 600 innings.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • A-Rod having a weak game but still looking confident. Good to see. The new A-Rod.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • “Does Francona have such little faith in his bullpen that he leaves DM out there?”
    Does Torre have so little faith in his bullpen that he throws Pettitte two days after his 100 pitch start? Better question: Do you ever have anything to say that isn’t designed solely to piss off SF’s?

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • JC Romero? Yes please.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • When Martin and Marichal played, there were more relievers who were too old or not good enough to start.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Odd that Bobby and A-Rod look the worst.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • terrific splitter to k abreu and avoid alex with a man on.
    assume that was his last batter.
    the sf’s here can’t carp about joe overusing the pen and then also complain when he saves a reliever an inning by using pettitte on his off day, when he’d be throwing anyway. or maybe you can.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • 7 K’s, 1 BB, 7 H in 7 innings, and next to nothing from ARod and Abreu. Not a bad start, if you ignore the 5 ER and the really hard-hit outs in the earlier innings…dammit. So much fricken inconsistancy…
    Oh well.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • The kid has gotten five K’s on Abreu and Arod.
    (How’s that d1? Your panties out of a bunch yet?)

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • D1- kinda like saying, “it’s a nice day, if it weren’t for the rain”

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • On with the Proctologist against Manny. Not crazy about this, given the history. Bruney????

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Jim, yeah, but there’s still some sand in my vagina. Heh…South Park.
    I know, ayuh, it’s just kind of an odd stat-line, that’s all. Thankfully, neither the 7th nor 8th inning guys scare me a whole heck of a lot.
    Atta boy JD, now that’s a Fenway Parker if there ever was one.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Terrible. WHY PROCTOR FOR MANNY AND DREW???
    Horrible telegraphed 2 strike curve from Proctor. This really sux. COME ON.
    And now Vizcaino up. WHERE”S FING BRUNEY?

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • melky made the right play, but that was catchable
    honestly – i would have left pettite in, unless he has bad numbers against manny

    john April 22, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Yeah, Lowell!!

    Scott SF April 22, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.
    Why Proctor. Why? WHY WHY WHY

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Yankees Suck, Yankees Suck :p

    TJ April 22, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • nice outing there for scotty. thanks so much.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Heh, looks like Hudson clicked the wrong thread.
    MIKEY LOWEELLLLL! TWO IN A GAME!!
    Kudos to the umps for getting it right right away.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Joe is managing this series into an f’ing sweep. I love joe but this is awful. 3 blown games. how bad can it get?

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • id like to blame Joe but come on Proctor needs to step up right there.
    Type key and its verification sucks

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • I know the bullpen is better than this.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Lowell felt bad about Daisuke’s Toronto/Seattle starts. He’s a nice guy.
    I dunno, YF. I mean it was kinda a tossup between Proctor and Bruney there; wasn’t Proctor higher on the chart then Bruney, still? He could have left AP in, but just imagine what would have happened were there an unlucky comebacker or if he had to throw a lot of pitches…the backlash would have been incredible.
    I credit him for helping us win game 1, but I’m not so sure he deserves the blame for this one.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • what the fuck does “step up” mean. that’s the worst cliche in sports. fuck that. proctor is overused and has a disastrous record against manny. why do you go with him in that situation, and then have him have to face a lefty killer in drew? and then he STAYS IN. where is bruney? he’s the big k gun right now. why is he riding pine all series? next person to right “he needs to step up” gets a permanent ip ban.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • The Yanks aren’t going to win this year if Proctor, Vizcaino and Farnsworth don’t step up.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • dPod :)

    TJ April 22, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • I’ve not been around commenting, but I’ve watched this game front to back. I’m baffled.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Interesting I typed my comment before seeing yours, YF.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • How about this, Joe Torre needs to step up the steps of the dugout there and pull proctor?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Meanwhile, WMP showing that there’s no reason anyone should ever throw him anything but sliders.
    And I take it back, YF, didn’t realize Manny had that level of success against Proctor, even last season. Wow.
    Though Lowell was 1/8 against him, so Proctor had that going for him.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • did they option bruney to get karstens up? is that the problem here? even if he’s not around, this is still a joke.

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Vizcaino’s been too bad to pitch long enough to be worn out.

    john April 22, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • no, Bruney’s there. They optioned Britton.

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • No, they optioned Britton to get Karstens. There is no real reason we haven’t seen Bruney, except that Joe has, for whatever reason, failed to trust him completely. Or maybe he’s hurt, but I haven’t heard anything like that.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • THIS IS FUCKING HORRID.
    How do you not have a lefty for effing Drew?

    YF April 22, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • WMP has K’d 8 times in 14 at bats this year, terrifying. I liked the guy a lot last year but his detractors appear to be right.

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • They should have brought Gator out for Drew. I bet that’s what he said to Joe.

    walein April 22, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Yeah, Hudson, his plate recognition looked like it was improving near the end of last season…guess not. Although to be fair, he hasn’t seen regular playing time and (claims) that he’s really not comfortable only getting a start a week.
    YF…maybe Myers is ONLY here to face Ortiz?
    The f*ck is Matsuzaka doing back out there? He better be on one HELL of a short leash…like 1 batter short, regardless of whether he gets on or not.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • So ‘zaka’s still out there, huh? I wonder if with every run he gives up, Francona decides to leave him out there another inning so his ERA will (theoretically) be lower.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Álex leading off in the top of eight. The 1-2 looked low but called a strike. He knocks 2-2 a fastball to right for a single.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Okajima again, eh?

    Devine April 22, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Okajima Part Three?

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • F*cking Francona…terrible fastball, right down the heart. Stupid move, just stupid.
    And yeah, standing O there, not really deserved…a quiet round of applause would be fine, but 5 runs through 7+ really isn’t good no matter how you slice it. Stinks of Yankee Stadium curtain callage. :-)

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • I would NEVER Have brought Matsuzaka out there AT ALL.
    Tito’s first bad call this series.
    I would have said Oky then Pap.
    Or at least Pap NOW. Where’s that Jamesian Releif Ace stuff?

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Alex! Hit streak continues.
    Dice chased.
    Sox fans: enjoy this. Yanks aren’t going to be folding up so easily when the staff returns to some semblence of normalcy.
    Meanwhile, Randy Hendricks real estate broker just put the down payment on Costa Rica.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Apparently Tito is going the Joe Torre route with regard to bullpen management…find someone who’s hot and use him until his arm falls off. I don’t like this, this best be a 2 batter deal.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Hopefully this is once to the well too many times.

    walein April 22, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Agreed, Dio, he had no business coming back out. I understand why–he’d owned A-Rod to this point–but that was just dumb.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • TJ April 22, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Yankee fans, from now on, please refer to &Aacute’lex’s hit streak as, “he’s up to something.” It’s just a nod towards superstition (which I don’t believe in but totally respect) on my part.
    Jorge steps in.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • This is why you don’t use someone three games in a row…F*CK.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • The 2-1 strike call was crap.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Makeup call on the deuces to bring the count full. Jorge walks on the payoff. Loaded. Tito wants a change.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Boy, I tell ya, I think we probably lose this game. Still, let’s see what Donnelly can do.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • What happened to Paps in high leverage situations?

    jim - YF April 22, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • …Did you see K-zone, AG? It fell in, apparently.
    Not a good series of decisions by Francona. In fact he’s more than made up for Torre’s alleged stupidity earlier in the inning. I like Oki, but 3 games straight…not a good idea. Or he at least should have been pulled after Cano’s single.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • I’m gonna vomit.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Brendan Donnelly? Why not Paps? Give the Yanks the chance to knock your prime reliever around in a jeopardy situation, Tito!

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Pretty good game.

    walein April 22, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Hudson et al. –
    Okajima, not so nice.
    Thanks,
    Sam

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • d1: I don’t believe the K-zone.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • “What happened to Paps in high leverage situations?”
    He threw yesterday. I wouldn’t have had a problem with bringing Papelbon in once Cano singled, then throwing whoever against the bottom of the order in the 9th…but I guess that’s TOO Jamesian for them.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Strange slide there.

    walein April 22, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • No Papelbon in the pen…maybe he’s unavailable today? He did throw a lot of pitches last night…
    Donnelly gets the GB, but they can’t turn it. Sucks for Matsuzaka.
    Still grasping at the 1-run lead…c’mon Donnelly.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Maybe the idea is if they do get out of this, Papelbon faces the good hitters?

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Melky takes a ball in the dirt for ball one. He rips a change on the hands in foul off first. The 1-1; grounded to first; the first to second to would have been first is broken up by a questionable slide. It’s two outs, Boston 7 Yanks 6 to Josh Phelps as a PH.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Pedroia, I love you. And you’ve swung pretty well tonight, too.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • dPod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TJ April 22, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Pedroia saves a run. Great stab. would have scored at least one.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • F*CK again.

    john April 22, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Pedroia, all is forgiven. I love you now.
    Web Gem, right there.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • phew- dodged a bullet there

    Ayuh - SF April 22, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Ugh. Man, the baseball gods were smiling on Boston tonight. I’m not complaining, but there were a lot of web-gems / liners hit right at people tonight for NY. Damn.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Oh look, it’s Sean Henn. One of the many relievers we probably should have seen already instead of Proctor.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • The Henn-Phelps battery. Be afraid.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Melky gets Papi.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • “The Henn-Phelps battery. Be afraid.”
    If anyone gets to first, I hope Tito pinch runs Cora or, if available, Crisp. There’s a reason he’s a 1st baseman now…somehow I don’t think he’s got a cannon for an arm.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Torre should be in there catching right now. maybe pena

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Yeah, Manny looks like he might be back to his old self again. Hooray!

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Phelps looks fine back there. Makes me wonder.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Manny Ramirez is a good hitter.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Manny really appears to be locked back in, 3-5 tonight…

    Hudson April 22, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • ESPEEIN shows the recent starters for the Yanks, working backwards: Wright Igawa, Rasner Pettitte Karstens. Anyone who says they predicted _that_ heading into the season is a liar.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Mike Lowell is no slouch himself.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Henn, throw straight stuff. Please. Please.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Smoked on the ground, right at Jeter.
    Paps, 1-run lead. 3 outs from the first Yankee sweep at Fenway in 17 years. (I’m very nervous.)
    Pretty good stuff.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • I dont know who all noticed the comment on LOHUD about the African American drinking game – if you see any African Americans in the stands, take a drink. I’ve noticed more than a couple brothers tonite. I wish I had a bottle.
    BTW, and appropos of nothing, I’m black.

    Tyrel SF April 22, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • I screwed up that post regarding starters. Please disregard.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • First ptich swinging stupidity. Blargh
    Ok.. Papelbon in.
    I’m not restign easy. Not yet.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • So Boston ends up going something like 1/9 W/RISP, their SP kinda sucked, and they’re in line for the win.
    Really need to count ourselves lucky if Paps pulls this one out.
    And if Tito handled the pen better, this game could have been over without ever facing the top of the Yankee lineup. Which pisses me off.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • I remember Jeter’s one hit against Papelbon…it was a bloop to right with a runner on 3rd and 2 out, one of the Boston Massacre games. Did they go on to win it in extras or did they beat Papelbon that same inning? I think the Jeter hit only tied it…
    The 8th inning of that game, I think he let no runs in with the bases loaded and nobody out (somebody else got in that jam).

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Tyrel, I read that comment. It’s a myopic, ridiculous thing for someone to have written. It’s not funny, insightful, accurate, or worth the pixels/bytes spent on it. I’ll have a drink with you anytime, anywhere. However, I really am sick of the Sox at _this_ moment. I’ll get over it.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • 1 down on the soft fly to left from Damon.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Damon decent ab but flies on a low trajectory to Manny.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Let’s get this. Jeter always gets a hit here.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Okay, who wants to see Jeter or Abreu get on and A-Rod pop number 13?

    john April 22, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Jeter ks on hi heat.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • 1 for 5 with 3 K’s lifetime.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • “no ty” on the a-rod proposition john.

    minomni SF April 22, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • It’s good to be the king.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • anyone think Joe Morgan thinks papelbon is so tough?

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • does papelbon always make that face?

    john April 22, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • HERE WE GO. ABREU WALKS. ALEX ON.

    YF April 22, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • It’s gonna be Rod-man. Scary.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Payoff to Abreu from Papelbon, Yankees down by a run , two outs; high/tight; Abreu lays off to bring up ARod. Now, more tension.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • A-ROD!
    (my reception is way ahead)

    john April 22, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • perhaps a crucial a-rod choke will send him scuffling once again.. i don’t really want to consider the alternative at the moment.

    minomni SF April 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • PAPELGOD!

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • There is no joy in Mudville.

    john April 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • see you bastards next week. good game.

    sam YF April 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Sweep. The Red Sox needed to take these games with the Yankees depleted. They did. Good.

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Three down, 15 to go. It’s been fun, gentlemen.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • at least our closer does not make a stupid face everytime he looks in. The sox had to make history to beat the yanks, they can’t do it every time.

    SOXH8ER April 22, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Thank god…
    Boston escapes some questionable management decisions of its own and secures the sweep. Daisuke was unimpressive, but…at least he had a lot of strikeouts? And he got the win, which is sort of ironic given his last two starts.
    Game could have gone either way, really. Glad it went to the good guys.

    desturbd1 April 22, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • i don’t think comparing closers is a wise idea right now.

    minomni SF April 22, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • At least our closer closes games (sorry, rational YFs, I only cheapshot when they ask for it).

    Devine April 22, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Maybe, but you have to agree he makes a stupid face and ESPN goes out of their way to show it.
    Also, he has a long way to go before he gets close to Mo level.

    SOXH8ER April 22, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Stupid? It’s Intense!
    Screw Affleck.
    Papelbon is Daredevil.. Man Without Fear.

    Dionysus April 22, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • i’m thinking i can tolerate just about any kind of facial expression if papelbon can be this lethal. “mo level” as of right now would 0-2 in save ops, with a 8.44 ERA. nowhere near mo’s level, indeed.

    minomni SF April 22, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • “However, I really am sick of the Sox at _this_ moment. I’ll get over it.”
    AG, you’ve got five days to get over it… As far as the LOHUD comment goes, it was stupid and innaccurate, and amusing precisely for its stupidity and innaccuracy. Such is life.
    Anyways, I thought Dice-K’s command was crap tonite. I saw at least a couple of occasions where he was obviously missing his spots – Tek would come out of his crouch for a high fastball but the pitch would be at the knees. I wonder if he’s dealing with mechanical stuff or still going through growing pains or what. I look forward to watching him against he Yanks again Friday to see how/if he adjusts.

    Tyrel SF April 23, 2007, 12:01 am
  • You’d think someone with the tag, “SoxH8ER” would show up when the Yankees are the ones beating up on Boston.
    ESPN just showed the offensive numbers…Boston only outscored NY 21 to 17, but batted .368 to NY’s .260-something. Meaning, NY hit remarkably well when runners were on base, but Boston…well, they were on base a lot more often. Boston had 55 men reach via hit, walk, or HBP, yet scored only %38 of them. NY, by comparison, had 38 men on, and % 45 of them came around to score.
    Not really sure what the seasonal averages are, but Boston’s offense kinda underperformed. They got on at a .458 clip…which makes 21 runs slightly underwhelming. Meanwhile the depleted Yankee offense got on just a .319 clip…which on the one hand, means Boston’s pitching actually did a pretty decent job overall at keeping guys off…but not so much at preventing runs from scoring once they got on.
    This actually makes me feel a little better about the way Boston pitched, and worse about the way they hit. They got on as often as they should against a bunch of kids who won’t be pitching this time next week, but didn’t do much once they were there. Meanwhile the Boston pitching staff did a great job keeping guys off base…but once they got there, way too many came around to score. Not sure whether that speaks more to iffy pitching or clutch hitting; feels like a bit of both. And the Boston pen probably deserves most of the credit for suppresing the opponents’ OBP, though I’m not really sure.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Indeed Bad Command vs Incredible Bats, spell high run counts for a Starter.
    Okajima was over used, frankly.. Glad Donnelly managed to clean it up with minimal damage.
    I’m still in awe over 4-freakin-home-runs.
    And it ended with a man on first and Papelbon vs A-Rod. I didn’t want it to. I feared that possibilty. Terrified of it. But Papelbon won the day,
    Frankly.. the stupid face comments YFs are making? They are JUST like jokes I make abotu A-Rod’s purple “lipstick”. They come from respect and fear. I knwo A-Rod’s good, so I fear him.. so I make fun to ease

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:10 am
  • TypePad hates me.
    I make fun to ease myself, and YFs feel the same and do the same for Papelbon

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:12 am
  • I was very impressed with the Yankees in each game of the series. Their lineup is just killer. This should be a great season.
    That said, great win for the Sox and us Sox fans. Go Sox!

    mattymatty April 23, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Oh, and A-Rod…he batted .462 with a HBP, giving him an even .500 OBP for the series. He scored 5 runs himself–meaning he accounted for almost 1/3 of NY’s total offense in terms of runs scored–and drove in 5. Not counting the same runs twice…A-Rod, via RBI or Run scored, accounted for 8 of NY’s 17 runs. Just ridiculous…he scares the crap out of me.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 12:16 am
  • Can you Say Matsuzaka is overrated for $100 million dollar pitcher? The Yankees are missing guys in their lineup with Posada, Matsui were both out and yet Yankees score six runs off him.. Hideki Irabu Part 2??

    ty_Yf April 23, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Agreed, matty. Even though the Yankees are down by 4, this team won’t fold when times get tough. We’ll get you next time (in 5 days)!

    Andrew April 23, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Agreed, D1. A-Rod is a Balrog admist a lineup of Cave Trolls. Scariest amoungst the already scary.
    I expect to take 1 of 3 next weekend.
    Speaking of taking… here’s my current predicitons for the Season as a whole in general.
    Teh Red Sox end up with a losing record against the Yankees – too much offense even for good pitching. However, the Red Sox win the Division anyway thanks to keeping all other teams from scoring. The Yankees come in Second and maybe get the Wild Card or maybe not.
    Just my guess right now this moment.

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Also, 5-days is NOT enough time for me to regain my strength. How are fans supposed to survive that? Fire the schedule makers!

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:25 am
  • When some tool resorts to commenting on Paps’ facial expressions, that’s when you know you’re the king.

    That’s a good sweep, men. But certainly nothing NYY cannot overcome. Lord only knows what’s in store next weekend. Who do we play next?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 12:26 am
  • Also, 5-days is NOT enough time for me to regain my strength. How are fans supposed to survive that? Fire the schedule makers!

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:27 am
  • Sorry about the double post.. typepad timed out and seemed liek the post didn’t go through. Its giving my lost of trouble.. I think we are overloading things ;-)

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Bill,
    Blue Jays next, so no rest for the wicked. Exact replica of last two games except
    A) In Fenway
    B) Ours Bats are finally hot.
    Then Os with me in the stands for both games
    then.. *sigh* Yankees.
    Then? I finally start breathing again.

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:30 am
  • I don’t care who was healthy and who was hurt. That’s a scary NYY lineup. I count my blessings with the sweep. You have to kick them when they’re down, but even when the NYY are down, that’s no gimme.
    And regarding Rodriguez, I sure as hell hope he doesn’t stay this hot. Because I can do A(pril)-Rod and I can do May-Rod. But June-Rod and July-Rod, that’s not only stupid and nonsensical, but, holy crap, it just scares the shit out of you.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Bill – Two against Toronto here in the Fens, two against Baltimore down there, and then three in the Bronx on Friday through Sunday.
    I think that next weekend in NY we’ll have Matsuzaka, Wakefield, and Tavarez going for us.

    mattymatty April 23, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Dion, you don’t breathe until November. You should know that by now.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 12:33 am
  • I have no idea who the Yankees will throw against us next weekend. My guess: Wang, and two guys from single A.

    mattymatty April 23, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Adios, amigos.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 12:34 am
  • Haha, well said Bill. But realistically…if this is A-Rod all year, he hits something like 80 homers and drives in something close to 200 runs. If anyone can do it he can…but I don’t really think anyone can do it.
    Maybe Papelbon shut him off tonight…hehe.
    I’ll be there for Beckett’s start, Dio…you from the area or go to school around here?

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 12:35 am
  • Not even shallow breaths, Bill? :-)

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:36 am
  • Ahem, go to school or WORK around here…I’m sort of in college mode.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 12:36 am
  • I live in Pennsylvania, D1. Lancaster actually… where Im stuck workign at Lowes until I find myself an Aerospace Engineering job for my degree.. or go back for grad school.. whichever.
    So Philly and Baltimore are basically my Red Sox viewing locations. I love Baltimore.. just love inner harbor. mmm seafood….

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:39 am
  • Yeah, Camden’s fantastic. Baltimore did a great job completely separating the area from the rest of Baltimore, which is mostly a sh*thole from what I understand. Though I still see plenty of burned out buildings and the like on my way in. Somewhat depressing, actually…
    Pumped to see Beckett; last time I was there I saw Clement, in that game where we were up by double-digits and Seanez almost blew it. Every other time I’ve been it’s been Wakefield…I like Wake, but he’s not particularly exciting to watch. Gotta say, it’s almost nice to live away from Boston and near a comparatively unpopular division rival. I’m from NH, and was lucky to see a game a year at the Fens; I can go to every series when they come to Baltimore. Course, I’m probably going to be in Boston this fall…which means I’ll be spending an inordinate amount of time just sort of hanging out outside the park. :-)

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 12:48 am
  • I seem destined to see Wake or 5th Starter/Injury-Related-Call-Up-X the past few seasons when I go to games. This is my first time I can think of that I’m gettign to see Aces, so I’m pumped

    Dionysus April 23, 2007, 12:55 am
  • Also with all the “Boston’s f*cked at the Stadium this weekend” talk…I’d give ANYTHING to see us steal 2/3.
    Although I wouldn’t mind going in with something like a 6 game lead and only taking 1…
    Considering how little this rivalry supposedly means to Yankee fans, they sure seem pretty pumped by the idea of taking their revenge…

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 1:28 am
  • One stat I like:
    Boston hurlers struck out 23 with 9 BBs, Yankees struck out 11 and BB’d 17, with four of those Ks belonging to WMP.
    Great series for us. I don’t care if any of the MFY fans say that it was close or that we got lucky, because our biggest “weaknesses” according to them, the lineup and bullpen, rose to the occasion and got shit done.
    The box scores of the starting pitching weren’t phenominal, but Schilling was fine other than the A-Rod at bats and Beckett was victimized by bloop/fringe hits and an error. Matsuzaka struggled a bit, but he kept us in it and went a long way, as did the other two, which gave the bullpen a good chance to succeed.
    I’m loving the team coming out of this series. Lots of guys coming through when it matters, and it’s a thrill to see 4 consecutive jacks, especially when you’re down 3 at the start of them.
    Apologies for anything that doesn’t make sense, I’m a little lit right now.

    Steve April 23, 2007, 2:53 am
  • I’ve sat in the dugout and walked on the field in Camden, along with getting a good look in the luxury and press boxes and shit during a tour.
    Fun stuff. The building behind the stadium is a hell of a lot bigger in person than it seems on TV.

    Steve April 23, 2007, 2:56 am
  • More stats.
    Sox batters vs. Yankee hurlers:
    .362/.449/.647/1.096, with 15 BB and 11 Ks.
    Sox hurlers vs. Yankee batters:
    .269/.336/.389/0.725, with 9 BB and 24 Ks.
    I’m liking those numbers, at least for one series. Who knows what’ll happen next week.

    Steve April 23, 2007, 5:27 am
  • Yeah, the Sox bullpen looked very good, although we saw very little of it, which is a credit to the starting pitchers. Even though the Yanks did well against all three, they were each able to go relatively deep into the games. They’re all pretty efficient with their pitch counts, not walking many. As a Yanks fan, I’d give anything for a 5-run 7 inning start from any of our starters not named Andy. Hopefully, Wang and Mussina’s return will fix this situation.
    But what a crappy weekend. Poor management by Torre and poor performances by the bullpen and the young starters.

    Nick-YF April 23, 2007, 7:05 am
  • LoHud makes me smile…

    Brad April 23, 2007, 9:32 am
  • yo wil nieves has to be the worst hitter in the history of baseball he doesnt’t have one hit the entire season he’s a disgrace to the yankees organization and New York.

    mike April 23, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • yo wil nieves has to be the worst hitter in the history of baseball he doesnt’t have one hit the entire season he’s a disgrace to the yankees organization and New York.

    mike April 23, 2007, 7:24 pm

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