Degree of Difficulty Positively Correlates with Satisfaction: Sox-Rays ALDS Gamer III

Of the four division series, the TB-BOS one is the only one that can end in a sweep. The attendant downtime might be useful to the team with the guy with a broken foot (Ellsbury), the guy with a tweaky back who is banged up otherwise (Victorino), the guy who says putting his foot down is like stepping on an ice pick (Napoli), the guy who basically never took a day off till the 1-seed was sewn up (Pedroia) and the elder statesman with chronic leg and heel issues (Ortiz). It’s not as though rust seems to have hurt them in the first few ALDS games anyway. Put the Rays away. As much as I didn’t want it to be the Rays, it’s that much more fun that the Sox are wrecking a good team and their tremendous lefty starters thus far.

Otherwise off-topic, can I just mention how utterly dominant Uehara was Saturday? I now have the very faintest idea of what it was like for Yankees fans to watch Rivera jog in for the 9th (if you think I’m blaspheming, YFs, check out Uehara’s game logs for the year, particularly the final 3 months of the season, and then watch the replay of his 9th inning on Saturday). If it’s a close game and he’s up to it, he should absolutely come in for the final two innings of this one to shut it down and rest for the better part of a week (ALCS 1, whoever is in it, will be on Saturday).

Maddon claimed his team was “out-Fenwayed” in Game 2 of the series. Uhhhhh, okay, Joe…pretty sure the DPs and Papi blasts would have been the same in any park. Here’s your team’s chance to prove that in your own venue, it will go better. Buchholz (arguably the Sox’ best pitcher, including in September, and Rays kryptonite personified in his lifetime stats) takes on Cobb, who the Sox have done relatively well against all year. If Buchholz pitches up to his own ability…hoo boy, but still miles to go before we sleep. Comment away.

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  • This wait is eternal! Luckily I’m leaving work a few minutes into the game…hopefully I watch the Sox rack up runs on my phone. Also, Wacha’s throwing a no-hitter in Pittsburgh…I hope the Pirates can break it up and then some.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:06 pm
  • Broken up with a solo blast. Now Martin walks to get the tying run on with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:20 pm
  • Caught stealing. *head shake*

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:24 pm
  • (It was a pinch-runner, btw, not Russell Martin trying to steal 2nd, which is a hilarious thought.)

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:25 pm
  • 2-1 Cards, final. Back to St. Louis for Game 5 and Wainwright, yeesh.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:55 pm
  • AND Burnett, double-yeesh, though I imagine Gerrit Cole (sp?) will be ready to go at the first sign of real trouble.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 5:55 pm
  • Jacoby swings at the first pitch. And gets a base hit on the second pitch. Yes, get to them quickly.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:11 pm
  • Cobb hits Victorino. Where was that one supposed to go?

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:12 pm
  • Rays defense again does not disappoint. Botched double play, only one out, Jacoby scores.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:14 pm
  • Cobb walks Papi on four pitches. That was more or less intentional.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:16 pm
  • Took Clay 17 pitches, no runs.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 6:38 pm
  • Way to take a pitch Will, jeeeeeeez.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
  • Clay not really sharp today, but gets the unconventional double play.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:52 pm
  • Defense really bailed out Clay this inning.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 6:53 pm
  • How about working the count a little?

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:04 pm
  • Papi with his second walk and then Napoli with a single. Get’ em home!

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:21 pm
  • Squander.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:34 pm
  • Zobrist gets on. Can we say we’ve been out Trop’d?

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:42 pm
  • Now Buchholz does not get the call on strike 3.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:44 pm
  • Got him anyway.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:47 pm
  • These announcers are unbearable.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 7:55 pm
  • Buch stays cool and gets out of the jam!

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:01 pm
  • Might have caught a break here.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:11 pm
  • And the Rays fuck up again. Great!

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:12 pm
  • Announcer make it sound as if the Rays were the wildly superior team here. Stupid fucks.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:14 pm
  • Victorino on third. How about one more wild pitch?

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:15 pm
  • Papi single makes it 3-0. I think Papi took a moment here to admire his work …

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:19 pm
  • Like Lackey in game 2 allows the lead-off hitter to get on way too often.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:23 pm
  • These TBS assholes are so blatently rooting for the Rays …

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:28 pm
  • Okay, it’s just tied. We can still win this thing and the series tonight.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:40 pm
  • So when the Red Sox get a base hit it’s noted rather matter-of-factly. When the Rays get a hit it’s an orgasm.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:46 pm
  • Clay gets three pop-ups. His first good inning in a while. I was wondering why Farrell left him in.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 8:56 pm
  • So Torres gets only one inning. That’s good, I hope.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:00 pm
  • Tazawa getting squeezed here.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:25 pm
  • Ready for the Quintin Berry moment?

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:35 pm
  • He was out. Now score!

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:37 pm
  • Not much postseason magic from Napoli yet.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:40 pm
  • Morales, well, somebody has to pitch the 8th.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:52 pm
  • Walks Loney. I fear the worst …

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:55 pm
  • Big mental error by Napoli there. First and second, no outs.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 9:59 pm
  • Two great plays by Salty this inning.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:00 pm
  • Workman in.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:01 pm
  • Wow, Pedey takes out Drew on a potential double play grounder and everybody is safe.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:05 pm
  • Now Rodney is our last hope.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:09 pm
  • Rodney walks Middlebrooks.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:14 pm
  • Xander in to run for him.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:14 pm
  • Jacoby flare drops in.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:17 pm
  • Victorino sac bunt moves up the runners.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:20 pm
  • Pedey grounds out but the tying run scores. 4-4.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:22 pm
  • Jacoby steals third.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:23 pm
  • Carp strikes out. 4-4 after 8 1/2.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:25 pm
  • I like the Sox’s chances if this gets to extras. Uehara is such an asset. They can put a 0 up for the bottom of the inning whenever they need to.

    sf October 7, 2013, 10:27 pm
  • Oh, Koji now. I like our chances even more.

    sf October 7, 2013, 10:28 pm
  • The closer contrast is on display right now. Knock on wood.

    sf October 7, 2013, 10:29 pm
  • Well, sorry.

    sf October 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
  • Suck.

    Devine October 7, 2013, 10:32 pm
  • Well, that came out of the blue. Tomorrow.

    pale blue eyes October 7, 2013, 10:33 pm

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