In Dice’s Wake: Tigers-Sox Gamer II

Not much time to get too deep into tonight’s pre-game analysis, as we’re remotely located and not able to look much into the facts. We do know one thing: the Sox have four aces at the moment. Though Josh Beckett’s immediate future is in doubt, we now know that Daisuke Matsuzaka is the real thing, something we already knew about Curt Schilling. The fourth? Surprisingly, it’s Tim Wakefield. As improbable as it sounds, the Sox’ elder statesman has been as good as almost anyone around all of MLB. We of course watch every Wakefield effort with great trepidation, waiting for that occasional pitch that refuses to dance. Tonight he faces off against the tough Justin Verlander. Assuming there’s a little knuckle in that knuckleball, it should be a fun affair. Chat about it here.

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  • tonites lineup features a-cora.
    SS Julio Lugo
    1B Kevin Youkilis
    DH David Ortiz
    LF Manny Ramirez
    RF J.D. Drew
    3B Mike Lowell
    CF Coco Crisp
    C Doug Mirabelli
    2B Alex Cora

    sf rod May 15, 2007, 5:42 pm
  • Free Dustin! Of course, the Sox are 11-0 or some ridiculous figure when Cora starts…

    Paul SF May 15, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • “Free Dustin!”
    Why Paul? It’s not like he was 2/4 with a hit and a run scored in the midst of a rally last night. And even if he did do that it’s not like we want to get him into some sort of rhythm with he can string together multiple hit games. God forbid our rookie 2b actually plays himself into the lineup.
    Checking out, have a good night.

    Tyrel SF May 15, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • “rhythm with he can”
    should read “rhythm WHERE he can…”

    Tyrel SF May 15, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • How the hell do they expect Pedroia to get into a solid groove when he gets every other game off.
    Either he’s our second baseman or hes not enough with the damn musical second baseman

    TJ May 15, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Giving Pedroia the night off against a tough righty isn’t a bad idea, now that his hitting is coming around. I’d rather he get a night off than get his swing messed up from taking a oh-fer with a couple of strikeouts.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • Nice 1-2-3 inning for Wake, all ground ball outs.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Yooooook! Strokes a grounder past the pitcher, into center for a single. One on, one out.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Verlander throws a 98 mph heater right past Ortiz. Yikes.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Another blacked out night of NESN and FOXDE

    Rob May 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • 101 mph fastball to Drew….DAMN!!

    Rob May 15, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • I’m watching NESN now, Rob- I’ll post regularly

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Drew bloops a single to left- Yook scores!

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Thanks Ayuh…They blacked it out here in NC

    Rob May 15, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Holy Diggity…Drew with a hit/RBI.

    Rob May 15, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • An early run for Wake- let’s hope that’s all he needs.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • 21 pitches out of Verlander that inning. At this rate the guy will be gone hopefully in the 5th.

    Rob May 15, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Wake is dealing so far- 4 straight groundouts to Lowell, before that last hit.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Uh Oh. Wild Pitch. Crazy knuckling tonight, I fear.
    Come on, Wake. Its 1-2, 2 outs. Get otu of it.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Rodriguez is stranded at 2nd after the wild pitch, as Wake gets a K for the last out.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • And there’s the K!

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • 1-2-3 on 8 pitches for the Sox- ouch.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Cora first pitch swinging. Should have left Dustin in.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • And Wake gives up the gopher ball into the bullpen.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • I guess that Inge homer counts as a knuckleball that didn’t ‘knuckle’. Thankfully for the Sox no one was on base.

    Andrew May 15, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Screw yopu Inge. Screw you.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Drew should have had that ball.

    airk May 15, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Sheff’s up. I’m nervous.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Oh God.. Now Magglio. We’re in trouble.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • aaarg… this iss ugly

    rootbeerfloat May 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Ouch.

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Oof. Wake gives up a massive bomb to Maglio Ordonez way over everything in left. Nobody in the field even moved on that one.

    Ayuh - SF May 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • *sigh* Well, It couldn’t last forever.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • If Lugo had had that ball earlier, we’d be out of this innign with minimal damage. Gonzo would have had it.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Was it a “past-a-diving-Jeter”-type hit?

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Ok, thats freakin’ it. The next player who swigns at a first pitch, unless they hit a freakin homerun, I’m gonna beat savagely.

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Good at bat by Youkilis, he really looks like the real thing. He’s my favorite member of the Red Sox, I love his beard.

    Andrew May 15, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • I hate Youk’s at-bats…seems like they always go on forever….

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Besides Youks, where the hell is this teams plate discipline?

    Dionysus May 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Same place the Tigers’ plate discipline is, apparently.

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Does this mean we stop hearing about what a liability Manny is in the field? No? Darn.

    rootbeerfloat May 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Where’d everyone go?

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • banging our heads on our desks?

    rootbeerfloat May 15, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Aww, come on! Did you forget the O’s game already, ye of little faith…

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I imagine the rest of Wake’s season will be more like this than the previous efforts: unhittable knucklers mixed with batting practice. This is the type of contest that illustrates why I really can’t stand watching games he pitches, it’s like constantly being in the late stages of playing “Don’t Break the Ice”.

    SF May 15, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Papi with a 1-out double off Verlander.

    Andrew F May 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Please Manny…

    Rob May 15, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • 1-2 curveball to Manny JUST misses…

    Andrew F May 15, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Looked a bit low on gamecenter

    Rob May 15, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • A low strike on gameday.

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Anytime Leyland wants to put Seay in there to pitch again and I will vote him MOY.

    Rob May 15, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Verlander is overpowering. I wonder how long the Tigers hold on to him. Not looking forward to the idea of him pitching for the Yankees any time soon.
    Will NESN PLEASE stop showing Drew’s collision with the wall?!

    Andrew F May 15, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • That was a particularly ugly inning in multiple respects.

    Hudson May 15, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Youkilis takes Verlander deep on Pitch 120.

    Andrew F May 15, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • At last, Youks knocks Verlander out of the box with a solo homer. 2 outs, 7-2 Tigers.

    Hudson May 15, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Why on earth was Verlander still in there with that pitch count?!

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Five-run deficit going into the 9th? No sweat, right?

    Hudson May 15, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Just tuning into a very missable game…what happened with Drew, exactly?

    stuck working May 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Yankeemonkey: Maybe DiceK’s complete game inspired Detroit’s manager?

    Hudson May 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Heh heh. Leyland’s pre-game quotes yesterday were hilarious. Poetic justice that DMat shut them down…

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • A BAD game from the Red Sox? It’s one of the four horses this year.

    Andrew May 15, 2007, 10:17 pm

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