Jinxed Expectations: Sox-Tribe ALCS Gamer III

Here’s the dilemma.

As I see it, the Red Sox have a better than 50 percent chance of winning this thing, with the starters over the next five games (if necessary) mostly favoring the Sox:

  1. Westbrook
  2. Byrd
  3. Beckett
  4. Carmona/Schilling (advantage Tribe)
  5. Westbrook

Win three of those five — a .600 winning percentage the Sox have bettered since April 1 — and we’re headed to the World Series.

But baseball doesn’t work that way. The Red Sox scored six runs against a combination of Fausto Carmona and Rafael Perez, arguably the two best pitchers Cleveland could throw at them. Yet they lost. Is losing a game you didn’t expect to win, but losing it by destroying your opponents’ best pitchers, a victory in some sense? I’d say yes. After all, the onus is on the Indians to win with their best two pitchers. Beyond them they haven’t got much.

But the moment we start dismissing Jake Westbrook (who somehow has an ERA one run better at home despite being hit much harder) and Paul Byrd (who was Sabathia-like in sucking yet still getting the win against the Yankees) — that’s the moment they pitch gems. That’s the moment Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield both fail to get out of the fourth in consecutive games, while the bullpen withers under the workload.

I think it’s safe to say this game is a must-win for both sides, and leave it at that.

Comment away!

Red Sox

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Julio Lugo, SS

SP – Daisuke Matsuzaka

Indians

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
3. Travis Hafner, DH
4. Victor Martinez, C
5. Ryan Garko, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Kenny Lofton, LF
8. Trot Nixon, RF
9. Casey Blake, 3B

SP – Jake Westbrook

578 comments… add one

  • Maybe it’s me, but I don’t understand this?
    1Westbrook
    2Byrd
    3Beckett
    4Carmona/Schilling (advantage Tribe)
    5Westbrook
    huh? if the sox are favored, why is there only 1 sox there?

    YF October 15, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • I don’t wish to discuss saturdays game, but, yet again, Gagne blew it. I really hope they don’t resign him.
    I’m putting that out of my head because that game is over, i just hope the red sox learn to stop putting him in when games are close/tied.
    Good luck to the boys tonight!

    LP October 15, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • I’m listing the pitchers that make me believe the Sox are favored. In three cases, it’s who they’re facing. In one, it’s who they’re pitching. The Carmona/Schilling battle is a question mark because each threw what we have to assume is an anomalous game, thus giving the edge back to the Indians.

    Paul SF October 15, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • The problem with calling this a five-game series is that (obviously) it is really a “first to four wins” series.
    So, for example, while it sounds advantageous that the Sox would face Westbrook *twice* in a five-game series, if they don’t take this to seven games, it’s really only once…
    Assuming Francona sticks to his plan of pitching Wakefield in Game 4 no matter what, in many ways our season is now in many ways on the shoulders of DiceK, in this sense: We’re almost certain to see Beckett and Schilling each one more time, and to win at least one of their outings — and, in a long series, to see DiceK twice…

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Paul: without knowing the matchups, it’s a bit hard to comment, and in any case the sample is so small as to make the matter moot. Beckett’s been so great, and with the dyamic duo of Papi and Manny really rolling, I think Boston’s really the team to beat. On the otherhand, it’s baseball, so…..does anyone know Papelbon’s ERADAGA (Earned Run Average During A Gnat Attack)?

    YF October 15, 2007, 5:45 pm
  • It’s somewhat of a push for me to pick between Matsuzka and Westbrook tonight as a battle of starters, but I’m more inclined to think we’ll see the eminently hittable Westbrook tonight. No surprise to me if both are out by the fifth. Byrd was the very definition of Craptastic (or the definition of Genius/Hump-Getter-Overish, if one agrees with Caray/Brenley) in his outing against New York. I find it impossible to believe he can yet again run around in a downpour and not get wet. Look at his game log to close this season. Look at the box score in game four. I’ll count it as a mild shocker if the Sox don’t pound both these guys and take the first two in Cleveland.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Gerbs, you’re trying to jinx us, right?

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • Hudson, if I possessed such powers, I hope that I would use them to combat the forces of Evil by snark-blogging congressional/presidential elections. Besides, the animosity I hold towards the Tribe is on par with the animosity I hold towards Boston. Truthfully, it’s leaning a bit more towards Cleveland at _this_ particular moment. In any case, I’m a bitter, small man.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Can we stop blaming Saturday on Gagne? He pitched in the 11th inning of a game that the Sox had five legitimate chances (innings) to score a single run. Gagne was Tito’s third-to-last option, only before Jon Lester (there to eat long innings in a blowout, not to pitch in a tight late-game spot) and Lopez (who is mostly a one or two-batter pitcher). Gagne didn’t pitch well, there’s no excuse-making here, but he gave up two baserunners and got one out. He left a tie game intact for relief pitchers who followed. The seven runs all came after those guys who followed him did nothing to prevent runs. And had they even just limited the damage to a run or two (instead of SEVEN) the Sox would have had something of chance against Borowski, who would have at least had to pitch with the pressure of a man getting on base meaning a tie game could be had via a longball. Gagne was bad, but blaming him for the loss is just plain stupid.

    SF October 15, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • I’m on a bathroom break from a looooong job interview and just realized these nitwits expext me to stay here for another couple hours so I’ll miss part os the game. Down side of the west coast. this is gonna kill me.

    rootbeerfloat October 15, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Awww, we’re sorry RBF :-(

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Goddamnit, there’s Joe Buck’s voice. I was hoping he had a car accident this morning or something.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • a must win game indeed… time to shut up those cleveland indian terrible towl knock offs

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Joe Buck looks constipated

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • Hey SF, I AGREE with you about Gagne.
    Wonders never cease! :)

    Andrews October 15, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Gagne isn’t 100% to blame, but he’s still to blame. He shares about 50% of the blame, Lopez shares 15%, and the offense shares the remaining 35%.
    Gagne used to be lights-out. Since coming to Boston he’s a different person.
    Damnit Pedroia!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Underway….
    Pedroia down already.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Gagne isn’t 100% to blame, but he’s still to blame. He shares about 50% of the blame, Lopez shares 15%, and the offense shares the remaining 35%.
    Gagne used to be lights-out. Since coming to Boston he’s a different person.
    Damnit Pedroia!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Bah, my bad for the double post. Joe Buck just called Youkilis “A big guy” and it messed up the internet gods.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Youk draws the walk.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • The Greek God of Asskicking does what he does best! Man on first for Ortizzle.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Pedroia, under .200 as a lead off hitter… gulp

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Ortizzle hits into the DP. Garko somehow stays on the bag.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • damn it, bad luck there

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Wow, Ortiz hits a great shot into the gap but they pull the double play… even though the first baseman was [maybe] pulled off the bag.
    Oh well, time for Daisuke to show everyone that he’s wearing the extra-large cup tonight.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • stupid shift, way too easy of an inning for westbrook… ok Dice K, no walks this inning!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Asdrubal was lucky that ball hit the lip of the grass and bounced up. Papi got unlucky there, that ball was smoked.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 15, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • definitely was smoked, oh well, we’ll get him next inning

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • tight zone tonight, gotta deal with it Dice K

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • HOLY SHIT Lugo with the webgem to rob Sizemore of a hit.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • what an awesome defensive play

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Great play by Lugo.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • “Pedroia, under .200 as a lead off hitter… gulp”
    How do you figure? This season in 122 AB, .328 /.393/.492.
    If you’re just talking about the playoffs, SSS, and he’s getting on at .333, which is more important for a leadoff hitter than avg.

    Zulu.as.SF October 15, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Dice with the K. Pronk up.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Strikes out Cabrera.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • you’re right zulu, that just jumped off at me that’s all, i thought he was hitting around .270 for some reason

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Yeah Zulu, but .333 isn’t that good of an OBP for a lead-off hitter.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Is Questec turned off for the postseason?

    John - YF (Trisk) October 15, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Dice K be lookin sharp!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Daisuke K’s Pronkey!
    Time for some Mannycenter–all Manny, all the time.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Hafner down looking.
    Dice looked pretty good that inning. Don’t recall seeing any pitch looking terribly flat or hanging. One of the better 1st innings I have seen him throw in quite some time.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Agreed, Rob. He looks very sharp. Was painting the corner perfectly.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Geez, Manny was swinging for Lake Eerie on that first pitch.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • i concur, lots of movement on the ball, if he keeps that movement on the fastball he should fare well, how funny would it be if westbrook and dice-k gave us the pitcher’s duel we’ve been hearing about for the last week! Almost as funny as if Byrd vs. Wakefield was a duel

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Ed, don’t jinx it!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Manny’s swinging for the yard, yikes

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Would be interesting Ed.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • no jinxes, and another walk for Jake

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Manny draws another walk.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • it would be baseball! here we go Iron Mike

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Manny gets himself a walk. I can see the flies already buzzing around a few heads.
    Time for Mike “RBI-factory” Lowell to show us why we should resign him.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Lowell with a grounder back up the middle. Manny holds at 2nd.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Lowell singles through the middle with a wormburner. 2 men on, no outs for Drew, who is hitting .286 in this series. Not bad, all things considered.
    Come on JD!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • talk about luck, just as easily could’ve been a double play! Baseball is truly a fickle game!!!! Here we come, JD Redemption on its way

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Oh it’s a fickle fickle game!!!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • SWEET! Drew’s ground-out would have moved the runners over, but instead he gets on base.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Wow. Drew grounds one to Garko and the ball hits the heel of glove and gets away. Drew probably would have been out, but would have advanced the runners.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Tek…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Varitek up. Anything but a DP please.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • at bat: “death with the bases loaded”

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • come on!!!!!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Tek with a fly out to shallow left field that does not drive in Manny.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Tek flies out, Manny doesn’t tag. Bases juiced with 1 out for Coco, who is hot this post season.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Coco is overdue for an RBI in this series.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • fuckin Tek… we need to capitalize on use… and McCarver rubs it in (Yankee fan at heart indeed)

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Anything but a DP please.
    Well, there you go.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • So, does Coco bunt here?

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Tek: useless. Fucking useless.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • let’s do this Coco!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • look for the fast ball right here

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • You gotta be kidding me, talk about giving them the momentum right back

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • ZOMBIE-JESUS-GODDAMNIT

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • COME ON.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Thanks Coco. Westbrook looking like a DP machine getting out of the inning. This could be a long night if the Sox keep this shit up.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Come on Daisuke, we need a 1-2-3 inning here to make sure the crowd doesn’t get into this.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Glad I wasn’t watching that live.

    Devine October 15, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Everyone remember that vile performance later in the game when they want to blame Tito or the bullpen for screwing up.
    Honestly, can Varitek just go the fuck away? He’s garbage at the plate. Bat him tenth, for fuck’s sake. He’s Coco and Lugo without the speed.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Be glad Devine. Made my stomach roll.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • If we are going to load the bases with nobody out against Jake fucking Westbrook and not score, you know what? We deserve to lose.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Tek’s “mastery behind the plate” will always save him, but he really should be batting ninth

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • SF, we’ll get him next inning, as putrid as that just was!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • I agree SF. The bats have to start knocking in runs or we are going to be in a shit sandwhich later.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • That last half-inning was a perfect reiteration of why I was so down on the team for a deep playoff run during the regular season.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Stupid Garko.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • no attempt to catch that Dice K?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Gark with a liner back up the middle. Dice with a half effort to try and get it.
    Dice officially hangs his first pitch of the night.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • DICE K: THROW MORE OFF SPEED PITCHES

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • One can complain about Dane Cook, Sox fans, but one thing I never see in Fenway? Face paint. Thank God.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • those off speed pitches are looking great

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • I am already insanely surly because of this game. I guarantee those aren’t the last three batters that Tek will leave on tonight.
    He’s been my #1 candidate for offseason hatred for about three months now, and he’s not doing anything to help his cause.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Buck: “You’re right, I’ll be ok” What an idiot

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Peralta strikes out looking.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Wow, that pitch was right down the middle and the ump almost called it a ball.
    Sox fans are too hardcore for facepaint.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • SF you’re going to bring all of my supressed rage out against v-tek!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Kenny no power lofton you gotta be shitting me

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Kenny Lofton just hit a homer. I quit.
    You’ve got to be kidding me.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow. The sad thing was that that wasn’t a half-bad pitch.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Yeah, he killed us too. Unbelievable.

    YF October 15, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Curtain call for the second inning jack. Classy.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • FUCK!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Oh wait, it WAS a bad pitch. Tek was set up way outside.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Wow. The sad thing was that that wasn’t a half-bad pitch.
    That was a nothing pitch, a fat fastball.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Man, I hate Lofton…

    dknyc October 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • screw these fans, we’re going to eat westbrook for dinner next inning

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Lofton nails it to right center. Dice hangs one there.
    Btw, Drew with a pretty decent effort there to try and grab it. I don’t rememeber seeing Drew jump that high before.
    And the bases loaded, no runs driven in is already hainting us.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Hitting a homerun in the postseason warrants a curtain call. Regular season? No.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • you got it Rob, just deplorable

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Due to the fact that my blood pressure is already too high, I am cutting out for a brief dinner.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Another sweet snag by Lugo.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • That’s the thing I hate about squandering potential scoring situations… not only do we not get the runs, but it always seems like the other team comes right back and gets a couple. Every damn time.
    I hate the bottom of our order.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • we HAVE to answer back RIGHT NOW… COME ON SOX

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • That was a nothing pitch, a fat fastball.
    Yeah, at first glance it looked like it was pretty far down and in. My mistake.
    Lugo with another webgem to end the inning. 2-0, Indians, with Lugo leading off.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • SF, I hear whiskey has a natural soothing agent in it.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Someone tell Josh Beckett he should be doing his best “Game Four domination” visualization thing.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • i’m really just shocked Lofton hit a homerun there, how many does that clown have on the season?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • ok, I just went outside and screamed, we have eight innings to kick some ass, let’s do it

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • whoops, seven innings

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Can we DH for Tek?

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Lofton had 7 HRs
    Lugo grounds out.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Technically no SF, however if we do go into a softball league we could EH him.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Way to be patient, rook. Gah.

    Devine October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • And none of KL’s HR’s were with Texas. None with Cleveland.

    MJL in L.A. (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Way to answer back, Julio, Dustin!
    Or not. Man, I am so fucking angry right now. That second inning was everything I feared about the Sox’ regular season emerging in the playoffs. AWFUL.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • 7… ugggh… let’s just give him a 1-2-3 inning guys

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out on the 1st pitch.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • so much for coming right back

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • scuse me, all w/ Texas.

    MJL in L.A. (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Bah, 1-2-3 inning. And the worst part? Ortiz has to lead-off next inning.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Youk flies out to right.
    Inning over, beautiful response to the Indians offensive showing.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Nice, like six pitches, three outs, and nothing. We have now sucked for nine straight innings.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Hey guys – finally here; good luck to the Sox – least it seems there isn’t any major bleeding (no horror inning) – more than enough time for you guys to take control.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Well looks like it is time to start hitting the Jameson’s.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • nice job sox coming right back to score

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • No, the worst part is that he only threw like four pitches to get all three outs.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • This is one of those games where anything not nailed down in my apartment is in danger of being destroyed. Check that: everything (but the kids and wife) are in danger of being destroyed, even the shit nailed down.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Bah, just saw this article:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071015&content_id=2267227&vkey=ps2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
    I doubt they’ll throw Beckett out for Game 4 now.
    Come on Daisuke, we need you to not make mistakes like that again. You’re looking very sharp, minus that one pitch.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Rob SF – Don’t be like me man (scotch only seems like your friend; then it becomes an angry ex the next morning!) lol.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • bases loaded, no outs… no freakin excuse… Dice K is looking good here, keep us in the game grasshopper

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • I heard his breaking stuff is what needed to be on (seems to be working) – it was just a fastball mistake wasn’t it?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • I know, he’s looking very sharp right now, despite this TIGHT strike zone

    Ed October 15, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Maybe tomorrow we’ll see a little Jacoby. Put him at leadoff, sit Coco perhaps, move Dustin down to #9. Something to shake this up, please. Pedroia looks lost right now, swinging at first pitches way too often.

    SF October 15, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Seems to be on this inning (good pitches)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • nice job clayton! You screwed us!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Ahhh fox – you can somehow find a way to make everything in baseball seem stupid.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Scotch has taken a few years off my life a few times.
    I way the odds, years lost due to Jameson or the way the Sox are plating right now stealing years from me.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • it was just a fastball mistake wasn’t it?
    Yep. A brutal mistake.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • way = weigh.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Rob SF – I took at least a year off with my scotch after the Yankees lost – so again don’t be like me.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Pedroia definitely swinging at every freakin pitch, we have to reward Dice-K here, this is a very strong start aside from that one mistake

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Yeah, Pedroia is a horrible lead-off hitter right now. Too much pressure on himself, most likely.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • I would definately start Jacoby tomorrow. With Wake pitching we may need to generate runs the old fashioned way and he has the speed to make an impact.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • When they show a closeup of Tek I expect to see burnt edges, maybe a few sesame seeds or oats on his skin.
    He’s so fucking toast. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • LOL Rob.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • How is his pitch count? He seems to be getting close/going full a lot.
    I know generally his pitch count never seemed to matter earlier in the season – but have the Sox grown more concerned with pitch count as the season has progressed?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • good pitch, good swing

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Bah, Cabrera golfs a very good breaking-ball pitch into center field.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Rob, wasn’t the drinking game that night a result of Byrd? For every mention of crafty or veteran, there was a requirement to drink?
    My wife just walked in the room and made the comment about Dice K; “there’s our money man.”

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • i don’t think he’s thrown many pitches…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Dice at 49 pitches.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Daisuke is at 50 pitches right now. Westbrook is at 35.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • He’s at 49 pitches… but he seems okay with a higher pitch count (120 is his upper limit, I think).

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • God, a two-out single, now Hafner up and a 2-0 count.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • How many errors have Buck and McCarver made already??? My god

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • YES, Hafner called swing by the home-plate ump. 2-1, still a dangerous count.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Ahh ok – well all the same not a terrible pitch count at 50 – and again he has such a high ceiling.
    Rob SF – lets just hope your money man doesn’t make you poney up money for aspirin at the pharmacy tomorrow lol.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • gotta pound the zone with the off speed

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Jackie, I read an article earlier this week that said his pitch-count ceiling is 140, assuming he’s not pitching horribly.
    Daisuke walks Hafner. Not a bad idea on a 3-1 count.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Walks Hafner. VMart up..help me Ricky Bobby.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Just wondering – any Yankees fans in here or is it just me?
    Don’t mind – actually kind of nice to just watch a game semi-dispassionately.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • “Crafty” drinker here. I keep Motrin and Goodies in stock.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • It’s amazing – I watched the first nine innings of Saturday’s game and felt almost no frustration, even in the loss, despite the bats going dead and the seven run thing. But tonight I am completely seething already, and it’s Jake Westbrook on the hill and, for the moment, only two runs.
    That second inning bases-loaded-no-runs thing has me completely annoyed, it just seemed so damn predictable with Tek coming up. It’s already soured me on this team, which I know is totally irrational.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • man what a zone tonight, this ump better be consistent

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THAT PITCH?!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • This is definately a tight strike zone tonight.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • gotta pound the zone with the off speed
    Ed, he needs to get ahead in the count with his fastballs first, or the offspeed stuff looks like batting practice.
    And wow, this ump sucks.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • GO OFF SPEED

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • SF – happens to the best of us – that “what have you done for us lately” isn’t just confined to the owners/GMs
    Especially easy when you ponder how much these guys are getting paid.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • he was ahead though!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Daisuke behind in the count to Martinez, who will be swinging for the fences here. Crap.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Sure, the ump should be consistent, but the Sox aren’t letting any pitches get to the catcher, so he doesn’t have to call balls and strikes when they are up.
    Meanwhile, Daisuke is falling apart again.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • yeah, Gameday shows that second pitch right down the fucking middle. Ridiculous. And a bit discouraging given Matsuzaka’s history of getting rattled by bad calls.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • He can’t seem to find his “strikeout pitch” every time he goes to something offspeed he tends to overshoot (to the side, up, low). That’s a dangerous sign.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Throw a strike has been lost in translation the last few batters.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • He does swing for the fences, but misses. Thankfully. Full count.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Dice with a nasty breaking pitch to strike out VMart.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Thank god.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • YES! YES! YES!
    Daisuke showing that he has balls the size of cantelopes.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • FUCK YEAH!!!! Other than that fastball to lofton he’s looking good. Time for the real Westbrook to show up

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Time for Ortiz and Manny to counterattack. This inning will be a huge test for Westbrook, who has only thrown 35 pitches.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Next year the key to Matsuzaka improving, at least for me, is his missing “better”. Watching him this season it seems like his biggest problem (even with the 200+ Ks) is that his “waste” pitches aren’t close, so they don’t create enough uneasiness in his payoff pitches.
    This is clearly related to his control (either that or it is a fear of making a mistake when ahead in the count), and if Daisuke can just improve that part of his game I think he’s going to be a much better pitcher. If he can improve anything else he’s going to be scary good. Without that “good miss” ability, he’s already pretty decent.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Dice showing his value there. Yanks couldn’t get through Martinez. Brilliant pitching to get him down.

    YF October 15, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • The worst thing that can happen is a 1-2-3 inning – especially if your pitcher is struggling.
    But with the meat of your order up I figure you’ll hit him around some.
    Even if you don’t score as long as you don’t start a momentum of “Dice-K gets hit around and Westbrook strikes us out” – you’ll be good.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Papi with a leadoff double.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • nice start here!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • YES! Ortiz answers with a double off the wall.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Way to be, Papi!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • SF – I don’t know I always found Dice-K overrated – I felt the Sox offense saved him a lot more than he saved them.
    Yes he has 4 Ks – but all the same he’s dangerously close to letting the inning fall apart.
    Maybe it’s the team I root for (so want him to do poorly) – but I haven’t thought he’s been worth the $$ or the hype…Yet (figure he’s going to meet that bar next year after getting accustomed to the USA)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • I’m confused Rob, please clarify?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • PS – Good job Ortiz (just what you needed)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • This ump sucks. Manny should be gone.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • definitely strike 3

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • This zone is super tight tonight.

    Anonymous October 15, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • hey, he’s been squeezing us as well, as long as he’s consistently shitty i’m fine with it

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Ortiz, what are you thinking?????????

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Dodgeball!

    YF October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Wow. I don’t know what to say. This is truly the regular season Sox: no clutch hitting, bad baserunning.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Ortiz hit with the ground ball.
    Can we have anything else go wrong?

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Ortiz is gonna be singing Soprano tonight…

    dknyc October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I should say, the worst part of the regular season Sox: the regular season Sox were damn good.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • one swing of the bat changes this very quickly

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Ed – Sorry just think he’s been pitched (har har) as some god-send to pitching, when I think he hasn’t been as good as the hype has made him out to be.
    Maybe my beef is more with the hype than his performance. But whenever I’ve watched I’ve always felt he’s always teetering on this line between success and failure. Like he’s only one pitch away from becoming rattled and letting an inning get away from him.
    And often he allowed enough runs (in one of his crazy innings) to lose a game if he had a regular offense – but with the power of the Sox he was able to eak out more wins than his pitching had earned.
    Sorry – I’ll shut up (since this is a game-post)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Lowell just misses a 2 run jack.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • oh baby…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Heh – again Lowell was forced on the Sox.
    Un-be-liev-able.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Can we have anything else go wrong?
    Papi or Manny could get hurt, a liner could careen into the dugout nailing Beckett, Lowell could hit a ball that looks like a homer but goes foul…

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • point taken Rob…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • SF – shhh – if any of that happens I think you’ll have people with torches at your door.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Rob, I called him “pretty decent”. If you want to start a big argument about Dice, whether he was worth it, can you wait til the offseason, or tomorrow, or another thread?

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • hit and run with manny… interesante

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Foul ball homer, then weak tapper to third. Mighty predictable. Now Drew can tap to second.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Or look at strike 3.

    Tom sf October 15, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Wait, I know: Manny can get thrown out at home for the third out! That’s another thing that could happen that would make us all curse!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • fooled out of his drawers

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • SF – once I was done said I’d shut up – just wanted to reply to Ed.
    wow that’s a great ratio of first pitch strikes (14 of 15)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Drew with another grondout.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Or Cleveland can make a good defensive play…

    Tom sf October 15, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Again, if we lose to Jake Westbrook in this series (or Byrd), we’ll deserve just what the Yankees got, and the Indians will deserve to go to the Series.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • why is this game so freaking frusturating?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • And JD sets the postseason record for weak ground balls to the right side. Absolute garbage.

    Pocono Sox October 15, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • we’re only down two runs for christsakes

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Ten innings without a run. I am running ou of words for “pathetic”.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Always hate the commercials – you’ll get all hyped up during the game and then have to freak out for 3-4 minutes before the game comes back on.
    Especially when you’re behind – I remembered not knowing what to do when I wanted to race through an inning to get my team back up to bat.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • This team has gone ten innings without a run against Indians pitchers not named “Sabathia” or “Carmona”. How can that possibly be?!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • SF, if we lose to Westbrook and Byrd we deserve the yankees fate, if we lose to one or the other, I don’t think it’s so bad

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • What do you do when you know your commentators don’t know baseball and are in fact complete idiots?
    Give them idiotic facts to recite to at least keep them from saying anything else (ND reference)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Everyone can go away until the sixth inning: Tek, Crisp, Lugo up next half. Hopefully Daisuke can hold the line until then.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • What do you do when you know your commentators don’t know baseball and are in fact complete idiots?
    Don’t turn the sound on, at all. I have been watching in silence and it’s actually not bad.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Hey McCarver, thanks for telling us all how to spell “Gyro”. Idiot.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • did McCarver just spell out Gyro? God I hate these guys

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • I’m glad we jump on the same stuff Atheose, haha

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Daisuke with a great K.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • nasty pitch, can our offense please knock a run or two in!?!?!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Anyone think Jacoby would have got to Lofton’s HR if he was in right?

    Pocono Sox October 15, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • I am going to try something different:
    Blue skies. Puffy clouds. Beer. Bunny rabbits. Juicy cheeseburgers. Runs for the Sox.
    The power of positive thinking. It just hit me. Come on, SOX!!! WE CAN DO IT!! WE’RE BETTER THAN THEM!!! Let’s GO!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • I like that SF! Two runs aint nothing!!!! Here we come boys!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Nice inning, Dice. Let’s go, offense!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Good inning by Dice-K – hopefully that (plus getting to Westbrook a bit last inning) will make the Sox realize they’re having problems with WESTBROOK.
    Which will piss them off enough to go on a hitting tear.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • YAAAAAAAAY!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • no, to quote Major League, Drew “needs a rocket up his ass to catch that one.” Drew played it well and he hustled as best he could, all he could have possibly done better was perhaps try to cleat up the wall a la andruw jones (seen him do it before), but I don’t think he had time

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • I FEEL SO HAPPY!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Just tried this on a language translator, seeing what Dice might be saying as he reaches the dugout:
    Results for ‘Come on, it’s JAKE WESTBROOK. Are you kidding me?’
    English to Japanese:
    Come on, it\’s JAKE WESTBROOK. Are you kidding me\?
    Nothing found

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Come on, Tekky! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Two runs? Shoot, Manny and Ortiz will both have that many RBI’s before the night is over.
    Daisuke is pitching like an Ace, minus that one pitch to Kelly Lofton.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Ed – remember what I told you about the scotch?? lol.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • “Westbrook could not be pitching any better” Well he could be pitching a no hitter, or have no walks… or not loaded the bases with no outs…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Am I crazy or did fox just come back from commercial with a montage set to lcd soundsystem’s daftpunk is playing in my house? if so, um, i now love fox.

    YF October 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Dah – I thought Tek would’ve had that (at least looks like they’re getting wood on the ball)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Wow, could this ump suck any more? Tek just got a pitch called a strike that was maybe a FOOT off the plate, worse than the prior pitch in a similar spot called a ball.
    And now the dribbler. RETIRE, JASON.
    So much for the PoPT.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • vtek, trying his best to bring out the hatred

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Ok, Tito: it’s Jacoby time.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • One… two…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • When a sinker-pitcher is on – he’s on. (I still have nightmares of Lowe pitching that Game 4)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Is this going to be another six pitch inning?

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • On the bright side, at least they’re not doing anything different with the bases empty.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • THREE

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the ugliness continues.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • SF – Might have been 8?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Ok, so that “power of positive thinking” thing was a miserable failure. Back to being a misanthrope.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • What patience! I hate this game.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Eleven innings without a run. Eleven innings with FOUR guys in scoring position, one who was eliminated by a batted ball, two who were stranded on a popup and a double play, the other left by Youk in the ninth on Saturday. Not going to cut it, against any team, much less a really good squad like the Tribe.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • I’m not sure if his sinker is on or whether we just blow right now… we have some solid hits and solid contact… man oh man

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • The ONLY good thing that comes out of a possible loss tonight is that we are only down one game, and it’s not even an elimination game. I have to keep reminding myself this.
    And then I remember that Wake is starting tomorrow. And everything falls apart for me.
    We’re going to win tonight. I can feel it. Either that or a zipper on our couch cushion is digging into my left asscheek.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Who do you put Jacoby in for? The only guy I think should absolutely be out is Vtek…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Shouldn’t all you Sox fans call the Indians fans losers for stopping their sell-out streak? lol.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Ok, who are the assholes having a glass of white wine at a tableclothed two-top INSIDE the Jake? Those people should be mocked, and then maimed.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • I would consider subbing Ellsbury for Drew.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • GREAT pitch from Dice there for the K. Nas-tee.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • I hope Wake has a big game in him, though I’m not giving up on this yet, perhaps we take the win against Borowski crushing their momentum???

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • I’d sub Ellsbury for Coco.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • SF – Probably should have the same thing happen to them as Ben Affleck et al who somehow “need” a TV in front of their seat that’s in the first row. (correct me if I’m wrong but I swore I saw that)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Dice-K seems more on – might have finally settled in

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • one mistake buck, really just the one

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Have we all as baseball fans ever really needed/wanted to know the information they put in a player profile? Even if they are your team?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • nice stop varitek, all on your shoulders

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Come on, Tek, hold that pitch. Not a good pitch, but jeez, if you aren’t going to hit worth shit at least field your position.
    RETIRE ALREADY.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • walking grady wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world… I guess…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • How many more years do we have tek for?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • NICE pitch to Sizmore (was it really the Gyro – since our commentators said it was I instinctively doubt it)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • double play…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Daisuke hasn’t pitched badly, but he hasn’t been consistently good either – way too many 3-1, 3-2 counts.

    yankeemonkey October 15, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • this ump gives the pitchers jack shit on the inside

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • That wasn’t a strike??!?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • fuck you Vtek, leave him to his own

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Dice at 94 pitches.
    This strike zone is shit. Why have we not seen the Questec results?

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • maybe they know how ridiculous the zone is?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • This ump might suck but at least he’s fair – I assure you he’s pissed off two cities tonight.
    But all the same – ugh – his strike zone is awful.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Ok, this game is getting much closer to being over…

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Dice with another half-hearted fielding attempt.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • I give up.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • that was actually a good pitch… shiiiiiiiit, sizemore at third now

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • man this ump blows

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Starting pitching, starting pitching. Sox’ starters games two/three: 9 innings, 9 runs.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • That was incredible defense – I want to see a replay.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Hafner with every right to bitch about that call.
    Pedroia with a hell of an attempt there.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Good call by the first base ump, sadly. 4-0.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • nice play by pedroia, look like the ump got it right… why don’t you get yourself ejected Francona?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • ::clapping for Pedroia::

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • none of this matters because the sox HAVE NOT SCORED A SINGLE RUN

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Martinez is just swinging for the fences to be a hero – should be a strike out

    Rob October 15, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • that’s just ridiculous, transcends luck

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Time for the hook, Terry.

    yankeemonkey October 15, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Bottomline, Dice K pitched much better than schilling, and should not be lifted here, big mistake

    Ed October 15, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Jeez, what can you do. Dice makes a bad/good pitch to Martinez who flares it to left for a hit. Oh well. Tito out to get Matsuzaka.
    Won’t matter if the Sox score no runs, though.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Daisuke out. The Indians chased him little bloopers and bleeders. I’m pissed off.
    Hopefully Westbrook’s arm is getting cold right now.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • this means wake must go deep into the game tommorow (oh christ)

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Tough to get on Daisuke there, really. He made good pitches, and the Tribe got some improbably singles.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Ed – Think Dice-K should’ve been left to finish the inning? Into the 6th?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • improbable rather.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • he pitched better than Schilling, hands down, this loss, if we do lose, lies on the offense, whole different ballgame if we capitalized on that bases loaded no out situation

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • If Timlin does 2.1 innings (finish this inning, pitch the 6th and 7th) then we can use one more pitcher for the 8th (if we’re losing) and not pitch the 9th. I guess we won’t be too worn out.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • So who is the inning soaker in case this game gets away from you? Timlin?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • absolutely, I would let him finish the inning, he looked good to me, just was unlucky there, then again Garko was 1 for 2 on him, I don’t know anymore

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Timlin looks like shit right now…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Lester should be the inning sponge.

    Rob SF October 15, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • now he’s found it

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • I can understand anything on the field McCarver (even check swings); I can’t understand YOU

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Wide plate on the 2-1.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Lester’s the innings sponge for tommorow (unless Wakefield shows up and pitches deeeeeeeeep)

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Garko suckered on a slider.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • What a surprise – Cleveland Rocks (wow Fox the surprises keeeeeeeeep on coming)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • ok, we don’t score this inning we’re in deep… come on guys

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Yeah, Lester is the mop-up for tomorrow. Timlin coming in now shows that we’re saving Lester for Wakefield tomorrow.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • why can’t fox at least find a decent version of Cleveland rocks? they’ve somehow mangaed to find a horrible rendition

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • RALLY TIME!!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Which I think is the right move Atheose. Maybe Wake will surprise us all and mow down this team… the indians definitely have shown vulnerability for offspeed stuff, which I think a knuckleball consists of

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • I feel like the real Red Sox are still wandering around the basement of Shank Hall looking for the stage. Where have they gone!?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Pedroia has just been brutal this postseason. Tito should drop him, lead off Drew or something. I know that’s no great shakes either, but Pedroia looks toasty at the plate.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Ed – Good point – I don’t think Wake is as big a worry as you guys think. As a Yankees fan I always dreaded facing him. Even more than your power-arms.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Pedroia, not looking comfortable

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • NO WAY! A HIT!!! A HIT!!! A HIT!!!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • here comes the boom

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Youk gets a base hit. Thank you jesus, someone is on base ahead of Ortiz/Manny.
    Come on guys, let’s hit him hard here.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • I was thinking it was a potential rally time – hinged on Youk (if he got on I thought something good would be coming).

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • As a Yankees fan I always dreaded facing him. Even more than your power-arms.
    Why? Wake has been about the worst starter the Sox have had against the Yankees for nearly three seasons now. Your fear is totally misplaced.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Who is the guy in drag next to Shapiro?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Tizzle just missed a meatbizzle.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • “I’m very surprised that the 3-0 hit sign was on for David Ortiz”
    McCarver, you idiot. David Ortiz always has the green light.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • At last Borowski is explained! (represented by the GMs dad)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Haha, SF you made my night just a bit more tolerable, Manny time

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Ok, Tiz free pass. Manny, hit one hard and shut up the bitter Clevelanders, now.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • good call Rob, how unbelievable is that???? No conflict of interest my ass

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • I’m sensing HR and Sox back in it.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Keep nibbling, Jake. Walk Manny. Do it. You know you want to. Lowell will make you pay.
    I think. Or hit into a double play, or pop up, or whiff…

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • everyone except 3-5: one hit

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Wow this umpire sucks. Lucky for us.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • green light?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • One more ball and the game could be tied with one swing. Can’t ask for much more than that as an opportunity, right?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Wow – this ump….
    I’m just waiting for a sniper to take him out.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Wha? Wha? THAT was a strike??!?!

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Wow, make-up call there.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • HA! BLATANT BALL, this umpire sucks ass

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Can’t figure out this ump’s zone.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • WHAT IS THIS UMP SMOKING? Who is this guy? He’s truly terrible, both ways. Worst I have seen almost all year, and he’s umping the ALCS?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • That was not a strike. This ump sucks.

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • that was his pitch right there boy…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Manny pissed at himself for chasing that 3-1 sinker.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • westbrook’s living dangerously here

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • missing rather, not chasing.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Wow – way to not only not get a hit but loaf your butt down the base line Manny.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Sigh. Manny GIDP.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Fuck this ump. That should have been bases plugged, instead the inning is over. Really, that’s terrible.
    Manny hitting into a DP is just as bad, though.
    This game is history, and so am I…sack time.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • could be game right there, the irony is Sox is praying to God the sox win this or their precious ratings take a nose dive

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • “Sox” should say “Fox”

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Now I’m concerned.
    If the Sox were to lose this game, I’d have to hang it around the necks of Tek and Coco, who left three runners stranded with no outs in the 2nd… That was crucial to the game so far.
    Instead of playing with a lead, and with Westbrook shaken, the Sox have helped this guy look like an ace that he is not.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • and Manny did indeed loaf

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • funny….i wasn’t gonna drink tonite.

    sf rod October 15, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Just what everyone needs to recover from a bad inning – Dane Cook’s innane ass.
    Just makes you want to vomit more when your team isn’t doing well.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Oof, not looking good. Almost time to root for the Rockies.
    So off on Matsuzaka’s effectiveness tonight. My bad.

    Devine October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • (Manny should be his own ump. His eye is better than theirs. If he doesn’t swing, it’s not a strike.)

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • It’s weird he didn’t hustle there.. last game in the top of one, he was seriously on his horse on the DP ball, which he hit exactly the same way.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Couldn’t agree more Hudson, it’s all on Tek and Coco, it didn’t help that Manny just GIDP either

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • innane = inane

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Still trying to figure out how the umpire called that 3-0 pitch a strike. It’s one thing to give the borderline, outside the black area to a pitcher, it’s entirely another thing to call a ball that is a clear 12 inches, maybe more, off the plate a ball. That was game-altering, there.
    Manny didn’t help himself after the bad call, for sure, but this umpire has been dreadful all night, and I wouldn’t be too disappointed to see Tito bust a nut on this guy, let some spit spray right through his facemask while “arguing”.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • attack – his general sense of it being his decision to do something hard or not is what has always frustrated me with him as a baseball fan. I just look at his talent and go “man if he went full speed all the time – dear God!”

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • of course Manny had ball four

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • hudson- your words from earlier today are ringing more true 7 hours later….
    Could someone club me over the head or slip a mickey…

    sf rod October 15, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • I haven’t given up yet, but that last DP really took my wind. If they lose today, I’ll try not to be too upset.
    Reserving that for if they lose tomorrow.

    Devine October 15, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Paul Byrd looks like Dwight Schrute.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • SF: I agree with you on the inconsistency. I haven’t been able to figure out what’s a strike with this guy all night. One moment he’s squeezing, the next he’s generous. That’s the worst.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Praying for the rain-out tomorrow…
    Timlin doing a nice job so far.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Imagine if tommorow is rained out, BAD news for the Indians

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Well, we’ve got to wait until the ninth inning to score any runs, so this game is complete history. 5-6-7-8-9 in the seventh and eighth. This game is, on paper, over.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I think at this point the batters know just not to trust anything with this ump and just zero in on a pitch to hit.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Well done, Timmah.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Good job by Timlin – he’s doing a great job at stopping the bleeding.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • This game has done everything but play out as it should on paper, so maybe we have a pleasant surprise coming up here

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Timlin’s keeping us in it, if we score even one run in the seventh it’s a very different ballgame, we need to score a run here

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Ed – good point – if you’re the Indians you at least wanted a long half of the inning there.
    Keep it positive guys – your team is far from out.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Lowell first pitch popup. Say good night, Gracie.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Drew gets a hit!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Drew with a single, which most Red Sox fans will forget, then blame him for everything later on, even though JD doesn’t pitch.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Hmm wonder when they pull Westbrook – they have arms warming up, but he started the inning off well.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Drew’s putting together a decent game here, here comes the natural

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Toast owes us a home run here. Seriously.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • OK, Tek, make me believe again. Because if you don’t, I am sending my Mom over to your house (just a few blocks away, actually), with brown bags dipped in gasoline and full of dog poo.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • thanks Rob, tommorow, if we play with the inclement weather, will however indeed be a must win, I REALLY don’t want to deal with a 3-1 hole… we’ll see what happens

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Vtek is disgusted with himself, as he should be

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Ed – least I can do to try and give you guys some positive vibes (you’re as they say “good people”)
    And can I say if Tek wants to show his anger at doing poorly – can he just swing at the ump with his bat? Just one strike on the head – who’s with me?

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • YES!

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • OH MY FREAKING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • TEK DID IT!
    ALL (or most) IS FORGIVEN!

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Yes!!
    The fear of flaming bags of dog doody scare Tek into resurgence!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Toast strikes back!

    yankeemonkey October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • toasty.

    sf rod October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Told ya! (inner Yankee: @#$(*&@#$)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • OK, here we go.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Rob, you’re one of the “good ones” too, Let’s do this boys!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Hrm – surprised they don’t bring in relief but I guess it would be harsh to pull Westbrook for just one bad pitch.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • this umpire is just really really horrible

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Is Drew Carey the home plate umpire tonight?

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Come on, Coco, you should know better than to walk to first when the pitch is only nine inches off the plate…

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Another horrible call which would have been ball 4.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Coco at least making Westbrook work hard for the end of his night.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Coco battling here, but unfortunately he just fought off a total meatball right down the middle.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • And Coco strikes out. Thanks, ump.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Bah, JLug whiffs.
    I’d rather see Timlin come back for at least a couple batters than to go straight to Lopez…

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Sit down, Coco, and stay sat down for the entire next game. Ellsbury time.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Coco momentum killer Crisp

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Look at the bright side – if it goes to the 9th Borowski is forced to come in.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Lugo looks unbelievably lost

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • What’s with these stupid towels? Do people realize they look like total buffoons waving them?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • a blown save would be so sweet

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • (Sorry, that was CCri whiffing.)

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Holy crap, Margaret Thatcher in the house!

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Lugo gets an infield single, after getting behind 0-2.
    This game ain’t over, folks.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Nice Hustle!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Tying run at the plate in the form of the Dustin PeVOIDa, who has been lost at the dish. Now would be a good time for a patented Dusty double, which might score Lugo.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Julio beats out an infield single.
    Westbrook done.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Margaret Thatcher in the house? Like, seriously? Former Prime Minister?
    Or is this some joke I’m missing?

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • He deserves the applause – one heck of a pitching game.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Wedge goes to the bullpen. Interesting since Lugo really didn’t do anything there, and Westbrook has totally handled Dustin. Why not give him one last batter?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • I love Pedroia, but I would consider pinch hitting Jacoby, but that would really be unfair to Dustin… he’s due isn’t he???

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Can Ellsbury PLEASE sub for Coco? Please?

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Margaret Thatcher in the house? Like, seriously? Former Prime Minister?
    No, Fox showed some old bat that looked just like Thatcher.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • SF, let’s hope Wedge finally makes a decision which haunts him!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Cleveland is bringing in a pitcher named after a store that sells cheap futons.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • HA!!! that really does look like her, what was her knickname again?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Jensen Lewis looks like and has a name just like many guys at college who I detested.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • come on Dustin!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Hudson, that store is much more than cheap futons!

    dknyc October 15, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Dusty quickly behind. What a terrible postseason for the kid. Hopefully just “first-time” nerves.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Dustin – Good eyes – ignore the reality of where the ball is and guess where the Ump THINKS it’ll be.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Doing a good job making this other rookie work – if nothing else making the Indians continue to worry.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Pedroia Ks after fouling off a bunch of balls out of the zone.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • That was a sick pitch – can’t blame Pedroia for getting out on that.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Rookie jitters indeed

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • I’m not buying it, Pedroia’s had a bad post season

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • This is why Tito gave Pedroia all those inexplicable days off during the season, so he’d be fresh for the playoffs.
    He’s wearing one set of the team’s goat’s horns, along with Curt and Dice right now.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • mostly Curt and Pedroia, Dice is a distant third right now

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Pedroia did put together a good at bat there though, it was indeed a good at bat

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Any bets that Tito plays Cora tomorrow and sits Dustin, but doesn’t sub Ells for Coco? So we get the lesser of the second basemen, and possibly the lesser hitter of the center fielders. Any takers?

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Tito sending Okajima out there, I guess he thinks we can still win this one.
    Come on Oki, we need a 1-2-3 inning.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Oh lord….

    yankeemonkey October 15, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • no, no cora tommorow, no freakin way

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Why do Indians fans think “Midge Masks” will do anything to the Sox? That’s so dumb I can’t even verbalize how dumb it is.
    The SOX WEREN’T INVOLVED IN THE MIDGE THING, DUMBASSES!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • SF, I’d bet that Tito stands pat with the regulars at both positions.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Beautiful curve by Oki.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • I like the Oki move, we have youk, ortiz, manny up next, this is a must inning for us

    Ed October 15, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Come on, Oki, let’s hold them here and deflate the crap out of this stadium in the next inning.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Wicked strong throw by Lugo.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Again with the head movement – McCarver – get a new point to make.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Wait, Oki doesn’t look at the plate when he throws? No WAY!
    Someone tell McCarver that we landed on the moon.

    SF October 15, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Oki gets Sizemore, but it was a long long fly to center.
    Makes me appreciate how far Tek hit that HR.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • // Someone tell McCarver that we landed on the moon. //
    Also, that the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS. He might have erased that one from his memory.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Tek definitely took it for a ride

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Nice, Oki gives the big guys a chance to get us back in this game.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Critical inning – Manny better not loaf it out this time (probably the key to the game coming up)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • ok, this is it baby, this is our inning

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Borowski is sweating bullets, I wish we were facing him in the 8th, but I feel good vibes all of a sudden

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • OK, time to tie this muthahfuckah up.
    Pardon my french, but if ever there was a time to throw out an MF bomb, this is it. Let’s go SOX!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • C’mon, Youks. Work the count on this guy, wear him out for MannyOrtez.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Keep it positive Ed – remember Youk is up (don’t think you could have a better guy up there to start off a critical inning)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • McCarver trying to jinx Youks by touting his “ability to foul off strikes.”

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Rob, stop with the reverse jinxes, please!!!!!

    SF October 15, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Sweat just dripping….
    The man does like to battle…though you keep swinging to stay alive…and the pitcher start s to play.
    who makes a mistake first?

    Carlos October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • DAMN YOU ROB

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • It worked. He Ks on 8 pitches on a very low pitch.
    But at least he wore Btncrt down.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Youk K’s after a long at bat. Great fight.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Tough pitch there on Youk.

    SF October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Too bad A-Rod isn’t on our team to lead off this inning

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Papi hits a wicked liner but right at Gutierrez.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Ortiz SMOKES a ball but right to the right fielder.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Great fight.
    I am sick of “great fights”. I want a few FUCKING HITS.
    And Papi laces one to the warning track. Bad luck. This game is OVAH.

    SF October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • How unlucky can you be

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Ok geez – Ortiz pops out.
    (ok that was what I was writing when he hit the ball – I am totally not at fault)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • //But at least he wore Btncrt down.//
    First pitch out by Ortiz. 9 pitches into the inning. Good scouting by the Tribe to position the fielder where he was.

    Carlos October 15, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Sinking feeling here… C’mon, Manny.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Who pitches the 8th? MDC? Lopez? Oy.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • I can’t seem to remember a recent Manny at-bat that didn’t start 0-2.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Just think, in all likelihood tomorrow night we’ll be down by four even faster than tonight.
    G’night, everyone. If the Sox are going to come back it’s going to be while I am in a computerless bedroom. Adieu.

    SF October 15, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Manny flies out.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Pop-up by Manny.
    We’re sunk, unless lightning strikes.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • MDC time, bases loaded, not a soul was out… well, here’s hoping we can keep the two run deficit going into the ninth with Borowski

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • ::looking around:: is it safe to come out?
    At least I was happy to have Fox not play Cleveland Rocks again.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Rob, please comment on how Borowski is a big game pitcher :)

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Two-inning appearance by Oki.
    We need a rain-out tomorrow more than ever.

    Anonymous October 15, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • why are we burning oki this game? No Oki tommorow i guess…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Borowski sucks.
    Triple reverse jinx?

    yankeemonkey October 15, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • I ain’t saying nothing
    So is Oki a 2-inning pitcher? I always thought he was good for just one.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Ok people are already answering my question – I was wondering why Oki was still out (did seem odd)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • even if we lose tonight, which seems to be the case, I’m not hitting the panic button. For that to happen we need to lose tommorow night.

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • ^ me
    (I don’t know what the point of signing in with TypeKey is, it rarely works.)

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Okajima is pitching a 2nd inning? Hmmm.
    So tomorrow we’ll have Delcarmen and Papelbon. Not sure who else.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Oki has pitched two on a number of okasions.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Wow, gameday says he swung at the first pitch, and it shows the next pitch as right down the middle. This umpire’s strikezone is ever changing.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • It’s moot because Wakefield is going to pitch an 8 inning gem

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Was that Gagne warming?!?!

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • (Oki’s done it three times this year, says Tim McBloviator.)
    He walks VMart.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • I know he has, Hudson, but it’s rare. I also didn’t expect it tonight, because it almost guarantees that he will be unavailable tomorrow.
    And now Oki is being pulled for Delcarmen. Geez.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • MDC in.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Haha, wishful thinking Rob? That was MDC… I think!?!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Ed – no really I only saw for a second (and heck I only know your guys from when you play the Yankees – so don’t know what they all look like) and saw a slight beard and wondered if it was him.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • maybe Gagne was massaging MDC’s feet?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • anybody else notice gagne is not wearing the pullpen pullover everybody else is? man alone.

    sf rod October 15, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Glad for you gusEd – be happy I’m wrong (course I assume Gagne was left in his hotel-room today)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • well, on the positive side, our relief has done it’s job very admirably tonight

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • no, gagne is out in the pen… fiddling with sunflower seeds

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • MDC lookin gooooooooooooooooooooooood

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Beautiful job by MDC, two Ks.
    To the top of the 9th against Blow-ski.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Nice job in relief – and again you have to face Borowski (not a bad deal)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Delcarmen grabs 2 K’s. Good stuff.
    Okay Lowell, Drew and Varitek. Borowski is the worst closer in baseball. Let’s remind everyone of that.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • let’s see if Borowski can do his job here… How sweet would it be if we deflated the entire crowd and team right here… come on boys!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Someone needs to chloroform Gagne in the elevator and drive him overnight to a remote cabin in Saskatchewan.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • This is my commentary on the upcoming inning: ….
    happy now? :-P

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Gagne is proof that sometimes the best move is to make no move – or at least that those late trade deals are as much miss as hit

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Blow-ski.
    Blow-ski.
    Blow-ski.
    “There are no atheists in a game where the Sox are down 2 in the ninth.”

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Hudson, that wouldn’t be enough, we need him to come up lame, not just dissappear…

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Rally cap time.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • LOWELL:
    * Ball
    * Pop-up
    One out.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Lowell pops up weakly. 1 down.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • harmless pop up, 2 outs

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • left

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • what size is Byrd’s hat?

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Nancy…Nancy….Nancy (reverse jinx?)

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Hey Fox? Screw you with your late local news notice.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Drew flies out to center. ‘Tek up.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • DREW:
    * Foul
    * Foul
    * Ball
    * Foul
    * Fly-out

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Actually wait – it’s Drew – you could slaughter a goat on an altar before his at-bat and it wouldn’t make a difference

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • If Tek reaches, I want to see Jacoby.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Borowski may get the save tonight, but man his stuff stinks

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • WHOA, high strike.

    Carlos October 15, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Whoever commented on it – those people witting behind the glass with white table-clothes
    You were right…they are really kinda silly…

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Yup, his stuff does sink, but he’s been getting saves all year. He has some wicked mojo.

    Carlos October 15, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Best not to pinch-hit Jacoby for Coco. Too intense for a rookie.

    Atheose October 15, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Even if Tek doesn’t hit – he’s making it more likely if tomorrow you’re in the same position the Sox can get a hit off a tired closer.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • TEK:
    * Ball
    * Strike (outside?)
    (Cleveland crowd acting as if this were a clinch-the-world-series at bat)
    * Ball
    * Strike (high?)
    * Foul
    (C’mon, Tek)
    * Ball
    (Count full)
    * Foul
    (Crisp on deck, no JEll)
    * Foul
    (I feel a K on a high fastball coming on)
    * Foul
    (Jeepers)
    * Pop-up
    Game ovah.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Tough game to watch – sorry Sox fans the bats just seemed to freeze up. Hopefully they’ll get them started tomorrow and Wake will pitch well.

    Rob October 15, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • That bases-loaded-no-outs squander in the 2nd killed this game.

    Hudson October 15, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • tribe does it’s job… we win tommorow it’s a whole new series again… lets see what happens

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • beware the byrd.

    Carlos (YF) October 15, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • “All the little chicks in crimson lips say Cleveland rocks!! Cleveland rocks!!”
    Call me a troll, call me whatever you want; that was entertaining

    bloodyank78 October 15, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • no carlos, beware the knuckle baller… and Carlos, you wrote so artfully about the yankees, how about something for the sox right now, ugly or not

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • i’ll take a 2-1 deficit in the ALCS to reading articles about who my teams coach will be next season and that my owners sons are taking over! And yes, it was entertaining!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • anyone watching nesn? Francona looks extremely pissed off, in a good way I think… looking forward to tommorow’s game

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • That was pathetic. :(

    Jackie (SF) October 15, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • I don’t agree Jackie, I saw a lot of positives in that game, Our offense was crap but maybe Tek’s turned a corner and our relief rebounded well from saturday

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • All comes down to bases loaded nobody out… nobody get too down on the boys, we’re down ONE game and we win tommorow it’s a whole new series with Boston regaining homefield advantage!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Ha, we had more hits than the indians tonight, son of a bitch

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • has everyone else gone to bed? If so, sleep well and i’ll see you guys tommorow night (I’ll miss the first hour because I have a night class, hopefully i’ll come home to a HUGE sox lead!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Lousy. Just lousy. That second-inning squander by Tek and Crisp was just unbelievable. Ellsbury had better be our starting CF next year. At least he can give us quality, PATIENT at-bats.
    Ah, well. Down 2-1 > Down 3-0. I refuse to be pessimistic until we’re looking at three losses.

    Paul SF October 15, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Do what I do. Blame Lofton.

    attackgerbil October 15, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Holliday just hit a 3-run homer. Looks like the Rockies will be in the World Series.

    Atheose October 16, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Took the words out of my keyboard, Atheose. lots of 2 out runs for the rox.

    YF October 16, 2007, 12:07 am
  • man that sucked. do we want it to rain tomorrow?

    jd rollover to 2nd drew October 16, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Holliday had better get the MVP. The Rockies don’t even get to the one-game playoff against the Padres if not for him down the stretch.
    By the way, did TBS purchase any microphones? The crowd sounds silent, despite appearing to go crazy when Holliday hit that homer to dead-center.

    Atheose October 16, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Rain would mean Beckett pitches Game 4 on Wednesday, instead of Wake. Right now that doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
    Don’t get me wrong–I love me some Wake. But he’s a crapshoot, a coin-flip. I don’t want the only thing between us and a 1-3 deficit to be whether or not a 40+ year-old can summon a pitch that is as fickle as a teenage girl.

    Atheose October 16, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Why not throw Becks tonight, then if he doesn’t seem to have it, you pull him early and insert Wake. If the Sox can’t score 4 or 5 runs against Byrd (or Westbrook) they don’t deserve to win.
    And throwing Delcarmen in the 8th last night? Gee, if only they had thought of that in June…

    Pete October 16, 2007, 8:07 am
  • Another night of playoff baseball and another night I go to bed surprised. This game is strange. The Rockies are baffling enough, but to see the Indians win again with Westbrook pitching makes my head spin. At this point I can’t even pretend that I understand. Yorvit Toreealba…

    John - YF (Trisk) October 16, 2007, 9:11 am

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