Make It Boring Please

The Red Sox are doing their damndest to make the season interesting. After falling to the Rays, Boston's lead in the loss column is a mere 5 games. That puts their chances to make the postseason to a rather low 95% or some such number in the 90's. Meanwhile, I'm no odds maker, but I've got to imagine another Sox loss pushes the Yanks' chances to something north of the 99.9% mark, which is to say that this game, the one currently twixt Angels and Yanks, is not interesting. Yeah, it's baseball so there is the possibility always of an interesting development or two, but usually that means an injury. So let's go the boring route. Beat the Angels or lose, who cares? Just don't get hurt! Make it boring.

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  • Jared Weaver with his sub-2.50 has been dealing but Montero just took him very deep to left. Montero’s compact swing, his ability to hit to all fields with power, and his plate discipline are all tasty. Weaver doesn’t look likely to give up a whole lot more tonight – hope Colon can make that run stand…

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 10:44 pm
  • Damnit – with colon pitching great th Angels get bourjous on with a bunt and then Jeter with the throwing error – 2 on one out. OK, at least Aybar grounds out. 1st and 3rd now with 2 outs. Clinging to the one run lead…

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 11:27 pm
  • I swear Colon’s ball moves a good foot laterally when he is on. 1-2 to Kendrick…

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 11:28 pm
  • Damnit. Tie game on the opposite field single. Now to see if Colon can keep it tied…

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 11:31 pm
  • Colon looking as good as he has since the All-Star break. If not for Jeter’s error (and the Angels’ speed) he’s winning 1-0. As it is it’s a 1-1 game going to the 7th.
    A-Rod has made some great plays tonight. And Vernon Wells is unbelievably bad – especially at his salary…

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 11:47 pm
  • Damn Weaver is good. Gets through the 7th with 101 pitches. Colon has been matching him though. Pissed about Jeter’s throwing error. This team has played a game at 2am followed by two extra-inning losses in 2 different cities before flying out to LA today — this would be a third very tough loss in a row if they can’t edge in front of these guys.

    IronHorse (YF) September 9, 2011, 11:54 pm
  • DAMNIT!!!! Another bunt single. A-Rod was charging and Aybar adjusted his bat and jabbed at it to scoot past him. Great bunt. 2 outs but Aybar is the go-ahead run on 1st now…

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:00 am
  • Colon: 7.0 IP; 6 H; 1 BB; 5 K; 0 ER; 99 pitches, 71 strikes.
    He looks like the ace he did early in the season. If he actually is back to that then I suddenly start to feel more hopeful about October. Would be nice to win tonight regardless…

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:04 am
  • Montero’s third hard hit ball of the day but right at Callaspo. 1 out.

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:05 am
  • Weaver through 8. Ugh. In comes Robertson.

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:11 am
  • Robertson is crazy-good.
    On to the 9th…

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:20 am
  • Ugh. to the bottom of the 9th with Laffey coming in. Prospects for this game just dimmed considerably. Going to sleep…

    IronHorse (YF) September 10, 2011, 12:32 am
  • Got the final for this game mms’ed to me 70 miles from home, standing next to a broken car waiting for a tow with ms. gerb/kids/dog. Can’t wait to see how much this tow costs.

    attackgerbil September 10, 2011, 2:02 am
  • Answer: more than the monthly payment on the car I am probably going to have to get to replace this one.

    attackgerbil September 10, 2011, 2:59 am
  • 3 straight losses…good times.

    krueg September 10, 2011, 11:10 am
  • Really sorry to hear that, ag.
    Know how you feel, krueg. Don’t worry…between our hobbled rotation and suddenly-sporadic hitting, the division’s yours…hope we can hold onto that wild card life preserver.

    Devine September 10, 2011, 2:48 pm
  • I think that if the Sox get swept this weekend in Tampa they will struggle to make the playoffs. Why do we struggle to have a half way decent rotation for the full year most of the time?

    BillsBurgSF September 10, 2011, 7:38 pm
  • This Sox team has some pretty bad body language. They look like they can’t wait to get to tomorrow’s off day or worse, they don’t have the confidence that they will get into the playoffs with all of their injuries.
    I don’t know, but it worries me that Tampa is playing like a team with nothing to lose, being agressive and taking chances. Then they go to Baltimore, only good thing is they have 7 against the Yankees left.

    BillsBurgSF September 11, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • It sucks, and it sucks worse that the next two games are Wakefield v. Morrow and Lackey v. Romero, but it’s not time to panic yet, and I do believe this Sox team is a bunch of professionals; the veterans won’t freak out and Francona certainly won’t. Get the home cooking going and hope to just about eliminate the Rays’ playoff chances in the last series against them (thankfully at home).

    Devine September 11, 2011, 5:45 pm
  • Though, funnily enough, the Sox’ road and home records aren’t very far apart. I still think they’re “built” a bit more for Fenway anyway.

    Devine September 11, 2011, 5:47 pm
  • See what I’m saying? They’re going to crush Tampa Bay…crush them.

    Devine September 13, 2011, 9:54 pm