Sox-Angels Series Postmortem: Doom and Gloom

I know it’s not rational, and I know there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Red Sox and their postseason chances (not least of which being that they’re still in first place and can easily make up any ground they’ve lost with the upcoming five-game series against the Yanks.

Still, I’m having a little trouble keeping the panic gnats away. There is little the Sox can get on the trade market that would be useful without mortgaging the future, meaning the Sox we have, for the most part, will be the Sox we have in September. Between the shelling Schilling absorbed last night, the Yankees’ excellent trade for Abreu and Lidle, and the overall mediocre play of the Red Sox since returning to American League play, I’m beginning to despair.

Teams often play poorly just before the trade deadline, distracted and unsettled by all the uncertainty. Let’s hope that’s all this is. But the Red Sox were one David Ortiz away from being swept out of first place by the Angels this weekend. I’m hoping against hope that Theo pulls off a magical 2004-style trade today. I just don’t see it happening.

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  • Deal of the Day #1: Sean Casey to Detroit. (Chris Shelton, Detroit’s Mr. April, goes to Triple-A.)
    On Deck:
    Jason Schmidt to the Mets?
    Julio Lugo and Scott Linebrink to the Sox for Lowell?
    Soriano to ???
    Stay tuned…

    YF July 31, 2006, 11:32 am
  • Paul, you sound like an old-school Sox fan.
    Where’s that post-2004 swagger?! I know its Monday but smile dude; your team is in 1st place!

    bloodyank78 July 31, 2006, 11:34 am
  • If the Sox do get Lugo, do you think Tito will actually use one of his best offensive tools; the stolen base? Lugo is my fantasy SS and is a definite speed merchant. If he comes to the Sox and Tito ends up not giving him the green light that often it will be a waste of ability.

    bloodyank78 July 31, 2006, 11:38 am
  • the lowell deal doesn’t really solve anything.
    the only deal i want to see happen today is clemens.

    T-sf July 31, 2006, 11:45 am
  • Francona is much loved by his players particularly because he respects them enough to play their own game (perpetual green light on 3-0, for example). It’s one of his main strengths, imo. Sometimes it doesn’t work, like when the player’s incompetent (Willie Harris), but in Lugo’s case, I could see him running all the time and being quite successful under Tito. Crisp basically has a green light all the time; he just doesn’t get on base enough.
    Incidentally, BY, I’m sure my mood is because it’s Monday, but this Angels series, Big Papi aside, was just ugly — and at basically one of the worst possible times.

    Paul SF July 31, 2006, 11:48 am
  • Screw Clemens. I say Oswalt or better, Pettite.

    SF July 31, 2006, 11:59 am
  • From afar, the Lowell pickup seems to have worked out absolutely great — much better than I expected. We all thought he was the throw in the Sox had to take to get Beckett, but Beckett is more of mixed bag: on the one hand, 13 wins, great stuff and youth; on the other hand, 4.76 era, some bad outings and some temper tantrums.
    So why does Theo want to trade Lowell? He’s hitting well, he’s playing great defense, and he seems like a good teammate.

    LouGYF July 31, 2006, 12:43 pm
  • Pettitte? 9 – 11, 5.18 era

    LouGYF July 31, 2006, 12:46 pm

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