Sunday Afternoon Delight: Braves-Sox Gamer III

Tim Wakefield hopes to keep the Sox' highly positive run going today against young (and good) Jair Jurrjens. If the Sox win, they'll have won nine of 12, and 14 of 21. If they lose, they'll have lost three of four. Comment away!

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  • Dice to the DL for 15 days, at a minimum, sounds like longer.
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/06/matsuzaka_moved.html

    SF June 21, 2009, 1:07 pm
  • Boo-ya!
    Clearly the best starting rotation at the moment does not include Matsuzaka, who (unlike Wakefield) has shown us nothing positive in his seven starts this season. A second DL stint — fatigued shoulder, one month for arm strengthening, mechanics work and a bevy of rehab starts — seems like the most logical choice.

    Paul SF June 21, 2009, 1:27 pm
  • Wakefield rolling so far since the first inning.

    Atheose June 21, 2009, 3:13 pm
  • Wakefield with a no-decision. And it seems like Kottaras doubles every time I see him bat.

    Atheose June 21, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • Umpire missed a CRUCIAL call. 0-2 count to Drew, ball thrown right down the middle called a ball. On the next pitch Drew hits a hard single off the wall to make it 5-4. Cox, Jones and Flaherty immediately ejected.

    Atheose June 21, 2009, 3:36 pm
  • Banner day, bullpen!
    Pathetic.

    SF June 21, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Yay!!!! Nick!!!

    SF June 21, 2009, 4:26 pm
  • NICK GREEN WALK-OFF HOMER! Curved around the pole!

    Atheose June 21, 2009, 4:26 pm
  • Heh, so when does Gammons report about the ‘widespread joke’ that is Fenway Park? That’s a cheaper homerun than any you’ll find in YS.

    AndrewYF June 21, 2009, 4:30 pm
  • HAHAHAHAHA!!! Cheapest home run in the major leagues and it’s a walk-off! HAHAHAHAHA!

    Devine June 21, 2009, 4:33 pm
  • Wah wah wah Andrew. Comparing a 1 in 1000 shot like that to the Home Run Derby that is the right field in Yankee Stadium? Seriously?

    Atheose June 21, 2009, 4:33 pm
  • I’m just waiting for ‘Hall of Famer’ Peter Gammons to show his journalistic objectivity, that’s all. Although I should say I’ve been waiting for about 5 years with no luck.
    The Sox this year are undeniably a product of Fenway Park. I can’t remember a team that has such a disparity between its home/road splits – on both sides of the ball.

    AndrewYF June 21, 2009, 4:39 pm
  • Are people defending Yankee Stadium by pointing out that Fenway is a bandbox? Of course it is. It’s the original. And unlike stadiums built last year, it wasn’t built last year. They didn’t know better in 1912.

    Soxfanbkln June 21, 2009, 4:54 pm
  • A Yankee fan complaining about Peter Gammons’ objectivity is like a liberal complaining about Fox News’. What’s really the point?

    Paul SF June 21, 2009, 5:16 pm
  • Bitter Yankee fans are, ironically, sweet.

    SF June 21, 2009, 5:44 pm
  • Sure, my words ring of bitterness. Doesn’t really make them any less truthful.

    AndrewYF June 21, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • The Sox this year are undeniably a product of Fenway Park. I can’t remember a team that has such a disparity between its home/road splits – on both sides of the ball.
    I love these arguments. It’s metaphorically like the “Obama got way more black votes” comments, that is somehow meant to invalidate an accomplishment. As if one segment’s votes are less valuable than another – in this case a comment like this is meant to demean the accomplishments of the Sox, as if their home field games are somehow less important than their road games, or somehow fool everyone into thinking the Sox are better than they are. All teams play half their games at home. They count just the same as road games, at last check. The Sox are a good team, and they are a great team at home. Because they are a great team at home does not make them charlatans if their road record somehow lags.

    SF June 21, 2009, 7:04 pm
  • It also comes off a bit rich when both NYY and BOS are 17-17 on the road.

    Devine June 21, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Even more ridiculous: there are just THREE teams in the AL who have a .500 or better record on the road. The Yanks, the Angels (the ONLY team above .500), and, uh, the Sox.

    SF June 21, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • “Because they are a great team at home does not make them charlatans if their road record somehow lags.”
    Somehow lags?? Last year only the Angels of all the teams in the AL had a winning road record!
    So far this year only the Angels (at 18-17)have a winning road record, the Sox are just a half game behind, the same road record as the Yankees.
    But since the Red Sox started the year 2-6 and 1-4 on the road they have gone 40-21… (16-12) on the road.
    And… the Red Sox have played 32 games against teams with above .500 records and have gone 21-11 against those teams(.656),including one stretch of playing 10 games in a row against teams in 1st place in their division (*at the time).
    The Sox came within 1 Papelbon blown save against the Mets from winning every one of those series, (including sweeps of the Yanks and Tigers).
    So excuse me if Fenway is a huge plus for us and the new Yankee Luxury Box is a bummer for the Yanks, but the Red Sox right now are a damn good team no matter where they play.

    Brian Houk June 21, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Brian:
    “it lags” referred to it lagging their home record.

    SF June 21, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • SF, I get what you are saying. Still, EVERYONE’S road record lags behind their home record in the AL.

    Brian Houk June 21, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • To continue piling on Andrew’s comment — and, frankly, given how ridiculous it is, he deserves it — the Sox have been insanely successful since they began winning huge majorities at home while being more pedestrian on the road.
    The last Sox teams to win more consistently on the road than at home were the late 1990s/early 2000s teams that uniformly missed the playoffs or were locks to not make it very far if they managed to get there.

    Paul SF June 21, 2009, 11:55 pm
  • Again Andrew, comparing one one-in-a-thousand shot like that to the consistent amount of cheap homers in YS2.0 is laughable. Hey, this one time at Tropicana Field I saw a ball hit a catwalk and it was called a homer! OMG where’s the Gammons investigation?!?!

    Atheose June 22, 2009, 9:09 am

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