There’s Still Time: Sox-Yanks Double-Header Part One

By the end of the day, Boston could be as much as three games up on Tampa, or tied with them for the last seat on the bus.  The Sox are still in the driver’s seat for the wild card, and the Yankees are doing their best to help Boston’s cause by starting one of the two or three worst starters in the American League.  Unfortunately, the Sox are sending one of the other ones.  Wakefield/Burnett at the Stadium starts now.  Lineups for game one follow, comment away.

J. Ellsbury cf .320
C. Crawford lf .259
D. Pedroia 2b .302
D. Ortiz dh .310
A. Gonzalez 1b .340
C. Jackson rf .246
M. Scutaro ss .293
J. Saltalamacchia c .239
M. Aviles 3b .263
T. Wakefield 5.08
NY Yankees
B. Gardner cf .261
D. Jeter ss .297
A. Rodriguez 3b .277
J. Posada dh .238
A. Jones lf .251
R. Martin c .237
C. Dickerson rf .302
B. Laird 1b .154
R. Pena 2b .118
A.J. Burnett 5.28
35 comments… add one
  • Correction: the Sox are starting two of the three. Lackey starts tonight.
    But really, who gives a fucking shit? It’s over. Utterly.

    SF September 25, 2011, 1:27 pm
  • Flipping between the Fins and Yankees…holy passed balls Batman!

    krueg September 25, 2011, 1:38 pm
  • The Red Sox are unsightly right now. Seriously. Judging by how much I am enjoying watching them I have to imagine that SFs everywhere must be wishing they could just turn away, but fandom keeps you coming back. I was unwilling to accept that this team might really not make the playoffs, but as of an hour ago I started to believe this might actually come to pass. Of course, Tampa Bay would actually have to win a few games, of which there is no certainty, but only the most hardy or insane SF could be holding out any hope at this stage for Boston to stave off the Rays by actually winning several games themselves.

    IronHorse (YF) September 25, 2011, 2:14 pm
  • And the Captain finally breaks the .300 BA mark for the season. Remarkable given where he sat at the end of June.

    IronHorse (YF) September 25, 2011, 3:20 pm
  • Huge ovation for some guy named Allan James as they take him out in the eighth. Not sure what he did with Burnett.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 3:43 pm
  • Outstanding start AJ. Standing O in the krueg household as well.
    That’s more like it.
    Pitch like THAT in a week please.

    krueg September 25, 2011, 3:44 pm
  • Now Robertson murdalizes Ellsbury.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 3:46 pm
  • At this point, you’re like: do I as a Sox fan wish for them to actually make it into the postseason where they embarrass themselves utterly in the ALDS or hope they complete this absolutely, bed-shittingly awful collapse?
    One thing’s for sure: fuck baseball.

    Devine September 25, 2011, 4:03 pm
  • I think all YF’s are hoping for the completed collapse…that would really throw some water on the whole ’04 thing that we still hear about.

    krueg September 25, 2011, 4:11 pm
  • Brooms tonight???

    krueg September 25, 2011, 4:12 pm
  • > I think all YF’s are hoping for the completed collapse
    Sure, always.
    > that would really throw some water on the whole ’04 thing
    Like pissing on a forest fire. Doesn’t even come anywhere fucking close to covering it.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 4:18 pm
  • So, let’s pretend the Sox are still in the hunt on Wednesday…Lester on three days’ rest?
    Oh, who cares anyway? Not like it matters anymore.

    Devine September 25, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • Congratulations to Buffalo, beating the Pats at Rich Stadium. That’s HUGE.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 4:34 pm
  • That’s Ralph Wilson Stadium ag…really showing your age of that one! ;)
    “> that would really throw some water on the whole ’04 thing
    Like pissing on a forest fire. Doesn’t even come anywhere fucking close to covering it.”
    Well, having that happen doesn’t cancel out all the history either, but to some SF’s they think it does. So this would be a nice retort. How about that? Besides all the obvious rings, pennants, al east titles, etc.

    krueg September 25, 2011, 5:08 pm
  • This team is unbelievable, unwatchable.

    Atheose - SF September 25, 2011, 6:49 pm
  • The Red Sox lost the first game and now trail the second game, 3-0, having given up all three in the first.
    This is just incredible, inexplicable. I’ve never, ever seen anything like this.
    My wife just returned from a business trip to New Orleans, which prompted me to wonder of someone somewhere owns voodoo dolls of all of the Red Sox. That seems to be the only plausible explanation for this.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 7:28 pm
  • Wouldn’t you know it. JD Drew drives in the Sox first run of the second game.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 7:54 pm
  • It’s always Rich Stadium to me, Krueg. :)

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 8:07 pm
  • Lackey has been great since the first. 3-2, tying run on third with Scutaro up. Now tempted to put the game on.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 8:19 pm
  • Scoot tied it, 3-3, with a double.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 8:21 pm
  • Tek injures himself after singling in Scoot. 4-3. Whadayaknow. There’s some life in these emmereffers after all.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 8:23 pm
  • And any glee I might have had is wiped out by yet another baserunning blunder, this one by Gathright, who was running for Tek.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 25, 2011, 8:28 pm
  • Extras and I dont have access.. Bummer.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2011, 10:13 pm
  • Had hope until now…pretty sure the bottom of the 13th is our doom.

    Devine September 25, 2011, 10:59 pm
  • Jacoby!!!!!! Turning point???

    pale blue eyes September 25, 2011, 11:34 pm
  • Holy fuck, Ellsbury! We need 3 outs before they can get 3 runs. Climb the hill, B. 1 up with 3 to play would be stellar after expectations to start the day.

    Devine September 25, 2011, 11:37 pm
  • Congratulations SFs. What does that make the season series between these two teams, 12 to 6 bad guys?? It’s unreal. The Sox have just owned the Yanks over the course of this season. They have a better record vs. NY than they do vs. Baltimore. There is no team they’ve beaten more and no team the Yanks have lost to more. Without the Yanks as their doormats the Sox don’t make the playoffs this year.
    And it seems that no matter what else happened and how many players imploded in September, Ellsbury has been a stud for them.
    I will not be at all surprised if the Sox springboard off of last night into a strong October. Of course they and the Yanks might be so gassed that they turn in poor performances tonight and the Sox are in a dogfight to get in.

    IronHorse (YF) September 26, 2011, 5:52 am
  • So who do the Yankees prefer to meet in the ALCS (assuming they and the wildcard team get there)? In spite of last night’s game, going by current form they should avoid the Rays. And they can do something about eliminating the Rays in the final three games. Yet I fully expect the Tampa to sweep that series, so the Red Sox have their work cut out against the Orioles.

    pale blue eyes September 26, 2011, 6:37 am
  • Huge win for the Sox, though I stopped watching after the 1st and couldn’t bear to check the score. Ellsbury seems to be the only player who cares these days.
    My gut feeling is that the Sox and Rays will play a one-game playoff.

    Atheose - SF September 26, 2011, 7:09 am
  • By the way, a big thank-you goes out to Girardi for letting Austin Romine bat with the bases loaded in the 9th. I know he wanted to keep Jeter/ARod benched, but I’m extremely grateful neither of them batted in that situation.

    Atheose - SF September 26, 2011, 7:44 am
  • “My gut feeling is that the Sox and Rays will play a one-game playoff.”
    That would be AWESOME.
    I fully expect us to beat the Rays at LEAST once, even with the scrub squad lineup Joe will run out there.
    I think the Sox are safe. Winning last night was HUGE. I figured we were toast once Proctor came in…reminded me of the bad old days.
    The worst thing about last nights game? I had to stay up until after midnight to watch the Season Premiere of Boardwalk Empire so now I’m back in hell(work) and I’m pretty tired…

    krueg September 26, 2011, 10:03 am
  • Scott Proctor is just awful. Stayed up until the Ellsbury HR. This was a huge game for the Sox to win, as Krueg says. I wish the Yankees would have won the game as I am still very scared of the Red Sox. Forget the #’s, forget the month of September, you’d have to be foolish if given a choice to choose the Red Sox over the Rays. The Rays are offensively challenged and their bullpen and bench scare no one. The Rays are a good team, the Sox are a great team. I want the Sox eliminated not because I hate them, but because I FEAR them.

    John - YF September 26, 2011, 10:12 am
  • I agree with John fully. Except I also hate them, in addition to fearing them, and it is hard for me to separate which sentiment is more behind my desire to see them eliminated…

    IronHorse (YF) September 26, 2011, 10:20 am
  • No matter how this season turns out, I am so happy not to have to see Wakefield or Lackey pitch again this regular season. I guess there could be an “all hands on deck” situation Wednesday, though…be careful what you wish for…

    Devine September 26, 2011, 10:46 am
  • The only team I fear is us…I fear that we will get into the playoffs and suck circa 04-07, and ’10.

    krueg September 26, 2011, 11:00 am

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