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This Opponent Sucks, and Why That’s Bad: Sox-Nats Gamer I

If you're a Washington Nationals fan, do you laugh or cry? Or do you write inaccurate, unoriginal sob stories about how hypocritical the Boston Red Sox are? 

If I were a Nats fan, I'd be laughing because even though my team only has 20 wins this year, 10 percent of them are against the New York Yankees. This is one thing Soxfans and Natsfans have in common. We both find this hilarious.

Unfortunately, it's now the Red Sox' turn to face Washington, and this truly is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, this should easily be the Sox' fifth straight series win, if not a sweep. On the other, it's a tremendous embarrassment if it's not.

The Sox don't have to sweep the Nationals. The worst club in baseball has a .299 winning percentage — right between one win every three games and one in every four. If they win a game against the Sox out of these three, I won't worry. Law of averages, right?

The best way not to worry about this is winning Game 1, when Brad Penny — whose fastball has averaged better than 95 mph in each of his last two starts (both with zero earned runs allowed) — faces John Lannan, who shut down the Yanks in his last start.

Unknown lefty, no book on him, decent ERA despite mediocre peripherals, dominates the first time through a batting order (.207/.287/.267 against)? Ugh. Better win the next two, boys.

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123 replies on “This Opponent Sucks, and Why That’s Bad: Sox-Nats Gamer I”

I am going to be highly pissed off if we don’t win this series, especially with Dice-K on the DL. Julian Tavarez on WRKO pre-game show… hoping for something odd to come out of his mouth.

Steven at FJB should be taken out and maimed for that post. And everyone who commented on it should be maimed as well.

I miss Hoolian.

And I went to the dentist today. No cavities. Let’s hope the same can be said the the Red Sox offense tonight. No cavities.

Unknown lefty, no book on him, decent ERA despite mediocre peripherals
Sounds like a no-hitter in the making. Go go gadget reverse-jinx!
And yeah, I miss Jools so very much. I hope we get to see him.

Julian was disappointingly normal on the pregame show but there’s o telling what will happen during the game…

These guys are just wrong.
“Youkilis finished 2nd in the MVP race last year to teammate Pedroia”
Nope, he was third behind Morneau.
“Youkilis leads the AL in OBP at .444”
Nope, Mauer leads at .475.

GODDAMNIT DREW. Ball down the right-field wall, Drew takes his sweet time and the runner scores from first. Sigh.

More horrible announcing:
“Penny used to be a huge strikeout pitcher. We all remember his appearance in the 2007 All Star Game, where he was fanning batters left and right.”
Actually in 2007 he had zero strikeouts. In 2006 he had 3 though.

For those of you not watching: there was a bouncing grounder up the middle, with the runner going. Green grabs it, tags the runner in his face, half-flips over him like he’s in the goddamn circus, lands on his feet, and fires to first to complete the double play.

Ellsbury! Misses a homer by two feet, and THEN almost makes it an in-the-park homer. Wisely stops at third though, 2-1 Sox.
I’m praying that the Green web gem will be put up on Gameday.

I know Jeter could never do that–that’s why it’s a Jeter WET DREAM!
What did gameday say, IBM? Right now it correctly shows that it was Jason Bay.

Just checking in and here’s the Brad Penny I always expect to see. If he can keep go 5 IP and have the Sox be only 1 or 2 back after that, I’ll be…not angry.

HAH I see what you mean now IBM. The video replay just shows Varitek’s at-bat after the Bay homer.

Oh my god, he swung at that pitch SO much. Replay shows it. Thankfully he K’s on the next one.
Lucky to only give up one run there. Penny hitting 97.

Mikey rattles one past the SS, another hit. 10 baserunners for the Sox thru 4.2, only three runs. Two on, two out.

Nice work, Toast! First pitch swinging, taps to the SS. Lame.
Tek’s line is really horrid. Those 10 homers are lipstick on a pig, basically.

Okay, does anyone have experience cooking tilapia fillets? I baked them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees like the directions said, and they’re still very raw in the center, and not flaky at all. Yes I let them dethaw. What gives? I had to cook them an extra 8 minutes.

Getting that run in would have made me feel way better about this game, especially since it was the 2nd time Ellsbury made it to 3rd.

Hanley is like that super hot girlfriend who got away. You’re happy where you are now, but you really, REALLY wish she was still around.

I dunno, Ath, I’m pretty happy with the, uh, two guys we settled down with in Beckett and Lowell. And I’ve seen enough _Big Love_ to know three can be more trouble than it’s worth…

Well, as much as I hate seeing Penny pitch, he wasn’t awful. Just mediocre. So I have to be…not angry.

I might argue that Tito waited a bit long, but it was the bottom of the order, and Penny started the inning well. Tough call.
Penny was barely mediocre tonight, just too erratic.

Youk reaches on a bad error from Zimmerman. Excellent play by the 2nd baseman to back it up, saving the base.

Ooh, Bay loops one over the SS, Youk hustles to third and is safe, Bay goes to second on the throw. Very aggressive, it paid off.

Ta-garbage time with the Orc! Joolian has the bases loaded with Tek at the plate, one out. C’mon, see-saw, put this one back in our column…

Phil Hughes, best pitching prospect EVAH, is in for bridge/not-quite-mop-up duty in Atlanta. Well played, Yankees.

Need the bullpen to do some shutdown. They’ve seemed a tad shakier of late, but I am not sure if that is just perception, and not reality.

Frak. Green loops one that Harris tracks on a sprint coming in, nice catch. Three more left on base, for a total of 10 thru seven innings. Not the best showing against a horrid team.

Ah, faith rewarded. Though it was as much faith in the badness of the Nats’ bullpen as in the goodness of Youk and Bay.

The Nats announcers were dissing the Yankees about hitting with bases loaded. Said they try too hard to go for the grand slam when a single would have done.

Greenie! 10-3 now, Nick singles in Jacoby.
So much for complaining about stranded runners.

Amazing that Ellsbury was on base 5 times — and on third 3 times — and that was the first run he scored.

>10 ofthe Red Sox 15 hits were to Dunn. Coincidence?
That’s just cause everyone was out in front of Lannan’s ridiculously slow fastball.

just looked at the yanks box score. posada went 0-4 with 4 k’s. ouch. makes the 2-3-4 combo of swisher, teixeira, and a-rods combined 0-12 not look so bad.

I’m surprised NYY just decided that Doubleplay-Rod should have at least 1 day off a week. Seems like something they should have determined weeks ago.

Bard to finish; Dusty Brown to make his ML debut.

Forget lohud, sf rod and just check out our YF neighboring thread here. krueg was on fire today.

By the way, Coco to have season-ending shoulder surgery. Feel really bad for him, but that trade is looking better and better.
We love you Theo!

“Yes I let them dethaw. What gives? I had to cook them an extra 8 minutes.”
that’s the problem – dethawing is actually freezing them again! :)
Breaded talapia = very good!
oh, and that play by Nick Green – awesome.

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