Thrown in Reverse

Embarrassment. Utterly awful baseball by the Red Sox, for three days running. Just watch ESPN and you will all know to what I refer. Good thing they have a 6 game league in the wild card, so at least they have two weeks to get back in shape. Regardless, they are playing pathetic baseball, and deserve what they get. If that’s a slide that puts the Angels back in contention, so be it. If it’s a slide that rights itself in time to secure a playoff spot, it wouldn’t be surprising. One thing is true: if they play like this, they will win absolutely nothing.

Several things contribute:

1. Francona asleep at the wheel. Somnambulent managing, not having a pitcher ready to start the 5th inning in place of Wakefield. Is there a person alive watching the game who didn’t think Wakefield should have been on a short leash in the 5th? Apparently Francona – he lets Wakefield go 7 batters deep this inning, and yanks him down 8-2, way late.

2. Poor defense: “the rundown” (watch ESPN, it’ll be shown, trust me), just shameful. The Sox can’t execute a little league play on a gift mental error by Melvin Mora, walking towards the plate after a walk with men on 2nd and 3rd, thinking he’d been forced home. Inexcusable.

3. No hitting against an untested rookie: Matt Riley is the third rookie in as many weeks to baffle the Sox, who ought to be better against untested players.

Is this just the hotstreak backlash? Is this the norm, the pattern of the first 100 games? We’ll know soon enough, I guess, and if this keeps up there won’t be any games left to play. The truth will out.

6 comments… add one
  • Nice dueling hangovers by the Yanks and Sox.
    As far as hostreak backlash, as mentioned plenty of other places “regression to the mean giveth and regression to the mean taketh away.”

    Clay September 20, 2004, 11:28 pm
  • Clay seems to be on the ball here. After this big weekend, and with another one to come, perhaps the boys on both sides are having a none-too-tragic letdown.
    Meanwhile, SF is sounding almost….Steinbrennerian of late.

    YF September 20, 2004, 11:42 pm
  • It would seem that the Yankees’ and Sox’ first round rivals would be well served by throwing an unknown pitcher at them, as both teams seem to be completely baffled by pitchers they’ve never faced. As soon as I heard Chacin was making his major-league debut, I assumed he’d throw a gem. Sure enough…

    Clay September 20, 2004, 11:59 pm
  • I am not sure how observing 34 runs in 3 games during the stretch drive (bad), and that the Sox will win nothing playing like this (true), that I somehow deserve the tag of “Steinbrennerian”. I fail to see how recognizing sloppy baseball, poor managerial decision-making, and a massive hitting slump at this point in the season as a bad sign make me anything but a reasonable fan. If you read the post closely, you’ll see not resignation but worry, and reasonable worry at that. There’s time to turn things around, but Wakefield’s colossal struggles, a newly sieve-like defense, and the re-emergence of the Bad Terry are plausible causes for concern.
    Or, are you saying I deserve to be considered for the Hall? Please clarify.

    SF September 21, 2004, 7:05 am
  • Correction: “Good thing they have a 4-1/2 game lead in the Wild Card…”

    MJL (SF) September 21, 2004, 11:22 am
  • 5 in the loss column!

    SF September 21, 2004, 12:34 pm

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