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Time to Get Off This Ride: Rangers-Sox Gamer VI

After two straight games of waiting until the seventh inning or later to seal a victory — two very, very different games — I personally would like to extend an invitation to the Boston Red Sox to go ahead and blow the Rangers out this time.

I know that’s what you were trying to do last night. and, sure, there were some glitches. I think we understand that. So let’s give it another shot. Jon Lester’s on the mound, and he’s been great, so the pitching side should be well taken care of. They’re facing Luis Mendoza, who has been execrable. 7.50 ERA. At least four runs in each of his last four starts. Only one quality start in 10 this season. And you already got to him in April, with David Ortiz hitting a grand slam.

So go ahead, Sox. Give the pen a night off. Give our blood pressure a few more hours to ease back down to normal levels. Keep the good times rolling. Oh, and gain another game on the Yankees. Thanks.

Red Sox
1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. Sean Casey, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Coco Crisp, CF

Jon Lester — SP

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Michael Young, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Milton Bradley, DH
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Brandon Boggs, LF
7. Chris Davis, 1B
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9 Travis Metcalf, 3B

Luis Mendoza — SP

Color me pleased with that lineup, with the exception of Crisp being there instead of Ellsbury. Casey is a big improvement over the six weeks of injury-produced suck Mike Lowell’s been bringing to the plate.

124 replies on “Time to Get Off This Ride: Rangers-Sox Gamer VI”

Paul, you read my mind on that last point (see the last post in the “Two Red Sox Fans…” post).
Ellsbury’s a bit banged-up, right, and thus there’s a reason he’s out? He pinch-hit in the 8th yesterday, as I recall.
It’s the happiest I’ve been all year looking at the lineup. Get Jacoby in, and it’s golden.

Hey, game’s on TV! No need to deal with laggy! Though I already miss Remy and DO.
I like Youk at #4. He has the most homers on the team and the highest OPS+ now that Manny’s gone. Bay should shine at #5.

Salty throws it into center on Bay’s steal. Youk goes home, Bay goes to 3rd.
1-2 count on Lowrie.

Great, now the talking mediots on ESPN are questioning the Yankees not trading for Santana. Easy criticism at this point, is it even worth going there?

It’s so long between times on base for Tek now that he really ought to have a GPS with him.

Coco has an inverted distance-to-likelihood of hit ratio. The shorter the ball goes, the more likely he’ll get on base.
He needs to realize this.

Papi getting walked. Youk gets another shot to say FU to the Rangers. Didn’t they learn last night?

I’m a little nervous leaving the computer with only a 6-0 lead. I don’t want to get home and find out that the game has transmogrified into a water polo match or something. (I don’t know what that means.)
I’ll be in Boston and at tomorrow’s game (first time in Fenway in over 3 years!). Hope it’s as exciting as the series has been so far. Good night y’alls.

Come on, K-Rod for MVP according to the idiot play-by-play guy? I mean, how is that even an option? His TEAM is superb, and saves are pretty damn overrated. Add in the atrocious division, and why would K-Rod have any claim on that award? Dumbass.

I was at Lester’s first game in 2006. Because the game I was s’posed to go to got rained out and postponed to the next day (first half of a doubleheader), I bought a ticket for that evening’s game as well. I think it was a one-run loss where Manny hit a homer to make it that close in the 8th.
I went to the day game the next day and saw a Papi walk-off (down 2 with 2 outs, 2 strikes, and 2 men on). The opponent both days was Texas.

K-Rod doesn’t deserve the Cy Young, let alone the MVP. If you’re a pitcher you pretty much have to win the Cy Young if you’re going to win the MVP.

Wow, the announcer just said that “Lester leads the team in innings pitched, wins, (something) and ERA…”
Daisuke leads both wins and ERA.

Great stuff, Lowrie drives in two more with the bases loaded.
Also, Orsillo just said, “The Red Sox open this thing open.”

Slow hook, but what are his options? Dustin Nippert doesn’t look like smooth sailing either.

Jeez, now overmanaging, IBB’ing Casey down 8-0 for the new pitcher? That’s his first move with a new pitcher? That’s awful managing.

Can I just say that I love Joe Morgan? Um..the guy from Walpole, not the hall of famer…

SF- in fairness, would it surprise you if Tek somehow managed to hit into a triple play now?

Three wasted on base with none out, at least we got the first two. Coco flies out, Lowrie out on the gun to home.

in a lineup that features tek and coco, you cannot hit the two back to back. it’s a blackhole. these two are able to make 3 outs in a inning. can’t even stomach the idea of lugo/tek/coco in a row.

Jon Lester remembers yesterday, keeps tossing scoreless innings (74 pitches through 6). Time for me to head home from work. Enjoy, dudes and dudettes.

Lester’s turnaround has just been remarkable. He is just a different pitcher from the beginning of the year. Fantastic.

Who the hell is this color man? I thought it was Phillips at first, but it doesn’t quite sound like him, other than the utter stupidity emerging.

You know, before this year when I saw Lester give up a single to the leadoff guy and then get two straight balls on the second guy, I’d be very worried.
But now? Eh, no sweat. And, indeed, Lester comes right back, strikes out Hamilton on the next three pitches, strikes out Bradley and gets a groundout. I love this kid.

This isn’t Phillips, it’s that other guy who has more facial hair. Can’t remember his name.

Is it ridiculous to think that Dustin Pedroia should get some MVP votes? I mean, he shouldn’t win, he shouldn’t even be at the top, but isn’t there a legitimate argument that he’s been as important to the Sox as any regular player at this point?

SF, I think he WILL get MVP votes, along with Youkilis. How many Boston writers get a vote?

With an 8-0 lead and Lester dealing, I have ceded the TV to my wife so she can watch Project Runway.

it’s sutcliff. wonder if he’s sober tonite.
hamilton’s wife went into labor right now. now it turns into a bad nite for atheists.

Ah, see that you noted that earlier, Ath. Doesn’t do it for me, though. Give me the Sox (and EA).

Some fan just legitimately took a ball away from the third baseman in the stands, and the look on the fan’s face was priceless, almost stunned as the player tumbled next to him into a box seat.

with drew leading off for this team, and tek and coco batting 8th and 9th, at least jd doesn’t have to get distracted by baserunners.

Tek and Crisp are just a vacuum in the lineup, sucking all life out of the offense. Good god.

Really SF? I’m enjoying the volleyball, and not just because of the bikini-clad ladies.

Lester out, Timlin in. TREMENDOUS outing, hopefully not marred by Timlin allowing these inherited runners to score.

i went to college with misty may. she married marlins pitcher matt treanor. she’s gotten a bit chubby over the years.

Timlin isn’t a major league pitcher at this point.
The bullpen is horrid, and Oki isn’t available. Where’s Masterson?

Really, what else does Francona (and Epstein) have to see from Timlin? Graciously ask him to retire, give him a big check, whatever. He’s cooked.

Meanwhile, if it weren’t for Crisp and Tek’s complete ineptitude the Sox would have about 10 runs right now instead of eight.

ANOTHER high fastball missing location. Boggs fouls it back. Timlin isn’t doing anything right at all.

I assumed Masterson would finish out the blowout since he didn’t come in last night. I guess they were saving him for a closer game… which this now is.

Finally, a good pitch – offspeed stuff gets Boggs. Francona comes out for the automatic lefty-lefty matchup.

Tito pulling Timlin, who covers his mouth with his glove and screams a few foul words at himself.
Lopez in against the lefty.

OH MY GOD Ron Washington making Ian Kinsler sac-bunt? .319 hitter, all-star, down 4 runs, AND YOU WANT TO SACRIFICE AN OUT TO MOVE TWO RUNNERS OVER?
Horrible managing. At least Tito doesn’t pull crap like this.
Kinsler GIDP.

Ok. That one started to get a little dicey.
Another good win, mostly. Timlin and Tek are both on the same train, eh?

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