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What Measure A Good Team? Yanks-Sox Gamer II

“We’re a good team. We’re just not playing good baseball,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “It’s frustrating the way we’re losing.”

I’m not sure what Gonzalez is on about here. I doubt there is any way to lose that ultimately proves less frustrating. Fewer balls pitched by the rotation that wind up going over the fence would be a good place to start being less frustrated.

Freddy Garcia got a gift win his second time out. If his first two outings are any indication of how he is going to perform today, the Sox might suddenly find themselves playing much better baseball, at least in the bottom half of the frame.

Felix Doubront has struck out thirteen batters over the ten innings he’s pitched this season. He’s also allowed thirteen hits, but both of his outings resulted in wins for Boston even though he has yet to claim a decision.

Comment away on your Saturday baseball action.

96 replies on “What Measure A Good Team? Yanks-Sox Gamer II”

Reports are that the Red Sox and Cubs working on a deal for CF Marlon Byrd, who was struck in the face by an Alfredo Aceves fastball last year and hasn’t been the same since. He has three hits this year, so he’d fit right in.
Speculation is that the Cubs would pick up much of the $6+MM contract. RHP Michael Bowden, who is from suburban Chicago, is rumored to be the bounty.

You’re not a bad person. You just have bad behavior.
Pineda news blows and makes Pettitte’s return less of a luxury than a lifeline. More depending on Pettitte now. If he can pitch as well as he did in his last season two year ago, the Yanks rotation should still be very strong. But yeah, it blows.

Gets out of it. The Sox will simply feast on him today. Yanks need to beat the snot out of Doubront to have a chance. They’re certainly capable of it but they better get started before they’re down by a touchdown.

Pedey’s RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd makes it 5-0 as Sox chase Freddie. Clay Rapada on for the Yanks.
Clay Rapada kind of sounds like a type of fishing lure, doesn’t it?

And a touchdown it is! Goodbye all. Enjoy sfs. I’m on my first family vaacation in forever. Palm trees, sun, and hammocks. No need to torrture myself by following this one!!!

Humber through 6 on 57 pitches (I don’t start to get excited till about 1 out in the 8th, myself, but still). Tried to bunt on him for the last out of the 6th.

Humber through 7 now in Seattle.
Salty double. More Sox runs would make me feel a little more secure. Admittedly Doubront is looking very good so far. Still, it’s the Yankees.

Well, congratulations.
In the meantime Padilla has managed to load the bases and Nick Swisher promptly hits a grand slam.
There’s always one guy in the bullpen who has to fuck things up and Bobby V has the unerring capacity to find him and put him in the game.

Well, I felt uncomfortable all through the game, even with the big lead. So not a major surprise, no.
And Joe Girardi said in the fourth that strange things happen in this park. I would have said that strange things tend to happen to the Red Sox recently.

One guy in the bullpen having a bad day, yeah, happens. But absolutely nobody getting the job done??
And yeah, Doubront deserves all our sympathy.
We’ll see a fielder pitch the ninth for the Red Sox, I predict.

Congrats IH, krueg, gerb. I’m just so disgusted; I think I might take a couple of weeks off and let them play however they’re gonna play with my eyes not there.

My my..not sure if it can get any worse.
Interestingly, following this on gamecast and watching Moneyball…this happened pretty close to the scene where the A’s blow their lead against KC during the 2oth game of their win streak.

I don’t remember one like this. No matter how many billion times these teams play, every season something happens in their games that I just haven’t seen before. Condolences to the sfs here. Of course, it’s still not over…

I agree IH, I am really not sure how to look at things yet. It is early in the season and a little to early to head to the bridge with the quickcrete and buckets, but the Sox are making it painful to even look at them.

Seen some crazy stuff over the years, but 15 unanswered runs are crazy even for this rivalry..
I don’t know. Still early in the year, early in everything, no one wins the world series in april..

Obviously Bobby Valentine has to accept some blame for this wreck of a season. This game? Taking out Doubront after 99 pitches was the right thing to do, I believe. Padilla obviously did not work out, but who was to know that beforehand. Walking Cano was stupid, but was hardly decisive.
One thing that gives me a tiny tiny amount of pleasure is how stupid all of this makes Nick Cafardo look who has been championing BV since last October.

I hate Bobby V, but no manager is responsible for 15 unanswered. The Boston pen is one of the worst in baseball. I’m not saying that to dump on Sox fans, especially after a gut-puncher like today. It’s just a fact that their pen is very weak and I guess the Yanks caught them on a particularly bad day. I’m stunned. Good night all…

A line from Hoosiers is appropriate for Bobby right about now: “Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass everyday, but, mister you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.”

Heavy rain is expected to wash out today’s game at Fenway. I’m hoping it is a harbinger of good things, the tying of the bow, so to speak.
On Aug. 27, 2011, the Red Sox played a doubleheader at Fenway against Oakland. the doubleheader was played because a hurricane was rolling in off the Atlantic, and it would doubted that the scheduled Monday game would be able to be played, so they played two on Sunday.
The Red Sox won both games that day, the winning pitchers were Lester and Aceves.
Since then, the Red Sox are a brutal and embarrassing 12-31.
So perhaps this rainout today can be the bookend to that Aug. 27 event.
Or at least it can be the day Ben sits down and figures out how to cleans up the bullpen.

Bummer re: tthe rain, mainly because this looked like a game I’d actually get to wattch live after my kids go to sleep. Is it pretty certain they’ll call it at this stage?

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