Simple thread here. Comment on the game.
One down on a fly to right by…I don’t know. It would behoove me to learn these guys’ names, perhaps.
Beckett just lost his grip on a curveball, looked a little awkward with a hand wiggle. Now he’s being battled by Kaz Matsui.
I pray I am just seeing things.
Then Matsui doubles….
Matsui doubled on a dunk to center, maybe a 120 foot looper that neither Crisp nor Pedroia could reach, and it glanced off a diving Pedroia’s glove. Why was Coco playing so deep?
And the grounder to short keeps the runner at 2nd, 2 out.
Two down, Todd Helton up with a RISP.
Shoot, 1-0 Rockies on the single to center.
Nice deuce from Beckett to make it 1-2.
1-2 pitch is drilled to center and the Rockies go up 1-0. A greedy curveball by Beckett that isn’t bad, just more of the same. Not sure I like that from Tek.
Wallball single off a first pitch fastball and Helton goes to third. Man, the Sox suck right now, all over.
This season is just careening into oblivion, day by day, it seems.
An icky inning, but it’s only one run. SF suicidal. I’ve been feeling crap myself, but let’s see some f***ing runs from this (I think) revitalized lineup.
1-2 after a disgusting swing.
Drew varies the standard Red Sox leadoff hitter M.O. of grounding to 2nd by flying to left.
Not suicidal, D, just very uncomfortable with the way the Sox are playing. I saw things I didn’t like last August pre-collapse, and caught flak for being a pessimist when I said as such. I was right. I see some things here that I don’t like, just the same. This time I hope I am misguided.
There’s nothing we can do if the Yankees win every game, that’s not it. I don’t like what I am seeing from the Sox.
Droid singles up the middle. Can we get this run back pronto? Sick of playing from behind.
You were certainly right last year. I can only hope you’re wrong this time. Still, if they can win tonight (somehow), they’ll have won their last two series…that wouldn’t be so bad. Too bad the Yankees are solar levels of hot.
Tizzle hishizzle in the thighshizzle. 1st and 2nd for Manuel.
SFs: how would you feel about flipping Drew and Pedroia in the lineup?
Ortiz hit (on the leg?). No way to avoid.
yankeemonkey…at that point, it would pretty much be six of one, half dozen of the other in my opinion. I’m happy with them at 1-2 either way, that’s for sure.
YM: does that matter? Both are decent OBP guys. That change would probably be statistically irrelevant. The important thing to me is to get the better hitters, whoever they are, getting the most at-bats over the course of the season.
Manny Ks looking. Ugly.
What the hell was that at-bat from Manny? He stared at about four strikes, though the ump only called three of them. Really terrible plate appearance from Ramirez.
(D: Manny is actually one of the things that is worrying me)
I don’t know, SF, that’s why I’m asking. I’m not a stats person…that is, I can appreciate them but sometimes the answer is not obvious. So I was curious as to what y’all statistically-endowed people thought (also my comment in the other thread).
I really should just never watch baseball.
This is really going to be one of those nights.
Beckett needed that. 1 pitch, 1 out, line to Pedroia.
Tulowitzki hits it up the middle with 2 out.
I’m spoiled…but Manny is one thing I never worry about. He hit .32x in May, OBP is still there. I think it’ll be a subpar year for power, but one of these weeks, he’s gonna explode.
K Taveras, half-inning done.
Beckett at 41. Gross.
All right, come on, you f***ers, I want one of those 6-run explosion thingies.
Lowell singles to left. It’s a start.
lowell sets the stage for inevitable disappointment.
Varitek does what he does…swings at a high fastball and Ks. Remember, Tek, it’s only you who swings at that.
Crisp walks, setting the stage for the Lugo DP.
Cute. Terribly unfunny and infantile, but adorable.
Lugo…singles?…as the 1st baseman can’t handle the pitcher’s lob. Nope, not a hit, error.
Five baserunners in 1.1. Come on, team!
lugo finds an acorn. bases plugged for drew. how will this end? besides below expectations.
Drew has had some really ugly swings the last few days, including to go to 0-2 here.
Lewis definitely looks like death to lefties. Nice pitches to Drew so far, I think the only thing Drew might do better is shorten his swing.
And Drew rips one to center, but Tulowitzki makes a beautiful play to rob him of two rbis. That’s tough luck on a really nice swing.
Ahhhhh, f***! Drew robbed, robbed, robbed.
That’s just piss-poor luck for Drew, who misses a big hit by about 6″. Keep those baserunners coming, and the Sox will eventually score.
0 for 5 on the baserunner count in two innings is terrible, but might bode well for the rest of the game.
This is the worst.
Pedroia strikes out swinging, but seems to think he foul tipped the ball into the ground. Droid looks close to getting tossed.
This is almost laughable. Three more runners stranded. They are playing like there is no need to drive in runs.
My slowed down DVR makes me think that Pedroia is wrong.
This is almost laughable
What’s “almost” about it? The Sox, even though they won 2 of 3 from the D-Backs, are playing last-place baseball.
Beckett squeezed a little on a high (possible) strike at 1-2. Methinks Dustin cost him that one.
Matsui singles and extremely raises Beckett’s pitch count.
Kaz Matsui doing all the damage tonight. How is that EVEN POSSIBLE?
Just say no to trolls (myself excluded, of course)!
Ooookay, turning this game off till I get home tonight.
In all fairness, the Colorado offense has the potential to be very, very good. Last year the deadly 3-4-5 of Holliday, Helton and Atkins was nearly unstoppable. I know this because I had the fortune of owning Holliday and Atkins in my victorious fantasy team. They could just all be breaking out at once against the Sox.
The Sox are borderline unwatchable right now.
Beckett has sh*t tonight, to add to the problems.
Well, the Rockies are one hit away from sending me to the bedroom to watch a Tivo’d “Top Chef”, which promises to be at least sixty-three times more entertaining than the Red Sox.
will beckett fail to win for the first time this season???
There’s the hit, a Grand Slam.
Off to see Chef Colicchio.
Only 8 days til second place!
this is unwatchable…
He failed to win other times. The question is will the Sox offense score 5 runs so he won’t lose?
Dumb question, Andrew.
Ah hahahaha, f*** you, Red Sox! I left before you could stomp all over my balls this time. Now instead, it’s merely like I’ve been punched in the stomach. Victory!
“This is almost laughable”
What’s “almost” about it? The Sox, even though they won 2 of 3 from the D-Backs, are playing last-place baseball.
My thoughts exactly SF. It was laced with heavy sarcasm.
i wonder how the Spurs are doing…
ortiz, manny, and youk make quick work of themselves as to speed the game along. thanks guy’s.
I think I look more like a Neo-Nazi than Tek and Pimplebutt combined.
As for this game, I guarantee a win: score 10-5 Sox!
Youk with two K’s in the game.
According to an ad just on NESN, I can watch the Sox suck in high definition tomorrow.
And now Don and Jerry are interviewing a felon. Great stuff.
Another pitch leaves the yard
no need to work pitchcounts boys. swing away. you’ve got a plane to catch.
Strand two more that inning.
5th inning….strand two more runners.
sox batters are now dirrecting their anger towards the home plate umpire. look in the mirror bums. i know lugo has a ton mirrors in his house. thank god for remy.
Glad I came home to this. Now I’m leaving again because I refuse to be held hostage by this team. Looking at that post you cited earlier, SF, the Sox had been playing bad baseball for at least two weeks by that point. They had already lost first place and were about five games out by that point… I remember being pretty pessimistic at the time, as well.
what sucks is….snyder is much better than a mop up guy. unfortunately it has become his role.
Looking at that post you cited earlier, SF, the Sox had been playing bad baseball for at least two weeks by that point
Hmmm, sounds a bit familiar…
Two more runners to strand here in the 6th. Lugo does his job to strand them by flying to center. With any luck at all, Drew will ground into the DP and we can keep stranding runners.
Instead he Ks, which is kind of disappointing. What an ineffective attempt at ending the inning.
Pedroia chops up the middle, fielded by the second baseman, inning over. Nice job, guys!
It’s an amazing display of ineptitude, and I’m at a loss as to why. This is the same lineup. There have been no injuries, like there were last year. The starters have been pitching well (until last night), keeping the pressure off the lineup to try to do too much. This is basically the same team that looked sure to go deep into the playoffs two weeks ago. What happened?
I guess it could just be the ebb and flow of the season. Maybe in two weeks they’ll be soaring again. But this is just awful. How does a team go from .700 quality to sub-.500 quality overnight? And which team is the real team? Clubs generally are not as good as they appear to be when they’re streaking and not as bad as they appear to be when they’re slumping, but all we’ve seen this season is streak and slump. And this slump is frustrating the hell out of me.
Mike Lowell didn’t get the LOB mem, singles to score Manny. With nine hits, including at least one from each of the bottom four members of the lineup and two from Manny (as well as Lowell and Tek), you’d think there would be more than one run scored. It’s not like the indivdual members of the lineup are struggling. It’s just that they fail repeatedly when it counts. So aggravating.
Now I’m leaving again. NBA Finals are on, and the wife’s a Spurs fan. At least maybe one of us will go to bed happy tonight.
I’m vaguely a Spurs fan (grew up in south Texas–the Valley, McAllen, Brownsville, South Padre Island), but on a night when the Sox are playing a June regular-season game, and the Spurs are a win from their 4th title in nine years, my thoughts are with the Sox. Not much of an NBA fan, comparatively. Good luck to your wife and the Spurs, Paul. I’m watching them now, myself.
Not that I’m complaining, but shouldn’t Mike Timlin be thinking about retirement at this point?
C’mon, now, ym. You wanna get your digs in while people are watching the game.
Sorry ’bout that, Devine :-)
I wasn’t really trying to get digs in though, just making an observation. He’s been…less than good, no?
No, he’s sucked. It was a dumb move getting rid of JC Romero, who also sucked, but at least he had some good outings. It reminds me of Joe Torre and Tanyon Sturtze, except Tanyon was never good.
And I’m freeeeeeeeee
I would totally have stayed at the computer and ignored the Spus, Devine — if there were anything worth watching on the Sox’ end. The NBA finals are a way to ignore baseball for a while (even though I’m sorting baseball cards while I do so. Heh.)
People talk about how the Spurs are overlooked. Not in Texas, believe me. Granted, just because something is popular in Texas doesn’t mean it’s popular nationwide (but don’t tell any Texans that)…
Don’t try to tell any non-Texans this (they won’t believe it and they’ll often tell you how terrible the place is), but having lived on the east coast for almost 10 years…Texas is pretty awesome.
Getting rid of Romero was NOT a dumb move. Getting rid of him to make a spot for Timlin has proven to be. Timlin back to the DL (effective, as far as I’m concerned, til the end of the season) and let MDC or Breslow have a shot.
That’s what I meant, Quo. Romero sucks, but Timlin sucks more. The team would be better if Romero were still there instead of that overcooked meat.
I’d say I’ve got my fingers starting to play with the cover over the panic button…
…but no pressing till the lead is 4 or fewer.
So I’ve been gone…for a while. Working 2nd shift now which leaves little time for baseball, though it’s at least available on computers at work when I can sneak a peak at Gameday. Looks like I haven’t missed a whole hell of a lot…
I can’t say I really understand the panic, though. When the Yankee offense was doing…nothing…weren’t most SF’s here typically towing the “they’ll come around eventually” line? And at some point, wasn’t there a general consensus that the Yankees would eventually rattle off a big ol’ hot streak? So it finally happened…who cares?
2 things. One, and I’m not trying to cheapen anything NY has done…but doesn’t this remind anyone of, oh, I dunno…last year’s Red Sox? At least a little bit; a questionably built team just throttling a weak interleague schedule (and the pathetic ChiSox, who now rank dead last in MLB in runs scored and OPS). Two…were it not for the timing, this wouldn’t be a huge deal. Boston was bound to cool down at some point, and NY was more or less guaranteed to heat up. Unfortunately for skittish Sox fans, these two events happened to coincide, spawning idiotic “at this rate the Yankees will overtake in X weeks” articles and panic across RSN.
If you’re convinced the last two weeks are more indicative of Boston’s offensive capabilities then the first two months…well I think that’s pretty ridiculous.
And look at it this way…Boston’s only 4/6 in its last ten, 5/7 in its last twelve. Of the last ten games, 6 were decided by 2 runs or less; including the NY series, it’s 7 games. Of the 7, Boston’s 3-4. Consider this something of an evening-out, because I’m fairly certain they were well above-average through May. Good bullpens hold leads like that…but to a certain extent, those games are something of a product of luck.
Run differential over the last 10: -14. A difference of 1.4 runs per game. Boston’s scored 2.7 per game over that same period, down from their current season average of 5.11. In other words…pitching remains fantastic. 4.1 runs allowed per game over the last ten, 2.75 over the 8 previous to Schilling’s start. The offense is struggling. If it returns to anything resembling what it was in the first two months, they remain a well-above average team. Not a .700 team, but they don’t need to be.
So relax. They’re not exactly getting throttled here. I’m running long…but looking at Drew’s Hardball page…I’m convinced he’s going to turn it around. I’m 60% sure Lugo will return to at least something close to respectability, and Crisp…sucks. Also worth noting Manny’s current .855 OPS. Not awful, but not even close to normal for Manny.
And now I likely disappear again…off to a cousin’s wedding tomorrow, hours away. Haven’t seen these people in 5 years. If they don’t let me drink (I’m 20…) my God am I going to be miserable.
well said d-1…
the popular theory was that the sox would cool some [maybe not this much], and the yanks would heat up [maybe not this much]…a reasonable assumption was that as a unit the sox were playing better than they are and the yanks were playing worse than they are…they are not teams that should be 14.5 games apart either way…i see them less than 5 games apart when this is over…the latest streaks are nature’s way of balancing things out a bit…
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