There's nothing worse than being sick on your birthday. The Red Sox need to get better and make me feel better. Comment away!
by Paul SF on July 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm in
Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 107 comments
Happy birthday Paul! Your present will hopefully be a Sox win, as we don’t want to go down 2 games to the Yanks.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm
Happy birthday, Paul.
If we lose tonight, take heart. The last time the Red Sox was swept in a three-game set at Arlington was 2004.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm
Buchholz’ changeup is so pretty.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm
Buchholz is shaking Varitek off a lot. And on that note he walks Cruz.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm
0-2 count, and Bucky leaves a fastball right down the middle. Two men on.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm
Huge strikeout there. See what happens when you LISTEN to Varitek?
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm
On the other hand, Ath, I cannot see the Red Sox winning the WS with Tek throwing them out at a 10 percent clip.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Buchholz gets out of trouble.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm
He probably was a little too steamed at losing the K to Cruz.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, Nick Fucking Green!
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Actually, Nick cleared Green. Est. HR distance 406 feet.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm
My wife has commandeered the TV for that God-awful dancing show on Fox. Ick.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm
HAHA Ortiz taps a ball over the first baseman for a single. Huge grin on Papi’s face.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm
Ahhh, the perks of not being married yet…
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm
Hanging changeup, right at the top of the strikezone. Damnit.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm
When was the last time the Sox scored two runs in an inning? I bet it was several games ago, or at least it seems that way.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm
It was the last time we won SF, which was also the last time Buchholz pitched–on the 17th.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Eh, the hosts are obnoxious, but I rather enjoy that dancing show on Fox (as does the wifey).
We cannot get a big hit to save our lives. It was about 45 innings or so ago that the Red Sox scored two or more (Joy of Sox).
Devine July 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm
If we lose tonight, take heart. The last time the Red Sox was swept in a three-game set at Arlington was 2004.
I remember it well, IBM. I was at the third game, and it remains the only Sox game I’ve seen in person where they didn’t win.
Paul SF July 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm
Yeah, for some reason this feels like 2006. Our pitching is much better and deeper, but I feel like we’re one big injury away from 4th place in the AL East.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm
This team looks really awful. It totally feels like 2006 again, for sure.
I’d like to think it’s a slump, it’s a far smaller sample than the .615 winning percentage compiled prior to this skid, but emotions (and the visuals of watching the offense play like a dead-ball era team without speed) tend to dominate.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm
It feels more like 2007 for me. A legitimately good team going through a bad stretch. For one thing, the ’06 club was vastly outperforming their Pythag until The Collapse, and they had basically zero pitching.
It’s hard to sustain a teamwide slump when the pitchers have been as solid as they have been. But it doesn’t make this offensive offensive performance any easier to watch.
Paul SF July 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Did I really write, “was swept?”
And what’s with Nippert’s pitch count? 60 pitches though 4 IP? WTF?
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Interesting factoid, Paul. The last bunch of Sox games I’ve seen in person:
-Opening Day 2008, we won with Daisuke on the mound
-Three games in Tampa in 2007. We won the first two (in the 2nd game Lester pitched well but Paps blew a save to a Gomez homer, but we ended up winning in like the 13th inning), then lost the third game because Daisuke sucked
-Some game in Baltimore in early 2007. Wakefield pitching, and we won.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm
And here comes a deficit.
Unwatchable stuff at the moment. Hence, I will not watch. So unfun.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Jesus, two more singles to start the inning. He can’t keep stranding Texas runners like this.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm
I can’t handle the high schoolish screaming from the crowd. Between that and the obnoxious judge’s screaming, I can’t handle it.
Why the fuck did Drew throw to third?
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Need to see some maturity and composure from Bucky here.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Why the fuck did Drew throw to third?
Oh shit, I didn’t realize Murphy took 2nd until you mentioned it. That’s f*cking lame.
Varitek to Buchholz: “Stop shaking me off and listen to my pitch calls, you stupid teenager”
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Sadly, if this slump doesn’t end soon the Sox will have a boatload of work just to get back in the division race, with a wild card being a nailbiter.
It’s a tad chicken little-ish, but the Sox need to elevate their play more than just a little to have any shot at the playoffs. They can’t just improve on what they are doing, they have to really improve on what they are doing. This is a pitiful stretch of baseball.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm
For the love of Tom Cruise, are you really going to walk a .225 hitter? Are you?
Buchholz looks flustered out there.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm
Infield dribbler for an out, but now 2-1 Rangers. Good idea, but bad result.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm
TB 3, CWS 0, top 6.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Good pitch on the 3-2, weak grounder. Too weak unfortunately, and the only play is at first. Still, a good escape. Need a K, I think.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm
This run, if it scores, is squarely on JD. By the way, anyone notice that JD’s average is quite Tek-like? And Bay and Ortiz are converging. Crazy.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Shit IBM, please don’t mention the TB score. I’m trying to pretend like it’s the good ‘ol days where it was a 2-man race in the AL East!
Oh f*ck, Andrus with the squeeze play. Pedroia with his thumb up his ass doesn’t cover 1st.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm
I have a bad feeling with Kinsler up now.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm
The Sox schooled. Heads firmly up asses.
Good night. I think I will try to wake up in late August with the hopes that the Sox are still within a couple of games, but it doesn’t seem like a realistic hope.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm
The Sox gained three games in three days against the Yankees just last week. I don’t think a two-game deficit is all that horrible.
Sigh. Squeeze play and everyone is safe. Yet again, three runs looks HUGE. And yet again, the Sox score first and are likely to lose the game.
Paul SF July 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm
HAH, crazy play: Buchholz throws to first, misses and hits the umpire in the leg. The runner would be on 3rd if it wasn’t stopped by the ump.
Buchholz is losing his composure.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Buchholz focusing too much on first. Shades of last year?
Paul SF July 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm
Some (tiny, tiny, TINY) part of me is contemplating that Theo should sell high-ish on Bay, right now. It’s a tiny, minority part of me, the “let’s think crazy outside the box” part of me. Won’t ever, EVER happen, nor do I endorse it, but I wonder what he’d bring from another contender.
SF July 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm
Bay to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp and some pitching. Make it happen, Theo!
Great play by Youk. Two down. Strikeout here to Michael Young, I’m calling it now, even though he’s ahead 1-0.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm
If Young reaches, Bucky’s done.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Nope, he’s gunna walk Young instead. Hamilton up, and Buchholz really looks like he’s lost it. His face says it all.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm
Thanks for the quick out, Hammy.
Random talking-out-of-my-ass prediction: we’re going to score 3 this inning.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm
Tell me if this doesn’t fit in with my baseball night: I just got back a roll of pix of one of my 7-year-old son’s baseball games this year. His fly is down in half of the roll. Best shot on the roll – barn door wide open.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm
Revision to the prediction: the Sox will score 3 in one inning sometime tonight
IBM: that’s hilarious!
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm
Byrd has the ball AND the bat both flying at him. He avoids the bat, but the ball hits him right in the pebbles, so he’s out. Not a lot he could have done there.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm
Five stolen bases in this game.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm
why does varitek even bother throwing the ball on a steal.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm
I know why we’ve been losing: I haven’t used my lucky Papi bobblehead doll. I usually bring him out when we need a rally and I haven’t done it since like April.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm
Again, some bag of shit pitcher confounds us.
Is it just the luck of the draw that we’ve seen some extraordinary pitching from some unlikely nobodies, is our offensive game plan predictable or are we doing a poor job of sticking to the plan?
I’m going with the third option. There is no reason for this bag of poo to be handcuffing us like this.
We’re not taking pitches, not working the count, not being selective.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm
another great at bat for drew. please trade him theo.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Drew < bag of poo
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Drew for Albert Pujols straight up. Make it happen Theo!
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm
now introducing frank zappa as the pitching coach for the texas rangers.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm
Embarrassing AB by Kotsay.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm
how many at at bats other than pedroia and youk havent been embarrasing since the break?
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Well…the Cardinals gave us something for nothing (Lugo). Maybe they’ll give us something outstanding for something…period.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm
more like we traded nothing for nothing. i think the lugo for duncan trade is a wash.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm
I think by definition ANYTHING is better than Lugo.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm
ok ill give ya that one.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm
White Sox go ahead of TB in the 7th.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm
nice, the 6th stolen base of the night!
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Amazing to me that Duncan was among the Cards’ team leaders in a couple of categories.
Palehose take the lead on Big Lame James and Ray, 4-3.
Texas with 6th stolen base in the game.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Aardsman with his 23rd save tonight for Seattle. Who saw THAT coming?
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm
30 minutes ago I said: “Revision to the prediction: the Sox will score 3 in one inning sometime tonight”
Sure enough, the White Sox just scored 3 in the 7th.
Ian Kinsler strikes out, then starts walking IN FRONT of the plate, which (for a split second) blocked Varitek’s throw to 2nd. That should have been an interference call.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm
Ha ha, you swung, Young (you pile of dung).
I can see your POV, nysf. He’s not likely to help the team ever, but hey, it’s more than I expected for Lugo.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm
Ath, Larry Barnett just called to say that was NOT interference.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm
All right, come on, you bag of c*cks, let’s see some f*cking baserunners.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm
Chris Duncan = Chris Carter
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm
More like that.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Tek singles, setting up the GIDP.
i didnt expect lugo to go for another player, i was expecting more of lugo for a bucket of used bp balls.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm
“bag of c*cks”
what an odd visual.
SF July 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm
holy shit! ellsbury actually got on base.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm
WTF was Green looking for?
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Ellsbury out by a mile, called safe. We’ll take it.
Correction, replay shows him barely safe because the ball bounced.
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm
Ellsbury tried pretty hard to GIDP there (minus the running, of course).
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm
Ells MUST be running here. Get this fucking pitcher guessing.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm
Goddamit. This is unreal.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm
White Sox through the TB 8th.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm
White Sox don’t score in their half. One-run lead in the 9th.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm
at least ellsbury can still catch, thats a positive.
nysf July 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm
Papi again fails to move his BA ahead of Drew’s.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm
Disgusting swings by Bay. He under .250 yet?
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm
What a shitty half-inning.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm
Longoria batting with 2 down, runners at corners in Chicago.
Ozzie goes with Thornton over Jenks.
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm
Devine July 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Not quite (.252).
When did Paps last pitch with the Red Sox behind?
I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm
Crushed by Kinsler…but Ellsbury catches it on the track. And it’s on to the no-doubt depressing 9th.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm
Well…he hit it hard. I hate that they play the MLB “go to commercial” music at the Texas stadium after some outs.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Good news, everyone! We are not the Kansas City Royals!
(Though, the last five games, you could have fooled me).
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm
Atheose July 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm
1 hitter above .300 (Pedroia), 3 others above .280 (Youk, Ellsbury, Lowell). Then it drops to .252 or less for the everyday players.
Day off, get back home, hope it gets better.
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm
And condolences, Paul. Happy birthday anyway!
Devine July 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm
Sign of the times: this thread turned into a White Sox thread.
And Paul: the Sox will be behind by well more than the two you mention if this keeps up, for even another three or four days. The Sox better get it together or they are truly staring at a 4-6 game deficit with only 65 to play. That’s a daunting task for any team, but worse for one with two very strong teams in their division. This season hangs on the next week or two, and if the Sox don’t seriously up their play it will be about looking towards 2010.
SF July 23, 2009 at 7:20 am
How the hell is Youk hitting under .300? Geez, remember when he was hitting like .385 and was a shoe-in for the MVP?
Things sure have changed. Our entire team is quietly slumping.
Atheose July 23, 2009 at 7:32 am
SF July 23, 2009 at 8:06 am
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