2 For the Price of 1: Sox-Braves Postmortem II/Gamer III

A light weekend on the posting for me (and apparently for all of you). But the Sox have been putting it together against weak, National League opposition. The Yankees, meanwhile, have been falling apart against it. So the Sox enter tonight’s nationally televised game with a chance to have first place all to themselves again with a fantastic matchup on tap — Schilling vs. Smoltz. Unfortunately for baseball purists, only one of those pitchers (thankfully ours) isn’t throwing like he’s 39.

A quick run down of positive and negatives from the weekend thus far:

Positives:

  • Starting pitching pulling it together. If Lester and Beckett can put those starts (solid if unspectacular) together consistently, Wake keeps being Wake and Schilling keeps going strong, that’s four very good starters.
  • Timey hitting. Two-out rallies actually showed their face this weekend. I like.
  • Youk leading off.
  • Still being in ifrst place after a hideous 20 games of baseball.

Negatives:

  • Offense still mostly asleep. This team is good enough to score 900 runs. It’s still only scoring 4 and 5 a game. Can’t do that against AL opponents and win.
  • Aaron Small and Scott Erickson DFA’ed. According to my sources in the Sox front office, Boston is searching feverishly to plant more operatives on the Yankee roster. Thankfully, we were able to turn Proctor.
  • Black holes all over the pitching staff. Two starters (Wells, Clement) and one replacement (DiNardo) on the DL, too much seen of Seanez and Tavarez, the upcoming Kyle Snyder Experiment.
  • Holes punched through my dreams of acquiring Dontrelle Willis or Barry Zito.

Comment away!

50 comments… add one
  • Papi rings in Dad’s Day with a shot! 1-0 Sox.

    SF June 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Renteria still slow, AGon beats out a hit.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • AGon makes a great play and throws out fat-ass Renteria. I prefer AGon over the fat-ass anyday.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • The Braves tie it up on a single by A. Jones. Schill not very efficient tonight; over 50 pitches in the 3rd. Atlanta is getting hits on balls out of the strikezone.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Atlanta up 2-1 on 3 straight singles, each hit harder than the last.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Manny ends his 0-18 slump with a mammoth HR. Tied at 2-2!

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Smoltz walks the bases loaded with 0 out in the 6th. Damn Varitek hits into a DP, Papi scores, 3-2.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Bottom of the 7th, still 3-2 Sox, Schilling out… Not sure who’s coming in. Unless it’s Papelbon for a three-inning save, I don’t want to look.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Okay, it’s the Other Manny (Delcarmen). Could be worse.
    Famous last words…

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • T.O.M. (The Other Manny) whiffs Rent-a-Wreck.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Nixon saves a single with a nice catch, two gone.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Jones singles, first pitch swinging. Man on first, two outs.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Tito brings Lopez in. I don’t like it…

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • And Lopez walks McCann on 5 pitches. Ugh. Here comes See-ya-nez. Double ugh.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Seanez gives up a three-run dinger on the first pitch.
    Rudy can fail. And does. Over and over again.
    Terrible micro-managing by Francona. Should have let Delcarmen try to get one more out. He couldn’t have done worse than Lopez/Seanez.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Well, if that debacle didn’t bring out the posters, nothing will.
    What trash Seanez is. (Hear that, all you crickets?)

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Loweel hitting for Gonzo? im saying yes

    TJ June 18, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • yay I was right now lets get a hit :)

    TJ June 18, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • I LOVE MIKE LOWELL! 2 run double 6-5 Sox

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • And somehow that POS Seanez is in line for the win. Sometimes, baseball makes me crazy.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Cora 7-5

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • They need to designate Seanez and bring Hansen back up.

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • YOUK!

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • 9-5

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • YOOOOOUUUUUUUK.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Miraculous two-out comeback, now 9-5 Sox.
    (I just hope this doesn’t erase management’s memory of Seanez’s disastrous appearance. He needs to go.)
    But, wow.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • They need to shoot Seanez and bring Hansen back up, TJ.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • im reserving the bullet for Tavarez ;)

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • How about Rudy and Julian play Russian Roulette in the locker room, (and the winner only gets sent down)?

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • The rally continues as Loretta singles. They’ve batted around, back to Papi who started it off with a K.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • -_-

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • B.P.H.B.P.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • We can’t shoot Tavarez, he’s too pretty.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • I don’t know what that meant, but to my defense, it’s like ninety in my apartment right now.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • ummm too cute? lol
    BK Kim, too cute to shoot.
    but Tavarez **barf**

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • Tavarez is warming up…it’s not enough that Francoma gave this game away once by bringing in Seanez to groove a pitch for a 3 run homer.

    Tom sf June 18, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Non existant bullpens

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • 9-7. Coaching visit to mound. Who will it be?

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • I’m following this on GameCast – is Paps not available for a four-out save or something?

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • It’s Paps to get four outs.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Nevermind.

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Paps im confident now :)

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • God…admittedly it’s better than trailing 5-3, but man, just as I’m all “Okay, let’s relax, that was awesome.” Nope, Timlin just…
    Never mind. Go Papelbon!

    Anonymous June 18, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Incredibly enough, I think Seanez would get the win if Paps saves this sucker. No? What an injustice that would be.

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:33 pm
  • For the record, that last was from me…and before Papelbon got the out.

    Devine June 18, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • One pitch, one out. What’s so hard about this, Seanez/Tavarez/everyone else in the bullpen?

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • And Paps gets out #3 on pitch #1 (fly to Manny).

    Hudson June 18, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • Yeah, Seanez is in line for the win. Remember the year Wasdin started 7-0 or something by vulturing wins all the time?

    jeremiah June 18, 2006, 11:35 pm
  • SWEEP!

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:55 pm
  • and the Trifecta for Paps

    TJ June 18, 2006, 11:56 pm

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