Hi. I’m 13-5 (maybe 13-6) with a 3.94 ERA. Do You Know Who I Am?

Josh Beckett? Not Quite! Josh is 14-5, 3.31. That’s really good! I wish I was that good! But I’m not!

(you knew this was coming when and if the opportunity arose, YF, right!?)

235 comments… add one
  • A beautiful retaliatory strike!

    Rob August 8, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • This game is like Christmas:
    1. Wang out after 2.2 innings
    2. Torre ejected in the 4th
    3. Karstens has a blister
    And why does ARod have the night off? Doesn’t Torre know that he has to start catching up to Bonds now?

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • #4: Jeter making an error.
    Now all we need are some gratuitous pictures of the Blue Jays beer girls and this is officially the best night since Clemens’ 2-inning game.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Dear Fans,
    I’m really sorry about tonight. Normally, most of the pitches that I let into play seem to find gloves. On some nights luck just doesn’t seem to be with me for whatever reason, and those ground balls turn into hits. This should be expected, and while I really try to let the ball get hit right at my infielders, that’s not always going to happen.
    Again, I’m very sorry, and hopefully in my next start, the insane amount of balls I let into play will maybe find gloves. Maybe not, however, it all depends on the luck of the day.
    The Wanger.

    Chien-Ming Wang August 8, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Dear Wanger:
    Don’t sweat it. You did just fine tonight. Keep it up.

    SF August 8, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • You knew I wasn’t going to lay off of this one, right? I mean, whenever I can post as the Wanger, it’s probably a darn fine day. Regardless of what happens later, I’m going to bed a happy man.
    Also, I agree, Atheose: those two ladies that work behind home plate are freaking unbelievable. Especially, since you know, I’m watching on HD.:)

    Brad August 8, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Wang must be the luckiest person alive save whoever gets to marry Keira Knightley. Maybe it’ll be him. The universe would then end.
    Gotta say I can’t hate tonight, it’s just ‘one of those games’. Wang was 10-1 before tonight in his last 13 starts, it’s not like this is some ‘oh my god Wang is actually a terrible pitcher and this is where everyone starts figuring him out’ game. Plus, I have Robbie on my fantasy team. Safe to say he’s been aces in my book since June.

    AndrewYF August 8, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Agreed, Andrew. But, nights like tonight prove what I’ve been saying all along : the guy is a great pitcher as long as the balls get hit at guys, but when that many balls go into play, and only a small percentage of them find gloves, there is nothing he can do but continue to let them hit it and hope for the best.
    He has been wonderful this year though, and if anything, I’ve taken a step back from my disbelief in him. Well, somewhat:)
    On another note, Michael Kay just went into commercial by saying “Well, do the Yankees have a rally in them tonight? Come back and find out” Really?

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I’m also in complete agreement with the Keira Knightley statement….ha.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Anonymous August 8, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • So, is this our gamer? Been late a couple of times recently, guys… Just sayin’.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • The Sox are sporting an Ortiz- and Crisp-less lineup tonight, featuring and outfield of Pena, Drew and Moss (from left to right).
    Oh boy. Great night for a vacation, with the opportunity to get a game back on New York.
    Lugo leads off with a single and promptly gets picked off. More baserunning woes for Boston. Sheesh.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • I disagree–most of the hits I saw in the first 3 innings were hit in the air, not just little dribblers that snuck through infielders. Wang was throwing a lot of first-pitch balls, and the strikes he DID throw were left up in the zone. This wasn’t luck; Wang had a bad night.
    But at the same time, that’s all it is–a bad night. Like Andrew already said Wang was 10-1 in his previous 13 starts, so it’s nothing to worry about if you’re a YF. Though I would LOVE to be wrong and see Wang spiral downward Lindsay Lohan style.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • By the way… If you’re using Typepad to run this site, I believe that you can draft posts to be scheduled to go live at a later time. In other words, gamers could be set up a week in advance (or even a season, in theory) to go live at the pre-scheduled gametime to avoid missing deadlines.
    If you wanted to add commentary at any point to the body of the post, it is of course entirely possible for someone with mod privileges to do so.
    Just a thought.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • It’s okay, we don’t need to get a gamer up. It’s getting ugly early.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Nevermind, we got a strange and lucky double play with men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. A run scored, but it could be worse.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Yep.
    Lester could be following suit by the early showings here.
    Maybe we could get a quick:
    Hi. I’m either Jon Lester or Kei Igawa posting?
    Just a thought.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Lester bringing the suck already.
    I hereby christen this the game thread.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • I have an irrational hatred or Chien-Ming Wang. There. I said it.
    I don’t know whether it’s because he defies the laws of statistics (and thereby the history of the performances of virtually every pitcher in the game), or because his baseball cards are consistently among the most sought-after (despite the fact that there are many pitchers with equivalent or better stats whose cards are cheap) just because he’s on the Yankees. Or maybe it’s just because he’s on the Yankees.
    But games like tonight make me happy.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • J.D. maybe shouldn’t be swinging at the first pitch.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • What? I start posting and everybody leaves? I see how it is…

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Sorry Paul, got sick of posting “Drew flies out, Varitek flies out”.
    Another guy in an Angels jersey getting on base. This is getting real old real quick.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Why did Torre get ejected?

    rootbeerfloat August 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Wow, do I regret Theo not sending Lester and Hansen to Houston for Oswalt.

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • wow, just looked at the game on gameday. What is wrong with Lester?

    rootbeerfloat August 8, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Another guy getting a hit for the other team. Sigh.
    Time to break out the liquor early.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Garrr… One more baserunner and it needs to be Snyder time. With the Yanks losing, the Sox neeed tot ake advantage.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • The same thing that’s always been wrong with Lester in the big leagues: No command, lots of hits. *grumble*

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Ok, pull him while the game’s still winnable, Tito.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Torre got ejected for arguing balls and strikes on an Abreu AB in the 5th inning. Was pretty pathetic considering how badly they were losing at the time.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • if you guys literally did watch the game, most of the balls were hit in the air and most of the pitches he threw just happen to be right down the middle.
    They would either start out inside and then leak back into the middle or they would start out outside and come to the middle.

    yankeeboy August 8, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • I agree.
    This is sucking early.
    Just go get Taverez now while the game is still in control. Let him pitch four and go to Snyder, then Oki, then Gagne and the Paps.
    Problem solved.
    I don’t know why I thought this team was capable of capitalizing on a Yankee loss.
    Shame on me.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Brad: I wonder if Tavarez is available after pitching on consecutive days (*grumble grumble*).

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Is anyone else excited for the rest of this month (besides that remaining series with the Angels)?
    Orioles, Devil Rays, Angels, Devil Rays, White Sox, Yankees – 4 series where we should have a big advantage, 1 tough one, and 1 where anything can happen.
    What do you think the standings will be when we see the Yankees at the end of the month?

    Max August 8, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Yankeeboy, we’re just busting balls. Everyone watched the game. But, we still stand by our comments. That many balls in play will sometimes equal bad news. He’s been cleverly ducking statistical history to date, and there is still a contingent (ok, it’s just me and Paul) who think it’s bound to happen more often than it has. Losing, I mean.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Brad,
    Tavarez has pitched two days in a row, while we should have been keeping the game close with our GOOD relievers.
    If the Angels score any more runs this inning the game is over. I’m calling it now.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Are we talking about the Red Sox of the last three games? In that case, we’ll be five games out — of last place.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Paul, who cares. If he gives one inning, then Snyder, then on down the line, but keep the fecking game close! Tito loves to let the starter ensure his destiny.
    Pisses me off sometimes. He’ll leave him in until it’s too late (six zip or some craziness) then go to the pen in the fifth, as if it makes a fecking difference by then.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Lugo saved his ass there.
    Did I just type that?

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Snyder can probably only go three innings if he’s really good, which would mean maybe two Gagne/Oki, then Papelbon? Assuming the enormous two (please let it stay at two)-run advantage isn’t too much for our pathetic bats. Of course that also assumes Francona is smart and removes Lester before he can allow another run.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • 2 runs on 10 hits. He isn’t fooling anyone.

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Lugo just made an amazing dive to save a run. I guess I’m not giving up just yet.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Take…

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • GO GET HIM!!!!
    Holy shit. What the hell is he waiting on? It’s a day off tomorrow, Terry.
    Nice play by Drew there.
    Jesus Christ, Francona.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • 10 batters, seven hits. How much more proof do we need? What is Francona waiting for?

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • 3-0 on the sac fly that GameDay shows as being over the center field fence. Give me an effing break, Terry.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Great.
    Orlando. Nice managing, Terry.
    I’m getting sick of his pitching decisions lately. He’s managing like a football coach – to not lose.
    “we have to save for tomorrow” bullshit is killing this team.
    Take him out. Right now. Don’t wait for Orlando to make it five to zip.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • 6.05 ERA for Lester, who hasn’t had a good game since his return outing.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • 50 pitches in 2 innings?!

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Paul, he’s making sure the bullpen is okay for tomorrow. Big game on the horizon.
    Vlad on deck. Great.
    Maybe he’ll go to the pen if Orlando reaches and Vlad will pounce on the first pitch fastball from whomever and send it into the California night.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Who do we have as a fifth if Lester’s worthless? Pauley? Hansack?

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • “In play out(s)” never looked so good.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 10:59 pm
    If Lester allows a baserunner in the next inning, I’m going to freaking bed. I can’t believe I’ve been ball dragging tired this week for this crap.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Sorry, that should be Buchholz. I always misspell his name. Now that Lester’s squeaked out of another inning somehow only giving up two runs, how much you wanna bet Francona uses that as an excuse to keep him out there for the third?

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • If this were an outing in June I would say to myself (through my anger), “good, this ocean of suck will pull the wool off of FO’s eyes and get them to see that the emperor is, indeed, nekkid.” The calendar, however, says August. This rotation looks great on paper…not so much in person.

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • I say Buccholz. Right NOW. Send Lester back, and to be honest, I don’t even think that’s going to help him. He’s clearly not where he shoud be.
    Buccholz immediately throws as hard as anyone on the staff, and can’t be any worse at finding the zone than Wakefield or Lester.
    Why wait? What’s going to happen, we lose?

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Good thing we’re primed to take the lead right back with Pena, Moss and Lugo coming up. Oh wait…

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • HA. I thought I was spelling it wrong after reading yours. Stop messing me up.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • DW, in a short series this rotation is sick. After that, all bets are off.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Not that many people in baseball have a good fifth starter, but right now I’m almost pining for Julian Tavarez.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Cy Youn, err, Johnny Righthander sits us down in perfect order.
    who wants to bet it’s Lester coming back out? Of course it is. Is Terry Francona subscribing to the Joe Torre book of pitching decisions?

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • here we go… will lester survive for three innings?

    zeus August 8, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • So we traded our best fifth starter (Gabbard) for an ace reliever our manager reuses to use in close situations…
    Yay us.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • son of a BITCH, can we please try to win a freaking damn game???

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • In a short series we have two reliable starters. Schill is still a work-in-progress, Wake is 50/50 and Lester is a promise to be redeemed at some point in the future ( I love the kid but can’t understand his control/confidence issues).

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Guerrero out on a looooong fly. So, to recap, Lester still sucks.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Also, why the hell is Moss up instead of Ellsbury?
    Am I in some kind of crazy world tonight?
    That ball went a long, long way.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • A quick 1-2-3 Sox inning and Lester has to head back to the mound. Poor guy.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Wow, Quinlan strikes out on three pitches. That’s imprssive, and not in a good way, based on Lester’s performance against the rest of the lineup.

    Paul SF August 8, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • DW – who do you think is bring more in the first two games than we are? Everyone is hittable, and most teams more so than us.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • I thought Ellsbury was still hurt?

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • The Yankees lost, all is well. Or not. The Sox still have to play a game and win, which right now is looking damn near impossible. The Yankees hot streak has nothing to do with the weak play of the Red Sox, their coincidence only creates a superficial magnification of the worries, but the worries themselves are grounded in empiricism.

    SF August 8, 2007, 11:09 pm

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Well, okay then.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Brad–the club we’re facing right now has Lackey, Escobar and Weaver…never mind the scrubs we have faced these past two games. I know that everyone is hittable but, in theory, everyone has a “big game” or two in them when it’s necessary (c.f. Weaver, Jeff). It’s not fair to stuff the kid into that situation but the training wheels are off when they call you up so you have to be ready.
    [NB. I say this and Lester just struck out 2 in this inning to make me look stupid.]

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Okay,
    Goodnight guys.
    Count me out of this suckfest tonight.
    I’ve stayed up all week for the same shit.
    Have at it.

    Brad August 8, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Well, a 1-2-3-4 inning for Lester. That might be as good as it gets this game.

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Hot damn Pedroia leads us off with a hit. Come on Youk.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Youk gets a hit too!
    Brad must have been luck. We’re doing well since he left.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Youk gets a hit. Can we PLEASE do something here?

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Holy shit! Manny drives in two runs! 2-3, Sox.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • MANNY! 2 run double, 3 hits in a row. Let’s keep this going.

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • JD Drew keeps it going! Tie game, no outs!

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Yes! Drew comes through.

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Hey, if they want to make me look like a worrying fool, I’ll take it. :D

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Hit #5 in a row by Lowell! The Sox take a 4-3 lead, still 0 outs!

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • Varitek makes the first out, but it’s productive because Lowell moves to 3rd.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Well, those were two quick outs. Is Moss ready for his first major league hit?

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Moss grounds out. Jacoby would have been safe.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Yes! Thank you, WMP. You have reminded me, yet again, why I’m not going to mourn your absence.

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Somehow what should have been a great inning and a two run lead ends up feeling deflating, with Pena and Moss up there hacking like little leaguers. That was bad baseball, mixed in with good baseball, basically mimicking the last two months.

    SF August 8, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • poor Brad left at the wrong time :p

    TJ August 8, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Well…let’s wait before we pronounce upon that. Lester probably won’t go more than 4 innings and there is only a 1 run lead at the moment.

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • Good point SF. Does any team even want WMP?

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Yeah, Lester just decided that he doesn’t want to hurt the Angels’ feelings or something, so he walked 2 of them.
    They just double-stole 2nd and 3rd, a high throw by Varitek. Good throw woulda had him.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Um….Tavarez is up….WTF?

    DW-sf August 8, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • So that lost run in the top of the inning has now translated into a one run deficit, aided and abetted by horrid pitching by Lester and no recognition by our zombie manager that Lester was tapped out after the second walk, a four pitch affair to the #9 hitter.
    This team is one major clusterfuck, a flaming pile of shit right now.
    Good night.

    SF August 8, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • I’m not staying up to watch Tavarez make Lester look good. Good night everyone.

    Max August 8, 2007, 11:43 pm

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • What the fuck is wrong with Francona? It’s a one run game and Tavarez is pitching for the THIRD DAY IN A ROW. And for the third day in a row he’s been brought in to a close game, and will probably leave after letting a few runs score.
    SF, you said it best. Clusterfuck indeed.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Tavarez again? Seriously, is Terry Francona actually Tim Donaghy with a fucking mask?
    If I were Epstein I’d be pretty irate right now.
    And now, good fucking night.

    SF August 8, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • If I had more confidence in our hitting, esp RISP, then I wouldn’t be freaking out right now but I don’t trust this team to hit when it counts right now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Thank God Pedroia caught that.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Lugo with an infield hit.
    For once our bats are actually helping out our poor pitching. This feels like the Red Sox of old, especially since we haven’t seen Oki-Gagne-Paps in a few days.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Lugo singles to start the 5th. Maybe he can try not to get picked off this time.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • So far 2 on, no outs- fingers crossed.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Whew, for a momment I thought the umpire was gunna call Lugo out at 2nd. Certainly was close.
    What is Youk complaining about?

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • I love how Terry always looks like he’s in his PJs.
    Apparently someone wanted time at third base.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • The first pitch was a ball, and then it was revealed that the 3rd base umpire called time out while the ball was halfway home. Such bullshit.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Gotta capitalize here (1st and 2nd, no outs). The way the Sox have been swinging the bats, this could be their last big chance.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Double steal! No way.

    Hudson August 8, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Is something up with Lester? He seems to be pitching fewwer and fewer innings and giving up more hits. I hope he settles down, but when?

    brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Holy shit, Lugo is safe stealing third BARELY.
    The double steal puts the go-ahead run in scoring position with 0 outs. There’s no excuse to not take the lead here.

    Atheose August 8, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Tied up on Youks’ sac fly.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:00 am
  • I dunno what’s wrong with Lester, brooklyn SF, but it sure does suck. And to think we got rid of Gabbard instead, who won yesterday against the A’s.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:01 am
  • I wonder when our last double steal was. I don’t remember one any time recently.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:01 am
  • Manny flies out, unproductively, not enough to bring Pedroia home from 3rd… Two gone now.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Drew’s a-walkin and I’m a-likin that.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Lowell drives home the go-ahead run! 6-5… Still two out.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Drew’s bat has been hot lately. I’ve liked what I’ve seen.
    Lowell slaps a ball into right field and scores the go-ahead run.
    This definitely feels like the old we-rely-only-on-our-offense Red Sox. But hey, Beckett-Daisuke-Schilling is all we need for the playoffs.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:08 am
  • GOD BLESS MIKE LOWELL!! (That was for you Atheose.)

    rootbeerfloat August 9, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Tek, Pena and Moss (7-8-9 hitters) are a collective 0-for-6 today… Time to correct that.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Well I’m all for keeping Tek… and I’m fond of the youngster Moss…

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Tek strands the runners, end of the half-inning.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Why is Taverez STILL IN THE GAME?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:16 am
  • Well…Lester sucks a**. I fully expected him to get lit up, but I didn’t think it’d be quite this bad. I thought he’d at least make it through four f*cking innings.
    And Tavarez is still in the game. Why, nobody knows. I wonder if Francona even has any idea. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the game will be, at a minimum, tied going into the 6th.

    Anonymous August 9, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Having Tavarez in for the third game in a row is absolutely atrocious. Terry’s at his worst when the team needs its best.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Tying run on third, 1 out. Can we PLEASE bring in a strikeout pitcher now?
    Haha, thanks rootbeer. I was sad to see Coco out of the lineup tonight. It wouldn’t feel right saying it about anyone else.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Anon was I; the hell is wrong with Tavarez…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:19 am
  • And by Tavarez I meant Typepad…but I suppose either works fine.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Someone in the Boston press needs to question Fracona about his strategy in this series. Thus far, Julian Fucking Tavarez has appeared in three games. Eric Gagne has appeared in zero.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:21 am
  • PLEASE walk this guy so we can get a double play next at bat.
    Thank god Tavarez listened to me.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Timlin in. Sheesh.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Timlin is out there. Sigh.
    Did something happen to Oki-Gagne-Papelbon? Did they get in a plane crash on the way to LA?

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Double play here, Mike.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:24 am
  • Timlin’s a decent move. Snyder would have been a better one, particularly an inning or two earlier.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:25 am
  • GMJ up, awful numbers vs Timlin…I’m guessing he manages a sac-fly. Though a single wouldn’t surprise me, either. No f*cking way they double him up, that’s for sure.
    I don’t really understand why people keep clamoring for Gagne/Oki/Papelbon right now. Delcarmen I can see. Gagne’s a 1-inning, 1-inning-only pitcher; he said as much himself at his presser, if I’m not mistaken. Oki could probably handle two, but he’s been stretched so thin this year I’m not sure I want him to. And Papelbon is the Closer; no reason to even consider bringing him in for the fifth.
    I’d rather have seen Timlin then Tavarez last inning, and Tito never should have tempted fate by letting Julian start this one. But The Big Three are not options right now.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:26 am
  • I hope the Angels players are as fearful of Timlin as the Angels announcers are. But I doubt it.

    Josh August 9, 2007, 12:26 am
  • By “right now” I meant tonight, and in similar situations last night and possibly the night before.
    That looked like a strike with or without the swing…didn’t it?

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:27 am
  • I’m fully expecting a run-scoring play here.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:27 am
  • I’m befuddled. Do we need to wait for magic signs of cosmic alignment before we put in oki-gagne-paps? We have an OFF DAY tomorrow! They can each wing 1 2/3 innings.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:27 am
  • I think Gagne would have been an option in the first game. A little earlier than the eighth, sure, but still late enough and potentially game-saving enough to justify it. Tonight’s a different beast. Snyder and Timlin are your guys here. Tavarez never should have been.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Yeah game tied.
    Oh wait, Sox were in the lead. Oh well, at least I got excited for something.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Timlin gives up the tying run, 6-6 now, Angels still batting… Splendid middle relief we have.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Timlin gets the grounder, and it still takes a great play by Pedroia to get the out. This game is all on f*cking Francona’s shoulders.
    Don’t forget, brook. Gagne’s kind of a prima donna d*ckbag. And he’s liable to break something if he has to throw in two different innings.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:29 am
  • There’s the run on the groundout. Timlin’s doing his job; too bad Francona wasn’t doing his.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:29 am
  • that could have been worse

    Josh August 9, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Gagne’s kind of a prima donna d*ckbag.
    I have never gotten this impression from anyone, D1. Where do you hear this?

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Also Timlin’s looked good so far this series.
    I might be insane, but I actually don’t feel…terrible about Boston’s chances of winning this game. Not exactly hopeful, but I’m not quite ready to turn the game off, either.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:32 am
  • Starting off with WMP. oh boy.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:32 am
  • “I have never gotten this impression from anyone, D1. Where do you hear this?”
    Meh. I just got that impression from his behavior during trade talks and at his press conference. He more or less said he didn’t want to pitch more then one inning, and the general “I’m such a nice guy for deigning to setup for Papelbon. It’s all about the postseason” thing he displayed just kind of rubbed me the wrong way.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:33 am
  • “I might be insane, but I actually don’t feel…terrible about Boston’s chances of winning this game.”
    I agree, at least tonight they are putting up a fight. The last two games were awful.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:33 am
  • If they could stanch the bleeding I’d feel better. Right now the pitching just leaks runs and, at some point, the bats are going to go quiet.

    DW-sf August 9, 2007, 12:33 am
  • Great play by our formal SS, scoops a tough hop by Moss.
    I miss Jacoby. Oh, and Coco.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:34 am
  • The bottom of our order is now 0-for-9.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 12:35 am
  • WMP! I love you, man! You are the post-boy of un-clutch. You are the archetype of bad deal making coupled with an inability to cut one’s losses. You are the albatross around Theo’s neck which reminds me of his very fallible nature.

    DW-sf August 9, 2007, 12:36 am
  • Okay, even the dumbass Angels announcers have realized that Oki-Gagne-Papelbon have not been used in this series. Once THEY realize it, you know it’s bad.
    Josh SF, I’m not so upset about not putting one of the triplets in the game right now–I’m more upset that none of them pitched while the game on Friday was close. This whole “save them for another day” mentality is pissing me off because Timlin and Tavarez are leaking runs left and right in the mean time.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:37 am
  • I imagine Timlin gets the bottom of the inning, then maybe we see Oki-Gange-Paps in 7-8-9.
    Being from Cincy I really like WMP. I wish he played for New York, but I really like him. He fits right in with our style of ball in Cincy. Lots of homers and strikeouts and awful defense and baserunning. He was loved here.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:39 am
  • OK I take it back. Optimism’s all gone. How Erik Aybar continues to give us problems, I’ll never understand…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:42 am
  • Timlin makes the baby Jesus cry. And he should know.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:42 am
  • I like Wily Mo’s personality, and I WANT him to do well, but he hasn’t. He seems like a right handed Ortiz, he just needs the playing time. I wish he were a fit for this team, but he’s not.
    Angel’s sacrifice bunt moves the runner to 2nd. Between the squeeze plays, sacrifice bunts and double-steals this feels like we’re playing a goddamn National league team.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:42 am
  • I have to wake up in less than 5 hours so I’m headed to bed. Gotta blow out the candles on the Sox shrine though (don’t want to burn to death in my sleep) so if our offense doesn’t get any more runs it’s my fault.
    G’night everyone, happy rally-capping.

    Atheose August 9, 2007, 12:44 am
  • I also despise Chone Figgins. A career .324/.375/.435 hitter against Boston coming into tonight, and obviously those numbers are getting better.
    Also I don’t know if it’s been discussed here or not, but WMP told the Globe he wants to be traded. And he cleared waivers. I’d be willing to bet he’s no long a Sox by this time next week.
    Timlin’s second 0-2 pitch to Figgins: Awful. He’s lucky the Angels didn’t just take the lead.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:45 am
  • I also despise Chone. Greatly.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:47 am
  • I like WMP’s attitude as well and I want him to do well but he’s just a frustrating mess. A disaster in the field and a black hole at the plate. I doubt we can get much for him right now. Maybe a six pack and a bag of Doritos.

    DW-sf August 9, 2007, 12:48 am
  • Have to hand it to Figgins…impressive f*cking at-bat.
    But Timlin wins the battle, which in some ways is even more impressive.
    So now it’s a true battle of the bullpens. Our best vs theirs. I’m still not optimistic…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:51 am
  • Don’t hang the Doritos out there, Britney Spears will come to claim and then all we’ll be stuck with is two babies.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:52 am
  • I always have to explain to my wife why I give WMP such a hard time. Then she sat and watched a few games with me. When she got to see his creative fielding skills; like running the wrong way to catch a ball and then realizing it and changing directions she eased up a lot.
    No way. Okajima is in LA!!! Maybe the other guys really are there too.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:52 am
  • I lurve Okajima! And now I really want to win this stupid game.
    Bats! Commence hitting!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 12:56 am
  • “Don’t hang the Doritos out there, Britney Spears will come to claim and then all we’ll be stuck with is two babies.”
    That’s fine. We’ll send ’em to one of those Dominican baseball academies. Turn them into something useful. Odds are, 20-22 years down the line, both of them are better then Pena’s ever been.
    Oki makes Cabrera look silly. Good stuff.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:56 am
  • If the lads can hit, I’m cool with that. :-)

    DW-sf August 9, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Droid!!!!

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 12:58 am

    Josh August 9, 2007, 12:59 am
  • HOLY SH*T!!!!

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 12:59 am
  • Let me just say that if Anderson had actually made that catch, I’d have probably put my fist through my f*cking computer monitor. For those of you who can’t see it, it hit the webbing of his glove and dropped over the fence.
    Youk gets rung up on a pitch that didn’t look anywhere near the strike zone. Way up, and outside. Horsesh*t, we need more runs.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:00 am
  • DPed!!!!!!

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 1:00 am
  • Love D-ped!

    DW-sf August 9, 2007, 1:01 am
  • Noted: Oki’s ERA is back under 1.00 (0.99) again.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 1:01 am
  • Pronounced deep-ped in this case. Deep enough, at least.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 1:02 am
  • Aw why’d you go and say that? Has jinx written all over it.
    Figgins robs Manny of extra bases, making a diving stop on a rocket down the line. I F*CKING hate that guy. Son of a bitch.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:02 am
  • Anyone outside of Boston area who cant see the game try this link http://channelsurfing.net/watch-mlb-gamemix.html works in ie only i think…. its small but u can watch every game on it :P once it loads just double click it for full screen to make it a little bigger

    TJ August 9, 2007, 1:02 am
  • By “hate” I also mean fear and grudgingly respect. He turned into a pretty solid baseball player this season after years of overrated mediocrity.
    Drew hits a chopper in the hole between first and second that Aybar can’t quite handle. Goes as a hit, as it should.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:03 am
  • My hopes are not that high for Tek but still there nonetheless.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 1:08 am
  • I like the way he spells his name. Chone is awesome. I think you should spell your name Jawch or Jawsh. I think I will start spelling my name that way, or maybe Jawchewa.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 1:09 am
  • …Tek hits one literally a foot away from the RF foul pole, and Willits reaches a few rows into the stands to make the catch. It would have been foul, not a homer, but f*ck. That’s just an infuriating f*cking way to make an out.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:11 am
  • Seventh over. More runs will be hard to come by, I predict. So it’s up to the fabled big three in the bullpen to save this game.

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:11 am
  • Middle of the seventh, I should say …

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:12 am
  • PS: I’m still not happy about the 1-run lead. I feel like this game isn’t over yet…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:13 am
  • Oki’s getting squeezed. The 1-0 to Vlad looked good. The 2-0 was the exact same pitch and it was called a strike.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:14 am
  • Oki back in for the 7th. A four-out outing here? Looks like we may see all three of the big guns (Okes-Gags-Paps)?

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 1:14 am
  • Oki gets Vlad for the first out. Let’s hope he does not get another at bat. (Probably too much to hope for.)

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:17 am
  • Oki strikes out Kotchman. Two down!

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:18 am
  • Disgusting. Oki gets Anderson to hit a little popup into shallow left. Lugo gets there in plenty of time, but can’t make the over-the-shoulder catch. I don’t think he deserves an error on that, but I’m not real upset that he got one.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:19 am
  • I HATE this f*cking umpire…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:21 am
  • “I HATE this f*cking umpire…”
    High on the list of things I say multiple times per game…Oki gets out of the inning, with Matthews swinging at the first ball he saw that whole at-bat that was clearly out of the strikezone.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:23 am
  • Those were excellent pitches, that guy had no business calling them balls. Redonk.
    Thank goodness we got out and now its on to the 8th.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 1:23 am
  • Oki gets Gary Matthews Jr to ground out. Gagne time now, I guess.

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:23 am
  • Crisp looks stupid against Shields, but gets on anyway after the catcher lets the ball go by.
    Hey, that’s very cool. Moss picked a great time to record his first major-league hit. Maybe Lugo will atone for his error…
    Tries to sac-bunt the first pitch, which is up at his chin, at least, and pops it up and out of play. An awful bunter…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:28 am
  • WTF is up with that bunt. Awful.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 1:28 am
  • Shields’ pickoff attempt almost nails Crisp in the face, and instead it ends up in center-field. Runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, no sacrifice necessary.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:30 am
  • Eww, thats some really bad defense this inning for Angels. Keep it up guys, we want to win.

    CincySF August 9, 2007, 1:30 am
  • Wow, first Coco reaches on a passed ball and then, after Brandon Moss’s first major league hit, they botch a pick-up and Coco goes to third. Let’s capitalize!

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:30 am
  • Lugo gives it a bit of a ride into left–be nice if he could turn on inside pitches like that at Fenway–and registers the sac-fly. Well done.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:30 am
  • Well done Lugo, you did your job! Nice extra run there.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 9, 2007, 1:31 am
  • Lugo sac fly = RBI no 50!

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:31 am
  • I meant to say “botched a pickoff” (not pickup), of course. Me typing such nonsense shows how nervous I am …

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:34 am
  • And that looks like a broken hand for Youk. This is not good…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:36 am
  • Hit him on his little finger. I can’t even imagine what that must feel like…seems to be OK, but don’t be surprised if he sits on Friday.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:37 am
  • Now Youk gets hit. Hope he’s all right. Come on, Manny!

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:37 am
  • Wow. Total meltdown by Scot Shields, with an assist to Jeff Mathis the catcher. Wild pitch scores Moss from third. Manny hits one pretty well to center, but he didn’t get enough and it’s an easy out.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:40 am
  • Aybar. Again. Gagne gives up more 0-2, 1-2 hits…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:48 am
  • …so Gagne hasn’t exactly been the dominant setup man we thought we were getting…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:49 am
  • After going 3-1 on Figgins, Gagne strikes him out. Now get Cabrera, so that Vlad will have to lead off in the ninth.

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:54 am
  • I miss Gabbard. Gagne wasn’t worth it. Also, I cant wait for my new laptop gets here so I can post alot again. Posting via Wii sucks

    Dionysus August 9, 2007, 1:54 am
  • Gagne gets Cabrara to pop out. Why not make it a non-save situation for Paps now …

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 1:56 am
  • “Posting via Wii sucks”
    You get the new Mario soccer game yet? My friend has it; f*cking awesome. It’s not so much a soccer game as NHL Hitz with a soccer ball and Mario characters. Almost makes me want to buy a Wii myself.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 1:59 am
  • L L E W O L O W E L L

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:00 am
  • Tek, Pena, Moss: 1-for-10.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:01 am
  • So…. with Santana`s future with the Twins looking unlikely, what would you give up in an off-season trade for him – assuming you a contract extension?
    I would say Buccholz/Ellsbury, Bowden, Bard, and Wily Mo.

    Dionysus August 9, 2007, 2:02 am
  • Make that 1-for-11 as Moss strands CCri (heh) and MLow.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:03 am
  • Oy, my math is pathetic. 1 for 13.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:03 am
  • I cant afford Wii games until I pay off my laptop

    Dionysus August 9, 2007, 2:04 am
  • For Santana, I would not mind if the Sox gave up pretty much any and all prospects.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:05 am
  • Umm. Did anyone else’s NESN suddenly turn into Showbiz Tonight? Because mine did. I don’t want to see Kevin Federline, I want to see the f*cking Red Sox. The hell is going on?

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 2:05 am
  • So yeah. ESPN and ESPN 2 disappeared, and NESN has been replaced by what appears to be CNN. I’m…confused…

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 2:07 am
  • Paps gets Vlad to pop out. 2 outs away from 6 games ahead.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:07 am
  • Oh good. Baseball’s back. And Kotchman struck out on a nasty splitter. Cool.

    Josh SF (D1) August 9, 2007, 2:08 am
  • He Ks Kotchman. One out to go.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:09 am
  • Anderson flies out, game ovah! The Sox regain positive momentum in the standings, at least for the moment.

    Hudson August 9, 2007, 2:11 am
  • Paps gets the job done! Up six again …
    Daisuke vs. Bedard on Friday!

    pale blue eyes August 9, 2007, 2:11 am
  • That game is gonna be incredible. Daisuke vs Bedard is like…. Wow. My ideal result? Glorious pitching duel until the bullpens come in and the Sox shred the Orioles pitchers. I doubt it will go so simply… but I will hope

    Dionysus August 9, 2007, 2:16 am
  • LOL! This “reply” is priceless.

    Dawn August 9, 2007, 10:46 am
  • This post is a hilarious jittery attempt to turn everyones gaze from the oncoming freight train headed Boston’s way.

    BronxEd August 9, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Yes, BronxEd, the “oncoming freight train” is the Baltimore Orioles. The slayer of men’s hopes and dreams, the destroyer of all that is good in the world, the proud possessor of a 9-3 record against them…
    What’s that? The Red Sox have a WINNING (6-2) record against the mighty Orioles?? And the Yankees have lost 9 out of 12 games against them, a team that is 4th in the division and 16.5 games behind Boston?

    Andrew F (Sox Fan) August 10, 2007, 1:27 am
  • Bronxed:
    This post is a jab at YF, who posted something like this about Wang after his last start.

    SF August 10, 2007, 6:31 am

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