Keep It Rollin’: Yanks-Sox Gamer II

On Baseball-Reference's front page, there's a stat called "SRS," which is how many runs above or below average each team is, based on run differential and strength of schedule. The Red Sox are at -0.9, the Yankees at -1.0. The Sox have looked terrible, but they've been pretty unlucky, too, while playing four of their seven games against very good teams.

At any rate, the task now turns to keeping this new streak alive, and the Sox turn to Clay Buchholz, who hopes to follow Jon Lester's lead and recapture his 2010 magic against Ivan Nova. If you're around on a Saturday afternoon, you can comment on all the action here.

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  • Really, “unlucky”? Abe Lincoln was unlucky. The Sox have stunk.

    SF April 9, 2011, 10:11 am
  • what’s luck got to do with it, got to do with it…hey, that could be a song…

    dc April 9, 2011, 12:12 pm
  • damn fox…forgot about the blackout…i’m stuck watching braves/phils…woohoo…way to go bpud…stick it to the fans…why am i paying for “extra innings” if i can’t get the game i want?…i want a rebate for every saturday…hello bpud…are you there?…i’m not watching the braves/phils, but i would’ve watched yanks/sox…tell that to your sponsors…a**hole…hopefully you guys can help me stay in touch…i’m not happy right now

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:15 pm
  • Ok, Gardner grounded out to short, Jeter worked a walk after being in the hole 0-2 but was caught stealing (just barely), then Texeira struck out.
    Buchholz looking good so far.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:23 pm
  • off topic, but good to see cliff lee got roughed up yesterday…hahaha….

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:24 pm
  • Buck comparing Pedroia to Jeter (not range-wise …) but sees a similar love for playing the game.
    Pedey walks after Crawford flied out to Swisher.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:27 pm
  • 4 pitch walk for A-Gon. Chance for Youk to do some damage.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:29 pm
  • Youk K’s.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:31 pm
  • He looks so lost.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:31 pm
  • “…sees a similar love for playing the game….”
    who wouldn’t love making $5.5m [ped] or $15m [jeter]?
    i liked what i did for a living too, but i could’ve loved it for $5m ;)

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:33 pm
  • And Papi flies out.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:35 pm
  • silver lining = at least i don’t have to listen to buck/mac…btw, thanks for the commentary…

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:36 pm
  • Nova looked both very good and also a bit timid that inning.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:37 pm
  • Lowrie with a bad error on A-Rod.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:38 pm
  • And of course Cano immediately follows the error with a double.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:39 pm
  • Crushed by Cano, Buchholz doing his best Lackey imitation.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:39 pm
  • Buchholz on his way to being an even bigger question mark.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:40 pm
  • Being a little bit hard on Buchholz there, aren’t you. Still, A-Rod scores on a ground-out by Swisher.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:41 pm
  • Maybe a little hard, but it is back to the lack of execution after a bad play behind him. Now a walk.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:44 pm
  • Ok, I take that back. Buchholz walks Granderson and a double by Chavez scores Cano.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:44 pm
  • And now the ghost of Eric Chavez knocks in a run
    Way to go, Clay, you bum,

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:44 pm
  • So this year is going to be Lester and prayer? Jesus.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:45 pm
  • “…So this year is going to be Lester and prayer? Jesus….”
    now you know how i feel…

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:47 pm
  • Youk throws out Granderson at home. Good play.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:48 pm
  • was it bad baserunning or did he have a chance?

    dc April 9, 2011, 1:49 pm
  • Out by a mile, dc.
    Buchholz stops the bleeding, but Lowrie is staring at another week of bench duty after that flub, and Clay needs to do way better with the bottom of the lineup. More shit play from the Sox, back to normal I guess.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:51 pm
  • Gardner strikes out. Could have been worse. Not sure this inning is indicative of how Buchholz’ season will turn out eventually, but yeah, he certainly lost it a little bit after the error.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:51 pm
  • dc, he was off on contact on a ball to Youk, so it wasn’t really a terrible play, more just sold professional baseball by the Sox, a rarity!

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:52 pm
  • How often will have to hear that Saltalamacchia has the longest name in major league history?

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:55 pm
  • Twice the Sox put two on and twice the next batter strikes out weakly. Terrible.
    Now Ellsbury pops out. Running out of words for “pathetic”.

    SF April 9, 2011, 1:57 pm
  • Singles by Drew and Lowrie, then Salty strikes out and Gardner nicely catches a pop-up by Ellsbury. Another waste looming.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 1:58 pm
  • Ortiz grounds to Jeter who throws out Drew at third.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:00 pm
  • Wow, the umpire sure seemed to make that call look inevitable. Replay was hardly conclusive. Would like to see another view.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:00 pm
  • Upon another view it is certainly looking like the umpire was calling Drew out no matter what happened. Drew not arguing means nothing: he doesn’t argue ever.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:04 pm
  • Not surprised that Nova is scuffling. Impressed that he’s holding it together so far. And sounds like his defense is helping a good deal. Following by audio only so apprecaite the commentary…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:05 pm
  • Again, weak. Tight call on 2-1 doesn’t go his way and the next pitch is smacked for a hit.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:07 pm
  • Hit by Cano. Way to close them down Clay!

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:09 pm
  • hey, have you guys heard that saltawhatshisface has the longest name in mlb history ;)

    dc April 9, 2011, 2:10 pm
  • Errors, bad pitching, bad situational hitting, the Sox just continue to play poor baseball. Their record couldn’t be more deserved.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:11 pm
  • Nice one, dc.
    Swisher flies out to end the inning.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • swisher’s a bum with risp

    dc April 9, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • Can’t contradict you there, SF. But we might still win this game.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:13 pm
  • Lead-off double by Pedroia. Wonder what they’ll do with that.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Ok, Pedey with a leadoff double. Need to bank this one.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Ok, gotta get back to massive spring cleaning…

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:16 pm
  • Ground-outs by A-Gon and Youk move Pedroia to third and home. Not exactly a rallye but a one-run game now.
    What about hitting the monster on occasion? Or maybe put one over it?

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:22 pm
  • Granderson works a walk in a long at-bat.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:27 pm
  • Leadoff walk to Granderson, his second walk of the game. These to a guy who basically walks every third game. Not only that, but it’s the leadoff guy the half-inning after the Sox finally get back a run.
    I seriously want to throw something at this stupid team.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • And we can be certain that Clay will be totally distracted by Granderson on the basepaths now, so that’s a bonus.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:30 pm
  • Either gameday has big delays or Buccholz is taking 20 minutes in between pitches. Or both.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:31 pm
  • Seriously, Eric Chavez? You have got to be kidding me.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:32 pm
  • Chavez coming up big!

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:32 pm
  • How come it looks like Eric Chavez is thinking more about how to hit in Fenway than any of the f*cking Sox players are?

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:33 pm
  • Didn’t mean Chavez to hear me about hitting the monster. Again runners on second and third with nobody out.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:33 pm
  • i’m noticing the same thing on gamecast IH

    dc April 9, 2011, 2:33 pm
  • Ballgame.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:34 pm
  • Buchholz definitely got screwed on that 1-2 pitch on Chavez.
    And now it’s 5-1. Buchholz needs to go back to therapy.
    I am outta here, this team is a joke right now.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:34 pm
  • Wow. Good stuff form the bottom of the order. Yanks will need the cushion with Nova but at least they’ve got their A-bullpen fresh today. Get us to the 6th Ivan!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • Buchholz is what you would call “coming up small”.
    Glad they won yesterday, but this season is still modestly fucked at the moment, particularly based on what the pitching has shown us so far.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:36 pm
  • Curt Young’s got about a month and a half, I’d say, unless things turn around.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:38 pm
  • So eight games this season, and starting pitchers have given up fewer than five runs in just ONE of those games. Best of luck with that, Sox.
    (I think that’s right…)

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:39 pm
  • Come on A-Rod…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:40 pm
  • Wow – that is ugly SF if that’s true.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:40 pm
  • The Red Sox appear to have a better shot at winning the Masters than they do a baseball game right now.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:41 pm
  • I think it is only Lester’s effort in the last game against the Indians that qualifies. He got shelled in game 1, Lackey sucked both his starts, Matsuzaka gave up five, Beckett did nothing, and Buchholz has gotten fracked both of his starts.
    Yeah, nothing to worry about at all. Everything’s fine.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:43 pm
  • Offense does it’s job and Clay is out. The Yanks success this season has been 5 parts offense; 1 part CC; and 2 parts bullpen. In this stadium with Nova on the mound the offense can’t let up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:44 pm
  • Now I am really out – going to turn off the tvs and the computer, gotta get tidying.

    SF April 9, 2011, 2:44 pm
  • Great. Nova pegs the lead-off man. Here we go.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • 1st & 3rd, no outs. This lead can be erased real fast…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:53 pm
  • it’s excruciating to “watch” games on gamecast or gameday…especially when they’re about 30 seconds behind what you guys are seeing with live tv…thanks again bpud…a**hole

    dc April 9, 2011, 2:54 pm
  • Saltalamacchia takes three strikes in a row. Unbelievable.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:55 pm
  • Nova with the 3-pitch K. Big one but a big inning still threatens. Ellsbury up with 2 on & 1 out…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:56 pm
  • DAMN. Easy DP turns into just one out and a run scored. And Crawford up now.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:58 pm
  • Yankees fail to turn a double-play, one run scores.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 2:58 pm
  • Will Ellsbury run? Haven’t seen Martin tested much yet this season.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 2:59 pm
  • i wondered if they had a shot at a dp…dammit

    dc April 9, 2011, 2:59 pm
  • Damn it.

    AlexDYF April 9, 2011, 3:01 pm
  • damn…speed all over the basepads and Pedroia up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:01 pm
  • here we go again…sf bugged out too soon

    dc April 9, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Assume SF will be back any minute now…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Pedroia’s a pain in the ass!

    AlexDYF April 9, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • cano handles the DP and yanks still have a 3-run lead. Oh well. Still clinging to a 1-run lead. Runs please.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:05 pm
  • For once the Red Sox did capitalize on a break they were given. I think it was a fluke. Unless they manage to get to the Yankees bullpen.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:06 pm
  • Not to badmouth Youk but Beltre would have had it.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:08 pm
  • Granderson has worked some really good at-bats in this game – and that one’s gone. Huge.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • Grandy!!!

    AlexDYF April 9, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • And just like that …

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • Chavez 3 for 3. Yankees offense has been beastly early this season.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • And now a flare by Chavez drops. Floodgates open again.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:13 pm
  • “…Pedroia’s a pain in the ass!…”
    hahaha…he’s an annoying little gnat

    dc April 9, 2011, 3:20 pm
  • Lead-off batters having a great day against Nova. Youkilis on. Short leash please.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:24 pm
  • Youk hits a shot but Gardner holds him to a single.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:24 pm
  • Robertson warming. Nova vs. Ortiz. Ugh.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:25 pm
  • Fly out to Swish. One away.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:26 pm
  • 2-0 to Drew. Please pull Nova if Drew gets on.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:27 pm
  • You call that a pitch?

    AlexDYF April 9, 2011, 3:29 pm
  • K’s Lowrie. Needed that. 2 down. Saltalamacchia up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:35 pm
  • Phew. Into the strength of our pen…hope they have it today.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:37 pm
  • The ‘annoying little gnat’ takes away a base hit. Secretly all you Yankee fans love him, admit it.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:41 pm
  • Sterling made it sound like Cano bombed that one out. 8-4.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:43 pm
  • Cano is at least as annoying …

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 3:43 pm
  • forgot we’re only in the 6th. No Jo-So-Mo just yet.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:49 pm
  • That was a quick 6th. Sounds like Pedroia hit it on the screws but it stayed in the park. To the 7th.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:52 pm
  • Martin hits one out and Sterling just screamed something absolutely incomprehensible with a french accent. He really knows how to ruin a hume run. On the other hand, Martin has been fantastic in every aspect of the game so far this year.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 3:57 pm
  • Good outing by Robertson. Joba in.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:03 pm
  • Joba’s strongest outing yet. Wakefield in. This guy is ancient.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:13 pm
  • I wonder how long we will have to keep reading “the Sox are X games under .500 and have yet to play anything resembling professional base all but this is why we should all just ignore that” threads?

    SF April 9, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • (that is not meant as a dig, but as a lament)

    SF April 9, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • 2 on 1 out. And Soriano warming now.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:24 pm
  • No comment sf. I’m going to just stay focused on the Yanks for a while…

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:33 pm
  • Riding Ayala through the 9th??? Gives up a double and then a walk. How long are you going to play with this Girardi??????

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:39 pm
  • the little gnat does it again…dammit

    dc April 9, 2011, 4:40 pm
  • dble play. game over.

    IronHorse (YF) April 9, 2011, 4:41 pm
  • Papi completes his miserable day by hitting into a double play to end the game. Not the only one with a miserable day.
    Rubber game tomorrow.

    pale blue eyes April 9, 2011, 4:42 pm
  • Sigh.

    Atheose - SF April 9, 2011, 4:42 pm
  • No, everything is just fine! Seriously, nothing to worry about at all. Teams start 1-7 all the time and have no issues! Two more games played, still six games under .500 and probably seven under after tomorrow. After 6% of the season. At some point the deficit becomes statistically significant, right?
    I feel like everyone around me is playing the Kevin Bacon scene at the end of Animal House.

    SF April 9, 2011, 4:51 pm
  • Well, what do you think can be fixed, SF? It’s not like they have a ton of talent in the minors.

    James YF April 9, 2011, 5:11 pm
  • I don’t think anything can or should be fixed right now. I am just pointing out that at some point all is not ok and we may have to accept that the Sox either do something historically significant or head to defeat. It seems to me that those who keep claiming that 1-7 or 1-8 is not a big deal are the ones who can’t accept the reality of the daunting task ahead.
    This is not “normal”. And it keeps being portrayed as such, as nothing to get too worked up about.

    SF April 9, 2011, 5:15 pm
  • Having watched the Yankees scuff in April and May for years on end, I honestly wouldn’t get too worked up. 11-19 looked awful too.
    It is why they play 162 games, for these things to balance out. Even a Sox team 10 back in July I’ll still be worried about. They have too much talent and the wild card will be sitting there all season long.

    James YF April 9, 2011, 5:25 pm
  • under the circumstances, sf’s perspective is very understandable…i still hope we have a pennant race at some point, and that it’s not the current version…as in baltimore/toronto

    dc April 9, 2011, 5:40 pm
  • Oh, hell yeah I hope we have a pennant race! I have tix to each of the last series in NY and Boston. Life is good! Either we get to step on throats or there’s blood everywhere.
    It’s a long season though. I’d be worried by a 1-7 stretch, but it depends on what came before and what comes after.

    James YF April 9, 2011, 6:25 pm
  • 1-7 is better than say, 11-17, even though 1-7 sounds way more dramatic. Plenty of time for things to even out.

    Lar April 9, 2011, 9:59 pm

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