Keep It Rolling: O’s-Sox Gamer III

I've been too busy changing careers to pay much attention to the Sox the past four days. So of course the Sox have gone 3-0 and pulled themselves out of last place. At the risk of proving myself a jinx, here is your gamer as the game heads to the bottom of the first. A solid 1-2-3 opening frame for Jon Lester.

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  • Ortiz just looks totally lost at the plate. What the hell?

    LocklandSF April 19, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • Uehara looks like a guy who throws batting practice. 82, minimal curve movement, then an 88mph fastball. Really, not impressive. Of course the Sox can’t hit him at all.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:07 pm
  • Lowell does it the cheap way, a flare to right finds grass about 140 feet from home and Youk scores. 1-0.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Ellsbury doubles off the wall. His swing seems way too long to me, mostly when he tries to pull it – it’s like he is emulating Pedroia but without the skills or pitch recognition of Pedroia.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sox knocked Uehara around the next time through. They already seem to be figuring him out.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:28 pm
  • Papi, on the other hand, can’t figure anything out, swinging through more 88mph fastballs. Will we see Papi hitting sixth or seventh at some point this season?

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Papi can’t catch up to anything. Does he need an eye exam? I wonder if this is not a bat speed issue but a pitch recognition issue – he’s late on everything, like he doesn’t pick up the pitch until too late.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:30 pm
  • Long at-bat, but Ortiz never really threatened, now he taps to first. He looks terrible, even as he puts up a fight. I am worried about him.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:32 pm
  • Quick inning for Lester.

    SF April 19, 2009, 2:39 pm
  • Continued suckage for Ortiz. Career implosion in real time?

    SF April 19, 2009, 3:06 pm
  • Career implosion in real time?
    I honestly don’t think so. He looked this bad last April, then was same-old Ortiz last May before being injured. He then upon his return went on to slug over .500 in September.
    It seems clearly mental now. He’s pressing. Hopefully Magadan or Rice or whoever he goes to can get his head straightened out. I really thought he was coming out of it after a couple line drives yesterday, but clearly not, based on today’s awful showing.

    Paul SF April 19, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • He’s not picking up pitches at all, Paul. The two liners appear to be the outliers, not the rest of his at-bats. I am definitively worried about Ortiz not being all that fearsome, ever again. If he can’t pick up pitches in his wheelhouse, then what?

    SF April 19, 2009, 6:16 pm
  • Christ, SF, is it absolutely necessary to insist on finding a player to crap on, and then pour it on, week after week? Are you sure your name is not Shank?
    Papi is a hero around these parts. Don’t forget that.

    Dirty Water April 19, 2009, 6:31 pm
  • Jeez. So now making observations about struggles is “crapping on” someone? Seriously? I love Papi. I actually own a Papi shirt. Nothing would make me happier than seeing him back to his fearsome self again, and I hope that it happens soon. But I worry. Where is the problem?
    His heroism is true — and also irrelevant.

    SF April 19, 2009, 6:46 pm
  • DW, are you serious?
    In 51 plate appearances, he’s 8-for-43 with ONE extra base hit, 0 homers and 4 RBI. He has 12 Ks and is swinging at crap WAY outside the strike zone.
    He might be pressing. At least I hope so.
    But we’re now at the worring point with Papi.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 19, 2009, 11:11 pm