Muddling Through: Sox-Rangers Gamer V

Every team and every hitter goes through slumps. It's worth remembering this as the Sox, for the second time in a month, have let a not-insignificant lead disappear in a matter of days. The 2007 Red Sox took two weeks off — in August, no less — and decided to blow every game they could while the Yankees charged down their backs. (Of course, the 2006 Sox… well, never mind.)

With that in mind, it's still none too comforting that the Sox as a team are hitting .227/.319/.406 in July, or that only Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis have posted an OPS over .800 in that span.

Needless to say, it would behoove the boys in crimson hose to get back on track ASAP. It's not just a two-team league anymore, and Tampa's not far behind. Hopefully, Josh Beckett — who has excelled this year as The Stopper — will restore some sanity to this second half.

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29 comments… add one
  • Ugh, leadoff double to Kinsler after a 1-2-3 top of the first. I feel like the Sox have already said goodbye to first place.

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Well, that went about as poorly as it could have. Sox already in a 2-0 hole.

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Ortiz out at second trying to stretch a single into a double.
    It’s a Deadliest Catch night tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Fucking Rich Hill.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • IBM: you can’t blame Rich Hill for being Rich Hill. You can just blame the Sox for making you hope that he pitches well enough to subdue the Yankees. Which he can’t do.

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Stuck, I’m in a mood similar to that of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League.
    “Wild Thing, you make my butt sting.”

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Why do I have so little faith that the Sox can score 2 runs off a rookie pitcher in a hitters’ park?

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • I’m right there with you.

    Should I be wondering why Dave O’Brien is doing promos for tonight’s episode of Deadliest Catch, which starts in 15 minutes?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • MMMM…tasty RISP FAIL.

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • MMMMMMMM…only thing tastier than RISP FAIL is 1-2-3 innings with no baserunners at all.

    stuck working July 21, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • The Hillstrands just fired Russell from the Time Bandit. A massive storm looms over most of the crab fleet.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Emmer Effer.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • She’s gone from suck to blow!

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • And there’s the capper.
    Ummmmm…the bullpen is rested?

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Well, that .227 BA for July is about to get worse.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • CJ Wilson up to close it. It’s the third straight day he’s pitched. And I still don’t like our chances.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Sigh. I texted my girlfriend before I got home 15 minutes to ask for the score, and she said “3-1 in the 8th, Beckett is still pitching” so I got really excited.
    Then I got home and realized she meant the Rangers were up 3-1. Sad face

    Atheose July 21, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Drew now 0-18 on the trip.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Why the f*ck would you still 2nd down by three in the 9th? Whatever.
    Drew down to a Tek-ian (Ortiz-ian?) .236.

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Why the f*ck is Bay stealing 2nd in the 9th inning of a 4-1 game? Sure he was safe, but still…

    Atheose July 21, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Lowell singles in Bay, 4-2.
    I refuse to be teased.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • still = steal.
    And heh, Ath.

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • The sham, she is concluded. Man, what a bitch.

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Lowell! Bay scores, tying run at the plate. LETS GO VARITEK!

    Atheose July 21, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Adios, amigos.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 21, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • Boo, ballgame. 2nd place.

    Atheose July 21, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • Leading the wild card by 3.5!

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Rays finish their mini-comeback against the White Sox, and are tied with the Rangers for 2nd in the wild card.

    Devine July 21, 2009, 10:43 pm

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