Night and Day: Jays-Sox Gamer VII

Fresh off battering the Texas Rangers, I’m going to guess the Sox might not score as much today against Roy Halladay. Facing him is Paul Byrd, making his Sox debut. Byrd actually beat Halladay in his last start, but he’s already given up two line drive hits — though he picked off the first one, so there’s only one on with one out in the top of the first.

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  • Aaaaand the home run to Alex Rios. Great.

    Paul SF August 16, 2008, 7:09 pm
  • So they’re starting Clay after all, only the name has been changed? And he has his bad inning in the first.

    pale blue eyes August 16, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • Paul Byrd is going to be awful for the Sox, guaranteed. I didn’t like the pickup, don’t like the guy. Makes it hard to watch this game, frankly, or any game he starts down the road. I hate when the front office makes moves like this one, however well-intentioned.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • Well that started off poorly. Why didn’t we have Beckett start today, and push Byrd back a few?

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 7:13 pm
  • No clue, Ath. I can’t understand why the Sox wouldn’t take advantage of all their days off to eliminate as many starts from Byrd/Buchholz at this point. I don’t get it.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • Halladay’s having a tremendous year. I almost hope something befalls Cliff Lee so Roy can win it.

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • Shit luck, Drew hit a rope to Wells. F*ck,

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Drew hits it hard but Wells tracks it down with a slide. Sad face.

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • I don’t expect the Sox to win this game, but I sure like the lineup, at least.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • God, this guy is awful, I HATE this pickup. Really, we can’t have Bowden or Pauley or Hansack, we have to waste a game with this clown?
    There’s no reason that the Sox shouldn’t have skipped this guy for Beckett.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • Is your extreme distaste based on performance, style (soft-tosser), or HGH use, SF?

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Better inning, at least. Problem is the team has little margin for error here with Halladay spotting him two runs.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • I have disliked Paul Byrd for a long time. Since his time with the Mets, at least. I just don’t like the way he looks, the way he pitches. And the HGH thing isn’t that big a deal to me in the grand scheme of things any more than with any other player (I don’t harbor hatred to Pettitte over his use, though I do question his holier-than-thou religiosity with respect to his usage), but it sure doesn’t help.
    I just don’t like watching pitchers like Byrd in general, and I haven’t like Byrd specifically for a long while. This pickup really stings me.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • WTF. A shot from Lowrie right at Overbay, and it’s a double play. Another ball crushed, but terrible luck.
    Fucking hell.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Whoops, my bad, not a double play. Tiny MLBtv window deceived me.
    Inning over, anyhow.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • There is no way the Jays only get two off Byrd the way he is pitching.
    Unless they are colossally unlucky.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • HAHA!! You have no power over my emotions tonight, Red Sox, ’cause I just fixed my red-ringed (i.e. broken) Xbox 360 by hand (with help from a website and some tools). Eff you, Microsoft. I ain’t waitin’ three weeks to have you send me another broken machine.

    Devine August 16, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Byrd assumes the mantle of LFRS immediately, particularly because the other guy is out of action.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Making me jealous, Devine. Two kids has ended my video game playing days, at least temporarily. I almost went after a PS3 last year in a time of weakness, but I haven’t pulled the trigger. I do have a birthday coming up, though…
    Sadly, I grew up on Atari paddles and joysticks, and now these newfangled controllers have like 17 buttons, two levers, and treadmill. Hard to grapple with at my age.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • I think I’m gonna go with Byrd as my RSGIM (Red Sox of Greatest Indifference to Me), replacing Alex Cora. But if Byrd screws up royally here and becomes LFRS, then RSGIM status pass to Jeff Bailey.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Yar, SF, it’s a tough adjustment if you haven’t basically played continuously since you were a kid and gotten used to them adding two to three buttons per generation. Do you want the PS3 just to play or to have Blu-Ray (if not the Blu-Ray, I’d suggest the 360 even with the technical issues…better line-up of games)?
    (I started with Atari, too, though my main videogame memories in childhood center around the NES.)

    Devine August 16, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Blind squirrel!
    Tek singles to right.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • I bet you could’ve won a lot of money if you’d better Tek would get a hit against Halladay.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • eh, “bet,” that is.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • I think I am going to apply to the Baseball Terminology Committee (is there one?) for the use of “blind squirrel”, meaning a hit by a player that is offensively inept or in an historic slump.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • The Committee would also accept “stopped clock,” SF.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • “stopped clock” would be better for an announcer, like Steve Phillips or Michael Kay.

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • Hey, I think we have a thread in this, SW. Look for it soon!

    SF August 16, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • Yeah, you’re right about it being more applicable to announcers. But if Michael Kay or Steve Philips were right twice in one day, it would represent a career high for either.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Alright, time for the bats to make some noise.
    I know it seems like we’ve been rooting a lot for the Sox to break up no-hitters lately, but with Halladay, the equivalent for me is rooting for him not to throw a complete game.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • Alright, time for the bats to make some noise
    Frankly I am just hoping they get this message in time for tomorrow’s game.
    Ump blows the call at first, the last replay shows it clearly.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Well, I should have clarified to them that a meant a noise other than “whimper.” So I’ll take responsibility for that last inning there.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:11 pm
  • Despite my hatred and negative vibes, Byrd has, so far, acquitted himself reasonably well, two runs through five innings.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Bay leads off with a single, 2-2 tonight.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • That first pitch to Lowrie looked way off the plate, called a strike.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Oh come on, Lowrie called out on strikes on a pitch that was ALSO a ball. Halladay didn’t throw a strike according to the chart, yet two were called strikes.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:17 pm
  • WTF? Now Casey is told he swung at the first pitch, but the replay doesn’t show a swing, a borderline call at best. The calls are not breaking for the Sox at all, consistently.
    Annoying as all hell. Facing Halladay you can’t afford shitty umps.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • And “Inning Over”, as I like to call him, strides to the plate.
    And, inning over.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • Watching the new Sox SS, I was reminded that Nomar just came off the disabled list again. Very, very strange to see him in a line-up hitting right behind Manny. On a day Derek Lowe was pitching.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • Olympics time. Sox in the background. Later.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • NL teams care about clearing the pitcher’s spot in an inning; the Red Sox care about clearing the catcher’s spot.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Another homer for the Jays.
    Good pickup, Theo.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Beckett vs. Halladay would have been a fair fight.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • So NESN has shown two interviews with Byrd tonight, and he comes off as a seriously cocky asswipe. Considering how mediocre he is, I don’t get it.
    The dislike grows. I want the Paul Byrd Era to end, now.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • Well, it would have been more fair, still a Halladay advantage.
    On the other hand, maybe this is just a ritual sacrifice – the Sox don’t look to be scoring, and last I checked no pitcher can win if his teams scores zero. Maybe this is for the best, throwing Byrd to the wolves.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Still, can’t complain too much if he’s going to go out and give a quality start.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • And the Sox aren’t working Halladay hard enough to even get to a bullpen at this point. This has complete game shutout written all over it. In which case, I am glad Josh Beckett didn’t pitch.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Yeah, 66 pitches through 6 IP does not speak well of the Sox.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • I still can’t get over Rick Sutcliffe saying he would pick K-Rod for Cy Young. I mean, Halladay is more deserving, and Cliff Lee is WAY more deserving. Even discounting the win stat as somewhat unindicative of a pitcher’s performance, Lee is 17-2 for a team that is eight games UNDER .500. With a sub-2.50 ERA as well. Sutcliffe is an idiot.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • Excellent. NBC is showing the women’s marathon. What’s more boring, that or this game?
    Pedro’s pitching, I think I will watch the Mets.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • I think I will consider this game the Sox’s contribution to the Jays’ effort to finish the season in third, ahead of the Yankees. That makes it more palatable to me.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • Nice grab by Drew, and then a quick grounder to Pedroia. Looking like we might get 7IP and 3ER from Byrd, not too bad. Just not good enough against Halladay.
    The Sox haven’t hit him well, but they’ve also hit some balls hard right at guys. You are unlikely to win even with decent luck against Roy, so this makes it even harder.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • Hey SF, you must have access to the site stats — any idea how many people are lurking in a thread like this (ie, reading but not posting)? I’m curious.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Byrd did his job. Now it’s time for the bats to break through.

    Jeff August 16, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • Well, this game seems wrapped up. Halladay is just too good.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Dunno, sw. Gerb is our technical guy, I have access to some stats but not sure if I can deduce the lurker factor.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Texas up 1-0 on the Rays in the 3rd, the Twins and White Sox both won (as did the Yankees). Not a good night for the Red Sox, everything has gone wrong so far.
    Oh well.

    SF August 16, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Yeah, I don’t put much faith in the Rangers’s pitching preserving a 1 run lead.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • Fell asleep, just woke up. Byrd lasted 7.1? Holy crap.

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Yeah, he did, Ath, but it doesn’t seem like running him out there for the 8th was the best idea. Not that it matters, particularly.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • What’s even worse is that we left him out there after the triple. It doesn’t matter because we’re going to lose this game 4-0.
    Didn’t we have a big comeback agaisnt Halladay in the 8th or 9th inning earlier this year?

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Byrd, as much as I dislike him, did his job. The Sox’ bats didn’t do theirs, failing to even get Halladay to give up his average runs. And this from a stellar offense.
    Bad night, what can you do but win tomorrow. They have to win tomorrow.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Solid enough performance from Byrd tonight. I don’t think we could have expected much better from Bowden, and I’m pretty sure neither Hansack nor Pauley have ever lasted 7 innings…

    Paul SF August 16, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • MIchael Bowden has, so far, pitched 5 2/3, given up 2 hits, 1 BB, and one run for Pawtucket tonight, his ERA as a PawSox is at 3.24.
    I am very excited to see this kid pitch, if not this year than next. Between Beckett, Daisuke, Lester, Masterson, Buchholz, and Paps, that’s a really young squad, and an exciting one.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • I still don’t like the guy, Paul. And his on-screen interviews with NESN were totally off-putting.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Byrd isn’t an improvement over Wake, but he’s certainly better than Buchholz at this point. Let’s hope Wake comes back strong and Buchholz goes down to Pawtucket to finish the season.

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • At a certain point, you’re just glad they didn’t waste a Beckett start on this outing.

    Devine August 16, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • It sure seems that the Sox do worse than against good pitchers than those pitchers do against everyone else on average. You’d think that the Sox would be the team making those pitchers worse, but it just doesn’t feel that way. I’d be interested in this year’s stats on that front.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • At a certain point, you’re just glad they didn’t waste a Beckett start on this outing.
    Yeah, said that earlier D. Byrd was the goat inside the pentagram. Fine by me.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Nice outing from Lopez.

    stuck working August 16, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Texas still up on Tampa 1-0, thru four.
    10 games or so left against Toronto this year. So that’s three more against Halladay, depending on schedule. Oy.

    SF August 16, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • One guy that’s been overlooked this season is Lopez. He has the 3rd best ERA on the team (2.68, behind Paps and Oki).
    LASER SHOW with a homer! 4-1 Sox!

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Drew rung up on a pitch half a foot off the plate.
    It’s a crime that Halladay’s record is only 14-9 now. He should be nearing the 20-win mark right about now if his team didn’t totally suck balls.

    Atheose August 16, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • looks like bird didn’t have enough of that, you know, “bird food”, before he started tonight… ;)

    dc August 16, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • h-day’s da man

    dc August 16, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • “…like Steve Phillips or Michael Kay….”
    and or-silly-o, caron, remy, and maccarver…hahahahahha…good stuff sf…

    dc August 16, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • I never feel too bad about losing to Doc. I think I’d take him on my team over just about any other pitcher in baseball.

    Brownie August 16, 2008, 9:50 pm

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