Oh, It’s You: O’s-Sox Gamer VII

We thought we’d gotten rid of Julian Tavarez, but here he is, subbing in the interim between Kason Gabbard’s departure and Curt Schilling’s arrival. The Sox thought it best to give the rotation the extra rest provided by the off-day rather than bump everyone up a slot and give them normal rest — probably smart as they embark on the most grueling portion of this (and every) season.

Still. Doesn’t mean we have to like it.

Thankfully, the Sox will be facing Steve Trachsel, who has been in every way far worse than Tavarez this year. Record? Worse. Season ERA? Worse. Last seven starts? Much, much worse.

We’re not expecting much, but we would like the Sox to remember that these are the Orioles, that they are 19-5 against them since the start of 2006, and that they do have the best record in all of baseball.

We’d like nothing better than for Tavarez to give five quality innings and let the newly christened Delcarmen-Okajima-Gagne-Papelbon combo shut the door.

Comment away!

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  • J.D. Drw remains out as his son’s having surgery. Kevin Garnett’s throwing out the first pitch. Has Boston ever been this excited about THREE of its major sports at once in the past 20 years?
    Red Sox:
    1. Julio Lugo, SS
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    6. Mike Lowell, 3B
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Coco Crisp, CF
    9. Wily Mo Pena, RF
    — Julian Tavarez, SP
    1. Brian Roberts, 2B
    2. Corey Patterson, CF
    3. Nick Markakis, RF
    4. Kevin Millar, 1B
    5. Miguel Tejada, SS
    6. Roberto Hernandez, C
    7. Jay Payton, LF
    8. Jay Gibbons, DH
    9. Chris Gomez, 3B
    — Steve Trachsel, SP

    Paul SF August 1, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • speaking of Kevin Garnett, Simmons’ piece about the trade was pretty hilarious. He talked about how this reaffirmed Kevin McHale’s status as a Celtics legend, and I have to agree. I feel really bad for Minnesota fans. They loved KG. It’s too bad he and the city were victims of such a lousy GM. Was Joe Smith really worth it? Actually, I think it was pretty awful of the NBA to punish a fanbase for the lack of scruples on the part of a front office. The NBA hurt its fans when it took away draft picks from the T-Wolves.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2007, 6:47 pm
  • Every pitch except the very first one (called strike) and the last one (home run) were good from Tavarez. Shame about that run. I hate when they have to fight from behind right at the start.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Millar also deep to left, double this time, with 2 out.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Someone please tell me Tavarez will never start for the Red Sox again.
    Tejada flies to right. 1-0 Orioles after the top of the 1st.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Why does Julio Lugo lead off, again? One pitch, one out. F U Julio.
    Nice to tune in to a first inning deficit.

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Wow, your broadcast is quite a ways ahead of mine, SF!

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Isn’t Tavarez supposed to start unraveling after the third inning? Not in the first?

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Pedroia makes us all feel good about ourselves. I wish I could pat him on the head like a good pet.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Yay, Pedroia. Lots of pitches…AND a hit to right field.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • I don’t understand why Pedroia isn’t leading off…

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Ha! No one manning 3rd because of the shift, so Pedroia just takes it on Papi’s walk.
    Manny…hit it over the infield, please?

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • We suck. We just suck.

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • F*ck. DP.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • So, we have a chance to get the run right back for Tavarez, and instead it’s another predictable squander. Watch as Tavarez digs a deeper hole for the Sox. Instead of 1-1, the game will suddenly be 3 or 4 zip…

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • how is that scored? Does he get a SB? Defensive Indiference??

    TJ August 1, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • The third baseman might get an error

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • how can u give an error on that though?

    TJ August 1, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Orsillo/Remy say stolen base.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • SF is on the ball. 2-0 after the long double with 2 out and a man on 1st.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I hate when baseball makes me hate life.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I can’t stand this team.

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Manny completely misplays a line drive fly ball and it’s 3-0.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Sigh. Why didn’t we move Wakefield up a day?

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Honestly, I hate watching this team. They are consummate frustrationists. They fail to drive in runs given to them, they run the base pretty poorly, they hit terribly situationally, their manager puts together lineups that my three year old would be embarrassed to admit to, and they generally just don’t impress me.
    The last ten games was nice, but I still have major worries about this squad and their utter lack of consistency.

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Oh thank god Julie got out #3.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Pena makes the catch on the bloop to right, running hard.
    I’m so glad I won’t be able to watch a lot of this game.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Whore-hey just hit a 2-run shot, Yanks up 2-1.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Good night for now. I can’t take watching this pitiful team play at the moment. They don’t deserve my time right now, such are the weak-ass efforts they are putting forth. It’s like they are playing as if the playoffs are a foregone conclusion, and are getting what they deserve. That type of play will only result in a deserved plummet in the standings. So screw them, I’ll be back sometime later on.
    My frustration level is immeasurable.

    SF August 1, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Tek doesn’t lift his bat. 1-2-3 inning for Trashy-Trachsel

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • DP and Coco are going to at least appear to be the only ones who give a $#!+ tonight. I’m entirely sure of this.

    QuoSF August 1, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • I think Tavarez is trying too, he just sucks sometimes. I would love to see him get in a fight with Brian Roberts and get thrown out so we can get into our uber-leet bullpen.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Bat-shit didn’t give up a hit that inning!
    It’s all about the small victories at this point.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • God bless Coco!

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • I was about to say the same thing regarding runs with 2 outs, Atheose.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Lugo keeps it going!

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Another 1st and 3rd with 1 out.
    Let’s see if Pedroia likes it better than Manny.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • 2 good pitches to Pedroia put him in the hole.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Sac fly. Run!

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Thank god Pedroia takes the egg off the board.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Ortiz walks. Come on, Manny. Let’s have a hit.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Papi draws a walk. Another chance to strand runners for Manny.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Manny swinging at the first goddamn pitch AGAIN. Jesus christ.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • God, terrible news from Minneapolis, a major bridge completely collapsed during rush hour. Just awful.

    SF August 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • That stunk. First pitch pop to right.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Oh Jesus, SF. Talk about perspective.

    Devine August 1, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Jesus, I just turned on CNN. Think about the traffic that will cause in the next month–I35 is a major highway.

    Atheose August 1, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • manny. pathetic.

    mp August 1, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Youks double puts the Sox on top 4-3, still no outs, 2nd and 3rd for Lowell. Pile on here!
    The MLB Gameday chart of the path of Bradford’s pitches is pretty funny looking. It appears a spider is creeping along the infield, with trajectories emanating from the ground.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Here’s a link to a screenshot of the Bradford pitch trajectories to Youks:

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Tek gets another home with a single, 5-3, advances to 2nd… Now an IBB to Crisp to load ’em up for W. Modesto Pena.
    Bradford’s picture on Gameday makes him look like that befuddled cop on Reno911.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • WMP pops out. Two away. C’mon, get another couple, guys.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • “Bradford’s picture on Gameday makes him look like that befuddled cop on Reno911.”
    This, my friend, is so true you deserve some kind of award. I almost thought the picture was a joke.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Lugo strands the remaining two in scoring position, inning over.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Oki in for the 8th.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • (Thanks, Nick. The Muse descended and provided divine inspiration. That, or I have been watching too much TV.)

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Ugh, Miggy solo shot off Oki. 5-4.

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • (Oki’s ERA just jumped over 1.00 for the first time since his first outing of the year, I’m pretty sure.)

    Hudson August 1, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • regression to the mean is more faith and experience-based than logical. Am I right with that one, logicians? But at the same time, Oki’s ERA is going to have to rise significantly over his time in the US. He wasn’t this good in Japan. American hitters will make adjustments.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Is it just me, or is this the first time in a while the Sox loaded the bases with no outs and scored more than one or two runs?

    Zulu.as.SF August 1, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • “He wasn’t this good in Japan.”
    Nick – I could be wrong on this, but from what I understand, he didn’t throw the “Oki-Dokey” (split-change) in Japan, it was developed in ST this year, so that might be part of the difference.
    And from what I’ve seen in the papers of opposing batters’ impressions of Okajima, that pitch is really nasty.

    Zulu.as.SF August 1, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • gagne warming up????….hmmmm

    dc August 1, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • on June 19 Okis ERA was 1.01 before today thats the last time it was over 1

    TJ August 1, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Not sure if anyone saw this but give it a look…YFSF ranked #60 in MLB Blogging.
    Pretty cool.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 1, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • TJ August 1, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Regression to the mean is more of an explanation of an event rather than a prediction, though don’t tell finance markets that, because that’s the basis for a lot of strategies!
    Using regression to the mean to project is a logical fallacy!
    Though I do hope he would regress to his Japanese numbers. I wonder if there’s an advantage being a reliever too, since you can argue that with Nomo et al, they’ve seen him enough over a period, while people still haven’t figured out Oki. Not sure about that though.

    Lar August 2, 2007, 9:31 am
  • I have determined that I am poison to game threads. As soon as I leave (though I watched the entirety of the game), the Sox did fine. I will stay away!

    SF August 2, 2007, 10:29 am
  • > I have determined that I am poison to game threads.
    I had the *exact* same thought about Yankee threads and me earlier this year. It’s superstition. It’s paranoia. It’s also fact.

    attackgerbil August 2, 2007, 12:53 pm

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