Play Nice: O’s-Yankes / Rays-Sox AL East Megagamer

A big pitching duel (Lester vs. Price) on one side. Not so much (Tillman vs. Burnett) on the other. None of the starters is named Daisuke Matsuzaka, which means both games hold promise of being enjoyable for the fans of their respective teams. Comment away!

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  • Did Crawford really just get picked-off? Ugh.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:27 pm
  • Awful umpire so far. Pitch thrown right down the middle for strike 3 called a ball.
    And ball 4 on the corner doesn’t get called either.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:36 pm
  • That was one of the worst non-strike calls I have ever seen. Not even a question, it was six inches above the bottom part of the zone and right down the middle.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:38 pm
  • Should this run score it is squarely on the utterly incompetent umpire.
    Not only that, but he’s now cost Lester at least five or six pitches, potentially more, in this inning.
    If I am Tito I would be looking for the next opportunity to go after this guy and try to light a fire under this team. Next borderline call I go out there and basically atomic wedgie this clown.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • And he’s out of it, weak fly to center.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • SF April 12, 2011, 7:43 pm
  • I’m a big fan of the coach going ape-shit when the team is sucking. Put a fire under them.
    7 extra pitches because of that no-call. That’s potentially the difference between 6 and 7 IP from our ace.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:43 pm
  • Nice double by Lowrie. Fuld went into the monster pretty hard.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:45 pm
  • Jed making a play for more playing time…

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:45 pm
  • Hopefully Fuld running into the wall knocked the rest of his surprisingly good play out of that ass he’s been pulling it from.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • This is an honest fact: I am not sure I have ever seen Mike Cameron get a hit in a Sox uniform.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:47 pm
  • Ugh, “Death to Rallies” at the plate.
    Meaning anyone but Pedroia or Gonzalez is up. In this case, Tek.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:48 pm
  • I was just getting ready to defend Tek with some righty-vs-lefty stats, but then he grounded out. Harrumph.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:49 pm
  • I did a little Paul-esque research today and found out the Sox have only had two starts as bad as this year, in 1996 and I think nearly 60 years ago. Needless to say I stopped my research there as I started to get really depressed.

    SF April 12, 2011, 7:51 pm
  • I’m really worried about catching this season.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 7:54 pm
  • LOL there’s another strike not called.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:54 pm
  • Anyone else okay with keeping Lowrie in the starting lineup?

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 7:56 pm
  • And the umpire gives Lester a called strike 3, which was a strike but not as good as several others that he hasn’t called.
    Lester’s stuff looks sick tonight. Lots of swings-and-misses.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 7:59 pm
  • I like Lowrie a lot more than I like Scutaro, to be honest. I didn’t like it when we signed him a year ago.
    Fuld steals 2nd. Not necessarily Tek’s fault (Fuld has good speed) but boy is there a noticeable difference between his and Salty’s arm.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:00 pm
  • Wow. Varitek can’t throw anyone out. Again, catching. Yuck.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:01 pm
  • Damon in a classic “grinding” AB. I secretly miss him.
    Great out picth by Lester. Keep it going, big fella.
    Is Darnell McDonald that much better than, say, Daniel Nava??

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:04 pm
  • Darnell. Fucking. McDonald.
    1-0 Good Guys.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:05 pm
  • Is Darnell McDonald that much better than, say, Daniel Nava??

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:05 pm
  • Well, I guess so. Lol. I should question like that more.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:06 pm
  • Jeez, I head to the kitchen to cook a nice dinner for my lady and the Sox score. I guess I should stay in the kitchen!

    SF April 12, 2011, 8:08 pm
  • And I officially question this whole team vs. Daniel Nava.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:10 pm
  • Who misses Dice-K?

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:17 pm
  • Struck out the side. His stuff is unhittable right now.
    Still pissed about the previous no-call though.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:18 pm
  • Trivia question of the night: since 2006, which three left-handed pitchers have led the AL in wins?
    Lester, Sabathia, and… Cliff Lee?

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:19 pm
  • I miss New England DD.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:21 pm
  • Looks like the answers were Sabathia, Lee and Santana. Feels like so long ago that Johan was in the AL.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:25 pm
  • Boy. I forgot about Johan. He fell off the planet with the Mets.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:27 pm
  • Wow, Scutaro was playing VERY far to the left on that play. Like, almost where the 3B should normally be.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:32 pm
  • First a lucky single that would have been an out had Scutaro been in the normal position, then a bloop hit, then a legitimate hit. Bases loaded now. Time for more of those Ks.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:34 pm
  • Wow, runner safe at home on a little dribbler.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:37 pm
  • Fucking hell.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:39 pm
  • I hate Sam Fuld.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:40 pm
  • Why do teams seem to be breaking out against us this season?

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 8:42 pm
  • Lots of good defense by the Rays tonight.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 8:46 pm
  • It is time for those who assert this is just a bad spell and everything is going to be ok that it is GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME FOR THINGS TO BE OK.
    The Sox can basically play above .500 for almost TWO MONTHS starting tomorrow and it will take until JUNE for them to get BACK to .500.
    What a travesty of a season.

    SF April 12, 2011, 9:02 pm
  • I heart Pedroia. Lead-off double in the 6th.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:03 pm
  • well, I just vented with a top post so it’s time for the Sox to embarrass me and right the ship.

    SF April 12, 2011, 9:06 pm
  • Ehh, the “rally” by the Rays in the last inning was the product of a lot of luck. And the offense struggling against one of the best pitchers in the AL isn’t indicative of their overall skill.
    Having said that, I agree with your overall point.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:06 pm
  • That’s fucking terrible luck, and it has been like that all night – line drive after line drive right at guys, and squibbers back at us costing the Sox runs. Fuck this fucking shit.
    And it’s my site so I can swear all the fuck I want, and Sox fans are fucking welcome to swear as much as they fucking want too.

    SF April 12, 2011, 9:08 pm
  • Fuck this horseshit umpire and his horseshit calls.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:10 pm

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:11 pm
  • Yet another hard-hit ball right at Lopez. But at least we got one back. Price giving the umpire a piece of his mind, which is justifiable since the strikezone is all over the place.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:14 pm
  • Fucking Tito who will probably bench him for his “guy” Scutaro.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:15 pm
  • F-in Cameron. Worthless. See Renteria. Worst Theo moves:
    (in no particular order)
    1. Signing Drew/Cameron/Scutaro
    2. Letting Orlando Cabrera go, only to sign Renteria
    3. Not signing a decent catcher this offseason

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:19 pm
  • I think the bad move was giving up on Renteria.
    And I disagree with the Drew analysis and the 2007 title disagrees too.

    SF April 12, 2011, 9:20 pm
  • I forgot:
    Murphy and Gabbard for Gagne.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:21 pm

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:22 pm
  • Drew is just frustrating to watch for me.
    What was wrong with keeping OCab?

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Rumor has it OCab slept with Varitek’s wife and wasn’t brought back for that reason.

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 9:28 pm
  • Whaaat?
    Pedroia looks nice in the field.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:32 pm
  • Seriously. We can’t catch a break. No pun intended.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:35 pm
  • Going to lose it shortly. CATCHERSSSSSS?!?!??

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:37 pm
  • I’m trying to believe in Crawford. I really am.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 9:44 pm
  • Team can’t catch a break. Listening on the radio, it sounded like Lester was easily outpitching Price, yet he’s on the short end of a 3-2 score. Need a ninth-inning rally.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 9:58 pm
  • I also disagree completely with the Drew comment. Theo got his money’s worth from that deal, one of the game’s best all-around outfielders for the majority of the contract.
    If we’re talking mistakes, signing Mike Cameron on a two-year deal isn’t/wasn’t nearly as damaging as giving up on Renteria, signing Lugo or re-signing Lowell.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:00 pm
  • Kyle Farnsworth coming on for the save. So you’re telling me there’s a chance!

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:00 pm
  • Ellsbury and Drew will be pinch hitting to open the ninth.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:02 pm
  • Ellsbury down on three pitches. Sigh.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:03 pm
  • Your season’s about to turn around sox fans…Farnsworth the headcase is in the building.

    IronHorse (YF) April 12, 2011, 10:04 pm
  • And Ortiz on deck to pinch hit for McDonald.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:04 pm
  • Well, poop.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:07 pm
  • I mean, the Sox hit the ball hard all night, Jon Lester was amazing, and he gets blooped and bled to death while Price emerges with the win. Aggravating. Nothing’s going right, even when everyone does the right things.

    Paul SF April 12, 2011, 10:09 pm
  • 2 wins. Worst record in the bigs. Joy.

    HodgeSox April 12, 2011, 10:09 pm
  • Crap. We need a rainout so we don’t lose.

    BrentY SF April 12, 2011, 10:12 pm
  • According to Fangraphs, Drew has been worth $57.1M over the last four seasons. He’s made $56M.
    A crappy year could turn that contract negative, and that’s likely. But he’s been worth every penny so far.

    James YF April 12, 2011, 10:32 pm
  • Why won’t it let me type anything?

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 10:47 pm
  • Or maybe it just won’t let me type Kyle Farnsworth?

    Atheose - SF April 12, 2011, 10:48 pm