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Starting a New Losing Streak: Rays-Sox Gamer VIII

Let's look at the bright side. By the end of this series, the Red Sox will have already finished more than half their schedule against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Otherwise, the Sox have shown no ability to beat the Rays over the past two seasons, going 10-15 against them (plas 3-4 in the playoffs). This year has been more of the same: shut down twice by Matt Garza and somehow still baffled by Andy Sonnanstine, who was having a perfectly terrible year until he faced the Boston bats.

Tonight it's Brad Penny versus James Shields, which last time wound up being a pretty good matchup as both pitchers performed well. Both starters like to alternate their good and bad starts. Based on the following sequences, I predict a slugfest:

  • Game scores, James Shields against Boston: 13-33-59-29-62
  • Game scores, Brad Penny this season: 50-11-51-20-54

Comment away, if you can bear to look…

90 replies on “Starting a New Losing Streak: Rays-Sox Gamer VIII”

Penny with heat from the start. Had to wait an inning or two to see 93 and 95 on the gun last time.
Upton grounds to 3rd.

Crawford on with a single to left. Start the merry-go-round!
Longoria and Pena are the new Papi and Manny (now possibly roid-free!).
Crawford steals on the first pitch.

Longoria walks.
Penny fights back from 2-0 to K Pena. Challenged him with 94 on 2-1 then painted the outside corner 95 for strike 3.

Gross barely does not hit a 3-run blast to right center as Ellsbury and Drew barely do not f*ck up the play.

Penny is teh suck. Everyone knew this…or if not, they were deluding themselves. Last year’s version of Buchholz would be an improvement. Sad.
Pedroia gets on. C’mon, Papi. Just hit one.

2-0 Rays on Crawford’s triple (fell juuuuuuuust fair and eluded Bay’s sliding attempt) and Longoria’s sac fly.

Mid-AB full-screen comedy show promo. Weird.
Lugo Ks. Ellsbury singles down the line.

Every time a Sox fan says he is worried about Papi, there is a YF who says we are being impatient or ledgejumping. But Papi really looks like he’s in a career deathspiral. Forget the “no homers” thing. How about the “no threat at all to do anything” thing?
I hope this is Carlos Delgado 2008, but I have doubts.

Memo to self: avoid Globe website tomorrow. Not shaping up to be a good night for Boston sports fans. Blood everywhere.

Crawford a one-man wrecking crew. That’s a triple if it doesn’t bounce over the wall.

My biggest hope at this point is that Penny will give up 8 runs here so the Sox aren’t deluded into thinking this is another “quality start”. Because it’s not.

What I love about Ortiz: he’s such a great teammate. He has ZERO homers this season, but he’s the first man at the top of the dugout hopping up and down with a big smile on his face to congratulate Bay and Drew.

just wanna keep everyone abreast of teixeira’s troubles. remember how a-rod was gonna make everything ok for him once he got back? well mark has struck out 3 times tonite.

Dear Theo
GET THE MAN HIS DAMN CONTRACT EXTENSION
Sincerely
The Nation

Starting pitching = just good enough (fine, Penny did okay last inning and I’m glad he did).
Offense = just fine.
Relievers = ? Hope they live up to their standard excellence.

1-out single. Enough? Apparently not. At least Upton’s been sucky. Come on, pleease. And if he’s not out, can Oki come in?

3-0. What the hell? Two men on. Way to try to milk it too much. Here comes Francona.

Longoria K’s. Oki is back and he’s back big. (Ouch, that’s a little less fun to say now.)

Pena flies to deep center. With luck, we won’t see him or Longoria again tonight.
Surprised Oki is in for Burrell…would have expected Ram-Ram in there.

Walks on four pitches, does Burrell. So in comes the expected Ramon Ramirez.

Can I just say how not big a fan I am of the fact that comments no longer accept HTML? Is this an admin decision or a Typepad decision?

I don’t forget; he literally would be better. Buchholz’s ERA last year is about a run better than Penny’s now (I believe).

However, I will say that his last start was easily his best, and he got (a little) better as the game went on today.

Ellsbury gives us a bigger cushion. 6-3 as Lugo burns around the bases on the double (he got on base on a cheapy just over Pena’s head).

I don’t get what is going on. Sometimes my HTML shows up, sometimes not. Nothing has changed with our setup. It’s gotta be a Typepad thing. Shocker.

How did the Bruins have the best record in the East? They look AWFUL. I don’t see what made them so good, a lifelong hockey watcher (and player, part-time), I can’t find anything about them that makes me think they would have had any chance at winning a damn thing.

If you’ll check the link I provided, you’ll see that Clay Buchholz had an ERA oof 9.21 over his final nine starts (10 appearances) — including zero quality starts. He allowed a .963 OPS and sported an AVERAGE game score of 33. If we want to be fair to Buchholz and only include the seven starts after his second call-up, his ERA improves all the way to 8.26. The entire year (15 starts), Buchholz had four quality starts — matching the number Penny has so far this season.
Hey, the Sox have beaten the Rays! Awesome!

This looked like a pretty ugly game to start the 6th. Then it got awful purdy. Sox win!

When I saw the score was 3-0 in the fifth, I pretty much wrote this one off and went to enjoy playing with the little girl before she went to bed. Funny how much things can change in one inning.

All right, Paul, fine. But I’d still prefer Buchholz this second, for reals. A couple of Penny’s quality starts (including this one) featured some SMOKING line drives at fielders. But sure, Buchholz still might be worse. (He wasn’t last year to this point.)

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