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Wake Up: Sox-Angels Gamer

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Since starting the season 2-6, the Red Sox are baseball’s best team, going 19-6, 2.5 games better than the Blue Jays and 7.5 games better than the Yankees.
In that span, the Sox have hit — despite no production from David Ortiz, injuries to both projected shortstops and an injury that has cost Kevin Youkilis a week and counting — .295/.385/.483, averaging 10 hits and six walks per game.
On the flip side, the Sox have posted an uninspiring 4.61 ERA since April 15, giving up nine hits and four walks per game — and the starters notching just 13 quality starts in the 25 games.
If (when?) the pitching improves, this team could really be incredible.

The lineup is really boosting this club. Nick Green and Jason Varitek are posting league-average numbers from positions where below-average numbers are the norm. The Sox have four starters with an OPS+ of at least 120 and five with at least 110. Only Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury are definitively below league average.
And there’s something to be said for looking at Ellsbury differently thanks to his baserunning. He’s added 16 bases through his speed while being erased from the basepaths just three times. If we include the steals as part of his total bases (singles and walks turned into doubles, doubles turned into triples) and count the times caught stealing against his on-base percentage, his .329/.356 line turns into .308/.474 — an increase in OPS from .685 to .782, which would produce an OPS+ of about 105. Just a thought.
And Ells gets a leadoff hit. Let’s capitalize, boys!

Me, too, Paul.
When his name was first mentioned in a possible trade for quitterboy, I was real excited.

TB barely holds on to beat Baltimore, 8-6, giving up 4 in the 9th. Wigginton batted as the tying run. Crawford left with an injury.
NYY tops Tor, 8-2, giving the Red Sox a shot at first place if they win.

Lordy, the irony of being back on the east coast (friend’s wedding Saturday) for the thankfully final west coast swing is killing me. Well, the sleepiness more than the irony, really.

Well, Wake’s 0-out meltdown to let 5 in and give up the lead is actually killing me the most now. You have to be ready for it with Wakefield, but it still stinks when it shows its face. Still, just a one-run deficit.

Will we see Bard today, maybe? Wake could get back on track and cruise for three more or he could keep imploding.

“How did we go from the 2nd inning to the 7th inning in one hour? Wow.”
Theo and the boys in the lab have been working on that time travel thing.

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