Categories Sox Gamers/Postmortems Wake Up: Sox-Angels Gamer Post author By SF Post date May 13, 2009 37 Comments on Wake Up: Sox-Angels Gamer These games start way too late for us old folk. You young'uns keep the gamers going, comment here! ← Who’s Got a Glove: Yanks-Jays Gamer II → Finally, a Game We Won’t Sleep Through: Sox-Angels Gamer 37 replies on “Wake Up: Sox-Angels Gamer” 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! Ellsbury caught stealing, just before Ortiz bloops a single into center. Figures. BAY!!!!!!!! Again!!! 2-0! Dear Theo, PAY THE MAN HIS MONEY!!!!!! Sincerely, Red Sox fans everywhere When is it ok to start getting really excited about JBay? I have not had this feeling about a ball player in a long time. Ortiz 0 HR 15 RBI Abreau 0 HR 12 RBI Hmmmmm… I started getting really excited about Jason Bay right around 4:05 p.m. on July 31. Wow, Bay hit the snot out of that one. And you haven’t stopped, have you, Paul? Swinging K, looking K, looking K. Productive AB by Nancy. Hehe, haven’t had reason to, IBM. Bay’s only done everything I expected him to, plus a little more. Nick Green makes it 3-0 with the single. What a terrific pickup he’s been. And another run on Ellsbury’s groundout. 4-0. Love it! JACOB IS JASON BAY! Sorry, watching LOST instead. Crap. Went to watch the weather and missed two runs. We’ve got some Zeus-like thunder & lightning outside. Error and a chopper put two on with no out. Yuck. 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. Howard, not Howie, now? Loaded up now with one down. C’mon, Timmy! Oh, two men down. Oops. And Wake gets out of it. 1 out, bases loaded, Aybar Ks and Figgins flies out to right. Wake gets out of it. 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. Fuck a duck. Wakey’s getting Shakey…. The patented Wakefield Meltdown. 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. Well, at least the bases are clean. Only the second HR given up by Wakes this year, tho. Jones up in the pen. Might we see Bard’s ML debut tonight? Will we see Bard today, maybe? Wake could get back on track and cruise for three more or he could keep imploding. Hey look, LOST is over and suddenly we’re losing 4-5. Lame. Fair ball? Fuck that shit Torri Hunter. Live with the knuckleball, die with the knuckleball… How did we go from the 2nd inning to the 7th inning in one hour? Wow. “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. Leave a ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.