Newsy Sunday

Sunday mornings are usually among the slowest when it comes to pre-game news in the clubhouse. Today was different from the moment I walked in. The lineup card, which is posted the first step in the door right in front of where Johnny Pesky’s locker resides, had Coco Crisp leading off and playing center field.

We thought it was a day early, but Terry Francona said this morning that all along Sunday was a strong possibility and he just didn’t want to throw it out there in case something changed.

The good news of Coco’s return comes with the bad news of Wily Mo Pena going on the DL. He’ll get his wrist examined a little more to see what the deal is.

Manny is out of the lineup for another day as his back and knee are both bothering him. Youk is hitting cleanup. Willie Harris is playing left.

And now we find out Timlin also goes to the DL with a shoulder strain. The Red Sox don’t have much of a bullpen today. Papelbon and Foulke are both unavailable because of how much they’ve been used lately. That leaves the late innings up to Tavarez, Seanez, Delcarmen, Riske and Van Buren.

No decision made yet on Wells, but Francona reports he was riding the exercise bike last night, which was certainly encouraging.

More later,

Ian.

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I saw Coco play at Pawtucket last night and he looked just fine. I couldn’t see how Francona was going to justify NOT putting him in today’s lineup! Given that Manny and Wily Mo are both down, this is a smart move (if not an obvious one).

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Wells. The adversity of Friday night will, I suspect, make him want to come back strong. We sure need him considering how inconsistent Clement has been.

“The lineup card, which is posted the first step in the door right in front of where Johnny Pesky’s locker resides, had Coco Crisp leading off and playing center field.”

AWESOME!

I am curious about the players’ health.
There is rumor that Timlin also gonna be on DL. How serious is Pena and Manny’s pain?

what was francona thinking by putting in seanez? that 9th inning was pathetic. we got a gift when gathright tried to score. there is no way you should allow a team to score 4 runs in an inning and only give up 1 hit.

on a positive note, good game for coco. hes got a hit in every game in a sox uniform (6 game) i don’t expect much out of him for about a week due to the fact that he is still just getting his feet wet.

What is the thinking of letting Curt Shilling pitch some 130 pitches, then when knuckleballer (who is presumeably somewhat exempt from the tight pitch count) has a chance to throw a complete game shutout, you take him out after 107. Too much emphasis is being put on numbers without paying respect to other real life factors.

I hope you had as pleasant a day as is possible having to work today, ellen, while most of the rest of us were lounging around. I know you promised us you’d be working and not drinking and that you wouldn’t be falling off any bar stool. But I was worried about you in the ninth. If the Bay comes back and wins that game,–who knows!?!? Maybe there, but for the grace of God, would have gone you.

Seeing Coco’ batting, I think Youk had better be lead-off for a while. Coco needs to have time to get back batting skills in the 9th spot.
I don’t understand why francona didn’t use Riske, Van, and Delcamen as relief pitchers. He gave little opportunity to them. It’s unfair.

Looks like I may have been dead wrong about David Wells. Not about the fragile nature of his knees and his vulnerability every time he takes the field, but about how much damage the line drive did. And, I couldn’t be happier! His pitch count was low Friday, and if he can pitch like that…and stay healthy, I could see him battling Wakefield for the third slot with Matt going fifth. Do any of you Doubting Thomases feel a little bit better about Tim today? Can he stay now! Hope Matt pulls a 180 in Toronto, too. Wonder how much Pap’s guts were churning in the ninth…and not a thing he could do about it? Tough 10-game road trip starting tomorrow. Would settle for 6-4. Maybe 5-5, as long as at least 2 of them are against the 26ers.

i don’t what is theo waiting to get rid of seanez and tavarez, this guys just can’t pitch well, seanez with a 5 run lead with 2 outs a walks 3 guys, come on gimme a break, and tavarez has been shaky all season, what is theo waiting for???

They pitch better than you write.

Maybe I shouldn’t have said that to someone whose initials are “JC”. If it’s YOU, I’m sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice pitching by Tim Wakefield could have had better results from Seanez and Tavarez though.

If Doug could’ve hang on to that ball, it would’ve been a shutout. Remember, all 4 runs that we gave up are unearned.

Blaming the wrong guys for it, although that PB didn’t help the morale.

Guys,
There’s really a lot of people focusing on 1 poor inning when this team just finished a 4 game sweep. I think the Sox are looking pretty good and its always nice to enter a road trip on a bit of a streak.

Although the Sox took all four, the Devil Rays are no longer the pushover that they have been in years past, so I’m pretty happy that the boys broke out the brooms today, and not letting 1 (out of 36) bad innings bother me.

There’s my boy Timmy! Man, was I glad to hear he came through today! I know it’s selective memory, but it seems like he comes through when the Sox really need him to. As for why Francona took Wake out after only 108 pitches, it was because Tim was honest with Francona and told him he didn’t have enough to go back out there. I’ve heard tell that it’s a little bit of a myth that knuckleballers can pitch forever. Instead of going with his ego and trying for the shutout/complete game, Wakefield showed some faith in his bullpen, misplaced though it was.

Seanez has been fairly decent of late, with a 1.80 ERA for the month of May, so I think Francona was justified in showing some confidence in the guy. Tavarez is another story, although his pitching hasn’t been abysmal.

Bummer about Timlin, but I’d rather he sit for a couple weeks and be there in August and September instead of making it worse.

Anyway, another good/bad day for the offense. Everyone but Dougy got at least one hit, but they still left 11 runners on base. Squeaked it out in the end, but as I said before, a win is a win is a win. Send all your good vibes, positive energy, prayers, kharma, whatever you believe in, north to Toronto for Clement. He’ll need it against Halliday.

Here’s what I don’t understand. Why do Van Buren, Delcarmen, and Riske even occupy roster spots if Tito doesn’t allow them to ******* pitch??? His distrust/lack of confidence in them is astounding. These are young pitchers who, while raw, need chances to develop — chances Francona REFUSES to give them. He’s turning into Dusty Baker! Overly reliant on the “proven veterans” – who’s ERA’s are approaching the 5’s and 6’s. Seriously, if our kid pitchers can’t hold a 5 run lead over one inning against the Devil Rays, then they shouldn’t be on the roster. Which seems to be exactly what Francona thinks. Pathetic.

Good sweep vs. the Devil Rays. The Sox will need all these four wins come Oct. 1. Overall, I think the starting pitching has been awesome with four quality/dominating starts, including Wells. The bullpen is a question mark. Papelbon deserves a rest. It’s really unfortunate Timlin is on the DL. That is a major blow and we hope he will be ok and back healthy. Tavarez and Seanez are just not getting it done. Way too many walks, esp. today where had the Sox were handed the win by the Devil Rays third base coach. That was just too much a scare with Tavarez pitching. i really hope Foulke works his problems out because we really need him to assume the primary setup for Papelbon now that Timlin is out.

The offence is still an issue–the batting averages are all good and everyone seems to be contributing, but LOB is a big issue. So glad that Coco is back and the offence can be on full cylinders. I agree he should perhaps stay in No. 9 hole for a while and let Youk stay atop the order so Coco can readjust himself back to the lineup. Good luck to Manny healing and getting well. The Sox really NEED him in Toronto esp. against those tough Canadians. As for Willie Harris, at least he can do something besides run the bases today. Props!

Tough trip ahead, very tough for the Sox: three against the pesky nemesis Toronto, three at the “for real” Tigers and four against the Empire. It should be a real test of the playoff readiness of this club. What else does the Nation expect?

As for predictions, I say the Sox take one of three from Toronto, two of three from Detroit, and split with the Yanks. We’ll see. Just my take, no jinxes etc. please.

I wish quick health for Boomer. The rotation needs him to be healthy and he’s much more trustworthy than Clement. Plus, Wells is a big game guy, a control pitcher, and gets better in the second half. Should be interesting to see how he does against his former club. As for Clement, all the best. Prayers. Burning candles. Memorial day cards.

Whoa, whoa, whoa…Did’t we just win a game (sweep a series). With all this complaining I thought I was in the Yankee’s blog (shudder).

I know some of you Wake fans gave him his props, thanks! Robnbetsy, it is not selective memory. You are right, he has been doing just that for 10+ years for the BoSox. It was exactly these types of games I was discussing after his outing last week. He said he felt like he let his team down, so now he picks them up.

Rayman & Robertmarshall did you enjoy Wakes performance?

A bit of a scare in the ninth, but we held on and won.

Great throw/play by Willie Harris!

Loretta is still hot, and good first day back for Coco!

Riske just came off the DL. As far as our young pitchers, they on on the roster because of injuries and will probably be used in non-preasure situations. The fact is we did’t have our closer (Papelbon) or 2 best set-up/closers (Timlin/Foulke) and we still managed to win. I think that is awesome. Great series!

someone commented earlier on the fact that there is no point on having riske/delcarmen/van buren on the roster if francona won’t use them. proof: those 3 have a combined total of 8.2 innings pitched, thats less than half of what seanez has (19.1) and nearly 3 times less than taverez (21.2). In the only inning riske pitched after coming off the DL he had a 1-2-3 inning, so i have no clue how francona can figure out how he’ll do when his bad inning came a day before he went on te DL. plus both seanez and taverez are giving up almost a run per inning (seanez- 14 in 19.1 innings, taverez- 13 in 21.2 innings) whereas timlin (not really part of the topic but he’s really the only other comparable option) has givin a run about every 6 innings (3 in 19.1 innings) and even for the somewhat bad year foulke has had, he’s only giving up 1 every 2 innings (14 in 27.2 innings)

*please excuse any possible errors in my math (it’s not really my strong point)

daniel: the ninth was a bit of a test for my barstool sitting skills today, but I overcame and won the battle. My heart on the other hand can’t take much more of Seanez. I think I’ve rounded a bit of a corner re Tavarez. But he’s still on shaky ground with me. (i’m sure that bothers him quite a lot). Well, I started at 10:30 today and was looking at the clock up until the pregame show. After that it was tough getting a beer if you weren’t one of us). I take alot of ribbing being that I’m only 1 of 2 Red Sox fans in the place. But as robnbetsy says “awinisawinisawin”. Very well put. I happen to look in on the Mark Feinsand blog yeaterday. I just can’t believe how they REALLY beat each other and the players up!! And I told them as much. I was immediately greeted by a civil (whoda thought?) Yankee fan who informed me that it happens often and many of the bloggers are tired of it and come over to our blog, and are astounded at our civility toward each other and our guys.
robnbetsy: I got scared when Tim started having trouble the last couple of starts. Once again I stand corrected, I have always been a big fan of our knuckler; as I said, simply got scared. Thanks for pointing me back in the right direction. Anyway I’m extremely satisfied with the win (still not crazy about Seanez). A sweet sweep. 12 hours behind the bar have taken their toll and I’m yawning, so this Sox Fan is heading for lala land. I’ll say that tomorrow night (I see that clement is scheduled) I want a really clean outing by Matt. But I’ll take a win however we can get it. No matter how we get one it still looks like a “W” in the column. GO OUR SOX!!! KEEP THE STREAK GOING!! ‘Night Nationers.

A lot has been said in the recent past about the number of runners the Sox have left stranded. It being late at night and me not being able to sleep, I thought take a closer look at this.

The team stats on the MLB sites don’t list LOB for the year. So I went through all of the games played in the past week (May 23 to May 28, inclusive), and for each game I checked whether the team that won left more or less runners on base than the losing team. Guess what? It was a dead heat. In 81 games played, the team with more runners LOB won 34 times, the team with fewer runners LOB won 34 times, and the runners LOB was the same for both teams 13 times.

Now, I didn’t go so far as to see what the average number of runners LOB was over that period, and whether the Sox’ average was above or below the Major League average. But my general impression was that there were a lot of games played in which both teams left fewer than 10 runners on base. I’d guess the MLB average is somewhere in the range of 6 to 8, and the Sox’ average is probably above that. But even if my impression is right, what does it mean? Boston is still leading the division.

It’s just a week’s worth of stats, but I’m beginning to think that the LOB stat is a little overblown in importance. I’m going to keep a little closer track over the next week or two; I’ll let you know if my “research” changes my opinion at all.

ascential22: As far as those lower spots in the bullpen, it seems to me that just about every team has three or four pitchers in the ‘pen that really don’t come close to measuring up to the top dogs. And those guys tend to be put into games either when the score is so far gone that the manager doesn’t want to waste a better pitcher’s arm on a lost cause, or because the team is so far ahead that there isn’t much chance of the heel hound losing the game. Like you, I’ve often wondered what the point is of carrying guys like this, and the only conclusion I can come to is that they’re essentially sacrificial arms, kept there in order to give the big dogs days off when needed, but only when the puppies can’t really do any harm by giving up a few runs.

It was the same way in 2004. Embree and Timlin were the set up guys and Foulke was the closer. It wasn’t very often that the other relievers were used; Embree, Timlin and Foulke were the big three. Maybe it’s just traditional baseball thinking, which may or may not be outdated.

Sorry this was so long. Hopefully I can sleep now, after looking at all of those stats.

It’s true that the away stretch coming up is going to tell us what kind of hearts our team has. Keeping my fingers crossed here, as Halliday is going to be a tough start for Matt tomorrow, but his last outing was more promising than he has shown lately.
Good to see Coco back, and hope to see the ball flying out of the parks by him by the time we get to New York in a weeks time.

I think that Boomer will miss at least one start, maybe even two. What bad luck he is having, as I think he can be a real asset for us if he keeps healthy.

Wily Mo deserves a rest after playing almost every game while Coco was out, and he has faired well, even though he looks a little green with the bat sometimes, and could learn to be more patient on the pitch counts and start working the opposing pitchers.

I also would like to see Francona giving these younger pitchers some playing time from the bull pen, as Papelbon is young also and look at the confidence that has grown in him!!!

Oh well, time for bed and hope well for tomorrow.

Nice job on your article “Red Sox Complete Sweep of Devil Rays”, Ian, with the perfect touch closing of Wakefield’s quote “I was praying to get one last out…”. I realize you don’t need a compliment from me and that my opinion is irrelevant to anyone other than myself, but I take enough tongue-in-cheek shots at you that I owed it to myself, if no one else. By the way, Ian, who is Brita Meng Outzen of mlb.com who takes all the photos of the Red Sox players, and is it a he or a she?

You certainly were prophetic when you said that they “…don’t have much of a bullpen today.”

Ellencullum, how did you make out on tips yesterday on a 12-hour shift? I was just wondering if you pulled in enough to support both me and your husband? Just joking, Ellen. Please don’t respond to that, other than how you did on tips. When I was younger, I looked like Paul Newman(without his money). Now I look like Dustin Hoffman(and without HIS money)! Plus, besides being old and ugly, and in spite of having been born and growing up in Mississippi, I don’t like hot, humid, muggy weather. Nor would I like my house being blown away by hurricanes every few years. Fortunately, I guess, although one never knows–because I don’t like paying the highest taxes in the country on EVERYTHING either, I live in upstate New York…where we never see the sun.

I think I told you guys (and girls) that I peeked in on the Yankee blog. Boy, I got my butt torn up when I wrote something. I think I’ll keep my visiting to our Blog. We are far more interested in baseball than bashing fellow bloggers as well as the team. Good to be home here.
I really hope Clement has a good outing. I thought we had a rough next few days but the Cranks are facing Dee-troit. I know we’re facing Haladay tonight, but who else are we expected to face?? I’m not up on their starting rotation.

I too think that Coco needs a few AB’s down in the order until he is back on sure footing. I remember when we got Loretta (way back when) and I think that quite a few of us said “MARK WHO??” I feel very fortunate that we got him. He’s just been so darned consistent. I’m thinking that it’s rotten timing that we lost Timlin to the DL and that David took that missile to the knee. Hopefully neither will be out too long. We can definitely use some shoring up in the bull pen.

This is going to be a very telling week for the Sox. It seems they are playing pitchers that handle them pretty well. Halliday, then 3 lefties. Lilly looks like Cy Young every time he faces us. Now with Wily Mo on the DL, Trot is going to get a steady diet of left handed pitchers. Let’s hope Manny’s days off were just precautionaray.
Tonight should be interesting. Halliday always seems to pitch in games that last less than 2 hours. CLement seems to have innings that last that long. Here’s hoping he figured out what’s wrong because another start like last week will really tax the bullpen.

Randy Johnson looked good today, unfortunately. We can all be Tigers fans for the next 3 days.

“THE BIG YOU NAME IT” HAS A “NO” GOING THROUGH 5 2/3 IN DETROIT. COME ON, RANDY, BE RANDY! I DON’T WANT THE TIGERS TO COOL OFF UNTIL WE PULL INTO TOWN THURSDAY. COME BACK DETROIT! KNOCK HIS EARS OFF. YOU DON’T HAVE LONG. HE’S UP TO 89 PITCHES THROUGH SIX.

The Blue Jays, eh, are 5-3 on us this year, having taken 2 of 3 twice and splitting a 2-game series with us. They whomped us either 11-7 or 12-8 last year, eh. Just losing one lousy game less to these guys would have given us the pennant last year, instead of losing it on that chicken s-it head-to-head 9-10 call to you know who for the umpteenth consecutive year. Yes, I know another win against anyone else would’ve done it, but the Blue Jays, eh, have really *******’ gotten under my skin! Worse yet, eh, they’ve gotten into my head. I know Francona and Sox players would deny this to the Nth degree, but I think Toronto has gotten into OUR team’s head, too!!! The Yankees have NEVER scared me. I always believe the Sox will kick their butts no matter who is preceived to be the better team or have the better hurler going. So saying that about Totonto is saying a lot, eh? In past years, we’ve been better than the Blue Jays. We should have not been losing season series to them, no more than the NYY should have been losing embarrassingly to Tampa Bay in the past. This year is much, much different. Other than infield defense–where no one does–Toronto matches up with us everywhere. Great starting rotation. Great relievers and a great closer, B.J. Ryan. Their offense is at least as good as ours now. They were good before, led by Vernon Wells, but over the winter they picked up Lyle Overbay at first and Troy Glaus at third…and these guys can both pick ‘em and propel ‘em. Then, the late acquisition of Bengi Molina to catch. GM J.P. Ricciardi, Theo’s and Brian Cashman’s soul brother in Toronto dealt off season like there’s no tomorrow, probably equalled only by the Mets GM Omar Minaya, although we didn’t stand around with our finger misplaced, turning over our entire infield(sans catcher)and centerfielder. Omar wants to win NOW, like Boston and NY, they don’t want to “wait till next year”. And, since the Spring, before the season opened, I have believed that the team Boston will have to beat out for the AL East is not the NYY but Toronto. And, I don’t think it’s wishful thinking. (Wouldn’t it be delicious if for the first time in..what..9 years the NYY not only lose the pennant but finish 3rd. It could happen!) Toronto’s play so far, folks, has not been a fluke. They’re good! and have matched up and played the better teams well. They’re coming off a series with the CWS winning 2 of 3. Roy H. goes tonight–enuf said. Gustavo Chacin (SHUH-SEEN) Wednesday. Altho 5.31, (5-1). Ted Lilly, who can’t seem to ever help us by beating his old team, NYY, is 5-4, 4.00. NY hits him, but he pitches like Cy Young against us. I guess offseason acq lefty A.J. Burnett is on the DL, a malady that seems to befall every new pitcher the Yankees get, eh? Their listed 3 pitcher now is C. Janssen, 3-3, 3.25. Playing Foulke and Timlin for the Jays are an impressive bullpen. Lefty Scott Schoeneweis may be 7.20 now, but he pitches lights out against us, as do righties Justin Speier and Pete Walker. Here’s some of their starting lineup: (1) RF Rios .351;(2) LF Catalanotto .315;(3) Wells .318; and that takes care of their outfield;(4) Glaus, .262, mucho HRs, RBIs;(5) Overbay .306;(6) DH Shea Hillenbrand (former Red Sox 3b) who spanks us like a baby, .333;(7) C Gregg Zaun .338–the scarriest little dude on that team. Benjie is the starter, but Zaun was last year, has been earlier this year, and likely will start most games left with us. He seems to hit 1.000 against us(apparently hitting everybody this year–.338). I don’t EVER remember him making an out. So..Zaun creams us, Hillebrand does, Lilly the Cy. This team will be tough for us beat. Maybe this gives some reasons why. Thanks for listening, eh!

Did anyone notice who Bonds (Cheater, Cheater!!!) hit 715 off of??? None other than our former Soxer Byung Yung Kim. Boy that guy has some bad Karma. I don’t know if he has a pilots license or not but is anybody else here thinking KAMIKAZE MISSION?? ( I probably have the Nationality wrong here,and I’ll apologize for that, but just the same). Do you think he carried a little bit of “The Curse of the Bambino” out of Fenway when he left?? He sure doesn’t have good luck does he?? Also the guy that caught the ball, caught it off the roof of one of the concession stands, where he went to get peanuts for his wife and a beer for himself, just before Bonds was due to be up??. Timing (?) is everything and LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.

Clement looked better last time out than in a while, I will say again that I hope he has a really good go of things tonight; we really need him. (but for me I think he needs to lose that patch of hair under his lip)… I wonder if Manny will be back tonight, anybody know for sure??? He is just such a presence. i think he in a lot of ways intimidates a lot of opposing pitchers.

Danielfagan: tips were really good even though I lost every body after Indy until about 7. Things did pick up after that for quite a while and I did almost as good as the bar did. So Dustin Hoffman, huh?? Are you more like him from Tootsie, or Rainmain?? Just joking, I have a really good time on the blog, thanks in part to you. did you see “Fever Pitch”? Like Ben I too have my summer family in y’all. I look forward to my being able to chat with all of you each day. Speaking of daily, where’s Ian today, I don’t remember reading that he asked us for a day off!!!!! you know, You give em an inch… I hope he had time to ‘Que and spend some time with his family today. He’s gonna be busy the next week-10 days or so. I got my Holiday delivery of Blue Jays and Tiger voodoo dolls. Only enough pins for the Jays so I’ll have to use the ones from the Rays when I run out. NATIONERS CAN I GET A “GO SOX” from all that are reading?? GO SOX!!!

Did anyone notice who Bonds (Cheater, Cheater!!!) hit 715 off of??? None other than our former Soxer Byung Yung Kim. Boy that guy has some bad Karma. I don’t know if he has a pilots license or not but is anybody else here thinking KAMIKAZE MISSION?? ( I probably have the Nationality wrong here,and I’ll apologize for that, but just the same). Do you think he carried a little bit of “The Curse of the Bambino” out of Fenway when he left?? He sure doesn’t have good luck does he?? Also the guy that caught the ball, caught it off the roof of one of the concession stands, where he went to get peanuts for his wife and a beer for himself, just before Bonds was due to be up??. Timing (?) is everything and LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.

Clement looked better last time out than in a while, I will say again that I hope he has a really good go of things tonight; we really need him. (but for me I think he needs to lose that patch of hair under his lip)… I wonder if Manny will be back tonight, anybody know for sure??? He is just such a presence. i think he in a lot of ways intimidates a lot of opposing pitchers.

Danielfagan: tips were really good even though I lost every body after Indy until about 7. Things did pick up after that for quite a while and I did almost as good as the bar did. So Dustin Hoffman, huh?? Are you more like him from Tootsie, or Rainmain?? Just joking, I have a really good time on the blog, thanks in part to you. did you see “Fever Pitch”? Like Ben I too have my summer family in y’all. I look forward to my being able to chat with all of you each day. Speaking of daily, where’s Ian today, I don’t remember reading that he asked us for a day off!!!!! you know, You give em an inch… I hope he had time to ‘Que and spend some time with his family today. He’s gonna be busy the next week-10 days or so. I got my Holiday delivery of Blue Jays and Tiger voodoo dolls. Only enough pins for the Jays so I’ll have to use the ones from the Rays when I run out. NATIONERS CAN I GET A “GO SOX” from all that are reading?? GO SOX!!!

P.S. IAN, if you need to miss a day PLEASE let me know and I’m always happy to lend a keyboard.

you guys might see my blog 2x. My husband made some adjustments to the computer as I was typing, I don’t know what happened… sorry for the repeat performance….

Don’t have enough style to be Tootsie, and not smart in ANY area to be Rainman. Probably more like that creepy dude he portrayed in “Midnight Cowboy.” Don’t worry about the dup. It was good both times. Your husband is just trying to give you more space and writing exposure!

Idiot savant (Rainman’s gift) was what I was searching for. All idiot:No savant. Game’s coming on.

Since I am following this game on gameday that clement was just being cautios pitching to wells and not losing it already. LETS GO SOX!

Wow that did not turn out well at all what I meant to say was Ill assume he was being carefull. I guess it pays to preview those postings.

okay maybe carefull was good.

Ellen:

Yes, I sure did notice that it was Mr. Kim that served up the pitch that wound up being #715. I didn’t even realize that the Sox had gotten rid of him; Colorado must be desperate for pitchers. My wife, who knows a little bit about baseball but isn’t really a fan, was in the room while I was watching SportsCenter this morning. When the third segment about Bonds came on she said “Enough already! Don’t you get tired of hearing about Barry?” Yup, I do.

The Blue Jays radio announcer just mentioned that Manny came into tonight’s game with 78 fielding chances with no errors, which leads the American League for left fielders (might have been the majors, not sure). Way to go, Manny!

Dan: Upstate New York isn’t so bad. Try living down here in the Hudson Valley where everyone seems to be a Yankee fan. At least in Albany the mix was about 50-50.

Come on Matt, hang in there! It’s only two runs.

Crud. Make that three runs. Oh well, hang in there anyway, Matt!

4 runs , 2 on,no outs,.. I know about faith, but is there any one up throwing in the pen????? Please let’s not wait too long tonight.

The way were swinging might just want to save the bullpen. I try to give everyone the benefit of the dooubt but Matts killing me. I sure hope those bats come to life shortly or this is going to be a painfull night.

I dunno know, the way that Clement is limping, I think we might need some help(but who) very, very,soon.

Rats!

It’s only six runs. Come on, Jermaine!

I know it’s only one game but is there anyone that didn’t see this coming? With Wells now scratched from his next outing (if he was in that much pain today, how much better do you think he’ll be in a week?) we need some serious staff help. Clement is now officially a liability.
Hopefully Jermaine can pitch a few solid innings and keep the pen in decent shape.

We can do this, don’tcha think?? down three in the sixth. I just heard there’s a change on the mound. Good,bad?? Let’s pull out the candles and pray…..

absolutley

So Wells has been scratched for Wednesday. Anybody want to lay odds on who’ll start in his place? DiNardo’s not on the active roster, although they could call him back up. Van Buren and Delcarmen are obviously out, as are Clement, Wakefield and Beckett (he starts tomorrow). Schilling pitched on the 27th, and I doubt Tito will pitch him on short rest. I’m thinking it’s time to give young Mr. Papelbon a start, just for this one time until Wells is back. Somehow, I don’t think that’s what Francona will do. I’m betting they’ll call up DiNardo again for another cup of coffee.

Oh, and ellen, this is definitely still a winnable game. LET’S GO SOX!

DiNardo is on the DL, so it won’t be him. The only thing I can see happening is a call up. No way they are going to pitch Schill on 3 days rest with all the talk about him being overworked. I heard they were looking at Kyle Loshe in a trade w/Minn. He got sent down to AAA recently.

You better read these comments. I’m checking on you. Downtown.

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YYYYEEEEEAAAAHHHH!!! Way to go, Cap’n Tek! Dare I say it? I smell a win in the air, all the way down here!!

(I apologize if anyone has said this, but I don’t have the willpower to read through all these comments)
It is so weird how in Spring Training we had “seven” starting pitchers, and now we are down to three. Wells’s knee is dying, and I doubt Wells is good enough to last through the season, and Clement is a Derek Lowe reincarnation. Arroyo is in Cinci, Papelbon is the closer. That leaves the Sox with who? Jon Lester? I don’t think so.

As promising as the Sox pitching prospects are, they are prospects. Hansen is way too young. Lester is a question mark. The Sox won’t go shopping until Wells and Clement are declared by the organization as ineffective. Roger Clemens could be in the picture.

It is a mess.

Manny D. had good control. What’ swith Jerry Remy tonight does hen have a summer home in Toronto?? Praising way too much. Teks HR was really C lutch.

and Ellen, what are you talking about when you said “I think I’ll keep my visiting to our Blog. ”

We have MANY blogs on here.

There is Cyn’s (http://redsoxchick.mlblogs.com), Jonathan’s (http://redsoxworld.mlblogs.com/my_weblog/), and even another mlb.com writer’s blog (http://soxgirl.mlblogs.com/my_weblog/), not to mention my own. (http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com)

So get your Red Sox fill, and them some.

(Mark might be very happy if I encourage you to get your own blogs as well)

-A

http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com

I knew it, I just knew it. As soon as I posted that comment about smelling a win I knew I’d jinxed the Sox. I take full responsibility for the loss. Woe is me, woe is me! Why oh why couldn’t I just keep my keyboard to myself?

Blast you, baseball gods!!! Cruel, cruel baseball gods with a twisted sense of humor, letting Shea Hillenbrand be the dagger that pierces our hearts. Now I must devise a suitable sacrifice; perhaps I shall burn my Pedro Martinez mini bobblehead doll. That should atone for my sinful typing.

My deepest apologies to the Nation. I have learned my lesson. Worry not about future in-game posting from this fan. I shall refrain if I have to put both hands in elbow-to-fingertip casts.

Well. we gave it a good shot. Not enough though. The yanks are with a 1/2, Toronto is right there 2 1/2 back. Really tough loss. One of my first blog thoughts tonight was, why don’t they have someone up and getting ready in the pen when Matt takes the mound in the 1st. I know that sounds very critical, but…. Just some short thoughts tonight:
We really let Tek down tonight, he tied it up for us, GREAT SHOT!!! Coco made a great snag. Van buren had good stuff tonight, as did Manny D. All in all Matt didn’t have it tonight as I had hoped.. I hope he finds out what’s wrong or going on with him. Loretta looked good as has been the norm lately, Manny just being Manny, (I think that when David got hit, he really didn’t want his buddy to have to run full out, hence the HR.) GO MANNY. Although I know he has a great glove, it just seems like Alex keeps expecting the top of the order to handle what he doesn’t.. Can’t keep happening. Maybe some extra BP (a lot) should be on his agenda, I’m sure Papa Jack can do some good there, look what he did with Wily Mo, Tek etc. I’ll wait for some responses, but I’m still yawning from yeaterday.. So sorry ’bout tonight. We’ll bend it back with Beckett tomorrow night. ‘GO SOX< GO NATIONERS!!!!

It always seem that we never finish off one of these great comebacks. As soon as I saw Riske come in I knew it was over. He had some great stats for Cleveland… but seemed clueless out there today. Didn’t we have anyone to pinch hit for Gonzales in the ninth? The batboy? Geez. There were definitely some good signs out there… Crisp, Van Buren, Delcarmen, Tek… but Clement wiped all of that out. Bcpark – I don’t know what to say about Wake. Pitched great last night. Here is what the ESPN Power Rankings had to say… “It’s looking more and more like Tim Wakefield’s days as a reliable starter are long gone.” We need him, thats for sure!

Thanks Cyn: I don’t know why, but for some reason I’ve only blogged to Ians. I’ll try harder, I promise. I’ll look in on the sites you given.. have a good one and thanks!!!

Sorry ARIELLE, YOU GAVE ME THE SITES.. BE THE RE SOON!!!

A P/S TO ROBNBETSY: I’m oh so da##ned sick to death of the steroid king, but I thought the little bit of Red Sox connection was funny.. I hope the effects of steroids in his case soon come more to light. “NOTHING GOOD EVER COMES FROM CHEATING” (not sure of the originator,) but Mom and Dad always said it in my house.

On our loss: there are times I just want to be so cynical, but again from mom and dad, it’s just not in me. D@m* it>!!!!!!

Nice job on your article “Red Sox Complete Sweep of Devil Rays”, Ian, with the perfect touch closing of Wakefield’s quote “I was praying to get one last out…”. I realize you don’t need a compliment from me and that my opinion is irrelevant to anyone other than myself, but I take enough tongue-in-cheek shots at you that I owed it to myself, if no one else. By the way, Ian, who is Brita Meng Outzen of mlb.com who takes all the photos of the Red Sox players, and is it a he or a she?

Posted by: daniel_fagan1940@hotmail.com | May 29, 2006 10:07 AM

I must say, i almost had to pick myself up off the floor when i read the kind words from Mr. Fagan. You certainly have come around from your early days on this blog. I like the fact that you now have a combination of both positive and negative thoughts. Good stuff. And this blog is becoming quite the meeting place. Kudos to everyone who has been posting and spread the word to all your friends who love the Sox.

I’m upbeat and positive tonight!!! Other than the win (We can survive this loss.), I’m really proud of our guys tonight. Down 0-6 against Doc Halladay, nobody getting on base early. As Jery Remy and Don Orsino explained the situation on mlb.com, the best you can hope for is for the guys outta the pen to hold ‘em a few innings to give us a long shot chance(Van Buren and Delcarmen did that) and pray that your offense can bring you back(Our guys did that: Coco(1) Manny(2) Jason(3).) We were all hoping, but what odds did any of us think we would really do it. I didn’t! You give me 6-6 anywhere along that ballgame, and I’ll take it. I’m so pleased no one has yet second guessed Francona: why didn’t he bring in Pap to throw 2?(because we have 9 more games back to back coming just as important, and if you did that to Pap we may wear him out midway in this important road trip(But I’m happy Toronto used up 1 1/3 innings of BJs arm tonight!!!). We may could use Jonathan every single night, but he’s not a machine, and when to and when not too is where managing(more an art than science) comes in and is what Francona gets paid for. I didn’t disagree with a single pitching move he made tonight(choice of pitcher to send in…or his timing). Why did he send in Riske instead of Foulke? Because as Orsino and Remy again mentioned, this game could go extra innings. With our current pitching dilemma, Keith’s all we HAVE left from the pen for that situation. You don’t want to bring in Pap unless we take the lead, don’t want to bring him in and waste him two innings dueling with B.J. Ryan to a draw, then leaving…still with a tie. So Foulke is what you got for the 9th, maybe the 10th. That’s why Riske is in in the eighth. Riske had a good chance of striking out our old nemesis ex Shea. His stuff just breaks off the table when he’s right, as does Matt Clements’. Jason called for a high fast ball, which Hillenbrand IS a ****** for, especially when he’s down on the count. Jeeezzzz I love it when Tek calls for that pitch, then springs up from his croutch to catch it. It probably would have worked if Riske could have thrown it where Jason called for it. Just happened he threw it right down the middle belt high. Gave up 2 hits, yielded the go ahead run we couldn’t get back. But…that’s okay. We’ll survive that. If ever a team deserved the ole “nice try,” it was our Red Sox tonight. I think Terry and players know that better than we,…and will sleep good tonight…without regrets. I was also pleased most posters were not overly rotten to Matt. He WAS hurt in that last game and it DID affect his pitching in that horrible last game and tonight. Tek has repeatedly said that everything Clement throws moves. Although his control ****** all game, he got out of one inning against NYY without even throwing a strike. He struck little jesus out without throwing anything NEAR the plate. Jeter swung strike 2 on a pitch that dipped and bounced a foot in front of the plate. Derek doesn’t do that often. I know Matt continues to struggle with the same things he has for years;and, as someone said: “He hasn’t solved it yet.” I want Matt to get healthy, stay healthy, and master his control. If he can, he has the natural stuff to be much better than a #4 OR #5. I’m going to quit being equivocal and choose to believe that he will! Arielle, I know you’re only 16, hon, but if you’re going to jump in a race(the blog here) and try to run with the big dawgs, we’re not going to give you any special dispensation for the remarks you make because of your age, and–certainly–no disrespect intented, sincerely. And, I’m always going to try very hard NOT to patronize you because you’re 100 years younger than me, and because you deserve BETTER than that. I admire that at your young age you know what you want to do for your life’s work(many of us grow old and never do) and are aggressively pursuing it while still in high school. You go girl! You labelled Matt Clement as a Derek Lowe reincarnation. Boy howdy, I wish!!!! Lowe was the winning pitcher in the 2004 first 5-game series (Rally Monkeys or As); Lowe was the winner in the final game eliminating NYY in the 2004 ALCS; and, Derek Lowe was the winning pitcher in the final game of the 2004 World Series eliminating the Cardinals. I would tend to be pretty sure that you know this, so I can’t imagine what about his personage has made you so negative about him. The only reason Derek left us is because the Boston Red Sox are not EVER going to pay any pitcher OR position player what they’re REALLY worth. Look what they got the Big “O” for for another 4/5 years. Had Ortiz chosen the free market, he’d be playing for the Yankees soon. And, the only reason Bronson is in Cincy now is because he was naive enough to hope his loyalty to us would keep him in Boston, thus agreeing to a multi-year contract $3 to $4 million less than his open market value–a contract his agent pleaded with him not to sign because the lesser annual salary made him tradeable. Arroya virtually signed the contract, bought a big home the next few days, and was traded the next few days. Players should listen to their AGENTS not their HEARTS. NYY were down 11-19 last year. They made do. They kept dog pedalling and treading to keep their heads above water and breathe until they got Aaron Small (who knew?) and Shaun Chacon (who knew) AND Jason Giambi came busting out from being a pathetic figure from steroid ****. Certainly we aren’t that bad off. Timlin needs to get back. So does Wells, Seanez. I believe now they will. Things will get better. They almost always do. Have faith. ………——–….. By the way, who was that “Jesse” dude? Was that Dan rather’s mole (What’s the code? or whatever Rather thought he heard him say.), was it a Yankee plant, or did we just IMAGINE it?!?! whooooooooo, Jesse. You’re dead, Jesse. Go on, now, go on to the other world!——- Ellen, now don’t you be picking on Orsino and Remy just because they are more objective and not outright “homers” like other announcers (e.g. every single radio/tv guy in New York!) I think they’re the best crew I’ve heard in baseball. Plus, the Blue Jays deserve to be praised. If you read that lengthy expose on them I posted earlier today, you’ll probably be more disgusted with me than them! But, ellen,…do what you please, my good friend.———……—–Now my friend Robn: “Think about it, Rob! If they did your thing on Pap, whose gonna close, man? The next day, the next day? Pap “ain’t” gonna be startin’ in 2006 under ANY circumstances that I could rationally envision. Trust me bud. Forget it! There is no one in the pen that can go for Wells. Has to be someone from Triple-A…or maybe gosoxred has a scoop on Loshe. I don’t doubt a bit that Theo is beating the bushes and dialing to nab SOME warm body to help band aid this present purgatory.———-……..————— Oh, and Rob, we’re coming out of the 60s we’ve been in here in the Southern Tier of New York into the 90s tomorrow. Forty degree jump in temp from overnight until Tuesday? Wanna predict a little electrical disturbances, THUNDERSTORMS, LIGHTNING!!!!!! —–Took a cloth this afternoon and wiped down my A/C, now back where it rightfully belongs–in my bedroom window. How ’bout you, friend?

Ian just woke up in the middle of the night and changed the blog subject. My post “War and Peace”–the last post here will probably never be read by anyone, unless you’re a glutton for punishment like me and have to go back and pick up wherever I left off…and read every single post. Arielle said she couldn’t stand to read the earlier shorter ones, so she will never wade through this treatise. Probably good for her. Good for me. Nite.

Daniel,

I think your long posts are great and very well thought out. Keep it up!

Ian.

2nd game back and Coco already has a homerun!! unbelieveable. And Daniel i look forward to reading your posts in the blog as well as ellen. Well, hopefully we can win tonite….we should sice we have Beckett pitching. Go Sox!!!!!

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