Theo talks state of the team

On the last three games: “We’ve played well the last three days. The key is to keep it going. Guys who are new to the team are settling in, it’s natural for them to need a little bit of time. Guys are able to take a deep breath, relax, and be themselves out there. Making plays that are more characteristic of them. Not trying to do too much, either.”

Of the early problems: “We were just in a funk, for a month. Sometimes they don’t last long, sometimes they do. This one lasted a long time.”

Meeting of the minds: “Tito had a good meeting Monday, and the players certainly were tired of the funk we were in, so hopefully this is a little cathartic.break, and we’ll play some good baseball, that’s what we’ve done so far.”

The standings: “It’s not something that you fixate on. When you play below your capabilities for a month, the focus is on stringing one good game together, and then two and three. Maybe we can go out and play the type of baseball we’re capable of for a month, and then look up and see where we are, I think that’s the approach. When you’re scuffling, most days, you’re struggling to put a few good games together, you can’t be concerned with what anyone else is doing. You do what we did, which is focus inward, try to figure out what we need to do to do better, which in this case is probably relax, be ourselves, and go out and play. You can’t concern yourself, at this time of year, with what anyone else is doing. Everyone knows it’s going to take a high standard to get into October this year.”

Bad starts get magnified: “One-sixth of the season is 27 games, and we ended up going 13-14 our first sixth. Every year I’ve been here, since 03, except one, we’ve had a sixth of the season when we went 13-14 or worse. You just don’t realize it at the time because you’re in the middle of a pennant race. It’s deeper in the year – when we’ve never done it in that first sixth. Getting out of the gate slow, means that there’s no context for your slump, makes things look a lot worse than they are sometimes. and it amplifies it… I think it’s important to keep it in context.”

And now? “Now that we’ve taken a deep breath, put your head down, play good ball for a month or so and see where we are.”

Of Theo’s quote to the Herald on Sunday that there would be changes if things don’t improve soon: “One reporter came up and asked me a question, what kind of baseball are you guys playing. And I don’t think there’s a single player in that clubhouse that would disagree with me. I didn’t call anyone out. I didn’t call our players out. We’re all in this together. But the fact of the matter is we were not playing good baseball. We all know that. We weren’t playing the kind of baseball we were capable of. Tito had a meeting, a couple other things – there’s a reason you do those things, not that they ultimately matter. Ultimately it’s how our players play, and they’ve done a great job this week. It’s nice to see guys take a deep breath, relax, be themselves and go out and play good baseball.”

He says that by change, he didn’t mean a roster shakeup.

“I was asked ‘will this change by itself?’ And I said ‘Yeah, it’ll change by itself or we’ll have to find a way to change it.’ I actually didn’t even mean personnel changes. Obviously that’s the natural connection when a GM says that, but I actually meant, ‘have a meeting, find ways to put guys in a better position to succeed. There was no follow-up, which I understand, because that’s naturally what you would expect when a GM says that. But I was actually alluding to the meeting we were going to have the next day. And Tito had a meeting. You can’t make personnel changes this time of year that are anything more than symbolic. Maybe once a decade you’ll find a trade you can make this time of year. But they’re really symbolic. And we don’t really believe in change for change’s sake.”

Did the meeting work? “So we had the meeting, some good conversations. Maybe it doesn’t amount to anything, maybe it’s changed the mood a little bit. I think, most likely, a couple guys have just found that comfort zone and relaxed. We’re not doing anything we’re not capable of this week. We’re  just playing good, clean baseball. This team looks a lot better when the starters are going deep into games, supported by a defense that allows the bullpen to have a more realistic goal of making nine outs, six to nine outs, on a given day. Instead of 12 to 15. That makes your team look a lot crisper. The starting pitching really sets the tone, and I think we’ve played good overall baseball because of that.”

17 Comments

Keep the faith. GO RED SOX

When the season started my glass was full. When the Sox were in the funk, my glass down to half full. Now it’s back up to 3/4 full.
I know we cannot assume DP. If Youk could scoop up the ball, the 1st inning could be ovah and down just 1 run. Dice-K settled down and kept the Halos in check for the comeback. Credit Dice-K for his pitching and the offense and defense (Scutaro & Pedey) for the big win.

The Bi-polar Red Sox, what more can I say. lol…..It was great to see the Red Sox seal the deal with the sweep of the Angels. Now it’s time for the Red Sox to win a series against one of the elite teams in baseball. Also it’s time for Beckett to shine against N.Y. I’m not expecting a sweep of N.Y. ( that would be wonderful if it happened ) but Boston “MUST” take 2 out of 3 against the Yankees.

Just wondering if the Rondo show will continue tonight????

Also it was great to see Martinez driving in some runs and Beltre driving the ball.

Everywhere I read was how shaky Dice-K was and moan and groan about Diceman. IMO Dice-K pitched very effectively after the disastrous 1st. If the Sox could turn that DP in the first inning (and should be), the Sox could just be down by 1 run or 2 runs at most. Uncle Tito could stay little longer with Dice-K finishing the 6th at least.
The real test for the Sox comes this weekend against the Yankee universe. The ERAs of the four Angels starters before the games were close tor 5. Go Sox.

well obviously thats the most impressive they’ve played this year. not just that they swept them but the way they did it. a couple of games it was offense and a couple of games it was pitching. bosox is correct though. this weekend is the real litmus test for what this team is. i still think the sox are the 3rd or 4th best team in the AL ( flip a coin with minny ) but the 2 best are both in the AL east. if they are going to have any real chance in the east 2 out of 3 is absolute must. barring injuries etc. i don’t think there is any way they can play .500 ( or worst especially ) against NY and TB and finish any better than 3rd. with the hole they’ve dug they almost have to win the season series against one or the other. or maybe even both.

it’s funny and maybe it’s just me but every time i hear theo be interviewed i get the feeling that down deep he really doesn’t expect this team to be in the playoffs and he’s really not going to do anything much to add to what they have and even try and give them a better shot. i.e. add a bat to the middle of this lineup. i could be wrong but i think he’d be content with 90 w’s.

Nice sweep!

To expect the Sox to take the Yankees seems far fetched but I hope I’m wrong. The Angels did everything in their power to assure a victory. Last night was no exception. Sox can’t play anything but dynamite in facing the best team in baseball outside Tampa. They need to be smart, aggressive, and fully unpredictable. They can’t make an error, they have to have strong starting pitching, and most of all they have to play like it is the World Series and that means even Ortiz has to show something.
Tonight Phil Hughes hasn’t lost a game yet. He’s 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA. Sox have Beckett who’s been horrible. We’ll see but right now the Angels sweep was fun!

Hughes hasn?t faced really tough teams yet. His 4 starts were against LAA (5 innings, 2 runs), Oak, CWS and the Oreos. We will see Ortiz as DH tonight and on Sunday. Which Beckett will show up and we will find out.

Tough weekend coming up…..anything can happen. I did not think the Sox would get swept by the Orioles and I did not think the Sox would sweep 4 games from anyone. That’s a tough thing to do. They are playing well and here’s a chance to gain some ground. The way they have been playing the past week it’s a good chance for some carryover and who better for some Red Sox fallout than the Yankees. I still have faith and I am looking forward to the weekend no matter what. Save me a seat tonight Greg…… Go Sox!!!!!

It’s important for the Sox to win the first game tonight and keep the Evil Empire trying to catch up to salvage the series. We have played good ball and our BP really came through. I didn’t see the first inning of last nights game but I thought Tito did a good job pulling DiceK before the game got out of hand. I hope that DiceK can give the Sox more innings and not like last year when he was a five,six inning pitcher.Tonight Josh has to keep ahead of the batters and keep the ball down. We have to jump on Hughes early on and keep the pressure on them. Let’s GO SOX!!!!

Lineup: Scutaro, Pedroia, Drew, Youkilis, Ortiz, Beltre, Hermida, Varitek, McDonald
Why V-Mart is not playing tonight?

Andy, I think that its probably because Beckett is more comfortable with Tek behind the plate. I think that Tek is becoming Josh’s “personal” catcher. Nothing wrong with that. Just like Mirabelli was Wakes battery mate, just for different reasons. JMO
I still BELIEVE in these RedSox. With strong fielding and bats some much needed ground could be made up this weekend.
GOREDSOX!!!

i get tek catching for beckett. the question is why not DH martinez instead of papi when v-mart is coming off probably his best game of the year? maybe ortiz will make him look good again but hughes has good stuff. mainly a plus fastball which is what papi has REALLY struggled with. really hard to believe you could have a huge series in early may but we do.

Andy.. I just also read that along with what I thought, a compound reason for Martinez being out of the lineup tonight is the fact that they have a day game tomorrow.

I’m convinced the season is over,i have bee a sox fan since 1965 and i have seen it all,its true like Berra said its not over till its over.Beltre i swear i think he sleeps in the hot corner very imconsistant and some of the time amazing.But he’s not the problem,Epstein has managed to paint the team into a corner they will not be able to get out of and i mean for some time to come.They don’t have a wild card for third place and there arre two clubs that are superior without a doubt.I’m beginning to think that the front office dooes’nt give a damn their raking it in.And as long as they do with this nation bussiness and loading the stands they will be satis fied,lets face it we’ve been duped.But you know ball players aren smart fellows,i would’nt be surprised when they go into the locker room the yankees that is,probably feel a little bad for sox fans,because of the way our front office duped us.One thing is certain they would’nt deliberately do it to yankkee fans

I’m convinced the season is over,i have bee a sox fan since 1965 and i have seen it all,its true like Berra said its not over till its over.Beltre i swear i think he sleeps in the hot corner very imconsistant and some of the time amazing.But he’s not the problem,Epstein has managed to paint the team into a corner they will not be able to get out of and i mean for some time to come.They don’t have a wild card for third place and there arre two clubs that are superior without a doubt.I’m beginning to think that the front office dooes’nt give a damn their raking it in.And as long as they do with this nation bussiness and loading the stands they will be satis fied,lets face it we’ve been duped.But you know ball players aren smart fellows,i would’nt be surprised when they go into the locker room the yankees that is,probably feel a little bad for sox fans,because of the way our front office duped us.One thing is certain they would’nt deliberately do it to yankkee fans

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