Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4/25 Sox Update: Things are Looking up!

I don't know about the rest of you, but this maineiac is feeling a lot better about the state of our baseball team today after winning two in a row from the Minnesota Twins. It must be the two live chats in a row! Thanks to all of you that checked out our live chat last night. If you haven't checked out one of our live chats you are missing out and you should check in sometime. It's a fun way to watch a Red Sox game with other fans like yourself. We like to discuss serious Sox matters as well as take a comical approach to watching the team, and one of our favorite pastimes is quoting movies like Major League and other pop culture items, plus you can get Jason's Kate Upton clip of the day! It looks like our next chat is going to be Thursday night. We will be discussing the Red Sox game against the White Sox that night as well as the NFL Draft. It will be a sports fans dream!

A couple of nuggets from today's Red Sox news as they prepare to go for the sweep against the Twins:


According to boston.com Carl Crawford is going to be seeking a second opinion on his elbow. This is not good news for Red Sox fans. This thing just won't go away and what is up with the Red Sox medical team? They just can't get anything right. Hopefully this will be something minor, but if you believe in the theory where there is smoke there is fire, your alarm should be going off.

Clay Buchholz is on the hill tonight. He is looking for a solid start to get his season turned around. He has had a tendency to get off to a slow start in his first 3 games. Let's hope he can shut the twins down for the first 3 innings tonight and then get on a roll from there.

Deacon's #12 Sox prospect for the month of April has been moved to the bullpen for the PawSox. Alex Wilson who tops out at 96mph with a good slider. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 2009 and he has been a starting pitcher ever since then. The Sox clearly have a plan to transition him to the bullpen just like Doubront, Papelbon, Buchholz and others before him have done. He has the potential to be a set up guy sometime soon and the closer of the future.

Rich Hill pitched a scoreless inning for Pawtucket last night and appears to be getting close to returning to the Boston bullpen. Mark Melancon has pitched 3 scoreless innings since getting to Pawtucket. I believe he needs about 5 more good appearances before I would be ready to call him back up.

We'll end on a positive note...after the horrendous start of the first 14 games as of today the Sox are only 3.5 games out of first place! There is no live chat scheduled for tonight so check back here for in game updates and dialogue. We'll have tonight's lineup posted as soon as we get it. Go Sox!!   

22 comments:

  1. Bom bom bom...The dreaded words that no baseball fan wants to hear "Crawford is going to see Dr. Andrews" according to the boston globe.

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  2. As you can see in the Twitter box to the right, Will Middlebrooks crushed another home run today to make it 9 on the season for him. Hopefully those footsteps Youk is hearing behind him motivates him to step up and start hitting the ball for power.

    Good overview of news nuggets Barry. Crawford is "going to visit Dr. James Andrews", which is usually the athlete's equivalent of saying "I'm going to go visit my crazy ex-girlfriend" or "I'm going to go meet up with my crack dealer". In other words, nothing good usually comes of it. Unbelievable. It felt like Sox Nation was ready to forget about last year and allow Crawford some slack this year to work his way into our good graces, but if he misses significant time this year, his reputation may be forever tarnished, dare I say to Lackey-ian proportions. Good thing we made a sneaky good pickup in Byrd.

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    1. You gotta wonder if Cherington knew about this prior to making the Byrd deal which made it all the more necessary. Although they certainly needed to make it whether Crawford was coming back on May 1st or not.

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  3. Getting ready to drop the puck for Game 7! Here is the Red Sox starting lineup which is set to get in the batter's box in about 25 minutes.
    Aviles SS
    Sweeney RF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ortiz DH
    Youkilis 3B
    Salty C
    Ross LF
    Byrd CF

    Let's Go Bruins and Sox!!

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  4. Bruins game is 1-1 end of the 2nd period. Red Sox lead 6-1 in the 3rd inning and Clay Buchholz is the second person in two nights to be caught on camera staring at Jenny Dell's chest. It was clear as day on a pre-recorded interview that they showed during the bottom of the 3rd.

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    1. He even threw a wink her way at one point! I bet the bullpen pool to whoever gets her out on a date first sits at about 10 large.

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  5. I'll put my money on Salty. He's taking over for Tek in every way!

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  6. Give me Will Middlebrooks in the Dell Sweepstakes. Hey, he's hitting everything else with power these days.

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    1. haha good call he is hitting everything in sight!

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  7. Bobby V decided to get lackadaisical with a 7-2 lead and brings in the craptastic Atchison/Thomas combo...and just like that it's 7-6. And Matt Albers is pitching. Why did he go with the three worst relievers in the major leagues? WHY??!?!?!

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  8. He is saving the 4th, 5th, and 6th worst for the 9th.

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  9. Well this night quickly took a turn for the worst. The Bruins lose in OT and then the Sox quickly cough up 5 runs to make a 7-1 game 7-6. Albers got a double play ball with the bases loaded and one out to prevent them from blowing the lead completely. Now the offense has to go back to work and answer with some more runs of their own.

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  10. Now that Thomas hit Parmalee in the head we'll probably have to see the Byrd beaning 10 more times on Nesn.

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  11. Not only is Youk struggling at the plate he is becoming a hack job at third.

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  12. Hopefully the video of Byrd's beaning will be accompanied by a video of Justin Thomas packing his bags and never coming back to the Red Sox.

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  13. 3 in a row...boy Fettucine is a high wire act, but a win is a win!

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  14. A few more updates from some of yesterday's nuggets. Our twitter box has some great links to some scouting reports from soxprospects.com. There is an excellent report about Alex Wilson and his transition to the bullpen. Check it out if you get the chance.

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