Friday, April 27, 2012

Alternate Universe??

The Red Sox now appear to be an unstoppable force and the Patriots traded up in the first round, twice!! What in the world is going on here?  Perhaps the Game 7 loss for the Bruins, as upsetting as it was, may have served as the turning point for the other Boston teams. Perhaps they fell on the proverbial sword so the other Boston teams could have a change of fate.  The world works in funny ways I guess. (I don't really believe that these things have any kind of real connection to one another, but I guess that's why we are called maineiacs).  My history as a New England sports fan has led me to thinking this way.

Today's Red Sox game takes us back to Chicago for the 2nd game of a 4 game series.  The Red Sox look to keep their winning streak alive and push it to 5 wins in a row.  Daniel Bard is on the hill for the BoSox and John Danks, the tough lefty is pitching for the ChiSox.  Sox haven't faced a lefty in a while so the lineup will have a bit of a different look.  Hopefully that doesn't mean the offense's production will slow down any.  Danks is a good pitcher, probably their best starter so runs may be harder to come by tonight.  It will be interesting to see how Bard reacts after a long layoff between starts and a brief return to the bullpen.

Here is my predicted lineup for today:



Aviles SS
Byrd CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
MacDonald LF
Shoppach C

Bard SP

The manager is still experimenting with lineups. It appears as though he has settled on a lineup vs. RHP but against LHP it's still up in the air. Why not give Byrd a chance to hit second against lefties he's been good since he got here and it keeps the rest of the line up fairly in balance.  The other option is sliding Pedroia back up to two and sliding everyone up one spot behind him with Byrd hitting 9th again.  It will be interesting to see what he decides to do.  Byrd has a .788 OPS vs. Lefties over the last three years and he's 3 for 9 against lefties so far this season.

There is no live chat tonight, but feel free to leave comments below.  We can discuss such things as the Pats two first round picks (Loved both picks, Hightower is a STUD), the Sox winning streak and anything that comes up during tonight's game and the 2nd round of the NFL draft.  Like, who you would like to see the Pats take in the 2nd round or should they trade down and get some picks in the later rounds?

22 comments:

  1. I would like to see the Pats take a young DB (one who might actually contribute to the team) and an interior offensive lineman. I wouldn't be surprised if they traded one of their second round picks for picks later in this draft. If they don't their draft will essentially be over by the end of tonight. They traded away their 3rd and 4th round picks yesterday and they don't have any in rounds 5-7. So it might be an early exit from the draft for the Patriots this year. This would be a huge change from years past. I love the fact that they were aggressive this year and went after some players that they had rated highly on their draft boards. Just when you think that Belichick is predictable he pulls a move like this!!

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  2. I agree Barry. I would bet almost anything that the Pats will trade at least one, but probably both of their second round picks to stockpile multiple 4-7 round picks. I also agree I would like to see them target a DB or two and some OL depth.

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  3. It looks like Bobby V didn't want any part of my idea of moving Byrd into the 2 spot (he needs to start calling me before he makes out his lineups). He went with the 2nd option that I offered up, that was moving Pedroia up to #2 slot and sliding everyone else up one spot. Here is the actual lineup:

    Aviles SS
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    Ross RF
    Shoppach C
    MacDonald LF
    Byrd CF

    Bard SP

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  4. I think the Pats first pick in the second round is high enough in the round so if a "late first round type" on defense is still there they will use that pick, but I bet they trade their own pick near the end of the round. But if that 1st round type guy is not there, they very well could trade them both for a couple of 3s and 4s.

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    1. Deacon was right once again at least on the second part of your prediction the Pats have traded the 31st pick of the 2nd round to the Packers. I'm not sure what they got in return yet.

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    2. The Patriots got a 3rd and a 5th round pick from GB for the 61st pick overall. I think we all saw this coming. At least we have a reason to stay interested in the NFL draft until Saturday.

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    3. The third round pick is #90 overall which is coming up about four picks from now

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  5. Well the Patriots surprised me once again and used their first second round pick, number 48 overall, to take Tavon Wilson, a Safety from Illinois. I don't know much about Wilson, but the Patriots did need depth in the defensive backfield. I like the fact they have now added three top-48 picks on defensive players who will hopefully be impact players in 2012.

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  6. Tavon Wilson??? Eugene's Cousin? Eugene Wilson also came out of Illinois and had a couple decent years. By all accounts no other team had this guy on their radar in the second round. Hopefully Bill Belichick sees something that the others don't. In Bill We Trust.

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  7. The more I read about Tavon Wilson the more I have to put my faith in Belichick. That is the only way a Patriots fan can talk themselves into thinking that it was a good pick. All indications are that this was a reach and a poor pick. Disappointing.

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    1. Todd McShay did not project Tavon Wilson to be drafted...at all. Patriots took him with the 48th overall pick. Curious.

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    2. He must be good at special teams...I'm rolling my eyes while writing this

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  8. In Red Sox news...Kelly Shoppach is trying out for the American hammer throw olympic team tonight. Maybe his hands are so cold he can't hold onto the bat. 3-3 in the top of the 6th.

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    1. I could see shop chucking a hammer and a shotput around...has he ever heard of pine tar?

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    2. Evidently not because he isn't just letting it slip he's thrown each one well beyond third base 100 plus feet.

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  9. Big two out double for Darnell MacDonald with the bases loaded. 3 RBIs and a 6-3 lead now for the Sox in the top of the 6th.

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  10. This Sox offense is really clicking right now. Not even extremely cold weather can slow them down. 9-3 Boston in the top of the 7th. They're getting big hits from the bottom half of the order tonight. Ross, MacDonald, Byrd and now Shoppach

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  11. Jake Bequette DE from Arkansas is the Patriots 3rd round pick. Wonder if he comes highly recommended by the blonde lady that works in the office?

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  12. Five in a row! This offense is really clicking right now and Daniel Bard showed again why it is a necessity to keep him in the rotation. On another note, this Sox team has some guys that are really likeable...I enjoy rooting for Cody Ross, Salty Dog, Darnell McDonald, and now Marlon Byrd, in addition to old favorites Pedroia and Papi. Good times all around.

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  13. Bard certainly continues to make a very, very strong case for himself to stay in the rotation. If we can continue to get this type of starting pitching and offensive production the bullpen issues will be minimized. All is good in the Nation for another night. Tomorrow we go for 6 in a row!

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  14. Patriots draft trivia....what player leaving new England caused them to have the compensatory pick used to select Tom Brady?

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