Saturday, April 14, 2012

Game 2 vs. Tampa Bay

Game 2 Tampa Bay Series

The Sox try today to win two in a row for the first time since August 2011.  Clay Buchholz takes the mound trying to improve on a shaky first start in Detroit.  He will be faced by Jeremy Hellickson who took a shutout in the ninth for a win in his first outing.

Without Jacoby Ellsbury, who was officially put on the DL today with Che Hsuan Lin called up , here is today's Sox lineup

Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzazlez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, CF
Sweeney, RF
Saltalamachhia, C
Mac Donald, LF
Bucchholz, P

No live chat today, feel free to leave any comments here.  Looking for Buchholz to rebound, as did Beckett yesterday, from his first start.

20 comments:

  1. Anyone wanna change their vote on this week's poll question?

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    1. Looks like someone changed their vote as Buchholz has dropped from 4 to 3 and Doubront has picked up an extra vote.

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    2. I changed my poll vote from Buchholz to Doubront and back to Buchholz during today's game. I'm an unabashed flip-flopper and I don't care.

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  2. They're going to have to come from behind if they wanna win two in a row as Buchholz gives up four in the first...again.

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  3. Did I mention that I have Buchholz on my fantasy team? And no, I voted for Beckett.

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    1. Looking like a smart vote. Sox playing long ball today. Ortiz just hit the 3rd homer of the day for the team to tie the score at 5 a piece. Salty, Pedey and Papi have all gone deep with Papi and Salty hitting 2 run shots.

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    2. As I typed my comment below Papi went deep for the Sox's third homer of the day. Yesterday they scored 12 runs without a homer. I told Art last night that it was great to see the Sox offense explode yesterday, but felt like they still didn't have the power strokes going. Looks like they found them today. Let's get after that Rays bullpen!

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  4. I'm back at home after a weekend away and I'm feverishly working my remote between Bruins game 2 overtime and the Sox game. We've already seen the leadoff spot in the order come up in a huge spot today. Aviles was up with bases loaded in the 4th and even earned a 3-0 count and could not get a hit to tie the game or take the lead. Of course in the first full game without Ellsbury his spot comes up in a huge spot.

    I believe Ryan Sweeney should be the leadoff man. Aviles has never been an OBP guy. Aviles' career OBP is .317 and his 2011 OBP was only .289. Sweeney has a career .344 OBP (.346 in 2011) and has a .478 OBP in 2012 before today's game.

    I have indeed gone ahead and changed my vote on the poll question to Doubront over Buchholz. Buchholz has settled down some after a rough first inning, but his stuff looks very hittable.

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    1. Mike Aviles goes deep! I always liked him! Good choice to leadoff today!

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  5. Brandon and Deacon have been pounding this point home for a while now, but after the last three games I'm starting to come around. With Buchholz just making it through 7 innings that makes three starts in a row with the starter going at least 7 innings. That's the key to the season and that's what they had last year when they were playing well. It all comes down to the starting pitching now hopefully they can get one of either Doubrount or Bard to give them 7 each time through the lineup. It may be asking too much to have both of them do it each time through the rotation, but if one of them does we'll be in good shape.

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    1. And the best thing about the front three starters going 7 or more is that you might be okay if neither Felix or Bard go 7...although it would be great to see at least one do so as Barry said. And not only is there a relationship between starters innings and the bullpen effectiveness, but the offense pounding away helps the starters get extra innings, Buchholz today being an example.

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    1. On a more positive note it's 8-5 Sox going to the 8th

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  7. After the first inning what were the odds of Clay B. going seven innings and being the winning pitcher??

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  8. It didn't look good, but he found a groove thankfully. As I wrote above that's the key to the season.

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  9. Big win for the Sox and for the second day in a row they pile up runs in the 8th inning to put the game out of reach late. 13-5 final.

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  10. I love the Sox's approach in this series. I know that's really going out on a limb when they score 25 runs in two games. But, they have really executed what seems to have been their approach to the Rays - run up the pitch counts of the starter while staying close in the early innings. Then when they got into the Ray's bullpen they explode late and rack up the runs. If they can continue to grind out AB's against starters and get to the soft underbelly of every major league team - their long to middle relief - then this run parade can continue. Got to love the Sox back in the Fens crushing the ball.

    Way to go Cody Ross getting on track late in the game with a double and a HR in back to back at bats.

    I agree with what Barry said above about the starting pitching getting through 7 being the key to the season. Morales and Aceves both looked sharp today to shut down the 8th and 9th. It seems like Melancon may not sniff anything later than the 7th inning for awhile unless Morales/Aceves are unavailable. As he shouldn't.

    Last note - I'm glad I picked the Rays to finish 4th in the AL East in my AL predictions. If they don't get stellar starting pitching, then they are a mediocre team. They could easily finish fourth.

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  11. And LINSANITY 2.0 is over...

    Che Tsuan Lin was sent back to Pawtucket after the game today. It is assumed that Jason Repko will be called up. Which means he will have to be added to the 40 man roster. They could open up a spot by putting Dice K on the 60 day DL retroactively (he could still come off when he's ready in a month or so). The other option would be to release Justin Thomas to make room for Repko and call up someone else who is already on the 40 man roster like Lars Anderson or Ryan Lavarnway to take Lin's spot. Seems like kind of a strange move I anticipated Lin being here for a longer stretch. Shows what I know!!

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