Friday, April 13, 2012

The Real Opening Day!


The home opener is finally here. After a tough road trip to start the season and nearly a 48 hour stretch with no game it will be nice to see baseball at Fenway. I don't know about the rest of you, but I hope that the 100 year anniversary celebration gets over with quickly so we get down to playing baseball. I'm tired of this ownership group acting like the show is more important than the team and the games, but that's a topic for another day. Today feels like an opportunity to start the season over...

In my adult life as a Sox fan it seems that the offense never really gets rolling until they get home and play in the ballpark that the team is built for. I look for Cody Ross and Salty to get there bats going on this homestand as well as Ellsbury. However, the big story today will be Beckett and how he bounces back from a bad first start. If history is an indicator then hopefully he'll have similar results to last year. When he had a poor first start and bounced back strong with good 2nd start against the Yankees on a Sunday night. However it happens they need to find a way to win today and then find a way to win two games in a row for the first time in a long time (August 27th, 2011).

We are not running a live chat today but check in here for predicted and actual lineups, score predictions and other general discussion topics...


Here is my prediction for today's lineup:
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Sweeney RF
Ross LF
Salty C
Aviles SS

Score prediction- 6-4 Tampa Bay :(

25 comments:

  1. Here's the weather forecast for Boston from weather.com:

    Plentiful sunshine. High 64F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph

    Chance of Rain 0%

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  2. Public Enemy #1: LUKE SCOTT

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2012/04/luke_scott_thin.html

    I hope he's in the lineup today for the Rays and if Beckett wants to start rebuilding his image with the fans he outta plunk this guy right in the ear. I'm not one to promote throwing at the head, but this bum needs to be sent a message. I'm sure the fans will give him his fair share today.

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    1. Unfortunately Luke Scott is not in the lineup for the Rays today...pu$$y

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  3. For fans who are not enamored with the " show" the ownership puts on here is some bad news. Dr. Charles Steinberg the PR whiz from previous years has returned to work for the Sox...so if anything we all can expect even more "shows". Hopefully, they come in conjunction with some WINS, starting with today. By the way with David Price on the hill for the Rays, I think that Darnell MacDonald may start in Sweeney's spot...although with Sweeney one of the few hot hitters I would leave him in there. I have not had any luck predicting Sox wins, so I will just go with Beckett throws a strong game today. That is probably enough for bold predictions.

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  4. Updated lineup prediction (I still haven't seen the actual ones posted yet):
    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    Ross LF
    McDonald RF
    Salty C
    Aviles SS

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  5. Hey Red Sox fans! After about 48 hours of no baseball, this guy for one is looking forward to watching the hometown team get back in action. I hope the Sox's performance today allows us allow to begin forgetting about the opening road trip and start remembering why we all believe this is a 2012 playoff team. I agree that it is going to have to start with Beckett. If he has any pride then he will step up big time today against what should be a much easier lineup to face than the Tigers. The second key, I believe, is getting Ellsbury going. If he can start getting on base consistently for the boppers, this offense can start coming around. It's going to have to to improve upon the Sox's worst run differential in the majors.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Old Ballpark decked out for its 100th season. I understand Barry's viewpoint on the "show" overshadowing the games, but at least these owners have poured money back into the product. Thinking back on the days of an adversarial relationship between the team leadership and the fanbase, I don't think we have anything to complain about.

    So I for one am looking forward to seeing green grass, blue sky, and a Sox win! Predicitons:

    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    McDonald LF
    Ross RF
    Salty C
    Aviles SS

    Score: 4-2 Sox (another late-inning comeback after forcing Price from the game)

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  6. Here's the actual lineup:
    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    McDonald LF
    Ross RF
    Avilies SS
    Shoppach C

    Brandon you almost had the right lineup. As to your thoughts about the ownership I would have agreed with your assessment wholeheartedly about 4 years ago, but now that they have branched out into a brand with Roush Fenway Racing and Liverpool soccer they seem to have lost some good will amongst Sox fans including myself. However, that is a discussion for a rainy day. Like I said earlier today is a day to start our season over again. Let's Go Sox!!

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  7. With the lefty, Price, going I wondered about Shoppach starting since his rep is to hit leftys way more than right handed pitching. But it is somewhat suprising to me this will be Salty's third straight day off ( Wed. Shoppach played vs. lefty Romero and the day off yesterday.

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    1. Valentine made a good point in the pregame show about Shoppach starting because he knows his former team well and he's caught Price before so that may help him in the batter's box. Or maybe Beckett is just a SOB who blamed Salty for his piss poor performance in Detroit?

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  8. Brandon, on your point of getting Ellsbury going to help this offense. A very valid point since Ellsbury is off to a 3 for 23 start. But the good news may be that last year Ellsbury started 4 for his first 24, and we all know how that turned out for Jacoby.

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  9. Going to the bottom of the 3rd 1-0 Tampa Bay. Price appears to be dealing. Looks like runs are going to tough to come by again today. Beckett is pitching better so far though.

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  10. Ha! Finally got a jinx to work. Sox get 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 3-1 lead, but they still lost an opportunity for more with a Ross GIDP ending the inning. They really made Price work hard throwing over 30 pitches he's up around 80 pitches through 3 innings. The rally was started by this year's AL leader in OBP Kelly Shoppach at this rate he's going to get hit over 100 times.

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  11. A lot of great things in the bottom of the third. I loved to see us finally get a few breaks with hits by Ellsbury, Gonzo, and Papi on excuse-me swings. We had great patience to inflate Price's pitch count - looks like he now goes 5 innings max today. I loved seeing Valentine up on the top step cheering the guys on rather than sitting back on the bench with his legs crossed. Although in the end...am I the only one who felt a little disappointed with the final outcome? One extra-base hit would have really broken the game open. Instead, we only have a two-run lead. The GIDP by 0-for-the-day Ross didn't help. What cooler than being cool? Cody Ross.

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  12. Just our frigging luck. Just as things were going well and Ellsbury was getting on track with a 2 for 3 day, he injures his shoulder. Well, he'll probably be out for a month. One thing after another with this 2012 season.

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  13. Just when things look like they are starting to go our way and get a few breaks we could not have had a more unlucky scenario unfold. Ellsbury seems to have suffered a serious right shoulder injury in a freak accident at 2nd base. With a 3-2 count Ellsbury was off with the pitch from first base and Pedroia hit a ground ball right at Brignac who was covering 2nd. Ellsbury slid into the base hard and took out Brignac who landed on top of Ellsbury who appeared to dislocate his shoulder. This is not looking good. Starting to feel cursed again...

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  14. Oh man, this may not be good...just as Ellsbury seemed to be cranking out his best game of the year he leaves with an apparent right arm injury. Keep your fingers (and everything else that can cross) that this is not serious.

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  15. Well it's hard to be optimistic with Ellsbury injury, but Beckett is in a groove as the Sox lead 4-1 starting the bottom of the 6th.

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  16. A roster move will have to be made even if Ellsbury is just day to day. If Ells goes on the DL then the move will be 1 for 1, but if he doesn't they'll need another position player with a pitcher going to Pawtucket. Any early guesses on who gets called up and who gets send down? My guess is Repko/Kroeger/Lars Anderson gets called up with Justin Thomas going down.

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    1. My immeditate thought was Che Hsuan Lin because he is the best defensive OF in the whole system and is very fast on the bases; also from a paperwork stand point he is on the 40 man roster, it might be tricky getting Repko or Kroeger onto it. Anderson of course is on the 40, and would inject more offense than Lin. But I bet Bobby V pushes for Repko, he had a lot of ST playing time. Ciriaco also would need to get onto the 40 to be brought up. Let's hope it'll be a short DL stint or just day to day, but even day to day as Barry said will require another OFer.

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    2. Folks this is why you need to come to redsoxmaineiacs for all your Red Sox information. The Deacon is always one step ahead. The Boston Globe is reporting that Che Hsuan Lin was scratched from the Pawtucket lineup making him the likely choice for a call up. That may be a good sign that Ellsbury may not be going on the 60 day DL because if he was/is they could get Repko onto the 40 man roster.

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  17. Ellsbury should take sliding lessons from Shoppach

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  18. WEEI is reporting that Ellsbury has suffered a serious injury and will be out 6-8 weeks.

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  19. If in fact Jacoby is out for 6-8 weeks two things need to happen for the Sox to survive. First the three veteran outfielders on the team, and for now the starting OF of MacDonald, Sweeney, and Ross need to step up. Sweeney is off to a good start, Ross will need to show some of the power he showed in ST, and DMac is the kind of player who could give a team a good month or two in the every day lineup. Secondly, they need to get Carl Crawford back in hopefully about 3 weeks. Not that they can rush him back due to Ellsbury's injury, but hope that his table time can have him ready to help cover at least half of the time Jacoby may miss. CC is also a player who could help fill the top of the order gap that Ellsbury leaves. If in fact Lin is the call up, he would likely be used mostly as a late inning pinch runner or defensive replacement. Although, with three lefties coming up on the homestand, do not be surprised if Bobby V sticks Lin in the starting lineup sooner than we think. LINSANITY

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    1. LINSANITY 2.0 I like the way you think Deacon!!

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