Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sox go for the sweep

In a battle of young lefthanders the Sox go for the sweep of the 3 game series today with Felix Doubront on the hill against Matt Moore for Tampa.  Hopefully the Sox offense will continue to grind out at bats to wear down Moore and get into the bullpen as early as possible.  Here is my line up prediction for today:

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

No live chat today.  So leave your comments here before, during and after today's game.  Yesterday we won two games in the row for the first time since a doubleheader sweep on August 27th, 2011 against Oakland.  When is the last time the Sox won 3 in a row?


19 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to see Doubront today to see if he can build on a decent first start. Also, hoping for the offense to continue being patient with the Rays starters and pound away on their crappy bullpen.

    Jason Repko and Nate Spears reaclled today with Repko starting in CF against the lefty Moore. Bowden and Lin are the cuts. Lin optioned back to Pawsox, Bowden designated for assignment. I cannot believe Bowden goes before Justin Thomas, but it sounds like Thomas is going soon to be replaced by Andrew Miller.

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  2. Barry, you were close to nailing the starting lineup, but Ross is in left, Shoppach is hitting 8th, and Jason Repko gets his first Sox start in center field and batting 9th. Have any of us correctly predicted a starting lineup all season long? I suppose this is what it will be like with Bobby V. Shoppach deserves the start against another lefty after his game (and slide) on Saturday, but I wonder when or if Salty is going to get four-out-of-every-five games playing time. He really crushed a home run yesterday and it would be good to see him get consistent at bats. I also would like to see Darnell McDonald play every day and really get a chance to show what he can do in Jacoby's absence.

    I too am surprised that Bowden was DFA. Why did the Sox feel like they needed both Repko and Spears on the team? And if they did need two positional players, why not call up Caramba! Ciriaco? Puzzling. I know Art has been on the Bowden bandwagon all season, and it looked like he did have the potential to be another live arm in the 'pen. Maybe they will try to trade him for a back-up outfielder, although I can't imagine they will get anybody better than McDonald or Repko for him since teams know they could just claim him on waivers in seven days.

    I'm pumped for the young lefty matchup today. I would love to see Doubie continue the streak of starting pitchers getting through seven innings, which at three in a row is the longest since last June. I'll look forward to commenting on today's game here on this thread. Game on!

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    1. A couple of the 40 man roster moves caught me off guard today. I believe they can put Dice K on the 60 day DL he is currently on the 15 day. That would have opened up a spot for someone without having to lose anyone and Justin Thomas should be released since Miller and Hill are going to be called up soon. Instead Bowden and Luis Exposito have been DFA. More than likely Expo will not be picked up by anyone and send back to Pawtucket and it's possible that Bowden will do the same, but it just seems unnecessary at this point.

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  3. Actually is a 4 game series, with the Patriots day game tomorrow morning. As far Ciriaco goes, apparently he is dealing with some sort of nagging injury which is why he was it recalled. Even though I am not a Bowden fan, I can't believe that he was DFA'd and Justin Thomas is still on this team. Thomas must have some dirt on Bobby V. Bowden will probably end up with the Devil Rays and burn us later on in the year. I'm also with Brandon, let's give DMac some AB's instead of the call-ups.

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  4. Why do they make the kids introducing the lineups call every player "Mr."? They are ballplayers, not the kids' teachers. Anybody else annoyed by this?

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    1. Ross with #2 of 20 on the season! Doubie is dealing!

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    2. Are you giving his first half stats?? He'll have 20 by the All Star break!!

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  6. Interesting stat today in Buster Olney's ESPN.com column. So far this season the Sox has scored a dozen or more runs in three games, all the rest of the MLB teams have combined for two.

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  7. Why haven't we plunked Luke Scott in the ribs yet? I'm tired of seeing his smug d-bag face rounding the bases of this "dump". Doubie was cruising until our outfield defense fell apart and Scott took him deep. Now it's on Scratch my Atchison's shoulders to hold the Rays down. Despite his early season success, I feel less than confident he will. In fact, as I type this he has already given up a single and a walk. I will now go chug an entire beer.

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  8. Can Jenny Dell wear tight sweaters all season long please?

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  9. First time since 2001, yes more than a decade ago, that Vicente Padilla came into a game with runners on base. Didn't look like it bothered him as he promptly sat down two in a row.

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  10. Did anybody else see Papi dig into the batters box from behind wearing #42 and think it was 1996 and Mo Vaughn was batting?

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  11. As soon as Scott comes to the plate without any runners or the game still in doubt, they will drill him. There are still 15 games to go with the Rays, a lot of them in the first half of the season.

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  12. Big Win for the Sox today as that makes three in a row and they go for the sweep tomorrow;)

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  13. Barry, your sweep headline wasn't wrong at all, just getting prepared one day in advance.

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    1. Well technically if you are going to sweep somebody you are going for the sweep in every game because you gotta win all of em!! I hope they keep it rolling tomorrow and get back to .500.

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