Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sox look for the sweep and 7 in a row

It's official, Kelly Shoppach is Josh Beckett's personal catcher.  I know that today is a day game after a night game, but Shop played on Friday night.  I'm sure Salty could have played today if Beckett wasn't a baby.

It's supposed to be a little warmer in Chicago today, however I look for a low scoring game.  It's a get a way day and the Sox return home after the game.  The Sox had a tendency to play spring training type offensive games in these scenarios last year.  Perhaps that has something to do with why the players were whining about the schedule last year.  Hopefully they've gotten over that and they prove me wrong by scoring a bunch of runs today off of Gavin Floyd the White Sox starter.  Hopefully the wind won't be blowing in at gale force from left field.  Cody Ross (2) and Big Papi both lost homeruns to the wind last night.

Here is the line up for today:
Aviles SS
Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Ross LF
Byrd CF
Shoppach C

Beckett SP

The Sox are on a roll and look to keep it going today.  A win would put them over .500 for the first time this year.  No Jerry Remy in the booth today.  I'm not a big fan of Nick Cafardo's articles, but I don't mind listening to him work with Don on TV.  I thought he was much more natural than Pete Abraham last night. I also hope that the Rem Dawg is healthy and can get back to work soon. Get well soon Jerry! I would hate to have a repeat of 2010 when he was out for an extended period of time.  Perhaps it is time for NESN to look into hiring someone to split some of the games a la Tommy Heinsohn on CSNNE.  My vote would obviously be for Eck and I'd love to see a couple of games with a 3 man booth.  While we are on the topic of media I have been very impressed with Matt Stairs on the pre-game and post-game coverage.  He seems very comfortable in front of the camera.

No live chat today so leave game comments here.

21 comments:

  1. According to McAdam's twitter feed Bobby Valentine said that Shoppach is in the line up today because it's his birthday!!! Haaaaaahaaahahaha That's funny...

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  2. One other note on today's game,Paul Konerko, the only White Sox hitter who gave us any trouble last night is out of their lineup with a stiff neck. Happy Birthday to Kelly Shoppach, apparently in his last start he was practicing to break the birthday pinata by throwing baseball bats at it.

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    1. Not that I don't trust our manager, but I checked baseball reference.com to be sure today is Shoppach's birthday. It is, born on April 29, 1980. In the time flies category, Kelly's sixth birthday was the date of Roger Clemens first 20K game.

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    2. Good investigative work Deacon. I don't think you are alone when it comes to not trusting our manager! On his birthday Shoppach will try to break the world record for bats thrown in one game. Looking to set records in both the number of times and total distance(about the length of a football field). Maybe this is Bobby's V way of giving Tito Francona type answers to the media. Is he trying to protect Beckett and Salty?? I have noticed a difference in Valentine's answers lately he seems to be much more vague and diplomatic.

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  3. Kevin Youkilis is now a late scratch from today's lineup, to be replace by Will MId...oops I mean Nick Punto, got carried away for a moment. Ross now hitting sixth, followed by Punto, Byrd, and Shoppach. Why would Punto hit in front of Byrd??

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    1. The only reason I can think of for leaving Byrd in the 8th slot is not wanting to mess with the success that he's had since he got here. Even though he has been hitting 9th and he was going to hit 8th anyway. So I'm not sure why. Maybe Repko turned his pictures over to Punto.

      Still no word on the reason for Youk's absence. Maybe he was traded??? Doubtful I'm assuming it's injury related. The only question will be is it a day to day thing or is it enough to put him on the DL?

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    2. Any truth to the rumor that Youk threw his back out while trying to tackle Tom Brady's sister last night?

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    3. As long as Bernard Pollard was not involved, Youk should be fine. Meanwhile, a perfect example of why it is a bad idea to have Punto hitting seventh here in the 7th inning. Two runners on, tying run on first, two outs, and Nick Punto comes up. I have between 0-3% faith that he will get an RBI hit here. I'm praying for a walk.

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  4. So far my prediction has come true. The Sox look more interested in getting on the plane than they do in scoring runs today. 3-0 White Sox after 4.5

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    1. Or getting hits for that matter. Getting NO-HIT into the 7th

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  5. Well at least we won't be the victim of the second White Sox perfect game of the year. Although we're still in danger of being no-hit. How is Nick Punto still a major leaguer? He got a couple of perfect pitches to hit from Floyd pitching out of the stretch for the first time today, and barely fouled them off with defensive swings. On a brighter note, Beckett has been better since the first and is keeping them in it.

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  6. We have a hit! Way to go Pedroia! Now let's end the shutout...

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    1. Ask and you shall receive 3-1. Ross gets a big two out hit. White Sox go to the pen.

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    2. Punto was lucky to make contact. Pathetic. Youk better really be hurting if he said he was unable to pinch hit there in the 7th.

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    3. It's no wonder we lost someone flew the Philadelphia Phillies into Chicago's south side to play against the Sox today.

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  7. 6-1 on the road trip and for the time being they have salvaged their season and the first month is not a complete disaster. If they win tomorrow they will be 11-11 on the month, even if they lose 10-12 is much better than expected after the first 14 games. It could be worse we could be the Anaheim Angels!!

    A bit of a disappointing loss today because the offense seemed totally disinterested, and they made Gavin Floyd look like Roy Halladay. In my preview of today's game I made note of a disturbing trend that developed with this team last year. They seemed to hit poorly in the last games of road trips. In my opinion it looked as if they were more interested in getting the game over with so the plane could take off on time and get them home quicker than doing what it took to win the game. I don't have any real numbers to back this up with. It's just an observation from a fan who is invested in this team (yes that was a dig at one Kevin Youkilis who totally bowed out today). I don't want to end this road trip on too much of a negative vibe because there was a lot to like, but I feel like this is something to keep an eye on because it reflects the character of the team.

    I'm really just nitpicking we should certainly be optimistic heading into this 6 game home stand against Oakland and Baltimore. As I mentioned earlier the schedule is pretty favorable in May. The Sox need to take advantage of that and hopefully trade places with Baltimore in the standings by the end of May!

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  8. The lack of offense on the last game of a road trip may be something tp watch. But I would chalk up today's effort largely to Gavin Floyd, who the Red Sox always make look like Roy Halladay. I believe he is now 7-0 lifetime against the Bosox. Also don't forget they scored the same today as last night, which was not a getaway game. Disappointing but 6=1 trip is tremendous, now they need to keep the pedal to the metal at home vs. A's and O's.

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    1. All good points here Deacon and I totally agree with you. It was a tremendous trip and they need to get right back on track tomorrow and keep winning ball games. The only thing that was disappointing today compared to Saturday night was the apparent lack of effort. Saturday night they appeared to have good AB's and would've scored more runs were it not for the gale force wind blowing in from left. Today it just seemed like they were disinterested. They were chasing bad pitches and seemed unwilling to work the count. That's why it felt like a spring training type effort to me. Perhaps I am reading too much into it and I should just give Floyd the credit. Either way it should all be a moot point tomorrow as they will be looking to get back on track at Fenway.

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  9. I came across this stat on Twitter this morning and had to post it here, given my reputation as the RSM commissioner of BABIP: Ryan Sweeney (.472) and David Ortiz (.424) rank #1 and #2 in the American League in BABIP. What does that mean? Well, regression to the mean is bound to happen for our en fuego #2 and #5 hitters in the order. Hopefully, another hitter or two can begin a BABIP streak of their own (are you listening Gonzo? Youk?) when the regression occurs.

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  10. Or...hopefully they lead the league in BAPIP all year!!! I was hoping our resident stat guy would look up some stats to prove my theory about poor offensive efforts on get a way days ;)

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