Thursday, May 17, 2012

5/17 Game 2 at Tampa

The Red Sox(17-20) look to split the series tonight in St. Pete vs. the Rays (24-14). LHP Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.46) pitches for the Sox and LHP Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31) pitches for the Rays.  The Red Sox have had pretty good success against Moore so far this season.  Once during spring training and once during the regular season at Fenway.  The Rays won last night 2-1.  Even though they lost the pitching continues to be strong for the Sox.  The bullpen did a good Houdini act last night and Buchholz was average.  The two runs were scored against them on a balk and a shallow fly ball that was played into a sac fly by Cody Ross.  Doubront will be looking to shake off getting hit by a ball in bp two days ago and give his third solid start in a row.

The offense needs to step up tonight and score enough runs to win the game.  A win tonight can get them back on the right track and help them head into Philadelphia this weekend with confidence.  Ultimately if the starting pitching continues to pitch well and give us a chance to win every game we are going to win a lot of games.  According to multiple media reports Adrian Gonzalez predicted that he will hit a home run in tonight's game.  So hopefully he's right and hopefully there are 3 people on base when it happens.

Here's my projected lineup for tonight:

Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B (you can put it on the board...yes!)
Middlebrooks 3B
Ross RF
Nava LF
Byrd CF
Shoppach C

Doubront SP

Keep checking back here for updates throughout the afternoon.  

13 comments:

  1. NAILED IT!!!

    I believe this is the first time all year that I've correctly predicted the Red Sox lineup. I guess what they say about blind squirrels is true. Now I'm certain that someone will be a late scratch.

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  2. This game is a whisker away from erupting into a brawl. Gonzo gets plunked earlier, perhaps in retaliation for Rhymes last night. Then Doubie plunks Luke Scott right in the back, which we've been waiting for all season. Scott looks like he wanted to charge the entire way down to first, but didn't have the sack to go for it. This would have been more cool if the next batter didn't single in a run. Fight these clowns!

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    1. You can definitely feel the intensity building in this game. I love the fact that Doubront went after Scott. Who knows maybe Doubront will develop into the bulldog of this rotation.

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    2. Felix Doubront is now my Red Sox pitcher. It is about time we drilled some one and he got the exact right guy. They can have the damned run the got out of it. And David Price from here on can change the e in his last name to a k. I hope he enjoys MLB's first twitter based suspension.

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    3. And in a bit of baseball irony Scott lines out to Gonzalez to end a bases loaded threat in the 4th. It's now 3-2 Red Sox in the top of the 5th.

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    4. I officially hate the Rays more than the Yankees right now. They are a bunch of young arrogant prices (sub k for e like the Deacon suggested). What the hell was Badenhops deal last night. He was stomping around the mound throwing around F bombs like he wanted to fight somebody. What has he ever done in the big leagues? He's a punk. Throwing at Gonzalez for no good reason, bush league. Let's kick the crap out these d-bags all year.
      We've already gotten 4 out of 6 let's beat about a dozen more times.

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  3. YES! Doubie gets out of the inning when Gonzo gloves Scott's hot liner. The lead is intact. Plus, Bobby V is chirping at the home plate umpire and damn near just got tossed. This team is showing some spunk! Love it!

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  4. More spirit shown by Sox, as Aviles gets tossed after telling Bellino, the home plate ump " excuse me, sir, but your interpretation of balls and strikes has been singularly atrocious all evening"

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    1. Also, the expression of spirit is long awaited, but a couple more runs here would be even more appreciated

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    2. Cody Ross! He delivers two insurance runs. Clutch hits, fiery chippiness, strategic pitching changes...quite the game so far for Bobby V and the Sox

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  5. Red Sox win! Really good win for the club tonight. WIth all the storylines getting attention around this team, Fettuccine has quietly become a lights-out closer. He got four big outs tonight.

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  6. Big win in a tough game 5-3 over the Rays. 4 of 6 so far this season vs. Tampa

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  7. Good team win tonight. I really liked the fire and passion they showed. Now let's go to Philly and get the better of a rematch with Cinco Ocho!!

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