Tuesday, May 22, 2012

5/22 The Quest for Above .500

The Red Sox (21-21) and Orioles (27-16) resume their three-game series tonight in Camden Yards, better known as Fenway South.  The Sox look to take two in a row from the Orioles for the first time in what seems like ten years.  Tonight's game features a showdown of two young southpaws -  Felix Doubront (4-1, 4.09 ERA) starts for the Red Sox while Brian Matusz (3-4, 5.36 ERA) takes the hill of thrills for the Birds.  There are a handful of good story lines to watch tonight, including: the Sox' effort to climb above .500 for the first time all season, will the Orioles plunk Big Papi for his homer and bat flip last night? If they do, will it result in another Sox/Birds brawl? Can the Orioles extend their best record in the American League (what?!?! It's still unfathomable)? Which outfielders will the Sox pluck out of the stands to start out in the grass tonight?

We are not doing a live chat tonight, so leave your comments below.  Go Sox!

11 comments:

  1. Tonight we get our first look at Youk at 1B, Willie Middle at 3B, Gonzo in RF, and Papi at DH. I like the way the lineup looks - a lot. Without The Ross/Sweeney bats, it seems imperative that we continue to get all four of these guys in the order. We will have to wait and see how it plays out defensively, and if Gonzo continues to be a team player and remains okay with playing away from a position that he is gold glove-caliber at.

    2-1 Orioles in the bottom of the 4th.

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  2. Doubront and Matusz were both outstanding tonight. Those look like two of the best young LHP in the American League right now. The game is turned over to the bullpens; the Sox are still trailing 2-1 with one out in the top of the 7th.

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  3. Does Morales have any minor league options left? Melancon has been lights out in Pawtucket and Miller/Hill have nailed down two lefty spots in the pen. Franklin seems to be quickly losing the trust of Bobby V, and after his balk and a walk, I can see why.

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  4. Hey Hey Hey! It's Faaaaaaaat Albers! Back to Back K's! That was huge (no pun intended)!

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  5. Just getting home and it's 2-1 in the top of the 8th. I'm hoping to bring the Sox some luck!!

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  6. And the Scott Posednik era begins...

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  7. Hey Buck, how about going with Kevin Gregg for the save tonight? He's the only friggin guy we can score off of in this bullpen. The O's pen is pretty legit.

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  8. So much for bringing them any luck. I should've stayed away. A 2 out 2-run homer by Wilson Betemit and it's 4-1 Orioles in the bottom of the 8th. Damn

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  9. Another chance to move above .500 is squandered.

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  10. Last night the Sox gained a game on the Orioles, Yankees, and Rays. Tonight they gave it right back to all three teams, assuming the Rays hang on to a 3-run lead in the 8th. Blech.

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