Thursday, May 31, 2012

5/31 Sox Look to Sweep the Tigers

First of I apologize for the lack of game day previews recently it's been a busy time for the maineiacs.  Tonight the Sox (26-24) look to complete the four game sweep of the Tigers (23-27). Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.15) pitches for the Sox tonight with Max Scherzer (4-3, 5.67) going for the Tigers.  The Sox have gotten over the .500 mark for the first time this year with this current 3 game winning streak and they hope to keep it going tonight.  It's amazing how much these two teams have evolved since the opening series in Detroit. Where the Tigers looked like a shoe in to win their division and make it to the ALCS, but they have struggled mightily lately.  The Sox on the other hand saw their fair share of trouble after leaving Detroit, but have been playing great baseball for the last 3 weeks despite playing with a make shift lineup most nights.

I haven't heard any updates on Salty, but we can hope that he's back in the lineup tonight.  I also have not yet heard any word on Pedroia going on the DL or not.  Also no word yet on when Darnell McDonald will be ready, but I look for him to play at least two games in Pawtucket before returning. The lineup juggling will continue tonight, however I would look for AGon, Papi, Youk and Middlebrooks to be in the lineup in some shape or form.  Here is my projected lineup for tonight.

Nava LF
Sweeney CF
Gonzalez RF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Salty C
Aviles SS
Punto 2B

Beckett SP

No live chat tonight so feel free to leave comments here throughout the day with updates and opinions.


  1. Tigers up 4-3 in the top of the 6th

  2. Remember when Franklin Morales was the only pitcher in this bullpen who looked like he should be pitching in the major leagues? Remember when one of the Maineiacs campaigned that he should take over for Aceves as the closer? Now I wonder if the Sox would be better off sending him down to AAA and re-calling Melancon. Melancon has been lights out at Pawtucket and Matt Albers is pitching in far too many late-inning situations for my liking. Plus they would still have two LHP in Miller and Hill, who have both been outstanding. What am I missing? Is Morales out of options?

    As an interesting side note on Morales, he has given up runs in 5 appearances this year (out of 20, not too bad), and if the Sox don't come back to win tonight, then all 5 of those games were Red Sox losses.

  3. I think it's too soon to give up on a LHP who throws 95mph. I'm not sure if he has options left or not. At some point they will have an injury or fatigue and Melancon and company will be needed. Which brings up the point that despite all the injuries the Red Sox have had the pitching has been perfectly healthy all season. Unless you count Cook they have had no injuries that I can remember since the regular season started. The Bailey injury happened right before the season and the only other injuries are left over from last year, like Lackey and Dice K (addition by subtraction?)