Sunday, May 6, 2012

5/6 Game 3 vs. Baltimore

Clay Buchholz vs. Tommy Hunter today in game 3 of the series with the Sox looking to snap a 4 game losing streak.  Here is today's lineup:

Aviles SS
Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Ross LF
Salty C
Middlebrooks 3B
Byrd CF

Buchholz SP

The Celtics play game 4 tonight at 7.

For you betting fans, the line for today's game is Boston -1.5.  With the Red Sox' recent production, it looks like the Orioles would be a good bet today to either win the game outright, or at least cover the spread.  The over/under for today's game is 10 runs.  With Buchholz and journeyman Tommy Hunter on the mound today, plus some sunshine and warmth in Boston, that number could easily be exceeded...by the third inning.  So if you're looking for gambling advice for today's game, I would take the Orioles +1.5 and over 10 runs.  I hope I'm wrong on the first bet.  It all depends on whether Clay Buchholz can begin to show he is capable of being the pitcher we all want him to be.


37 comments:

  1. Aaron Cook was put on the disabled list today with the injury he sustained at home plate yesterday. He needed 11 stitches to close a gash on his knee. Andrew Miller was called up to take his place. He'll be pitching out of the bullpen.

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  2. As the Orioles jump out to 5-o lead, the Sox are now teetering on the edge of full blown crisis mode. The only way they can right this ship completely is pitching, especially starting pitching. Because of this the player who has shot to the top of the concern list, by far, is Clay Buchholz. I suspect if Aaron Cook had not gotten hurt and DL"d, Buchholz may very well be on his way to Pawtucket. As of now he probably has 2 more starts, before Dice K is ready, to straighten out or he will end up on DL or at AAA. There should be no more talk of putting Doubront or Bard in the pen to help it out. The emergency is in the rotation.

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    1. Buchholz certainly jumps to the head of the list of concerns (which has been a wild game of musical chairs with someone new in that spot seemingly every game). He certainly seems destined for a trip to AAA the only question seems to be when not if. Now that Cook is out of the picture for 2-3 weeks the question becomes who takes his place? Dice K seems like a strong candidate in two more starts, but it he suffers more setbacks like the one with his neck who do we turn to then? Ohlendorf? Duckworth? Mortensen? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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  3. Willie Middle! Grand slam at Fenway for his first ever big league home run! Finally, a good moment that the Fenway faithful can cheer about at home. Middlebrooks looks really good in the home whites. This man needs to stay in the bigs all year.

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    1. To his credit, one of the teammates laughing, pointing and getting up front to congratulate Middlebrooks was Kevin Youkilis

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  4. The offense has come to life here in the 5th. A grand slam from Will Middlebrooks has tied the game at 5. Not bad for the kids first big league home run. Fenway finally seems to have some life thanks the the GS and a good debut by Andrew Miller who struck out the side in the top of the 5th.

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  5. Grand Slam BOMB by Will Middlebrooks to tie the game, can this jolt get the Red Sox in gear??

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  6. Nope. Sox quickly squander any momentum generated by Middlebrooks. Red Sox haven't scored a run off the Orioles' bullpen all series.

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    1. Finally scraped a run together off the Orioles bullpen. 6-6 going to the 9th.

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  7. Sox find a new way to squander a walk-off opportunity: strike 'em out, throw 'em out. Way to keep Pedroia in the on-deck circle. Hideous.

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    1. Not to mention the gift run that the Sox gave the Orioles in the top of the 8th. Salty gift wrapped that one himself.

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    2. They are finding new ways to score runs and give up runs.

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  8. Friday night I had the 16th inning in the "When will this sucker end" poll...thought I was only two days too soon until Byrd gunned at the plate to end the 16th

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  9. Darnell MacDonald has joined Jonathan Van Every in last week trivia question of position player pitching for Sox in 2 different seasons, by coming in to pitch the 17th

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    1. and hopefully he'll join Van Every as a former Red Sox player pretty soon

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  10. Sox are now 0 for 12 in this series in walk-off opportunities as they go scoreless on Friday night in innings 9-12 and scoreless again today in innings 9-16. Now Bobby V has thrown up the white flag in the 17th by sending DMac in to pitch. He predictably has been hammered with a three-run homer and the Sox are now down by 3. Add this to the long list of ways the Sox have found to lose this season. Five losses in a row to the A's and O's is embarrassing.

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  11. Can we trade for Chris Davis and move him into the bullpen immediately?

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  12. Finding a new way to lose every day does not even BEGIN to describe this fiasco

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  13. Glad to see Brandon is joining the "Barry Quaid" Bandwagon...

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  14. Words cannot even describe this loss. We've talked about finding ways to lose. This game is the epitome of inventing a new way to lose a game. I'm at a loss for words...

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  15. Unless they are expecting complete games from both Doubront and Bard, they better find a way to bring some new relievers to KC with them. Not sure how the roster is manipulated to do that

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    1. Good question. I heard during the game today that Mortensen is the only guy in the bullpen who can be sent down without having to clear waivers. So he is probably on his way back to Pawtucket. The problem then becomes who is on the 40 man roster and can easily be called up. I'm not sure we can bring Tazawa right back. Doesn't he have to stay in the minors a certain amount of time after being sent down? That leaves Stolmy Pimentel, Justin Thomas and Mark Melancon as viable options. I think Stolmy is out of extended spring training. You could bring him up as an innings guy.

      A fake injury for someone like Atchison is a possibility. Then you have Beckett who either needs to pitch today or tomorrow or else put him on the DL. If you can get an extra roster spot by DLing a pitcher you could call up Melancon and/or Thomas. Alex Wilson is not on the 40 man roster, but if they feel he is ready they could DFA Thomas and add Wilson to the 40 man and active rosters.

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    2. Another option could be to use Bard and Doubront tomorrow to get a complete game and then start Beckett on Tuesday.

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    3. Mortensen may be sent back because he can be, but he is also the only guy from the pen that did not pitch today, some one is probably heading for the DL in some type of "nagging/made up" injury. Another more drastic option would be DFAing MacDonald and bring up a pitcher ( probably Melancon in any above scenario ), but that would gibe 14 pitchers and only Punto and Shoppach on the bench. Buchholz may also be an option for DL bot only if Beckett can make his next start for certain. Who starts on Clay's next turn come Friday? Who the hell knows? Mortensen, maybe.

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    4. Morale of the story? Cherington and Valentine have a mess on their hands. Does anyone know Tim Wakefield's phone #??

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  16. Check that, scoreless in 13 straight innings with a chance to walk-off. Two of those facing a first baseman. Our power-hitting cleanup hitter was 0 for 8 today and got schooled on a K by said first baseman. I've never cheered for a Red Sox team that finishes the year in last place before, but I'm starting to think this team has what it takes to become the first. Just call me Brandon Quaid.

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    1. I still do not believe this is a last place team. But if they continue playing like this for any length of time, and based on how the rest of AL East teams look, I will admit it is not out of the realm of possibility that they could finish last. And gentlemen that is an indication of where the Sox sit right now.

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  17. Over/Under on Brandon's next post 4,500.5 words...

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    1. Gotta take the over, 4,500 words wouldn't be enough to explain the fiasco that is the 2012 Boston Red Sox

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    2. Hell someone could write a novel on today's game alone

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  18. So much for the GD revenge factor. Only revenge to be had on the homestand was by the fired 2011 Red Sox coaches, Curt Young and DeMarlo Hale

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    1. I'm not sure what the term for opposite of revenge is, but that's what they got.

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  19. For what it is worth, the folks at Sox Prospects are saying it will be Melancon up for sure( on top of everything else going for him, he did not pitch today) and if they want a second it will probably be Justin Thomas or Ohlendorf, if they can get him on the 40. They are also speculating Atchison could be DFA again because he has made it thru waivers before. But as well as Atch has pitched lately, at least, and as crappy as many MLB bullpens are, could he really clear waivers?

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    1. Melancon makes sense, but the corresponding move is going to be more complicated.

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  20. Barry thanks for the gambling piece...but just so you know run line will always be 1.5 either way....money lime is where the interesting number lies....Tommorrow sox are -120 favorite over royals...meanin lay 120 to win 100....interesting side note sox were favored every gam this series vs O's. Good tip on the over by the way!

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    1. Scoresandodds.com best website for current odds

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    2. I didn't write the betting piece your friend Brandon added it to my post. I already know what the money line is and how it works.

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