Friday, June 1, 2012

6/1 Game 1 at Toronto

With the month of May over the AL East standings have gotten really tight.  After two months of baseball the AL east is one of two divisions in baseball that has all it's teams with a better than .500 record.  The Red Sox at 26-25 are in last place in the division, but only 3 games out of first place.  The Blue Jays at 27-24 are only one game ahead of the Red Sox and only 2 games out of first place thanks to their 3 game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles this week.   With each month that passes the games will grow more and more important because the division is so competitive.  The Sox can't afford to let up now.

Today's pitching matchup feature two young RHP.  Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.19) is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, let's hope he builds on it.  The Blue Jays will send Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 3.56) to the mound.  It's interesting to compare the two starting pitchers era's with their W-L record.  Alvarez has a very respectable era of 3.56 but a record below .500, and on the other hand Buchholz has a very solid 4-2 record but we know that he has not pitched well and his 7.19 era reflects that.

The hard artificial turf surface is going to have an impact on the lineup this weekend.  Bobby V is on record as saying he doesn't want to use Adrian Gonzalez in RF in Toronto very much and he wants to rest Kevin Youkilis because he is coming off of a back injury.  Middlebrooks had his off day yesterday so look for him to play in all 3 games, and he has been taking ground balls at SS just in case he is needed and Pedroia is not available.  Here is an attempt at predicted tonight's lineup, which is getting harder each day with every injury.

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

Buchholz SP

Feel free to leave comments here.

31 comments:

  1. That line-up was pretty close Barry, the only difference from the one I see on MLB.com is that Willie and Salty are flip flopped.

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    1. Exactly...and I think Bobby V did that just to spite me!! According to the twitter box on the right Kevin Youkilis is taking ground balls at second base. I think he could play that position some. Hell, if AGon can play a decent RF than Youk can play some second base.

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  2. Jeeze, they really tried to give some runs away that inning. Good to see Buchholtz keep his composure.

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  3. Home Run for Big Papi! Number 391 for his career. Can he make it to 400 before the All Star Game??

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    1. I'd love to see him make it there by the all-star break!!

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  4. Yankee Update: Granderson hit a grandslam to put the Yanks up 5-1 in the top of the 2nd

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    1. The Tigers got RBI's from Fielder and Santiago it's 5-3 Yankees after 3.

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    2. Yankees beat the Tigers 9-4 and the Rays beat the Orioles 5-0

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  5. 2-1 Red Sox after 4 innings. RBI's by Ortiz and AGon for the Sox and Escobar for the Jays. Buch looks pretty good so far.

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  6. In other AL East news, the Rays are beating the Orioles 5-0 in the 4th and the O's mid season slide is in full affect. Orioles are also getting no-hit.

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  7. I cannot believe John Farrell would leave the kid pitcher, Alvarez, in after injuring his leg. Just begging for a potential arm problem.

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  8. Buchholz escapes a jam in the 5th. Meanwhile, the Celtics are tipping off game 3 back in the friendly confines of the Boston Garden (or TD whatever the hell it's called now). If the Celts can win tonight, they're not completely dead. Another good night of Boston sports!

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  10. Sonofabi*^h bases loaded with nobody out. The Red Sox continue to let Alvarez off the hook. I feel a 0 for 20 coming for Middlebrooks.

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    1. They did get one run, but should have had more

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    2. "There's your 0-20 right there Barry!" Will Middlebrooks says shut your pie hole and singles to RF. 1 for 4 tonight.

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  11. I know Brandon Bass got beat back in transition and all, but can he please play significant minutes tonight? He is the same guy who scored 27 points and single-handedly won game 5 of the Sixers series. Play the bass! Let the smallmouth run! Toss the spinnerbait towards the largemouth!

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  12. Has Salty Dog painted his fingernails white all season long? I have never noticed that before. Do you think he just slaps some white out on there, or does he use white fingernail polish, or does he go have an asian woman buff and paint them on? I'm very curious.

    Meanwhile, Buchholz is dealing. About time I can type that.

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  13. I've seen Salty paint them before. I think he just does it for certain guys and/or certain places where the lighting is bad?? Let's hope Buchholz can finish strong the seventh inning has given him fits all year.

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  14. Big two out rbi infield single by Podsednik! 4-1 Sox

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    1. Big hits by Nava, Gonzalez and Papi follow and now lead 7-1!! Papi seems to be grimacing a little bit and favoring his foot after fouling a ball off of it earlier. Let's hope he's OK

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  15. Nice knuckle push ups ripped off by KG right in the paint. Meanwhile, Sox up 7-1. Good times right now.

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  16. 7-2 Sox after 7 innings. Buchholz almost let things get away from him in the 7th again, but he regrouped to get a strikeout to end the inning.

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  17. Extremely encouraging sign to see Buchholz deliver a second strong start in a row. And has anyone actually seen the pact Nava signed with the devil back in April??

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    1. Haha if that's what it took to turn his career and this team around so be it!! He's on fire right now!!

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  18. Hey, I have thrown out some replies to trivia answers/hints back under May's Random Trivia. Check it out.

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    1. John Valentin, Rick Burleson
      Mo Vaughn
      Tony Cloninger
      Ted Williams

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  19. This was a really strong team win tonight. They got great SP, timely offense good defense (after the 1st inning) and a little bit of Scratch my Atch. Also we are no longer in last place by ourselves! 27-25 tied for last place and 3 games out of 1st place...Amazing!

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  20. Celts up 22 at the end of the 3rd quarter

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  21. Celtics have outplayed the Heat two games in a row. They are back in this series. There is no reason why they can't win on Sunday and tie this series up at 2. Go Celts!

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