Sunday, June 10, 2012

6/10 Sox Look to Salvage a Game vs Nationals

For one second this morning I thought about researching how the Red Sox have done on the day after a Game 7 played by the Celtics since '08...for one second.  After the disappointment of yesterday the Red Sox (29-30) look to get back to .500 and avoid getting swept by the Washington Nationals (34-23).  As long as it took for the Sox to claw back to .500 and get over it, it feels extremely disappointing to be back below the .500 mark.  However, on the bright side the AL east is so bunched up and with one more team making the postseason this year no team in the division is out of the running yet.  With that being said you don't want to fall to far behind.  

Perhaps the Sox have reached the point where the players who are filling in for the injured starters are now playing at a level more like their career averages.  Players like Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks, Scott Podsednik and Ryan Sweeney are not producing quite as much as they were in May.  The time has come where we need the injured players to start coming back and help this team win games.  Players like Cody Ross, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Andrew Bailey can't get back soon enough for me.  The hope is that once they do get back the team can get on a role.  

I'm tired of talking about Jon Lester's (3-4, 4.64) need to step up, so I'll just say that the team needs to win today and they're going to need to score about 6 runs to do so.  They will try to do that against Jordan Zimmerman (3-5, 2.82) who has an excellent era but has not received great support resulting in his 3-5 record.  Here is a look at a projected lineup that may face the Nationals today. 

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

Lester SP

Check back here for updates throughout the day and feel free to leave your thoughts and/or questions in the comments section below. Go Sox!!

6 comments:

  1. Rich Hill has been put on the DL and is traveling to Florida to see Dr. Andrews tomorrow. Mark Melancon has been recalled from Pawtucket. Melancon has been outstanding at AAA and he's the type of guy we should all be rooting for. Watching him struggle early in the year made him a sympathetic character. Now that he's back hopefully he fulfills the role they envisioned for him as a key part of the setup/closing mix.

    For Hill we should keep our fingers crossed that this is just a normal part of the recovery from Tommy John surgery. He goes on the DL almost exactly one year after surgery. Hopefully he didn't come back too soon and tear the ligament again. If that's the case his career may likely be over. Let's hope for the best.

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  2. Here's today's line up

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

    Lester SP

    Aviles gets an overdue off day. He's been showing signs of wear and tear.

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  3. UPDATE Daniel Nava is a late scratch from the line up and Podsednik has been moved into the leadoff spot and Darnell McDonald is hitting 9th and playing LF

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    1. Word from Jenny Dell on Nava's injury is sore left hand. With the Red Sox luck he probably has 4-5 broken bones in his left hand.

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  4. Another completely unacceptable home stand ( 1-5). No matter that the two teams played are at or near the top of their divisions, Baltimore and Washington, the way the Red Sox have not protected the home turf this season is a large of cause of their current last place and below .500 status. Especially when the offense is not scoring 5 or 6 runs or more, they often do not win. For example wasting Beckett's strong game vs. the O's this week leading to 2-1 loss. The only win this whole home stand was a complete game shutout by Clay Buchholz. The Nationals were impressive, but there is no reason the Sox should not have taken 2 0f 3 at Fenway. And now a week of games in NL parks with no DH, meaning the Gonzalez/Youk/Middlebrooks triangle becomes a rectangle including Big Papi.

    I think Barry's point is well taken that the patch quilt Sox can only go on so long. The need of the injured stars is becoming more acute each day, and their returns is not necessarily that close. Now until the All Star Break ( and immediately after which is a Yankee series) could be the whole ball of wax.

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    1. Actually the Yankee series is right before the ASG break, so the Sox have until then to tell if they are contenders or pretenders.

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