Sunday, June 3, 2012

6/3 Game 3 vs. Toronto

The Red Sox (28-25) look to stay out of last place today with another victory over the Blue Jays (27-26).  If the Blue Jays win the two teams will be tied for 4th place.  Despite a sweep over the Orioles this week the Blue Jays appear to be heading in the opposite direction as the Sox.  There are also signs that the traditional powers in the AL east are starting to rise to the top and the traditional pretenders are sliding back to the bottom of the standings.  The month of June is sure to be an exciting one for the AL east!

RHP Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56) pitches for the Red Sox today.  21 year old promising RHP Drew Hutchison (4-2, 4.84) goes to the hill for the Jays. Hutchison tops out at about 95 mph and he had 9 K's in seven shutout innings in his last outing.  Bard only has one more strikeout than walk so far this season in 53.1 innings.  He has 32 K's and his K/9 is way down from years past when he pitched out of the pen.  I hope that he is able to start putting up some better ratios in the 6K to 2 BB range which isn't great but it would be an improvement. Hopefully he can do that without losing the efficiency he has pitched with so far.  He has gotten a lot of groundball and flyball outs which is good and allows for more IP per start, but he can improve his K/BB ratio and continue to be efficient by simply throwing more strikes.  His stuff is above average so he needs to stay in the strike zone.

Will Middlebrooks is not in the starting line up today as Bobby V continues to rotate players effectively.  Here is today's lineup:

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

Bard SP

Game time is 1 o'clock this afternoon.  Check back here for updates throughout the day and feel free to add updates and comments below.


  1. and Daniel Bard just puked all over himself. 5-0 Jays in the top of the 3rd. He gave up 5 runs on 1 hit that's all he gave up one goddamn hit? You can't say that on the air... He also allowed more walks and HBP combined than he got outs. He got 5 outs compared to 8 men given first base (6 walks and 2 HBP). Mercy...

  2. Dave O'Brien on Sox radio described Bard"s outing the best as he exited " a sImply dreadful performance...two steps back not just one for Bard"

  3. At the risk of sounding like a Sox apologist ever time they get into a beanball match. How effin stupid are the Blue jays by feeling they need to retaliate for bard plunking a couple of guys. Christ, he walked six guys bedisdes the 2 HBP..Do they think he was doing that on purpose?? Can John Farrell really be that completely clueless or did Hutcison do it on his own?? Either way as Youk pointed out ( literallly ) to the kid pitcher he screwed up the target area as well as the intent. If any team should be out to retaliate it is Boston, after Hutchison intentional, poorly aimed beanball.