Thursday, July 5, 2012

Welcome to Groundhog Day

Is it just me or does this season keep repeating itself? We suck then we play well, then we suck again (Sort of like the SCLSU Mud Dogs in "The Waterboy"). To top that all off our star players keep dropping like flies, as Dustin Pedroia will now apparently go on the disabled list with a thumb injury. On the upside, Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury should be ready after the all-star break. In the meantime, our offense has reverted to the team I wrote about in my Just Hit the Effin Ball post. 2-5 on the West Coast trip with a team ERA of 2.44, absolutely unacceptable from this lineup. I'm not sure that this week could get much worse for Sox fans, especially when you throw in the fact that Daniel Bard cannot throw a strike except a very hittable one at AAA and Darnell McDonald signed with the Yankees just as the hated rivals role into town. Good thing I am about to go on vacation to Pennsylvania and the Sox minus Big Papi will get 3 days off over the all-star break.

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  1. Jason, I can't tell: Are you happy or unhappy with the Red Sox right now? Your post was a little vague.

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    1. Who the hell knows Matt? Mostly I think I am pissed that I stayed up 5 nights to watch the Sox stink against 2 poor teams. Also I am just trying to help keep up interest in our site, where the hell are Barry and Brandon?

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    2. Oh, I was just kidding because it was clear you were pretty unhappy. My wife has told me I'm not as funny as I think I am.

      I'm trying to think of a Red Sox team that this one would remind me of. Maybe 1996? I still think, with all the injuries and Adrian's power outage, they're doing pretty well.

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    3. I caught your sarcasm. I'll go more recent 2005 or 2006, even 2009, 2010, and dare I say 2011

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    4. Barry and Brandon have been staying at camps on ponds/lakes in Bucksport/Ellsworth this week and have both been without internet access or cable TV. We've been following the carnage...er, I mean games on the radio to the buttermilk tones of Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione. Last night sitting by the lake under the stars with an adult beverage and the game on the radio was nice...especially since they finally beat the f'ing Yanks. Let's steal a series split tonight!

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  2. The Sox have made a habit of alternating hot stretches all season long. Which as averaged out to the 42-40 mark just one game past the half way mark. I fall into the camp that this is largely a symptom of the massive injury list, and they have done an admirable job of hanging around. But it does have a similar feeling to Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick.

    I was going to point out the extremely difficult Sox schedule from tonight through August 1. Yankees 4 at home, and after the AS break, a quick three game trip to Tampa and a return 7 game home stand, 4 with the Youk Sox and 3 with the Jays. July 23 through the 29th brings a six game road trip to Texas and New York, followed by a long home stand which starts with three vs. Detroit. So with have 11 games vs. all of the current AL first place teams, plus Rays, Jays, and Tigers.

    This stretch ( was coincidentally ends right about at the trading deadline, this next 3 weeks may decide if the Sox are buyers or sellers) is however just the beginning of a potentially difficult entire second half. Yesterday Buster Olney tweeted about this upcoming difficult July, but then added " 63 of the Sox last 80 games are against teams that currently have winning records." And several of those 17 non-winning team games are another trip out West to Seattle and Oakland, (plus Anaheim on the same trip). This includes, counting this weekend, 16 games to go with New York.

    So if the Red Sox are to make the playoffs via wild card or as division champ they will not back in by any estimation. 3 or 4 wins this weekend would be a good start, but a lineup that is featuring Punto at second and Mauro Gomez at third is not an optimal way to beat the Evil Empire. But as Jason pointed out, all year long a bad streak (2-5 road trip, for example) has been followed by a surge. Now would be a very good time.

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    1. Good points Art. Crawford to play at Pawtucket tomorrow, Ellsbury and Sweeney playing for the Dogs. Getting those guys back will hopefully be a boost for that tough stretch. On a different note, I saw a MLB Trade Rumors post that Brad Mills might be let go by the Astros after the season. Thoughts on bringing Millsie back?

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    2. My first guess for an available Brad Mills would be bench coach on whichever team Terry Francona manages next year. If Tito decides he likes the ESPN gig, Mills could certainly get a coaching job somewhere, but not in Boston under Bobby V. I am not sure how hot a managerial candidate Millsie would be at this point, in Boston or anywhere else in MLB.

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