Red Sox 3, Braves 5:
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox Stopper…
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:09:41 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6121 Yes,
stopper of momentum and all good things a baseball club wants and needs to
So the Sox were doing well, running on all cylinders, stealing bases like
mad (20 in 22 games–what is UP with that??) and in the midst of a nice
4-game winning streak. Yeah, it was Atlanta, who pretty much suck, but a
win in a win, and I was all excited about the potential of going into the
Skankee series on a 5-game winning streak…
But…NO….That freaking Clay Person dropped a whole ton of suckage last
night. AGAIN, leaving him with a 0-3 record and a sparkling (NOT!) 6.51
ERA. Throwing 104 pitches, 64 for strikes, he could not get out of the 7th
inning, going 6.1 giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 4 and striking
And GUESS WHAT? It’s not HIS FAULT– some of the pitches were “hit hard” and
“found holes” and the walks were “badly timed” and that this stuff just
“happens”, and he is not sure WHY but he FEELS GOOD! Ugh…
Holy Hell, can we demote his ass or something? Send him on the DL, or
Pawtucket or SOMEWHERE. We might as well give a minor league some starts.
Because honestly could they BE any worse????
But despite the awful game last night, the Sox are still in 2nd place in
the AL East (although they are now down 1.5 games, cause the Oreos,
naturally, won again), and the Skanks are still last, and remain 3 games
behind the Sox, and 4.5 behind the Cookies.
And, is the tradition, let’s look at how I think/hope the weekend is going
to play out…
To the Blackboard!
So, the Sox are 12-10 with a .545 Winning %, and have won 6 out of their
last 10 games. The Skanks are 8-12 with a .400 Winning %, and have won 4
out of their last 10 games…
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…Ahem. Sorry.
For the purposes of this discussion, I am going to pretend the other teams
in the AL East do not exist (if only), because all the maths will make my
brain hurt…And as a recent Grad with a MS, I don’t need to think anymore–at
least until I completely lose my mind and head back to school for my Ph.D.
If the Sox Sweep: There will be SIX games the separate the Sox and the
Skanks, which since the Sox aren’t even in first place, that’s a pretty big
hole. Now, I get it. This is only the first month of a very long season.
But does anyone really want to be that many games behind…in April??? Do I
think this will happen? Unfortunately no.
If the Sox Win 2: There will be 4 Games between the teams, which is still a
pretty big hole (and you can go back and read what I just wrote, because it
applies here as well–I’ll wait)
If the Sox Win 1: The Skanks will pick up a game between the two teams, and
may even get their sorry asses out of the cellar…
If the Sox are Swept: The Sox and the Skanks will be tied. Where the heck
that will be in the standings, is anybody’s guess–although I suspect it
won’t be a good place…
To sum up–this weekend could go reallyREALLY well or reallyREALLY bad for
either team. Although, based on how each team is hitting and pitching right
now, my prediction will be the Sox will win 2 out of 3. The game that
concerns me most is tonight’s, as Henry Owens did not fare well in his
first start (3.1P, giving up 3 runs) and ended up with an 8.10 ERA and a
WHIP of 2.70. Yikes…Tanaka’s the better pitcher, at least on paper…
The rest of the series is Ric Porcello vs. Michael Pineda, and for the
finale (and yet another ESPN Game) is David Price and Nathan Eovaldi…
But then again this is baseball, so anything can (and usually does)
happen–and factor in the whole Red Sox/Skankee “thing”, it will probably be
an interesting weekend…
Finally, Rick Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and I spent some time last night
talking about this series, and the season so far. You can check it out here…
Coming up: The first game Red Sox/Skankee Series of 2016. This weekend’s
3-game series is in the Fens, with Henry Owen’s taking the mound, hoping to
suck less this time around. He is opposed by Masahiro Tanaka. 1st pitch
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