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  • G50: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (11) - Red Sox - 000 003 000 02 - 5 8 0 Blue Jays - 000 020 010 00 - 3 10 0 David Price / R.A. Dickey Betts, RF Pedroia, 2B Bogaerts, SS Ortiz, DH Shaw, 1...
    16 hours ago
  • Red Sox 10, Colorado 3: Another Good Knuckleball Start… http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/05/26/red-sox-10-colorado-3-another-good-knuckleball-start/ http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/05/26/red-sox-10-colorado-3-another-good-knuckleball-start/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 23:27:51 +0000 http://bostonredthoughts.com/?p=6158 I personally love having a knuckleballer in the rotation. Yes, they can swing between throwing a no-hitter to giving up 7 runs in a third of an inning. And the lame-ass jokes (Hey! you know how to catch a knuckleball? Wait until it stops rolling and go pick it up) can get tiring, especially when you hear them a BILLION TIMES. But there is just something fun and quirky about the pitch that so very few hurlers can master. And Tim Wakefield was one of my favorite Red Sox players. EVER, so there is that as well… And it is especially nice to see Steven Wright being so successful now, and last night was no exception. His line for last night’s contest: 7 IP giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. He threw 117 pitches, 74 for strikes. And while his 4-4 is not super impressive, he has a 2.52 ERA, and has 54 strikeouts in 9 games–and average of 6 strikeouts is impressive, as is the fact that he has only given up THREE homers this year… And he has had two complete games in 2016. TWO. So far. He is rapidly moving into 3rd starter territory, which is WAY cool. And I know, the next outing he could get completely shelled, but I think this guy is the real deal. And holy hell, he’s better than That Clay Person. A LOT better…. And JBJ is now at 29 games and counting. People are already talking about Jose DiMaggio’s record of 56 games. He’s got a long way to go, and I think it’s a lot harder to do than it used to be. I cannot even imagine the pressure. I remember back in 2002 when Oakland set the AL record for consecutive wins with that crazy 20- game winning streak. I was stressed watching them pull a rabbit out of a hat in some days when a win seemed impossible…. But no matter what happens, it’s fun to watch, and a HUGE relief that the Sox never gave up on this guy when he was hitting under the Mendoza line…Oh, and in case you were wondering, he is currently hitting THREE FIFTY… While most of the focus is on JBJ’s crazy cool hitting streak, Xander is making a pretty compelling case to be one of the best shortstops the Sox have had. EVER. Better than Nomar even. HE has an 18 game hitting streak, a slash of .349/.404/.513, has hit 5 homers so far this year (he hit 7 in all of 2015), and has a .994 fielding percentage in 45 games. And he is 23 years old. Yeah… I cannot even tell you how much fun it is to watch these young ‘un dominate like this…And its likely they have not ever hit their peak yet…so WOW… And how bout Blake Swihart??? He was a catcher who morphed into a Left Fielder pretty much out of nowhere, cause the Sox really didn’t need another catcher (for now, but you never know, anything can happen), but then can always use another outfielder, especially with Brock Star still on the Concussion DL, and not ready to come back yet. So he has played 4 games in left and done pretty well. Certainly better than Hanley did last year, and it’s always nice to have options. Oh, and he hit two triples last night. TWO. Finally! Eduardo Rodriguez seems to be on track. He had a great start on Tuesday, with 7 innings of 1 run, 4-hit ball. It is possible he could be activated to start this weekend, or get another start on Sunday in Pawtucket. In any event, when he comes back is where it gets interesting. Where do they put him? He’s not a bullpen guy, and the most likely candidate for bullpen is Joe Kelly, who has two great starts since his return from the DL. The obvious choice (at least to me) is either Buchholz goes to the bullpen (which I would be totally shocked if that happened), or gets sent to Pawtucket (which I think is even less likely). But hey, Dave Dombrowski started Travis Shaw over Panda, and sent Rusney Castillo to the minors, so maybe he’ll do the right thing here… Finally, check out Chad Finn’s article about forgiving Fat Boy Roger. Yep. What he said… Coming up: Game 3 against Colorado and then the Sox head up to Toronto for the holiday weekend. Clay Buchholz gets the start in this final game, and I am fully expecting that unless the Sox’s offensive trend continues, he will lose this game. He is opposed by Jon Gray. 1st pitch: 7:10pm. ]]> http://bostonredthoughts.com/2016/05/26/red-sox-10-colorado-3-another-good-knuckleball-start/feed/ 0 -
    2 days ago
  • Red Sox vs. Rockies lineups: Jackie Bradley Jr. leads off as Mookie Betts sits out - Jackie Bradley Jr. is getting a shot at the leadoff spot as Mookie Betts finally gets a day off. Mookie Betts will get his first day off of the season T...
    3 days ago
  • DH not coming to the NL any time soon: Why Major League Baseball made the right call - Major League Baseball will keep the DH in the American League only, and that's a good thing.
    4 months ago
  • The last night of the Patriots dynasty - …may not have happened yet. Had the Patriots lost last night at the scene of the XLII crime, it could be said to have ended that previous night they played i...
    1 year ago
  • The Seven Year Itch - The End of SawxBlog - Cheers to all who've been with me, both new and old - been an excelent journey. (SawxBlog Photo) "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on whe...
    4 years ago
  • Thoughts on the Managerial Search - A few weeks ago I scoffed at the idea that Bobby Valentine was a serious candidate for the managerial role in Boston. Fast forward to today, and it seems a...
    4 years ago
  • NFL Week 1: Keep Your Pants On - Ah, week 1 of the NFL season is always a wonderful time of year. Sure it's still 100+ degrees in Texas and our houses are, literally, catching fire, but so...
    4 years ago
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