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Where there’s a Will, there’s a way! Will Middlebrooks was called up by the Boston Red Sox early in the 2012 season and never looked back. His hot start and consistent bat helped him find an everyday starting position with the team. If you follow him on twitter you know one of his famous sayings or hashtags is “Wake and Rake” meaning time to get up and play baseball. We could be watching a potential all-star for many years here in Boston and no better way to support him by representing your very own Wake & Rake t-shirt!

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The Boston Red Sox are starting to turn things around. In a season with much controversy it is time to determine whether this team can pull it together and make one last playoff run. Coming off a series win against the New York Yankees they have a 10-game homestand to make some noise. As always GameDay Boston and Tiq IQ are here to help you get to these games and cheer on the Red Sox.

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Just A Bump In The Road

The Red Sox have hit a rough patch of late and after losing two out of three to both the lowly Seattle Mariners and rival Tampa Bay Rays the Sox find themselves trailing the New York Yankees by a half game in the A.L. East.  Ironically it has been the Red Sox bats and not the pitching that harvest the blame for their recent struggles.  Ellsbury has been the only bright spot of late, continuing his push for MVP and a new paycheck.  Adrian Gonzalez has been doing his best Tony Gwynn impression, dominating the average department while only collecting one big fly since the All-Star break (I am as concerned as others are with that) and has gone a season long eight games with out collecting an RBI.  Carl Crawford is still no help  continuing  his miserable  season and I have officially given up hope that he is going to turn it around (shipped his .200 avg off my fantasy squad last week),  Pedroia has cooled down of late and with Youkilis hitting the D.L. today and Ortiz out for at least a week it looks like the offense will continue to struggle in the immediate future.

Despite the recent offensive power outage, the last few performances by starting pitchers John Lackey and newly acquired Erik Bedard have me optimistic heading into the final six weeks of the season.  Lackey picked up his first loss in over a month yesterday and although he has yet to register a win in a Boston uniform, Bedard has pitched well enough to win in each of his outings with the new ball club.  Lackey and Bedard have really solidified the back end of that rotation during the last month, an area that was of great concern three weeks ago.

Baseball is funny that way, one day your third starter can’t get through 3 innings and the next day the best offense in the league is only able to collect a total of 9 hits during a three game set, but over the course of a 162 game season everything evens out. The injury bug has hit of late but none seem too serious and I am confident the offense will figure it out sooner or later.  The next couple of weeks will be important in deciding the eventual winner of the A.L. East and as I predicted earlier there would come a time where the farm would have to win them some games and it looks like the time is now.  Theo has a great track record of finding production from some unlikely sources (Darnell McDonald, Josh Reddick, etc) and hopefully some new names will join the discussion over the next couple of weeks.  Mike Aviles may prove to be one of Theo’s bigger deadline moves as he will likely see some regular playing time in Youkilis’s absence.  The Sox also called up AA slugger Ryan Lavarnway to fill Youkilis spot on the roster, maybe he is next in line to be one of those unlikely contributors.

So no need to hit the panic button just yet ,every team endures these kind of stretches and frankly I would rather have it now than later.  I am really looking forward to one of those outrageously unnecessary celebrations when the Sox clinch the A.L. East.

Sox In 1st Again and Continue To Make The Yankees Their Daddy In 2011, Yawn

The New York Yankees came to town Friday tied with the Red Sox atop the A.L. East, but left Sunday finding themselves looking up at the Red Sox once again.  The Red Sox relinquished the top spot in the division for the first time since the middle of June after Jon Lester and the boys lost the first game of the series Friday night.  However their time in second did not last long as the Sox, behind their sticks and solid outings from Lackey and Ace Beckett, took back first place by winning the next two against the Yanks.  The series victory continued the Sox success over the Pinstripes in 2011, improving to 10-2 against the Bombers and clinching the season series.  Here is a quick look at the series:

– Game 1 NYY 3 BOS 2:  Unfortunately I did not get to watch much of this game because I am not a complete loser and was out having a couple cocktails, but highlights and the box score suggests it was a pretty clean game.  The Sox took an early 2-0 lead but a shaky 6th inning for Lester lead to 3 runs for the Yankees and that was all their bullpen needed.  Lester’s line was far from terrible, he surrendered 5 hits over 6 innings pitched leading to 3 earned runs while striking out 7, but struggled with command walking 4 batters on the night.  No team is better at taking advantage of free passes than the Yankees and two of Lester’s base on balls were issued in that game deciding 3 run 6th inning handing Lester his 5th loss of the season (11-5).  Bartolo Colon did not factor in the decision only going 4.2 innings, the Yankees bullpen tossed 4.1 innings of shutout baseball with Boone Logan picking up the win.  A cleanly played game here, the Sox just came up a little short.

– Game 2 BOS 10 NYY 4: The Sox were able to rebound and even the series Saturday with a blowout victory over the Yankees and their horse C.C. Sabathia. This game displayed a couple impressive performances from two guys having disappointing seasons. John Lackey continued his redemption tour pitching 6 strong innings and allowing 3 runs while picking up his 10th (thats right his 10th) win of the season. This was an extremely encouraging start from my new best friend Lackey, the Big Hoss was able to command all of his pitches and hold a very dangerous lineup to only 3 runs, let’s hope my man can keep it up.  Carl Crawford followed up his 2 hits Friday by scoring 3 runs while going 4-4 at the plate.  Crawford has been very streaky for the Sox this season and has seen his fair share of troubles against left handed pitching, 3 of the left fielder’s 4 hits came off the southpaw Sabathia.  Hopefully the 142 Million Dollar Man will start to show some confidence at the plate for the stretch run.  Finally, Jacoby Ellsbury showed no signs of cooling down and continued his MVP campaign by collecting 2 hits in 4 plate appearances, poking his 19th long ball of the season and driving in 6.  Ellsbury has to be the only man in America not concerned with all the struggling economy headlines dominating the news these days.

– Game 3 BOS 3 NYY 2 (10 innings):  The rubber game of this 3 game featured a couple of unlikely heroes in another extra innings walk off for hometown boys.  Josh Beckett took the bump in this first place deciding game for the Sox, and continued his bounce back season with another strong start against their rivals from the Bronx.  The trend continued as the Red Sox gave their right handed ace very little run support resulting in another no decision for the rock steady Beckett.  Joshua Patrick was not as efficient with his pitch count as we have seen out of him this season, throwing 101 pitches in 6 innings of work but surrendered only  1 run on a Fenway friendly homer off the bat of ARod fill-in Eduardo Nunez.  Beckett has certainly put his last season struggles against the Yankees behind him, dominating the Bombers to the tune of a 4-0 record while posting a 1.00 ERA in 2011.  The Yanks put a tally in the run column courtesy of a solo shot from weak hitting Nunez, and the Sox were carried offensively by clutch hitting of…wait for it….Marco Scutaro?  Scutaro went 4-4 on the night with an RBI and scored the game tying run after leading off the 9th with a wall ball double off of the great Marino Rivera (Scutaro already had a walk off HR off of Rivera on his resume, glad to have him on the roster). Lowrie is scheduled to come off the DL this weak and it looks as though Scutaro isn’t giving up any playing time without a fight.  Daniel Bard pitched a clean frame in the top of 10th, setting up the dramatics that occurred in the bottom half of the inning.  After Youkilis flied out to center to start the inning, an Ortiz double off of Phil Hughes followed by an intentional walk to Crawford set the stage for Josh Reddick to join Scutaro in the hero’s circle.  Reddick singled home pinch runner Darnell McDonald by lining a first pitch curveball from Hughes to the left field corner, leading the Red Sox to their third walk off of the week and sole possession of first place in the American League East.

 

After this series it is hard for me to believe the Yankees would be able to matchup with the Sox in a 7 game series.  The line ups can both put up runs but the Sox starting pitching and defense cannot be matched by the boys in pinstripes.  The only area where I see the Yankees having an advantage would be the bullpen.  The Sox have the 8th and 9th innings locked up but the middle of that bullpen can certainly be rattled, the Yankees’s bullpen (especially Robertson) was very impressive this weekend and they will have to continue their great work into October to make up for the lack of starting pitching depth.  At this point I am far more concerned matching up with the Rangers, Angels, Tigers, and even the Indians, the Bronx needs to step it up if they want to prevent Theo and the boys from steamrolling through the American League.

After some nice home cooking the Sox now hit the road for 6 games. Tim Wakefield takes another stab at 200 tonight as the Red Sox begin a three game set with the Minnesota at Target field before heading out West to take on the Mariners.

Who Are You More Excited About Heating Up?

Look I don’t want to jinx things, but I know I am excited to see Salty show some power (4 HR’s in the last week). Then today out of no where we see Carl Crawford become the Crawford of old (6-for-11 w/ 2 HR, 6 R and 3 RBI against the Indians). Now the questions is who are we more excited to see heating up?

Now the easy answer is obviously Crawford because of the investment, but I think we have to look past that. His numbers were going to come and he was going to be a key contributor one way or another.

The glaring weakness on the Red Sox this season (offensively and defensively) has been the Catcher. Both Salty and Tek have been brutal, which might be an understatement. (Two weeks ago combined BA .187 0-HR 11-RBI’s) Salty is now batting an impressive (relatively speaking) .240  with 4 HR’s and 15 RBI’s. He has shown a lot more confidence at the plate and is starting to show the power that scouts were drooling over when he was drafted 36th overall by the Braves.

I knew Crawford would be a huge contributor one way or another, be it with his defense or wreaking havoc on the base path (which he better start doing soon). I was unsure of Salty and I am most excited about him starting to swing the bat with some confidence.

Who Are You More Excited About Heating Up? Leave your choice in the comment section.

Sox, Cubs Show Off Throwbacks

BOSTON — The ceremonial pitches at Fenway Park on Saturday were thrown out by Dr. Louis Zamperini, a 1936 United States Olympian, and Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth’s daughter, in keeping with the nostalgic theme of the Boston Red SoxChicago Cubs weekend, with the teams meeting in Boston for the first time since the 1918 World Series.

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The teams wore throwback uniforms, the types worn in 1918. The Sox’s uniform was all white with nothing on the front of the jerseys. Numbers were on the back. Numbers were not on the uniforms backs in 1918, so this was a bow to the present identification of the players.

Boston’s hats were all white, again with no team insignia.

Each member of the Sox will sign his uniform, which will be auctioned to benefit the Red Sox Foundation.

While David Ortiz wasn’t a fan of the throwbacks (“I don’t like it,” he said. “I’m not used to those, but it’s OK, I guess.”), others enjoyed the change.

“I thought it was a cool look,” Jed Lowrie said. “For all the things we do during the year [with uniforms], I think this was a pretty good one.”

The Cubs’ uniforms were gray with blue lettering and numbers. The “C” on the jersey was rectangular in shape with the rest of the team’s name — “ubs” — in block letters.

“I always like the throwback uniforms,” Carl Crawford said. “I like the baggy pants and the old-school look. You can see – I’m taking my hat home.”

Also, in homage to the 1918 Series, the video message boards are to be dark during the third inning. No music is going to be played as the batters walk to the plate, and two people each with a megaphone will be stationed in the walkway between the Field Box and the Loge Box seats, announcing the hitters in the inning.

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