I know I am a couple days late, but deal with it. The Bruins bender continued at Fenway on Sunday, with Lord Stanley and the boys throwing out the first pitch before the Red Sox put a beating on the Brewers. I first want to say that I have never enjoyed a ride or a team more than I have these Boston Bruins, with the 2004 Red Sox being the exception. These bros just ran around for two months punching peoples teeth in and winning big game after big game in big bad Boston fashion, and now they have earned their right to celebrate.
Alfredo Aceves did his best Rick “Wildthing” Vaughn impression last night, giving up four runs on four hits and six walks while throwing a career high 98 pitches during a 5 IP no decision. Filling it for a sick Josh Beckett, Aceves had trouble finding the strike zone putting the Sox in an early 4-1 hole. The Sox chipped away at Padres starter Matt Latos, eventually tying the game at 4, behind four hits from Kevin “the Chin” Youkilis, Ortiz’s blazing speed, and a game tying RBI single from AL MVP Adrian Gonzalez in the 6th. However San Diego’s bullpen was lights out (they have a really impressive bullpen, the Sox should take a peak around the deadline to see if they are selling any of those dudes) and the Padres were able to take game two of the three game set 5-4.
With one of the most loyal fanbases in all of Major League Baseball and the second highest payroll of the 2011 season, the Boston Red Sox are obviously capable of signing big names for record setting money. The lack of salary cap in baseball means one of two things: You have the best scouts in the world that help you find the most promising talent at a low cost or you have a pocket large enough to sign those that are already proven. This organization has both.
Andrew Miller makes the start for the Sox tonight. I am not expecting 8 innings and 10 K’s but any type of productivity out of this kid could be huge for the Sox. Injuries have hit of late all over the diamond and it is going to be players like Miller who will ride the Sox into the All-Star Break a top the A.L. East.
So as it stands we have a struggling John Lackey, a hurt Dice K (blessing or curse?) and Clay Buchholz on the 15 day DL, but we also have a soon to be 45 year old knuckleballer who is the Red Sox secret weapon.
If you told people before the season that the Red Sox would have lost Dice K for the season and Wakefield was going to be a key contributor they probably would have said the Sox would be struggling. Well that isn’t the case at all. In fact over his last 6 starts Wake is 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA. He is now only 3 wins away from 200 and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Although the Sox just ended their season high 9 game winning streak, Jacoby Ellsbury has proved to be Sox offensive catalyst. In his 5th year in the majors, Ellsbury has been on fire. Currently, he is ranked 3rd in Runs and 1st in SB in the American League. Though he was out most of last season with a left rib fracture, Ellsbury is surpassing his numbers from 2009.
Just returned from Las Vegas, got through the Yanks series then everything after that was a a blur. What happened in the games last weekend? Did the MLB switch to NFL rules while I was gone? Did Roberto Luongo start every game for the Blue Jays? Silly Canucks. Was Lebron some how involved with this? I refuse to believe those were traditionally played baseball games, I will appreciate every and all explanations for what went down.
This is quite the rivalry Alec. By the way I really loved the Mel Gibson impression you left on your daughters voice mail.
Seriously I think NewEra needs to rethink this rivalry thing. Here’s an idea, how about the rivalry between ARods forehead and hair?? Boom roasted.
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Theo and crew didn’t have to look far for to find their First Round pick when the MLB First-Year Player Draft got underway yesterday, selecting 90’s baby and UConn’s stud Junior RHP Matt Barnes at #19 overall. UConn lacks a rich baseball history, but scouts and obviously the Red Sox believe that this kid is the real deal. Here is the tale of the tape on the newest member of your Boston Red Sox:
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