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Crimson Blood & Red Sox
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
PERCENTAGE POINTS ARE OVER-RATED, ANYWAY. YANKS TAKE OVER FIRST BY A PERCENTAGE POINT AFTER TRIBE DRUMS SOX 6-1 LAST NIGHT

These are, indeed, dark times for Red Sox Nation. The New York Yankees, the best team that George's money can by, are no longer in the rear-view mirror of the front-running vehicle in the race  for the Eastern Division, but right along side and in the fast lane, it seems. Has bad luck eeked into the Sox dug-out? Well, before you dismiss that thought immediately, consider that in the ninth inning last night of a 6-1 loss, on the same day that it was revealed they had lost captain catcher Jason Varitek for much of the remainig schedule, a black bird, an omen, maybe, strutted from the outfield grass and stood atop second base, until scared away by an Indian infielder. In the ninth inning? Hitchcock did not write that well.......well, on second thought, maybe he did.

The Yankees are in the fast lane, for sure, just days after GM Cashman brought in a much needed bat in Bobby Abreau, along with a much needed arm in Eric Lidle just before the trade dead-line. They are scoring runs and winning games.  Derek Jeter  has put this New York team on his back and he has carried them all year. They are 62-40. Garey Sheffield is expected to return later this month. Their pitching staff, maligned much of the year, now appears more solid than that od the Red Sox. Mike Mussina is having, possibly, the best year of his career. The Unit is not as dominating as he was in his prime, but he still knows how to pitch and how to protect a lead. The Yankees score runs  for their pitchers. Lastly, the Bronz Bombers have 'the Hammer of God" waiting in the bullpen  for the ninth inning, Mariano Riveria.

 If the Yankees ARE in the fast lane, the Sox, by comparison, are in the slow lane attempting to conserve gas and save wear-and-tare for the long trip ahead. No moves were made at the trade dead-line, which means no immediate help for a starting pitching rotation that had lost three members to the dis-abled list. Not only does this place added pressure on the young pitchers that Tito sends out there in those number-three, four and five spots(Lester, Snyder and Johnson), it also drops squarely on the shoulders of the two aces of the staff, Schilling and Beckett. It's almost like these two warriors  HAVE  to go out there and win every time because of all the uncertainity. That pressure may already be mounting, as Schill, usually strong at Fenway, was pounded last week by the Angels and even gave up three homers in one inning. Another bad outing by Schilling will send Red Sox faithful into a full frenzy of woe and despair.  If they are not their already.

 


Posted by stevesmith36784 at 3:31 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2006 6:01 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 1 August 2006
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER HURTING RED SOX: CAPTAIN JASON VARITEK INJURED KNEE LAST NIGHT, NEEDS KNEE SURGERY, OUT 4-6 WEEKS

 

The Dog Days of Summer are here, but you don't have to tell the Red Sox. Allready hosting an all-star disability list team with three starters out and right-fielder Trot Nixon added to the Dl two days ago, Boston could not afford  any more injuries, especially right after the trade deadline. Sox fans, you may want to sit down for a moment.

  The Captan is down. This IS not good. Jason Varitek will under-go knee surgery soon after jamming his knee last night running around second base. He will be out 4-6 weeks. Eight weeks left in the season. Do the math. This is not good.

Trot Nixon was hurt on the eve of the trading deadline and he is now on the disabled list. I know what you are thinking? "Good move  for Trot, you won't be traded if yu are on the DL" Maybe not. Ever heard of Wally Pip? Wily Mo had a monster game last nigh, hitting a homer, a triple and a single. He will benefit, playing time-wise, from Trot being out. He could become the number 5 guy behind Manny if his power-stroke continues. He could be our right-fielder next year if Trot is not brought back.

By the way, Wally Pip was an esteblished starting first-baseman for the Yankees in the mid-20's, until he sat out a game due to a "mysterious" ailment and was replaced by a young lanky rookie getting his first taste of major league baseball. That  impressive rookie did not play  like one and became part of the best one-two punch in the history of baseball. Of course I am talking about Yankee legend Lou Gerigh.


Posted by stevesmith36784 at 6:15 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006 7:11 PM CDT
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IT'S A BIRD. IT'S A PLANE. IT'S BIG MVPAPI.............AGAIN. RED SOX COME BACK TO BEAT INDIANS 9-8 ON BAT OF ORTIZ

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 3:50 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006 3:52 PM CDT
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NO TRADE CAUSE..........? THEO RESISTS SELLING FARM(SYSTEM) AS TRADE DEADLINE PASSES, BUT PITCHING ROTATION QUESTIONS REMAIN

Yesterday afternoon's MLB trade deadline passing without the Boston Red Sox  making a much needed move to bolster an embattled back portion of their pitching rotation was the equivalent of the Grinch stealing Christmas in July. To a  Red Sox Nation, waiting  for Theo to ride like the calvery into Fenway at the last minute to announce a huge mega-deal such as bringing Roger Clemons or Roy Oswalt to town, the passing deadline was numbing.With three starting pitchers on the DL(Wakefield, Clement and Wells) the Red Sox have survived to lead the Eastern division, thus far, with inexperienced arms and heads in the three, four and five spots of the rotation.  Every GM that Theo talked to had to have been foaming at the mouth to take advantage  of the desperate need for help on the mound. It is believed that most  teams, when contacted about tradig pitchers, requested from Boston the young-gun arms of Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Hansen and Manny DelCarmen. Instead,  it is believed that Theo dangled Coco, Lowell, Trot and Wily Mo and he couldn't get  any takers. So, the sox stand pat.  That, actually, may have been the best news this week. The Sox, not only  have the second-best record in the American league and a one game lead over the Yankees. With Lowell, Gonzo, Loretta and Youk playing the best infield in baseball, the Sox pitching staff just needs to induce ground balls. That's all................That's all?........hahaha. There has to be a great amount of pressure and tension at Fenway leading up to the trade deadline, especiaslly if your name had been batted around in the Boston media, of late as the trade-bait de jour. And after the deadline passed and maybe the same players looked at their teammates and  thought, "We are all still here. Now let's win this thing." Can you say team chemistry? I know, I know............but in the words of John Lennon, "I know I'm a dreamer.........but I'm not the only one."

John Lester, 5-1 has been very successful but only dazzling at times. The sixth and seventh innings seem to be his Waterloo, as well as a penchant  for the base-on-balls. He has tremendous upside, being only 22 and, for all purposes, shopuld be in TRIPLE-A right now. The same can be said  for Kyle Snyder. He was rescued from Kansas city in May and has had moments of brilliance early in games. Maybe bullpen work.

David Wells returns to Fenway tonight after a nightmarish summer of DL stints and rehabs. Five innings would be  GREAT.  ( Once again, go to above mentioned Lennon quote from Imagine)
  


Posted by stevesmith36784 at 12:56 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006 2:25 PM CDT
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Monday, 31 July 2006
OH HEAVENS! SCHILL ROCKED AS ANGELS BLAST RED SOX 10-4 SUNDAY. LEAD IN EAST OVER YANKS DOWN TO 1/2 GAME........AGAIN

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 11:54 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006 11:57 PM CDT
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Sunday, 30 July 2006
PAPI HITS ANOTHER WALK-OFF HIT AS RED SOX DROP HALOS 7-6 IN 11 INNINGS SATURDAY. SOX LEAD OVER YANKS BACK TO 1 1/2 GAMES

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 9:37 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 30 July 2006 9:39 PM CDT
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Saturday, 29 July 2006
HEAVEN HELP US: ANGELS ROUGH UP LESTER IN 7th,TOP RED SOX 8-3 FRIDAY NIGHT. YANKS IN REAR-VIEW MIRROR, 1/2 GAME BACK

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 7:14 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 26 July 2006
MANNY, TROT GO YARD AS BOSTON POUNDS OAKLAND 13-5 TUESDAY NIGHT

The Boston Red Sox will attempt to sweep the American League Western division leading Oakland A's this afternoon, after bombarding them last night with 18 base hits on way to a 13-5 pounding. Manny Ramirez hit his 28th homer of the season and Trot Nixon hit his first in over 34 games. Jason Varitek had only one hit in five at-bats, but it was a doozy, a three-run double in the seventh that helped turn a 6-5 nail-biter into a blow-out. Curt Schilling won his 13th, joining teammate Josh Beckett and Toronto's Roy Halladay as the only 13-game winners in the majors.

 Starting  for Boston today will be former Royals refugee Kyle Snyder, who is 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA. He had a very promising outing last Friday as he limited the Seattle Mariners to  two un-earned runs in five innings en route to the 9-4 Sox win. He will be looking to repay the A's for his only loss this season, a forgettable July 16th performance in which he allowed five runs on eight hits in just four innings. Oakland will send Dan Haren to the mound, hoping to stop a five-game skid. Haren, who is 6-9 with a 4.02 ERA, may be the wrong guy to send out there today. Manny, who is hot as a pepper right now and in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, is 4-for-6 off Haren with a homer and 3 RBIs.


Posted by stevesmith36784 at 9:37 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006 12:02 PM CDT
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LUCKY 13: SCHILLING QUIETS A's BATS, WINS HIS 13th.

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 9:33 AM CDT
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Tuesday, 25 July 2006
MANNY, PAPI AND GONZO TAKE ZITO DEEP AS RED SOX TOP ATHELTICS 7-3 MONDAY NIGHT IN OAKLAND TO REMAIN 2 1/2 GAMES AHEAD OF YANKEES

Posted by stevesmith36784 at 8:00 AM CDT
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