Saturday, August 01, 2009

Two bullets dodged and some curious moves

Sorry dear readers. I've been swamped the last few days so I'm a bit behind.

And not exactly an uneventful few days for the Red Sox eh?

When we last left the Red Sox, David Ortiz tested positive to the surprise of nobody and looked like with the Phillies dealing for Cliff Lee that Halladay might be Red Sox bound.

Also the Yankees were surging and the Sox fell to 3 1/2 back... and the A's took a 4-1 lead and looked like they were going to take 3 of 4 in Fenway.

A day and a half later, the Red Sox had two come from behind games, pulled to within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees and decided to acquire every first baseman in the American League.

Seriously, where the hell is Casey Kotchman supposed to play?

Two more months of baseball with a magic number of 60 to clinch a playoff spot.

It's certainly going to be interesting.

Let's update the tally.


April 17 - 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 - 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 - 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 - 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 - 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 - 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 - 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard's 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 - 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green's fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 - 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
July 1 - 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 - 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston's 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 - 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 - 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 - 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk's 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)


April 14 - 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 - 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 - 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 - 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 - 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 - 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 - 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
June 28 - 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 - 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 - 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 - 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 - 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 - 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 - 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 - 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A's rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 - 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)

Up to -2.
Isn't playing the Orioles such a soothing tonic?

1 comment:

  1. "Seriously, where the hell is Casey Kotchman supposed to play?"

    He isn't going to play. When the V-Mart trade materialized the trade for Adam became meaningless. LaRoche wanted no part of being a bench player in a contract year and started grumbling. The Braves were already working on a deal to get LaRoche back when the Sox snagged him, so when he became available again Wren jumped on it and swapped first basemen to get Chipper's hunting buddy back in the clubhouse. Kotchman is signed for two more years and is too introverted to bitch about playing time anyway so he'll sit on the bench and like it. Now Youk can bounce between 1st and 3rd so he can play every day while Lowell, Varitek, Papi and Martinez can do the C/1B/3B/DH merry go round with Kotch coming in as a late inning defensive replacement and make sure V-mart or Lowell doesn't end up becoming the 2009 version of Bill Buckner.

    I'm just glad the Braves traded for a guy whose cards I already have in my collection. I'm having a hell of a time finding Ryan Church cards...