Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bagels with Sox

With the Varitek Flu raging through the Red Sox clubhouse (fortunately this means they are ill, not striking out repeatedly with runners on base), the Sox have had to mix and match their rotation in order to get through the next few days. Josh Beckett was wiped out by a stiff neck, and David Paule, while ineffectual, at least ate a few innings until the offense picked up the pace. In fact, the lineup has finally started clicking, especially the top of the order. Be it Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, or Jacoby Ellsbury, the top of the lineup has carried this team along with contributions from J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo (as in, oh yeah, that is what we were expecting from them LAST year!).

While the bullpen as a whole has been iffy (Brian Corey? Julian Tavarez? Kyle Snyder? at least two of the three have been bumped out of the mix), at least Jonathan Papelbon, Oki-Doki, and Manny Delcarmen (when not facing the recently released Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas) have been decent. Since Mike Timlin retired last year after the World Series, I guess three is no need to mention him. Wait, he is still there? Seriously? 14.54 ERA?

The rotation has been inconsistent. I have no doubt that Josh Beckett will be fine in no time and that the innings saved in March and April will benefit in September and October. Daisuke will win 15 to 20 this season as well. Jon Lester seems to be figuring things out. While I am not sure that Clay Buchholz does not need additional seasoning, at least his six shutout innings and win the other day puts him ahead of the Yankees dynamic duo of youngsters now 0-5. Shaky Wakey is simply Shaky Wakey. Same old, same old there.

Considering the travel to Japan, the West Coast, Canada, and then the Yankees, the Sox are in pretty good shape all in all at the 1/10th point of the season. No, they did not start 15-2, but they are certainly better off than anyone should have hoped for at this point of the season.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Lots of topics to touch on, so to paraphrase Jimy (Hendrix, not former Sox Manager Jimy Williams!): Roll over Rover, and let Hal B. take over!

* Hey, where are all those "J.D. Drew sucks" idiots on WEEI from last year? Damn right, I've been cheerleading J.D. from day one. Funny how that sweet stroke shuts up the bozos when its dropping in and he's hitting .350.

* Outside of Arizona, has any team looked World Series ready in Major League Baseball this season? By the way, right now I'd say Brandon Webb is edging ahead of Jake Peavy as the best pitcher in the National League. The best pitcher no one knows right now is Webb. Of course, it oculd be worse, imagine being a San Francisco Giants fan knowing that Barry Zito is taking up a big part of the salary pie.

* Big Papi needs love, not jeers.

* Red Sox - Yankees: You know, a few years ago, I used to be physically ill after a Sox loss to the Yankees. At this point, I just accept that the teams are going to split the season series 10-9, 9-10, 11-8, 8-11 or whatever and save the stress for October. Johnny Damon has certainly been forgotten in Boston, and has turned into yet another Mike Mussina, Bobby Abreau, Jason Giambi, and Hideki Matsui over-priced and under-performing bozo in the Big Apple.

* Pedro Martinez hurt again? For all the love Pedro got here in Boston, it is without a doubt karma that he is struggling so mightily in the Big Apple. All I need is to see Jason Lee in his Earl character talking about Pedro, Carson Daly, and karma. Yes, this is a great time to be a Sox fan.

* Jason Lee will always be Brodie to me, however. Mallrats: the most underappreciated movie ever. It was a comic masterpiece that the world was just not ready for in 1995. Ethan Suplee, also gaining fame as Randy in My Name is Earl, was staring at the picture as the great Willam in Mallrats and was actually quite pivotal in the plot in accidently allowing Silent Bob to use the Force to save the day.

* More on the draft as it approaches, but I doubt Bill Belichick is stupid enough to pass on Darren McFadden or Matt Ryan even though RB and QB are all set.

* OK, let's start the "Fire 'Claude the Clod' Julian" campaign for benching Phil Kessel in the playoffs. OK. Let me think, the Bruins are an offensively challenged team and I can think of maybe two players who can create their own shot and can take a puck at mid-ice and rush the net and score: Marc Savard and Phil Kessel. So I think it makes so much sense for the coach to bench one of those two guys because..why? He's not "Gritty" enough. OK, let me make an analogy to that. The Yankees make the playoffs and bench A-Rod and put in Morgan Ensburg at third base in the playoffs, because A-Rod is not "gritty" enough.

Monday, April 14, 2008

GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!

Just when you thought it was safe to count out the Bruins...a win in game three ensures another hunt for the Red Sox game when the Bruins are on NESN.

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