Archive for July, 2010

Red Sox showing signs of life
July 28, 2010

The Red Sox are finally starting to look like a major league team, and even play like one.

Now with only Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury (he’s been out so long does he even count any more?) and Jason Varitek out, the Red Sox have legitimate major leaguers filling in at every position, and it shows (with all due respect to the likes od Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald who last night played well, again, with 2 hits)

The single biggest difference is at the catchers position. Victor Martinez is back and what a difference.

Now last night, the Red Sox won again because of some major league plays by some major league plays

-Good defense-Jeremy Hermeida throwing out a runners on the basepath, Marco Scutaro throwing out one at home on a good tag by Martinez

-Jed Lowrie (filling in for Pedroia) hitting a big RBI double (courtesy of some shoddy fielding by Angels left fielder Juan Rivera). More shoddy fielding by the Angels gave the Sox an important insurance (unearned) run in the 9th.

-Darnell McDonald had 2 hits in filling in for late scratch JD Drew

-Terry Francona was bailed out for a managing mistake when he got greedy with the overuse of John Lackey, who after pitching very well, tired out and gave up a home run to his final batter in the 8th(to cut the lead to 3-2) when he had thrown over 120 pitches.

Still 5 games back of the Rays for the wild card playoff spot, but the Red Sox are showing signs of life with a lot of baseball (61 game) left.

-MD

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What to do with 63 games left?
July 25, 2010

The Red Sox have fallen 8 games behind the Yankees and probably more importantly 5 games behind Tampa for the wild card playoff spot. So, should Red Sox fans be panicking?….

Clay Buccholz and Josh Beckett have returned but went 0-1 in their 1st 2 games back. Reason to panic?

On Sunday the bullpen blew another game, a game that Daisuke pitched very well, certainly well enough to win. Another reason to panic?

Red Sox fans who are subject to panicking have, in all likelihood, begun to panic. Should the rest of us panic?

Victor Martinez returns tomorrow and not a game too soon as the present Red Sox back-up catchers are the worst in baseball. A 50% Martinez is much better than the Cash/Brown combination. Reason to back off the panic button.

Dustin Pedroia’s best case scenario has him returning in about a week. His return also cannot come soon enough. If the Red Sox can somehow tread water for the next week (in other words not get swept by the Angels) and not fall further behind then I believe that you can put off your panicking.

What about Jacoby Ellsbury? Will he ever be right this entire season? Will he ever fulfill his lofty expectations here in Boston? My answers -I don’t know, I don’t think so, and probably not. He has been a very big disappointment this season and would have to put up monstrous numbers upon his return to salvage this season and erase the memory of the longest stint on the DL due to cracked ribs.

-After Saturday night’s error, you will never see Eric Patterson in the outfield again. Why wasn’t Darnell McDonald in?? Where is Daniel Nava..oh yah he’s in Pawtucket (with his .286 major lg batting average)

-MD

LeBron, Jermaine and Jacoby, and Rasheed
July 10, 2010

Can we please move on from this LeBron thing? right after I make one more observation.

I hope the Celtics got a copy of Miami’s introductory love fest at American Airlines arena. LeBron declaring that 60 something Pat Riley could play along side their 3 all-stars (I refuse to ever call them the Big 3, or “The Trinity”, which is downright blasphemous).

And then Dwyane declaring that this is the collection of the 3 best players ever to play together. How about KG, Pierce and Ray Allen? OK, how about Bird, McHale and Parrish, or Magic, Kareem and Worthy? And the media is blamed (many times correctly) for excessive hyperbole?

Now to Jermaine O’Neal, previously called by many as the tin man (for his lack of heart). 2 of O’Neal’s main problems were that 1) he was grossly overpaid (at 23 Mill per year last season!!!) AND 2) he never had the talent to be your legitimate #1, #2 of even a #3 best player. Here with the celtics he will be the 5th or 6th of maybe even 7th best player. That he will be able to handle and should make him more successful.

Jacoby Ellsbury. He read from notes to explain his working out in Arizona rather than being with his team. C’mon Jacoby-you’re almost 27 years old years old. I know you’re just a baseball player but can’t you at least act like a semi-mature man with thoughts of your own? Notes?

Rasheed Wallace is retired. It’s official. You heard it here 1st.

-MD

Celtics Big 3 are back
July 7, 2010

SportsCenter 5 has just learned that The Celtics and Ray Allen have agreed on a 2 year contract worth 20 million dollars giving Doc Rivers at least one more chance to win it all with the Big 3.

Allen’s signing follows Paul Pierce’s agreement to a 4 year contract worth over 61 million dollars which represents somewhat of a hometown discount considering Dirk Nowitsky just signed a 4 year deal worth 80 million dollars.

Kevin Garnett has 2 more years on his contract so if Ray Allen does not opt out of his contract after this next season, the Big 3 will have at least 2 more shots at winning it all.

Now it’s time to find a big body to fill in for Kendrick Perkins while he rehabs from major knee surgery. Shaq? -I don’t think so- he is the anti-Garnett, on the (fat) lazy side. Not that Rasheed wasn’t pretty much the same but Rasheed wore on Doc and most everyone else on the team so I don’t know how much patience Doc and the Celtics have to put up with another one of those.

-MD