Wednesday, July 18, 2007

8 Games Back............

The title of this post refers to the shrinking AL East lead the Boston Red Sox now have over the NY Yankees. And with Tavarez going today, who knows what that number will be tomorrow. These are clearly tough times for the Boston club, who were 0-5 with runners in scoring position last night against the rookie KC pitcher Leo Nunez. And Tim Wakefield just didn't have it. He gave up 6 runs on 9 hits in his 6 1/3 innings. The bullpen was no better, with Lopez and Piniero ineffective. Only Snyder pitched a scoreless frame, but that was the ninth inning, when the game was out of hand. All I can say was that this was a poor excuse for a baseball game. .500 baseball since May 29th just ain't going to make it.

The Sox try to take the rubber game of the series, putting Julian Tavarez on the mound to face the lefty Perez. The Red Sox are not playing like a first place team, and before we know it, their lead will be down to two or three games. I hope Theo and company do something about it sooner rather than later.

Click on the title for more on Tavarez' troubles of the past month, and hope that Schill comes back as quickly as possible. We need him.

14 Comments:

At 7/18/2007 8:19 AM, Blogger CC said...

"Tim Wakefield just didn't have it" is right (ugh)!

 
At 7/18/2007 10:45 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I LOVE how you sum things up with one word!!!!!

 
At 7/18/2007 10:58 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Tim Wakefield=Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

 
At 7/18/2007 11:03 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

The former is SO much better.......ick....Tavy tonight...I expect the worst. Believe me, but on Aug. 23rd, the lead will be 2 games.

 
At 7/18/2007 11:10 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Allowing 3 runs through 6 innings is a good enough start to keep us in the game. With the pen rested & ready, why not turn it over to them after a couple of leadoff hits in the 7th? Continuing to leave too many on base is a big, big problem.

 
At 7/18/2007 11:30 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Thank goodness you're optimistic, otherwise a pessimistic view would have the Sox trailing by 2 games next month.

 
At 7/18/2007 11:41 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Ok, Peter:

My Latest Rant, is written in somewhat Classical Brooklynese;

It's my Lingua Franca of Rage

 
At 7/18/2007 3:27 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

Peter:

Relax. The Yankees will never get closer than six, maybe even seven. IT IS OVER. The Sox win tonight (barring a rain-out) about 12 - 4.

 
At 7/18/2007 5:02 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW....2 games back in a month would be nice the way the Sox are going.
Sul.....I think I'm being more REALISTIC than pessimistic. That's just the way it looks to me right now. I'm the victim of too many falls on my face with my team. And there are just too many holes in the Sox armor. But I don't know what will happen before the trading deadline. The pinstripes have far fewer weaknesses than I see on my team. At least right now. It sickens me to even watch them when 2 of the 5 starters throw their first pitches. Names are not needed. One pitched yesterday and one pitches tonight. I never ever ever will give up on them....although when Manny gave up last year, I did, too. I wrote about every game, but there was zero percent hope left in my heart. That was last year, not this. But....I see too many signs of impending something! I can almost guarantee another loss to one of the worst AL teams there are.......but I'll always be there.
Thanks guys...you're the best. You too Michael.

 
At 7/18/2007 5:03 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

RIGHT NOW WE DOWNRIGHT SUCK! And it breaks my damn heart.

 
At 7/18/2007 6:48 PM, Blogger s1c said...

Geez - Why don't you just get a bat and hit yourself with it a few times Pete. 2 games up by Aug. 23rd?

1) while the Yankees aren't as bad as they played the first two months, they aren't as good as they are playing right now.

2) The offense will pick up and the starters will do better than they have the last 2 weeks. Right now the team is just getting some bad match ups, but that will change.

3) Look for Theo to acquire a 4th outfielder with some pop / speed aka Dave Roberts type before the trade deadline. It will get better.

 
At 7/19/2007 7:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

s1c....I've had a bat in my hands many times...I still do on the weekends. I recommend that you read my Thurs. morning post for a further explanation of what my opinion is. I know this is as low as we can go.
Hey, thanks for commenting...I was being realistic, having watched the team for a ton of years. And loving it. Take care.

 
At 7/19/2007 7:02 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

P.S. s1c------you have a great blog!!!!

 
At 7/20/2007 6:47 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I like myself to use a bat on ME!!

 

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