Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Birds Fly Into Boston...Bye Bye Birdies...BEAT LA!

Those Orioles from Baltimore are in Boston to play a three game set starting tonight (Tuesday). And yes, it will be muggy, hot and humid, at least for game one. Some relief is in sight for the Wednesday and Thursday evening contests, relief in the form of a cool front which will march through the northeastern states sometime Wednesday afternoon. The humidity will go down to tolerable levels and the temperatures will back off by 15 degrees or so. Yesterday here in Connecticut, those temperatures topped out at about 97 degees F. That's too warm for this time of year. And on that sizzling note, here are the pitching matchups for the first place Boston Red Sox (40-26) and the last place Baltimore Orioles (31-31)...

Daniel Cabrera (5-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (6-4, 4.07) tonight
Garrett Olson (5-1, 3.86) vs. Bartolo Colon (3-1, 3.91) Wednesday
Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 3.40) vs. Jon Lester (4-3, 3.50) Thursday.

Notice that 5 of the 6 scheduled starters have ERAs in the threes. The lone exception? Surprisingly, it's Josh "Baseball" Beckett. But he missed the later stages of spring training and his first two starts with a back injury, and right about now he should be ready to regain his overpowering mound stability. So watch out and bye bye, Birdies. Please be advised that because of the Celtics/Lakers games on Tuesday and Thursday nights, the Sox games on those nights will start at 6:05 pm EDT. The Sox are on the road for the duration of the NBA finals. So tonight, let's root for the Sox and that team in green...the Boston Celtics, as they take a two zip lead into the city of angels. The basketball games will be televised on ABC and ABC HD and the Red Sox games, of course, will be shown on NESN, our "always there" window to the world champions. So your plate will be full of Boston sporting events tonight, and that suits me just fine, thank you. Have a great Tuesday, stay cool if it's hot and warm if it's cold (where, where??), and as always, be well. Click on the title of this post for a full preview of the upcoming trio of games between the AL East rivals. Thanks yet again for popping in. Pop often!

11 Comments:

At 6/10/2008 9:11 AM, Blogger wicked pissa dude said...

God bless the Red Sox. They are 1.5 up on the Rays and 7 up on the Skankees. I love the fact that they quietly made a run at the Rays and are now putting them in their rearview mirror, all the while a lot of peeps have lost focus on them. Some fans are going to wake up the day after the C's wrap up banner #17 and are going to be stunned that the Sox will hopefully be 3-4 games up in the East. GO SOX!!! GO CELTS!!

http://www.wickedpissadude.com

 
At 6/10/2008 9:11 AM, Blogger wicked pissa dude said...

God bless the Red Sox. They are 1.5 up on the Rays and 7 up on the Skankees. I love the fact that they quietly made a run at the Rays and are now putting them in their rearview mirror, all the while a lot of peeps have lost focus on them. Some fans are going to wake up the day after the C's wrap up banner #17 and are going to be stunned that the Sox will hopefully be 3-4 games up in the East. GO SOX!!! GO CELTS!!

http://www.wickedpissadude.com

 
At 6/10/2008 10:10 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Relief is on the way. It's 63 degrees here right now & we're sending it your way.

Is there any health update on Jacoby & Manny?

 
At 6/10/2008 10:46 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Go Celts! Thanks WPD. BFW, we need that cooler air here now...DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!

Thanks guys.

 
At 6/10/2008 11:07 AM, Blogger gingerly said...

I'm thinking Josh is about to get a lot better too. It's time. But what should we expect from Colon when he pitches again? I was liking his sneaky little moves there for a while. Think he can recover?

 
At 6/10/2008 3:47 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

BFW - Manny only had a slight problem with the hammy. These days off have helped, and he is apparently close to returning to left field. Probably ready now, but just being cautious. I believe Ellsbury will be in the lineup tonight. If not, definitely tomorrow.

G - Colon is a good question. Every pitcher has a bit of a lull around game number 5 or so as they push their body into condition. Is that all that Colon was experiencing, or was it something more? We won't know until we see him pitch again. Fingers crossed!

 
At 6/10/2008 3:47 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

BFW - Manny only had a slight problem with the hammy. These days off have helped, and he is apparently close to returning to left field. Probably ready now, but just being cautious. I believe Ellsbury will be in the lineup tonight. If not, definitely tomorrow.

G - Colon is a good question. Every pitcher has a bit of a lull around game number 5 or so as they push their body into condition. Is that all that Colon was experiencing, or was it something more? We won't know until we see him pitch again. Fingers crossed!

 
At 6/10/2008 4:20 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Keith, oh yes! Colon was more a victim of his own fielding in his last start than his pitching.

Roost, Ells should be in there tonight...here's hoping. And Rooster, you too should remember that three of the six runs he (Colon) gave up were unearned last time. I have faith, but tonight, it's time for Josh, Paul, Ray and company. The red and the green.

Have a great night!! Thanks!

 
At 6/10/2008 4:37 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

Peter, I do remember the errors on throws to second base caused 3 unearned runs. But, from my perspective, Colon did not pitch quite as well asn in his first 3 outings. Not terrible, but he was getting pitches up in the zone too much, his velocity was lower on his fastball (it did hit 94-96, but less often than it had been).

So, I'm keeping an eye on his next start. Was it just an off night, is his getting into shape late catching up to him? We'll see.

I am certainly hoping he's fine, and will be throwing peas!

 
At 6/10/2008 4:37 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

Peter, I do remember the errors on throws to second base caused 3 unearned runs. But, from my perspective, Colon did not pitch quite as well asn in his first 3 outings. Not terrible, but he was getting pitches up in the zone too much, his velocity was lower on his fastball (it did hit 94-96, but less often than it had been).

So, I'm keeping an eye on his next start. Was it just an off night, is his getting into shape late catching up to him? We'll see.

I am certainly hoping he's fine, and will be throwing peas!

 
At 6/11/2008 10:02 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

He'll be fine...we need him! We need Okie, too...as long as he's pitching to ANY TEAM but Baltimore.....

 

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