The Boston Red Sox have had 52 players this season….so far, the most in the American League and only 3 behind the Pittsburgh Pirates with 55. (The Sox had 52 players last year too.) The team has used 25 pitchers so far this season, tied for the most in the American League with the Kansas City Royals.
The time is here, no time to waste…..the stakes are about as high as they can get in baseball for our Boston Red Sox.
It’s Do-Or-Die time in the next 10-12 games. Simple as that…..nuf ced Red Sox Nation !!
No-way are the Sox contenders for the top spot in the American League East, so the Wild Card race is our ONLY OPTION. Now we must rely on a familiar foe to assist us in this chess match, we need the New York Yankees to kick Tampa Bay butt in their next 7 games with them. The Yanks are going to keep winning, because they can. We need Tampa to lose. It’s not just enough for the Sox to win anymore, that’s not enough for us to get the job done. The Rays have to go down, and that’s all there is to it. Oh, and the Chicago White Sox need to lose a few and back off on this Wild Card race to the finish.
Asking a lot…..yeah, but it can happen….we’ve seen all the pieces miraculously come together before…..and it can happen again!
Lester and Beckett need to stablize, they’ve got to focus and get these wins. Buchholz needs to keep shining bright…there may be quite a reward at the end of this rainbow for him! Lackey and Matsuzaka need to show Red Sox Nation why they are being paid so much money, time to show what you’re made of & step-up! Wakefield needs to go back to the bull pen, no time left in this super-tight race to play honorary veteran….maybe on October 3rd.
Ortiz and Beltre need to stay healthy & keep eating their Wheaties, they are quite the Dynamic Duo & I hope to see them both on the 2011 roster. Varitek’s back and needs to hit the ground running (sorry, Captain…you are REALLY needed to hit like you did this spring) and Martinez has to hold it together and try to stay healthy-enough to get through these games in the home stretch….you’re not in Cleveland anymore! (Did not impress in 2009 postseason games vs. the Angels) Drew and Hall have to improve their at-bats, and make quality strategic hits more often…and we love those HR’s too. Lowrie and Scutaro need to keep chipping-away and focus on fielding. First Base….we need someone at first base!! Whether it is Martinez, Ortiz or Anderson…if Lowell cannot return….someone’s gotta do it!
The rest of the outfield…well, Terry will surely earn his pay this year, won’t he? Kalish and McDonald are my picks, but Patterson isn’t too bad either. The Bull Pen….geesh! Bard is not the super pitcher people make him out to be, he can cave-in a game just as much as his buddy Papelbon can (but for a lot less pay). I am liking Atchison, Bowden & Okajima, the others should pay attention!
New York and Tampa both also had a day off on Thursday, and are also playing games on the road – but they have tougher matchups than the Red Sox do. NY plays the Rangers in Texas, and the Rays play the Jays in Toronto while we (play well on the road in 2010) play the Oakland Athletics, then the Seattle Mariners on the West Coast.
The Time Is Now….We Have Our Fingers-Crossed For The Boston Red Sox. GO SOX!
– fenway fruitgirl 2010 “BEHIND THE NET”
…. to make it to the postseason ?
Mid-way through a slow-climbing season of baseball for the Boston Red Sox….appeared a gift
to my 2007 World Champion (2008 American League Divisional Winners) – matching-up against the National League is a GREAT way to rack-up a boat load of wins before going back to the almost mondane schedule of playing against their usual American League (East) counterparts. I love Interleague play, it allows me to see a real mix of teams playing eachother….a delightful change in baseball.
The Red Sox just completed a 9-game homestand of Interleague play, emerging extremely victorious at a 8 of 9 games won. Now the boys are about to embark on a 6 game road trip out west for the remainder of their 1st phase of Interleague play. Gone now are the Phillies, the Diamondbacks, and the Dodgers……on come the games vs. the Rockies and the Giants !!
The Red Sox crept quietly up the standings ladder as Tampa free-fell(only winning 3 out of their last 9 games), and the Yankees stumbled. The Yankees have yet to face the Diamondbacks and Dodgers in the coming 6 games(on the road), and the Rays will face the Padres and Diamondbacks(at home). So,unfortunately…I do expect the road ahead to get easier for the Rays – making the competition for the top spots in the AL East to get even tighter.
With very few games ahead to be played at Fenway Park in July (only 9)…so the boys – both young and old need to play hard and stay focused on the road. Godspeed boys, the hopes of a nation are behind you.
– fenway fruitgirl “BEHIND THE NET” 2010
After a tough game yesterday in Minneapolis, the Sox came home last night to cold, raw temps and the possibility of rain and snow for Friday night’s game. What would’ve been a 190th win for veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield, in his 16th year in the major leagues….turned-out to be a shutout win for the Twins, and a disaster for the Sox.
Venturing out to Fenway Park on Friday night to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Boston Red Sox on 9/11/09 did not turn out as originally-planned….
….And then the rain picked-up, and the drizzle turned to showers, which turned to downpours!
Not looking good. Waiting in the concourse for word from umpires…POSTPONED
There will be a Double-Header on Sunday 9/13/09 between Tampa and Boston. No longer Lester vs. Shields now Buchholz vs. Garza at 12:00pm
(Great Action Shot, huh ?) Graza was very good, but had no run support.
One of the day’s heroes: MVP Mr. Dustin Pedroia (Double & HR)
Trouble for Tampa (lost 11 in a row as of 9/14/09) Losing Kasmir (SP) & Pena (1B) taking it’s toll on the team.
Red Sox Win 3-1 and later in the day, take game 3 and sweep the Tampa Bay Rays!
– Fenway Fruitgirl 9/13/09 May The Sox Be With You . . . . .
Short painful 2 game series with the pesky Tampa Bay Rays is over and done. I do not understand why those fans ring cowbells, do they attract Sting Rays in the ocean? Other than “OUCH” there is not very much to say about the short sweep, other than why pitchers don’t just walk Pena??? He may have the lowest batting average on the lineup right now,but he is a dangerous home run hitter…and it’s always wise to minimize damage and prevent him from hitting those homers, and driving his fellow team mates who are on base accross home base with him, right?
Lester certainly had Longoria’s number. Evan was unable to get anything done with Jon on the mound on Tuesday. Speaking of Tuesday’s game and Jon Lester, it was the 5th time this year that our young LHP had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Nice.
Young CF Jacoby Ellsbury is about to surpass his total stolen bases for 2008. He is in 2nd place in the MLB behind Carl Crawford.
Tonight’s game matchup and lineup makes me a bit queasy, but I will watch the game with a strong cocktail in my hand and grin and bear it for my team. Veteran pitcher John Smoltz takes the mound against young Yank Joba Chamberlain in the Bronx just after 7:00pm tonight with Victor Martinez scheduled to catch. It’s Martinez’s first taste of the rivalry in person. Jason Bay will not play for 2 games because of his hamstring problem.
Friday night’s game will be one of those “Gotta Watch” games of the summer, every sports bar on the East Coast will have that one on, and rightly so. Ace Josh Beckett takes the mound against A.J. Burnett, and the fireworks will begin! Go get him Josh!
Saturday night’s matchup is another queasy and uneasy game to avoid or bear on FOX with Clay “Don Knotts” Buchholz against C.C. Sabathia in the House of Pain.
It will all end-up on Sunday with a classic matchup of our horse Jon Lester taking the mound against Andy Pettitte. That game will be televised on ESPN. Should be a very good game to watch.
Then, home they go to Boston to play a 4-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers from August 10-13, then off again to Texas.