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Monday, April 23, 2012

RedSox (4-10) @ Twins (5-11), Monday, April 23, 2012, 8:10pm

BOS:Jon Lester (28, LHP, 0-2, 5.82)
MIN:Jason Marquis (33, RHP, 1-0, 7.20)

The Primer Chimp Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 268 comment(s)
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4114048)
This would have been a way better series two or three years ago.
   2. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4114068)
Gamingboy, I forget, are you a Twins fan?
   3. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4114073)
Lineups:

Red Sox

Aviles, SS
Sweeney, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 3B
Saltalamacchia, C
Ross, LF
Byrd, CF

Twins

Span, CF
Carroll, SS
Mauer, C
Willingham, DH
Morneau, 1B
Doumit, RF
Valencia, 3B
Parmelee, LF
Plouffe, 2B
   4. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4114077)
The positives here are that Ross is not in CF. Aviles has a 1.008 OPS leading off. I predict that this will continue indefinitely.

Anderson is on the team as a pinch hitter. I like him a lot better than the other options.
   5. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4114080)
We'll see if Byrd's .091 BABIP is a fluke or a sign that something's really wrong. His Infield Fly % is way up and FB% is way down. I don't know if it's real or not. I hope it's not.
   6. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:09 PM (#4114102)
Man, even Remy's down. This team is a mess!
   7. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4114107)
Interesting play on that ball by Parmalee.
   8. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4114109)
Hell of a strike zone here.
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4114128)
Nice to see Aviles playing some competent SS this year. I'm always pleasantly surprised when he doesn't blow a play.
   10. dirk Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4114131)
aviles has been a real bright spot. i want to make sure I remember when he's batting. 110 over a 25-5 winning binge
   11. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4114132)
Just getting home, Who is this in the booth with Orsillo?
   12. dirk Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4114133)
roy smalley. remy is under the weather, but in minn
   13. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4114134)
So it's Roy Smalley and my he is chatty.
   14. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4114135)
Salty!
   15. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:43 PM (#4114136)
Saltalamacchia really can clean out hose low pitches. Anything up he has no chance but down low he can be trouble.
   16. dirk Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4114137)
salty!
   17. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4114138)
Byrd runs hard on an easy out, I like that.
   18. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM (#4114140)
He probably won't compete for another MVP but it's nice to see Monreau doing well.
   19. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:53 PM (#4114141)
Nice feature on Westmoreland in the pregame show. They're sticking with "may play in minor league games this year" but it's just good to see him looking healthy.
   20. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4114142)
And agreed on Morneau.
   21. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM (#4114144)
Nice base running by Sweeney, hosting all the way.

Is Doumit playing right?
   22. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM (#4114146)
There some nice base running by Sweeney. Christ.
   23. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4114149)
Gamingboy, I forget, are you a Twins fan?


In general, yes. It's more of a case that I've seen these guy going up through the minors. I sometimes say that I root for the Twins players and the Orioles' laundry. And, of course, anybody playing the Yankees.
   24. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4114151)
I'm going to stick with this until you people all agree with me, Jenny Dell is a massive downgrade from Heidi Watney.
   25. Textbook Editor Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4114153)
Nice feature on Westmoreland in the pregame show. They're sticking with "may play in minor league games this year" but it's just good to see him looking healthy.


FWIW, my son's neurosurgeon said one of the reasons why he always told parents it was better to operate sooner rather than later is that the older one gets, the less "elastic" the brain is in recovering from a major surgery, and so the recovery was much longer just to get back basic things like balance, coordination, etc. My son was mostly back to normal within 6 months of his surgery (aside from eye issues that are correctable with prism lenses/glasses), but he was 3 1/2 when he had his; I can't even imagine what it would be like coming back from major brain surgery at 19-20 y.o.

It's great that he's gotten this far--I really hope to see him in Fenway some day, but the fact he's OK at all is pretty close to a miracle in and of itself.
   26. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM (#4114154)
The putrid record of this team is in no way the fault of David Ortiz.
   27. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4114156)
Every time I see Marquis all I can think of is "and Nixon swings on 3 and 0!"
   28. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4114159)
really nice catch by span
   29. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4114160)
Middlebrooks homered again.
   30. dirk Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4114161)
nice grab.
   31. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4114162)
Middlebrooks homered again.


Our savior? (I might make this into a schtick, like Larry M and his "Can't wait to see him play for the Yankees.")
   32. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4114174)
I like Smalley. I hate Remy. Let that be an end of the Remy era.
   33. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4114175)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!
   34. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4114176)
Really? I have been hating Smalley.

Big pitch on 3-2 to Morneau.
   35. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4114179)
Atta boy Jon. Another big 0-2 hit.
   36. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4114181)
Bugger.
   37. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4114182)
That's a tough error on Aviles.
   38. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4114184)
Well, that went to hell quickly.
   39. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4114185)
Who knew Danny Valencia had such a boomer in him.
   40. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4114186)
4-11
   41. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM (#4114187)
I hate Lester.
   42. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM (#4114190)
Garbage.
   43. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4114191)
So Matt Barnes is pitching tomorrow night.
   44. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4114192)
Really? I have been hating Smalley.


I don't like him so much as like that he's not Remy.
   45. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4114194)
Wow, that's a ####### horrible pitch to Doumit.
   46. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM (#4114195)
So Matt Barnes is pitching tomorrow night.


phredbird is taking me and Mrs Piehole to a Dodgers game on Saturday.
   47. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM (#4114197)
I want to be the inaugural member of the "I Hate Cody Ross As An Everyday Player" bandwagon.
   48. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4114198)
Smalley is just going all Rex Hudler right now. Damn shame there wasn't time to get Eck out to Minnesota.
   49. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4114199)
What a shock: Lester falls apart out of nowhere in an early-season game.

Hey, at least Ortiz is going to have a monster year. When he starts this well, it can only be good.

   50. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4114201)
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this season is the rapidity with which they cough up leads. The lead is gone in 3 or 4 batters. It's uncanny.
   51. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4114203)
Hey, we're Acura, we're big. Also we're tools who think stupid crap is funny.
   52. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM (#4114206)
Dice-K gave up 2 HR in the first inning! Our savior!
   53. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM (#4114207)
Who said they liked Smalley? He's terrible.
   54. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM (#4114208)
Who said they liked Smalley? He's terrible.


I like him insofar as he's NOT Remy.
   55. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4114210)
I hate to say this, but has Lester become unlikeable? It's got to be just frustration over how things have gone since last September, right?
   56. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4114211)
Troy McClure should just punch Lester in the nuts.
   57. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4114212)
The Twins broadcast has Tom Kelly inside the booth inside of Bert Blyleven. Also, they just showed a graphic that Jon Lester has the best WP amongst active starters, which still blows my mind for some reason.
   58. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4114213)
MINNEAPOLIS--Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Whit Merrifield of the Class A Wilmington Blue Rocks, in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last June.

Matsuzaka, pitching for the Class A Salem Red Sox, unofficially touched 92 on the radar gun and threw 27 pitches in a two-run first inning. Wilmington came into the game batting .210 overall and had hit just two home runs in its first 15 games.

Matsuzaka's first pitch of the second inning also resulted in a home run by 21-year-old Geulin Beltre, who came into the game batting .157.
   59. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4114214)
Ive never particularly liked Lester and the last several months haven't lessened that dislike.
   60. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4114215)
BTW, WP is for Winning Percentage, not Wild Pitches.
   61. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4114217)
BTW, WP is for Winning Percentage, not Wild Pitches.


I thought it was for "Pitches Like a Jerk When You Least Expect It."
   62. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4114218)
Red Sox who are likable: Pedroia.

Yaz was likable, too. That's about it.
   63. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4114219)
Yaz was likable, too. That's about it.


What about Youks? Like a rhino doing a washing machine.... It's such a likable image....
   64. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4114220)
BTW, WP is for Winning Percentage, not Wild Pitches.


And John Lackey is the active career leader in WTFs.
   65. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4114222)
And John Lackey is the active career leader in WTFs.


And he's ugly.
   66. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4114223)
Hi I'm Bob McClure, you may remember me from such mound visits as "Hey, get your head in the game," or "When you're ahead in the count, that's supposed to be a good thing."
   67. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4114225)
Seriously Bobby should just quit and call out the pathetic, self-absorbed spoiled pieces of #### that make up this roster in the process.
   68. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4114226)
You seem kind of down on this team, Jose.
   69. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4114227)
Seriously Bobby should just quit and call out the pathetic, self-absorbed spoiled pieces of #### that make up this roster in the process.


I was unaware that self-absorption was the problem here. How do you calculate that?
   70. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: April 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4114228)
Lester can go and get ###### sideways

   71. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4114229)
Hey, remember when I said that the Sox paid full price for AGonz after trading valuable assets to get him? At least I was wrong about that.
   72. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4114230)
You seem kind of down on this team, Jose.


Yes, it's getting a tiny bit predictable (and thus old).
   73. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4114231)
Hi I'm Bob McClure, you may remember me from such mound visits as "Hey, get your head in the game," or "When you're ahead in the count, that's supposed to be a good thing."
But today I'm here to talk to you about Babe Ruth. He's dead, so throw some ####### strikes.
   74. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4114232)
Lester can go and get ###### sideways


Good morning, Phil.
   75. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4114233)

I was unaware that self-absorption was the problem here. How do you calculate that?


He uses the CFBSAS.
   76. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4114234)
Lester can go and get ###### sideways


Here we go! \"#### me sideways" is the Sox Therapy equivalent of the rally cap.
   77. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4114235)
I am incredibly pissed Darren. There is 95 win talent here and they're pissing it away for the second straight year.
   78. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4114236)
I was unaware that self-absorption was the problem here. How do you calculate that?



Blind, irrational rage.
   79. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4114237)
I am incredibly pissed Darren. There is 95 win talent here and they're pissing it away for the second straight year.


I smell urine...
   80. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4114240)
So much of what they did this offseason seemed to work out. Sweeney is good, Ross is fine, and Aviles is better than Scutaro by a lot. Just, ugh.

Looks like Matsuzaka settled down.
   81. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4114242)
Christ, I should be modeling Depends at this point.
   82. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4114243)
Blind, irrational rage.


Hey, a Yankee fan did me a solid last year. It was the day of the final game, and this guy comes walking up the street in his Yankees hat. I'm thinking he's going to razz me about the Sox. So I try to head him off at the pass and tell him how pathetic it is, how disgusted I am at the Sox, how much they suck, blah blah blah. He just shook his head at me and said, "Hey, it's all for fun." It was the greatest thing anyone has ever said to me about baseball. It's all for fun. I say it all the time now whenever I want to scream or yell at the TV (or computer as it may be).
   83. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4114244)
Really ugly AB that.

   84. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4114245)
Ross is fine


Not true.
   85. Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4114246)
HOLY #### CARROLL!
   86. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4114247)
And that's how that goes.
   87. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4114248)
Ugh.
   88. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4114249)
Logically I know it but when the game is going on...
   89. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM (#4114250)
It's all for fun. It's all for fun. It's all for fun. There's no place like home.
   90. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM (#4114251)
Oh, come on, the Twins' defense has looked lackadaisical all night, and then they pull that off?
   91. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4114252)

Hey, a Yankee fan did me a solid last year. It was the day of the final game, and this guy comes walking up the street in his Yankees hat. I'm thinking he's going to razz me about the Sox. So I try to head him off at the pass and tell him how pathetic it is, how disgusted I am at the Sox, how much they suck, blah blah blah. He just shook his head at me and said, "Hey, it's all for fun." It was the greatest thing anyone has ever said to me about baseball. It's all for fun. I say it all the time now whenever I want to scream or yell at the TV (or computer as it may be).


I bet it was Larry.
   92. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4114253)
Here we go! \"#### me sideways" is the Sox Therapy equivalent of the rally cap.


I'm not even watching the game - saw the score and thought I'd be my predictable self. It's OK - I'm exiting now - take care.

   93. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4114255)
That was a great DP.

Also, I've tried to pay much more attention to the pitchers this year. How they're throwing, where the ball is ending up. Trying to identify pitches. It's looking for the small victories that makes the game fun. I liked baseball much more when I was a kid, looking at the back of bubblegum cards, at the numbers. When I'm screaming, it's just not fun. And there is no reason to watch when it's not fun. That's for me, at least.
   94. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM (#4114256)
Ortiz hustled hard on that one.
   95. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4114259)
Ortiz hustled hard on that one.


Both the Sox and Twins looked good on that play. Ortiz hit it well, just right into the shift.
   96. Textbook Editor Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4114260)
Q: How long does BV stick with Lester?

A: Duh, until he walks in a run, stupid.
   97. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM (#4114261)
I think Lester has to get through this inning.
   98. Textbook Editor Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4114262)
The only thing warming my heart at the moment is the thought that the Phillies might possibly be seen as bigger flops than the Red Sox this season.
   99. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4114263)
Nice work there. He should pitch 1 more.
   100. Darren Posted: April 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4114264)
What's wrong with Ross?
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