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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Red Sox all alone in cellar after latest loss

To avoid fainting, repeat: “It’s only a game…It’s only a game…”

The Red Sox struggles continued, with their starting pitching letting them down again. This time it was Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 1 1/3 inning outing doing the damage, with the hurler allowing five runs while throwing just 42 pitches. The end result was a 9-2 win for the Blue Jays Saturday night in a game that included two rain delays.

With the loss the Red Sox drop to 63-77 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and 15 of their last 19. The Red Sox starters have a 5.90 ERA since Aug. 1, and 9.98 ERA in their last 10 games. They have also pitched four or fewer innings five times in that 10-game stretch.

The Sox could never dig out from the hole dug by Matsuzaka, which included the righty allowing all five of his runs in the second inning. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before having to shut it down because of the first rain delay.

Repoz Posted: September 09, 2012 at 09:18 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Answer Guy Posted: September 09, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4230846)
This year's team has a decent shot at being the worst post-1967 Red Sox team ever.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: September 09, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4230847)
Worst post 1965. And It's a lock, not shot.
   3. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 09, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4230848)
I'm OK with the Red Sox losing every game remaining (except for the Yankees games, because I want the Yankees to miss the playoffs).
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: September 09, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4230857)
I'm OK with the Red Sox losing every game remaining (except for the Yankees games, because I want the Yankees to miss the playoffs).


The fantasy scenario is the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays entering the last weekend of the season tied atop the division. The Red Sox sweep they Yankees while the Rays-Os series goes 2-1. Then the Yankees lose a 1 game playoff to Oakland for the final spot in the Wild Card game. (Finally Oakland almost runs the table before losing to Pittsburgh in the World Series.)
   5. Xander Posted: September 09, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4230867)
They're surging in the race for Clint Frazier.
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 09, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4230868)
Interestingly, my fantasy scenario is the Blue Jays lose every remaining game against the Orioles and Rays (8 games), and win every game against the Yankees AND the Red Sox.
If it leads to both the Yankees missing the playoffs and the Red Sox finishing behind the Jays, fantastic.

(alternate fantasy scenario : the final weekend series against the Yankees ends up with a clusterf*ck playoff situation (Rays, O's, Yankees, A's all tied with the same record))
   7. booond Posted: September 09, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4230875)
Release the Lackey!
   8. Dale Sams Posted: September 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4230938)
Amazing how good they are now that they got rid of all those cancers.

This team both simultaneously proves that chemistry and momentum do and don't exist at the same time. They are Shrodinger's Baseball Team.
   9. Jim Wisinski Posted: September 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4230944)
I was looking at all the teams records about a week ago and figured that the only teams I'm sure will finish with a worse record than the Red Sox are Minnesota, Chicago, Houston, and Colorado. At the moment they have the eighth worst record in MLB (though falling 1.5 games further behind the pack puts them in sixth) and could very easily finish with the fifth-worst. That's a pretty amazing flop.
   10. Dale Sams Posted: September 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4230960)
And all that is on the DL right now of any impact are: (Unless i'm forgetting someone)

Ortiz
WMB
Lackey
Atchison

Not insignificant, but that added to 'a pile of money' owned by incompetents doesn't fill me with optimism.
   11. Jim Wisinski Posted: September 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4231053)
On the Rays broadcast Brian Anderson just did a promo for the upcoming home series against the Red Sox by saying "Watch the Rays battle it out with this AL East trainwreck"
   12. Answer Guy Posted: September 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4231147)
Worst post 1965. And It's a lock, not shot.


I use the '67 pennant as something of a line of demarcation, the end of their last extended period of being perennial doormats. They've had a bad year or even two every so often since then, but Sox fans haven't had to endure a long stretch in the wilderness in the last 45 years. All the legends about Fenway Park being a revered temple of baseball, Red Sox fans being among the best fans in sports, Boston tickets being difficult to obtain, etc. only really date back to 1967.(And of course there were even times post-67 where tickets were readily available and affordable.)
   13. Xander Posted: September 09, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4231161)
The Sox were mediocre all season and it wasn't much more fun. Rather get a protected pick and pack it in.
   14. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4231672)
The Sox were mediocre all season and it wasn't much more fun. Rather get a protected pick and pack it in.


Absolutely. If you are going to go down, might as well go down in flames. Because #### Valentine.
   15. Famous Original Joe C Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4231680)
The 1992 team went 73-89 - can this team go the requisite 10-11 to match that? Sure doesn't seem like it.

Amazingly, if they lose 90 games, it will be the first time in 46 years they have done so.
   16. SandyRiver Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4231690)
Maybe the question should be whether they can outdo last September. (Up to you whether that means being better than, or even worse.)
   17. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4231702)
Like last September, the Sox are 7-20 in their last 27 games.
   18. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4231706)
The Red Sox have not finished last place in the American League since 1932. That's an AL record (the Cardinals hold the NL record, which is also current--they haven't taken last in their league since 1918).
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4231709)
The Red Sox have not finished last place in the American League since 1932. That's an AL record (the Cardinals hold the NL record, which is also current--they haven't taken last in their league since 1918).

Minnesota and Cleveland are going to be tough to catch. They suck bad.
   20. Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4231728)
And they still have a better run differential than the Orioles.
   21. tshipman Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4231732)
Who would have thought going into the season that the Red Sox would finish more than 20 games worse than the A's?

That's baseball.
   22. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4231746)
I have a buddy who is a HARDCORE Sox fan, and he always takes anything they do to the nth degree. He was very pessimistic about this season, saying they were going to finish last in the division, so I bet him a gold watch that they'd at least finish ahead of the Jays. If you'd guaranteed me the Jays would be lucky to win 75 games themselves I would have added a ring for each finger. I better start saving up for that watch.
   23. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4231748)
The fantasy scenario is the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays entering the last weekend of the season tied atop the division. The Red Sox sweep they Yankees while the Rays-Os series goes 2-1. Then the Yankees lose a 1 game playoff to Oakland for the final spot in the Wild Card game. (Finally Oakland almost runs the table before losing to Pittsburgh in the World Series.)

My fantasy scenario would be with the division title on the line in the last game of the season in Yankee Stadium, Lester throws wild to first on a pickoff attempt of Jeter. Jeter tries to stretch it to third, and Li'l Petunia fires the ball right into the outstretched glove of Jeffrey Maier, who gleefully waves the ball into the TV camera for Orioles fans to see, while Jeter trots home with the division-winning run. Lester and Petunia then have a lovers' quarrel in the clubhouse while Valentine furiously copies down notes for his future bestselling tell-all memoir, which poisons the air so much that the Red Sox discover that only Don Zimmer will agree to manage them in 2013.

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The Red Sox have not finished last place in the American League since 1932. That's an AL record (the Cardinals hold the NL record, which is also current--they haven't taken last in their league since 1918).

Don't feel too much like a martyr. If it hadn't been for this one little 12-inning game in 1924, the Red Sox would hold the all time record with nine straight last place finishes.
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4231819)
Valentine furiously copies down notes for his future bestselling tell-all memoir, which poisons the air so much that the Red Sox discover that only Don Zimmer will agree to manage them in 2013.

If it's proven leadership that the Red Sox are after, they can also toss a ton of money to Bobby Cox. Or Tony LaRussa? Tommy LaSorda? Maybe Joe Torre? Player/Manager Dustin Pedroia? Who knows? While all of the above may be more likely than a 2nd season for Bobby V., brining back Valentine would be the most entertaining option.
   25. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4231827)
I have to assume the Red Sox are going to make a full-court press on the Jays to bring Farrell over.
   26. Swedish Chef Posted: September 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4231840)
brining back Valentine would be the most entertaining option.

I vote for bringing in Ozzie Guillen to clean up the Augean stables.
   27. Dale Sams Posted: September 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4232022)
I'm curious to see how far this butterfly effect of Crawford's elbow can go. Speculation:

Crawford doesn't hurt his elbow and

He has enough of an average season to keep the Sox in long enough
To keep him, Beckett and AGon on the Sox
Which means Vin Scully decides to retire.

Which means the Sox don't have three straight seasons under .500
Henry doesn't sell the Sox
and in 10 years the new ownership doesn't start clamoring for a new stadium to keep up with the rest of the league.

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