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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mariners (16-21) @ RedSox (16-19), Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 4:05 pm

SEA:Blake Beavan (23, RHP, 1-3, 4.32)
BOS:Josh Beckett (32, RHP, 2-4, 5.97)

The Primer Chimp Posted: May 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 50 comment(s)
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4132119)
My dream for today is for Beckett to have a great outing then have the first Q&A of the press conference to be;

Q: What did you do to get past your rough outing from the other night?

A: I went out and shot 36 holes on Friday. It really cleared my head and got me in the right frame of mind for today.
   2. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4132120)
I think SoSH's servers would melt down.
   3. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4132124)
An early good morning all
   4. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4132125)
Geez Phil, what's got you outta bed this early? Isn't it like 5AM over there?
   5. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4132142)
I've been getting up early lately - meant to be at the gym but will go after game hopefully - been watching a few games at this time but find it hard chattering on my back with family all in bed as well - the twins love baseball though which helps!!
   6. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4132147)
That might be the first good curveball Beckett has thrown all year, for the called strike three.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4132154)
Waiting out a replay on the MLB AtBat app is nervewracking.
   8. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4132157)
There was next to no way it was going to be given - another good curveball there as well to get Smoak
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4132159)
If Beckett can find his good curveball again, or if he was tipping it before and now he isn't or whatever, then he could be in for another really good season.

Of course, the Mariners make a lot of pitchers look good.
   10. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4132168)
Nava gets hit for the third time in 21 PAs
   11. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4132185)
vNava gets hit for the third time in 21 PAs

What's the deal on that? He doesn't seem to crowd the plate excessively and it's not like he's a big guy, he's just a baseball magnet.
   12. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM (#4132197)
Very wide strike zone so far.
   13. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4132203)
Nice work Papi
   14. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4132207)
Middlebrooks, Nava, Sweeney...make the Sox line-up feel much deeper than it did with Youk, Byrd and DMac.

Of course the Indians and Mariners are helping too.
   15. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4132218)
Being good today... Working from home, but didn't head downstairs to the TV before 5pm.
   16. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4132224)
The Nava OBP machine churns onward.
   17. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4132226)
Clearly, Nava needs to be called up every two years for about a month. Pitchers will never adjust to him that way.
   18. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4132230)
The Nava OBP machine churns onward.


A .772 OBP for the first 22 PAs of the season.

Thank God Crawford is going to be hurt for a while.
   19. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM (#4132236)
Not the optimal swings from Sweeney and Pedroia on 3-1 and 3-0 counts, respectively.
   20. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM (#4132249)
Sweeney really doesn't seem to understand what to do when he gets the count in his favor.
   21. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4132257)
Remarkably economical for a high K game: 67 pitches through 5.

This outing hopefully puts the personal catch B.S. to rest, which NESN knawed on at way too much length before the game.
   22. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM (#4132261)
HA!
   23. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4132262)
Heh. I guess it doesn't hurt to put that in people's heads, but let's not do it too often, eh Papi?
   24. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4132263)
(No one expects The Spanish Inquisition.)
   25. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4132265)
God I love it when he does that.
   26. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM (#4132270)
If they're just going to give it to him, I wouldn't mind him doing it just about every time he leads off an inning.
   27. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4132272)
OK, what other screwy infield antics can we have?


Ah. Papi advancing on a passed ball. Clearly, he needs to be bunted in now.
   28. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4132273)
What a terrible play by Kawasaki. Ortiz wasn't within three strides of the bag when he bailed out.
   29. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4132277)
Middlebrooks will be giving Youkilis some sort of anxiety issue soon.
   30. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4132278)
I'll take Ortiz's lead off bunt particularly against a LOOGY lefties are only hitting .150 against.
   31. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4132281)
There you go Jay.
   32. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4132285)
I must have zoned out for a second, but why has Wedge gone to the pen already?
   33. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4132287)
What's with the space between "Fur" and "Bush" on the back of his uni?

   34. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4132293)
Eek, the first batter I see after work hits a 380 foot out
   35. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4132296)
I'm going to be sick to my stomach when Nava is OPSing at least .800 (at least) in Pawtucket or for another team...while Crawford hits a .700 OPS.

And Reddick of course churning along.
   36. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4132303)
Jenny Dell couldn't be more robotic reading her lines.
   37. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:20 PM (#4132305)
What's funny is that Nava came up with the bases loaded in his second AB, but didn't swing at the first pitch for some....reason...
   38. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4132308)
Beckett is losing steam quick. They have hit the last four balls very hard.
   39. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4132309)
Last four batters have hit it hard off Beckett, but first three were at'ems.
   40. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4132310)
Five consecutive days of pitchers getting through six-plus innings. This shouldn't feel strange, but it does.
   41. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4132311)
Coke.
   42. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4132313)
I feel like Bobby has gone precisely as long as he could with Beckett. Another inning would have too much, but with the lead no reason to rush into the bullpen.
   43. Dan Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4132316)
Middlebrooks will be giving Youkilis some sort of anxiety issue soon.


Honestly from watching their interactions in the dugout, Youkilis has looked really friendly towards WMB. He had a huge smile after his first home run, as I recall. Not exactly what people expect when they think of Youkilis, but I've seen him animatedly talking with WMB at least a few times when they camera has cut to the dugout during games.
   44. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4132320)
Youks maybe wants to get traded to someplace he can play first base and stay healthy, and knows WMB's success is his ticket out of town?
   45. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4132321)
Is that an 1820 OPS on Nava? That's insane.
   46. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4132323)
I like Middlebrooks, but he's not someone who has nothing to learn in the minors. He's still very raw in his approach at the plate, in the field, and on the bases. He's skilled enough that I think he can be a solid MLB player without further refinement, but I don't have a problem with sending him down if Youkilis is actually healthy.
   47. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4132325)
Nava makes outs in consecutive PAs. The Mayan Apocalypse is nigh.
   48. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4132326)
As good as the Sox have played today, a lot of things have gone their way.
   49. Jay Seaver Posted: May 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4132337)
Win! The team is looking pretty good right now; who knew Nava and Middlebrooks were the missing ingredients?
   50. Chip Posted: May 15, 2012 at 07:05 PM (#4132339)
First time since last May they went one turn through the rotation with consecutive QS, according to Caron on NESN.

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