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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

This Is Fun

Unbelievable.  All of us, and yeah I’m part of that, have underestimated this team all year and they showed us all what they can do.  Facing the presumptive AL Cy Young winner they chased him in exactly the same amount of time as Roger Clemens in the “Where is Roger?” Game.*. Xander Bogaerts who has been struggling of late came to life with the big homer and the hot Alex Verdugo did it again with a three RBI night including getting a good bounce in the corner that had Tony Clark saying “why does he get that bounce?”

* hat tip Chad Finn

And hey, how about the complaints (again including mine) about the trade deadline? Kyle Schwarber, check! Hansel Robles, check!  And of course the Rule 5 pick Garrett Whitlock.  Hey where did the Sox get him from?

Nathan Eovaldi continues to be a post-season stud.  He has delivered so often for the Sox in big spots and tonight he was magnificent.  Then as he tired working on short rest Alex Cora who is showing himself to be a wizard with the bullpen in big games did not wait around and pulled the trigger and the beleaguered bullpen got the job done.  Part of that was with some help from an absolutely textbook relay by Kike Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts and Kevin Plawecki.

This could not have been more fun.  So much to say, we’ll worry about Tampa tomorrow night but for now it’s party time.  The Sox are onto the American League Division Series and it won’t be an easy task but dammit THIS IS FUN!!!

Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 05, 2021 at 11:29 PM | 124 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2021 at 01:07 AM (#6045354)
As long as EdRod doesn't get completely lit up, they're in decent shape tomorrow.


Well considering they've been behind in every game anyway, who cares if they are down 4-2 by the 4th? They'll just come back and win! Well assuming Schwarber isn't pulled for a pinch runner/fielder/hitter/waterboy etc., then they'll have a chance.
   102. Nasty Nate Posted: October 11, 2021 at 08:55 AM (#6045368)
I did an airport pickup for some family last night. Normally the timing would have been perfect as I would have left soon after the game ended. So I listed to the game on the way to the airport, through the Ted Williams tunnel. And then we listened to more extra innings on the ride to their house, which happened to take us down Boylston street right past Fenway. After the dropoff, I was just heading home when the walkoff happened.
   103. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 09:10 AM (#6045381)
What kind of family asks you to pick them up during a playoff game? Tell them to get an Uber!
   104. Nasty Nate Posted: October 11, 2021 at 09:18 AM (#6045388)
Well, technically it was only during the game because it went so long. And if I wasn't clear, I was watching at home on the couch, not at the park itself.
   105. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 11:41 AM (#6045468)
Is it 7:08 yet?
   106. Darren Posted: October 11, 2021 at 02:35 PM (#6045504)
This reminds me of the interference call on Middlebrooks back in 2013. Both plays were called correctly, but both had me thinking afterward that the rule was dumb. In the Middlebrooks play, the runner can run pretty much wherever he wants to and if the fielder happens to be there, it's his fault. On this play, you're asking an umpire to look inside a player's head and determine intent (not that it was very hard in this case), which seems like a big ask.
   107. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6045509)
I feel shame. The game starts at 7:07 tonight, not 7:08.

Also, still not 7:07.
   108. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 03:28 PM (#6045515)
So... am I crazy for thinking the Red Sox should switch things up as close to the game as possible and use Barnes or Ottavino as an opener to go through the RHB at the top of that lineup, and then bring in EdRod? I feel like someone suggested this somewhere last night (maybe on MLB network)?

I wish I was in the crowd for this game, because I feel like it's gonna be an insane atmosphere.
   109. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 03:40 PM (#6045520)
The atmosphere for the two playoff games has been crazy. I didn't get to any post-season games in 2018 but I had been to all but one since 1998 before that and from what I'm seeing on TV it's the most insane atmosphere since 2004. Tonight could be special.

108 - I kind of like it but it feels a little too cute by half. EdRod has a familiarity with a role, send him out and even if he only goes through the order once just pile on the relievers. On that front Robles IS available sayeth Speier and Eovaldi has said he is available for an inning. We won't see Eovaldi but man I love that he's stepped up like that. I think knowing he's an option lets Cora use Houck if he wants. You can use a mix of Eovaldi/Sale as your game five "starter" to get them through five if necessary if you blow out Houck tonight.
   110. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 07:04 PM (#6045562)
It is almost 7:07!
   111. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 07:07 PM (#6045563)
It is now 7:07!!!
   112. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 08:45 PM (#6045587)
That’s about as good a start from EdRod as anyone could have asked for
   113. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 09:09 PM (#6045597)
This not so fun
   114. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 09:51 PM (#6045625)
[stares out window and waits for Spring]
   115. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 09:55 PM (#6045629)
Long way to go in this one TE and we still got Wednesday if we need it.
   116. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:03 PM (#6045633)
I always appreciate your optimism Jose. But they’re not winning a Game 5 with Perez as the Plan B behind Sale.
   117. PJ Martinez Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:36 PM (#6045671)
Plan what now?
   118. Jay Seaver Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:37 PM (#6045674)
Another week of bonus baseball, coming up!
   119. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:39 PM (#6045677)
MARTIN PEREZ WILL NOT BE PITCHING ON WEDNESDAY!!!
   120. dave h Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:43 PM (#6045678)
I have never been to a playoff game - tickets for yesterday in rf were available for $150 each and I feel like that might have been worth it.
   121. pikepredator Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:43 PM (#6045679)
Two walk-offs … kike ends it … I don’t believe in magic but this series was magic. Surviving short starts from sale and Rodriguez … Nick pivetta!! Division series are rarely this memorable.
   122. Jay Seaver Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:45 PM (#6045681)
tickets for yesterday in rf were available for $150 each and I feel like that might have been worth it.


$30/hour isn't a bad rate. :)
   123. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:46 PM (#6045683)
Goodnight, and good luck.
   124. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:47 PM (#6045685)
Dave I’ll tell you, go to a playoff game if you can. It is absolutely worth it.
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