September 4, 2015

G134: Phillies at Red Sox, 7 PM

Phillies - 
Red Sox  - 
Adam Morgan / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Craig, 1B
Holt, 2B
Castillo, LF
Hanigan, C
Bradley, RF
Example

September 3, 2015

A History Of The "Yankees Suck" T-Shirt

Amos Barshad, at Grantland, offers the "twisted, true story of the drug-addled, beer-guzzling hardcore punks who made the most popular T-shirts in Boston history":
They started out as licensed Fenway Park vendors. LeMoine — a voluble guy who knew everyone in the hardcore scene — was the first to figure out you could make good money selling Cracker Jack and baseball-helmet-bowl ice cream inside the park.

"I'm selling ice cream," Wilson says of one fall day. "It's September, it's cold. No one's fuckin' buying ice cream. So I'm sitting there, eating my own ice cream. And it comes across the JumboTron: 'Yankees clinch the division.' And none of the fans were leaving. And they start chanting. 'Yankees suck! Yankees suck!' I remember thinking, 'Fuck this ice cream.'" ...

"Everyone said we were crazy," Manza recalls. "'You're gonna be eating those shirts!' We started with two grand and we must have made it back the first night. The next week we bought twice as many shirts. Then the next week, twice as many shirts. That was the curve. Exponential." ...

The most lucrative piece of territory was the bridge that goes over the Massachusetts Turnpike, perpendicular to Fenway and the main drag of bars and clubs on Lansdowne Street. When the Suckers suddenly appeared, the random patchwork of one-off bootleggers that had enjoyed free reign tried to hang tough. "They were saying, 'Get the fuck off the bridge, this is our bridge,'" Wilson recounts. "And I said, 'Fuck you. I got eight guys. You get the fuck off the bridge.'" ...

In 2004, when the Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years, the Suckers were there. They piled into a decrepit Mercedes-Benz Sprinter they'd purchased. For all of the nefarious activity it hosted, they called it the Sticky Van.

"We took seven of us and an 8-ball [of cocaine] and we drove straight through the night," LeMoine says.

They finagled their way into St. Louis's Busch Stadium for Game 4, and even made it onto the field. In the official Disney World commercial, as the camera pans to the Sox dogpile on the pitcher's mound, you can see LeMoine sprinting left to right across your screen. He's wearing a backward Sox hat and jacket open over a Johnny Damon shirt the Suckers were hawking that season. Right on cue, a pudgy security guard appears, busting his ass while chasing LeMoine down.

The spoils from the victory parade were preposterous. It took them hours to count the money.

September 2, 2015

G133: Yankees 13, Red Sox 8

Yankees - 083 010 010 - 13 15 0
Red Sox - 100 011 221 -  8 13 0
Example
Masahiro Tanaka / Henry Owens
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Castillo, LF
Holt, 2B
Swihart, C
Bradley, RF
Since August 6, Jackie Bradley is hitting .411/.469/.849 (81 PA).

Interim manager Torey Lovullo said that Hanley Ramirez will likely not play in the outfield for the rest of the season because the team wants to give maximum playing time to Bradley, Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo.

From Jon Shestakofsky:
Mookie Betts is the first Red Sox player with 50 extra-base hits in a season before turning 23 years old since Jim Rice in 1975.

50 XBH IN A SEASON, AGE 22 OR YOUNGER:
2013 - Machado & Trout
2014 - Trout
2015 - Betts & Harper
Betts is on pace for 63 extra-base hits, which (according to Alex Speier) would be the most by a Red Sox player that young since Carl Yastrzemski had 68 in 1962.

G132: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

Yankees - 000 020 010 - 3  5  0
Red Sox - 001 000 000 - 1  8  1
Rick Porcello (8-5-3-1-13, 109) struck out a career-high 13 batters (nine caught looking), and tied a team record for the most MFY punchouts at Fenway Park (Pedro Martinez, May 30, 2001).

In his two starts since coming off the disabled list, Porcello has allowed one earned run over 15 innings, walking one and striking out 18.
Example
Michael Pineda / Rick Porcello
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Castillo, RF
Holt, 2B
Swihart, C
Bradley, LF

G131: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

Yankees - 100 100 001 - 3 10  0
Red Sox - 002 100 10x - 4  9  2
David Ortiz hit his 495th career home run, Mookie Betts hit a two-run shot, and Jackie Bradley went 3-for 3 and threw out a runner at home plate.
Example
Ivan Nova / Eduardo Rodriguez

August 30, 2015

G130: Mets 5, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 000 002 200 - 4  9  1
Mets    - 010 003 10x - 5 11  0
Example
Wade Miley / Noah Syndergaard
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, 1B
Holt, 2B
Castillo, RF
Swihart, C
De Aza, LF
Miley, P

August 29, 2015

G129: Red Sox 3, Mets 1

Red Sox - 000 002 100 - 3  7  0
Mets    - 000 000 100 - 1  5  1
Joe Kelly (7.1-5-1-2-2, 102) outdueled Jacob deGrom (6-4-2-2-10, 109) and Mookie Betts singled, homered, and scored two runs.

deGrom blinked in the sixth inning when Betts singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Pablo Sandoval's double. After Xander Bogaerts's fly out moved the Panda to third and Travis Shaw walked, Brock Holt's fielder's choice grounder scored Sandoval with Boston's second run.

Betts homered with two outs in the seventh.

Gordon Edes notes that Red Sox starters have allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of their past 15 games.
Example
Joe Kelly / Jacob deGrom
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Shaw, 1B
Holt, 2B
Hanigan, C
Bradley, RF
De Aza, LF
Kelly, P

August 28, 2015

G128: Red Sox 6, Mets 4 (10)

Red Sox - 000 000 300 3 - 6  9  1
Mets    - 000 110 100 1 - 4  8  0
Example
Henry Owens / Matt Harvey
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, 1B
Ramirez, LF
Holt, 2B
Castillo, RF
Swihart, C
Owens, P