April 24, 2007

G19: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3

What an ugly friggin' mess. One base runner after the third inning and four errors in the field. Nuf Ced.

Some "highlights" from BuffyVision:

Rogers Sportsnet has the Boston starter's last name spelled on-screen as "Tavaras". (Hey, you got 5 of 7 letters correct, take a bow.) ... Buffy calls Red Sox president Larry "Loo-cheee-no".

In the fifth, Lyle Overbay doubles off the top of the scoreboard in left, prompting Rance Mulliniks to say: "This is where the friendly confines of Wrigley Field really help you."

In concluson, I better have NESN tomorrow night against the Orioles or I'll be really pissed (if for no other reason than for Laura and I to play the Don Orsillo Drinking Game for the first time this season).

Oh, and the Yankees are in last place. Huzzah!

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Lineup: It turns out Coco is not starting, as Super Genius is in CF and hitting 8th. Eric Hinske (he of the .615 OBP) is playing first and hitting #2.

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Roy Halladay (2.37) / Julian Tavarez (6.75), 7 PM

Halladay (7.1-6-2-3-2, 95) and Tavarez (5.1-6-3-0-4, 82, on 11 days rest) faced each other last Thursday. Boston rallied with 2 runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th and won 5-3.

Coco Crisp, 6-for-18 against Halladay, will probably play tonight. ... Alex Rios is 7-for-9 against Sexy Lips.

Slappy Watch: The Yankees lost last night in Tampa, but Alex Rodriguez hit two more home runs. He has 14, tying Albert Pujols's record for April, set last year. Slappy also has 34 RBI -- double what the #2 guys (Giambi and Ortiz, 17) in the AL have. (Jeff Francoeur leads the NL with 22). The April RBI record is 35, set in 1998 by Juan Gonzalez. The Yankees have six games left to play in April, three of them against the Red Sox.

24 comments:

Zenslinger said...

With the Yanks calling up Hughes, there is all sorts of talk today about their panicking. But I say watch out for the Yankees. Sure, we swept them -- but it took everything we had to give to do it.

They seemed doomed at the start of 2005 as well, when after 18 games we were 10-8 (a game behind the Orioles) and they were 7-11. The next month or two will depend on whether or not their starting pitching is any good when they get back. Wang will probably be at least pretty good, but Mussina's a question mark at this point and any hope they have for Pavano must be hovering around "Slim to None" by now. Also depends on whether anyone takes up the slack when the Slapper cools off. He will cool off -- won't he?

redsock said...

That's not a panic move. There was some talk of Hughes possibly making the team out of spring training. With their staff in shreds, it's a perfectly sane move. I'm very curious to see how he does -- he should have a very short leash, pitch count wise,as they were doing that in AAA.

He's starting Thursday, so we'll miss him this time around. ... Cowards.

When Slappy cools off, everyone will wonder why he is "slumping". Then he'll be booed. He can't win!Either that or he really will hit 150 home runs (or whatever he is on pace for).

L-girl said...

He will cool off -- won't he?

He has to cool off -- doesn't he?

Jere said...

"He can't win!" That's just it--he has to WIN. He'll never do that. Will he? (No.)

I'm really wondering why anyone is seeing what's going on as abnormal--A-Rod hitting really well in April, but still choking in the ninth against the rival twice so far.

redsock said...

FJM on Hat Guy, Slappy and CI.

Jere said...

Is FJM trying to tell me A-Rod isn't the huge choker that he clearly is? I'll go to Michael Kay if I want to hear that. Nobody ever said A-Rod wasn't good, and the booing is only justified, if at all, by the fact that it's done is the surreal world of Yankeeland, but the guy has serious mental problems in the most crucial situations. I don't think there's any debating that. One good April doesn't mean he's "cured" yet.

chief said...

A-Pril

(At least, I hope so)

Sean said...

Ok,I'm in sec 15 now, and I might be wrong about pena. Great night though.

s1c said...

Cement Glove dropping a fly ball allows 4 unearned runs and the rest of the team follows by deciding to make 4 errors total. The only good news is that the spankees lost on a grand slam by Crawford off of Myers. Spankees are now in last place.

L-girl said...

I know you all love to hate Slappy, but damn, it's like everyone has forgotten he's a fucking incredible ballplayer. Serious mental problems? He's been the best all-around player in the game for many years. He doesn't need to be cured.

L-girl said...

That's just it--he has to WIN. He'll never do that. Will he? (No.)

What does that mean to you, in a team sport? The Yankees winning a World Series while he's on the team?

A-Rod hitting really well in April

Jere, he always hits well. He had an off year last year, but the man knows how to hit. You must realize that. Pretend he's still with Texas, or with Seattle, and take another look.

L-girl said...

I just went and read FJM. What does he say in that entry that's incorrect?

redsock said...

Laura read FJM!!! Yay!!!!

Slappy had an off year last year only because his other years were so much better. 98% of all major league players in history would give their left arm to have a few "bad" years like Slappy's 2006.

The fact that Yankee fans ride him so much is simply further proof that they are stupid moronic idiots.

9casey said...

A-rod .who gives a shit really...
Until he is a Red Sock or he beats us in game 7 of the alcs......Who cares....

We got our own problems.....

Will we see the kid in the Bronx on sunday?
I don't see sexy lips making that start....

The pitching has to get more consistent....

Need too take 2 from the O's ..Schilling and Beckett need to dominate, not just pitch in a game that we win.....

It's April and they need 2 finish it at least 5 games over .500

They do that all year they will be allright.....

redsock said...

Will we see the kid in the Bronx on sunday?
I don't see sexy lips making that start....


What kid?

Lester? No way. He's got 2 starts in AAA, then they'll decide what is next.

It'll be Sexy Lips vs Bluelips.

David Watterson said...

Weren't the Monster seats added in 2003?

L-girl said...

Laura read FJM!!! Yay!!!!

Who knew it would make you so happy? I would've done it sooner. :)

Slappy had an off year last year only because his other years were so much better. 98% of all major league players in history would give their left arm to have a few "bad" years like Slappy's 2006.

This is what I was going to say. I softened it so as not to incur greater wrath. :)

redsock said...

Weren't the Monster seats added in 2003?

Yes. I saw something at Wikipedia that said 2005 and stupidly went with that. So this year would be the 5th year. So Buffy was correct on that one.

That doesn't make up for saying Fenway's foul territory is as large as Oakland's.

Jere said...

Laura, I'm not bringing up anything new here. This is what's been going on for a while now: ApRod doing awesome, but never proving he can win the big one. And Yankee fans not accepting him until he gives them a title. (Their crazy rules, not mine.)

"Serious mental problems? He's been the best all-around player in the game for many years. He doesn't need to be cured."

Again, this isn't just "crazy Jere Yankee hater talk," this is totally what's been going on. Every October, you can witness him choke. It's in his head. I'm just saying that it's weird how this incredible month is actually blinding people to the fact that he still hasn't proven he can do well when there's real pressure. (In fact, it's eve blinding people to the fact that he had two chances to beat the Sox this weekend, and he failed twice.) And they (Yankee announcers, other media) do talk about him like he's "cured," that he's now "got that confidence back," which at least proves it's a known thing that he did (and I say still does) have that problem.

Woti-woti said...

I think Rancid is right, Thomas' homer last night woke up the Jays' bats (aided and abetted by mediocre pitching and embarrassing defense). Hope the Jays carry it to the Bronx. But really, the Sox have to shake this shit off and get serious again. Schill once again having to put his money where his almighty mouth is.

David Watterson said...

That doesn't make up for saying Fenway's foul territory is as large as Oakland's.

Wow. That's pretty ridiculous.

Sean said...

Fenway? Oakland? Holy god, not even close. That's so stupid I suggest you go to http://andrewclem.com/Baseball/Side-by-side.html to see it side by side.

The farthest point at Oakland would actually be where the field boxes are on each side.

Oddly, of course, Skydome has one of the more Oakland-like foul grounds in all of baseball. You'd figure dude would know that from working up there all the time.

thatdietcokegirl said...

i fell asleep halfway through the game. nuf ced ;)

bring on baltimore. something about camden yards that makes me happy ;D

L-girl said...

Jere, I didn't say it was anything new. It's just a tiny sample size, either way, and an irrational hatred of anyone in pinstripes. I don't like him either (anymore), but I know he's a great baseball player.

I'm still asking you what this means:

"That's just it--he has to WIN. He'll never do that. Will he? (No.)"

I'd like to respond to it, but I'm not sure I'm reading you right, and I'm hoping you'll clarify. Thanks.