September 2, 2008

G138: Red Sox 14, Orioles 2

Orioles - 000 100 001 -  2  8  0
Red Sox - 004 610 21x - 14 20 0
A perfect night.

Red Sox win -- and the Rays, Twins and White Sox all lose. Tampa's lead in the East is cut to four games and Boston's lead in the WC is now four games over both Chicago and Minnesota.
Yankees 7, Rays 2
Blue Jays 7, Twins 5
Spiders 9, White Sox 3
***

Radhames Liz (6.95, 63 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.41, 132 ERA+)

Liz faced the Red Sox on July 12 and they totally abused him: 2.1-6-8-3-2, 61. In his 21-game major league career, he has allowed 89 hits and 61 walks in only 81.2 innings -- a whopping 1.789 WHIP. More destruction should occur tonight.

Lester faced Baltimore about two weeks ago, on August 18: 7-4-1-1-5, 103.

Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett both seem on pace to return Friday night in Texas. Lowell thinks playing on Friday is "a legit possibility". J.D. Drew could come off the DL today, but he's not ready.

Dustin Pedroia scored 33 runs in August. Last night, he set a new Red Sox team record for hits by a 2B (he has 184, breaking Del Pratt's 1922 mark of 183).

FY has also stolen 17 bases in 18 attempts; his 94.4% rate is the best in the AL among players with at least 15 attempts. If he can maintain that rate, it would be the best for any Red Sox player with at least 10 attempts since 1956.

Also at 7 PM: Yankees/Rays, Twins/Blue Jays, and White Sox/Spiders.

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A Conformer said...

Is there any debate on whether this is the best season ever by a Red Sox 2nd baseman?

phil said...

I'm sure Remy has an opinion on that.

redsock said...

Neyer, in his Big Book of baseball Lineups, lists Bobby Doerr's 1948 season as the best season by a Boston 2B. He also says Doerr is the top 2B in team history.

Neyer calls Doerr "the only great second baseman to spend much time with the Sox; Pete Runnels was the only other to even finish in the top 10 of an MVP vote".

So there is not much competition.

In 1948, Doerr hit .285/.386/.505 for a 131 OPS+. 27 dongs and 111 RBI; 266 TB in 140 games.

6th in on-base, 7th in slugging, 10th in total bases, 10th in extra-base hits, 5th in home runs, 7th in RBI, 9th in OPS+, 9th in Runs Created. 19th in MVP voting

Right now, Pedroia is:
1st in average
1st in runs
1st in hits
5th in total bases
3rd in doubles
2nd in singles
6th in Runs Created
4th in times on base
6th in most outs made (boo)

He is not close to cracking the leaderboard in either OBP or SLG.

redsock said...

Sox OPS+

Youkilis - 142
Drew - 140
Manny - 138
Ortiz - 123
Bay - 123
Pedroia - 122
Casey - 117

redsock said...

NESN sez:

Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Mark Kotsay, RF
Jed Lowrie, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Alex Cora, SS
Coco Crisp, CF

Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Aubrey Huff, DH
Ramon Hernandez, C
Kevin Millar, 1B
Oscar Salazar, 3B
Lou Montanez, LF
Juan Castro, SS

phil said...

Other than misspelling Montanez as "Martanez", the Globe agrees.

Zenslinger said...

Just a night off for Bay, I hope.

ish said...

Wouldn't this be the first night off for Bay since he arrived in Boston?

And against a guy who the Red Sox should destroy, good a time as any.

redsock said...

Other than misspelling Montanez as "Martanez", the Globe agrees.

Yeah. The NESN lineup I got from SoSH spelled it that way too, but I checked the O's MLB roster and changed it. BR backs me up: Montanez.

...

So, we'd like the MFY to sweep duh Rays, no?

phil said...

So, we'd like the MFY to sweep duh Rays, no?

My brain says yes, but my heart says no.

phil said...

Wouldn't this be the first night off for Bay since he arrived in Boston?

He didn't play on August 15, when the game against Toronto got rained out. Slacker.

phil said...

Francona says Beckett should be back Friday against Texas.

phil said...

Globe silently fixes its typo.

JCal76 said...

MVP? Fuck Yeah!!!

Zenslinger said...

My brain says yes, but my heart says no.

We've had a lot of this divided allegiance stuff the past month or so. Although I feel the same way about the heart/brain thing, I find my heart a little more at ease with Yankee wins knowing they're out of it.

So...go Yanks!

(Right...?)

redsock said...

I want the East -- and the only way that will happen is if the FKR lose, so ...

If the Yankees winning actually HELPS us, then it's a good thing. Winning a game or three might give some of their idiot fans false hope, but who the eff cares? They are dead and buried -- anyone with a brain can see that. We need Tampa to lose by any means necessary.

I understand the "Sox take the Card and the MFY finish as far back as possible" argument. It has its appeal, but it's not for me. Not yet.

redsock said...

FY could give Doerr a run for his $, if he keeps playing out of his head like he has been. We'll have to check back on 9/29.

phil said...

(Right...?)

It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?!

ish said...

Remy: "We are so excited to bring you this game on NESN."

Cause he knows we're going to KILL the Orioles!

ish said...

Trying not to get too crazy about this, but... Go Yankees! For the next three games. Then go back to sucking.

ish said...

Youk's out of the lineup with back spasms... Lowrie playing at third, Bailey at first.

redsock said...

TIME TO ROCK AND ROLL!

let's go, sid!

Zenslinger said...

It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?!

Hm...Man for All Seasons as my good friend Google tells me.

So, I guess you're saying "Go Rays"?

redsock said...

got buffyvision on the "last" channel button. all updates welcome!

phil said...

Since my rooting cannot cause the arms to fall off FKR and MFY pitchers, I'm content not to root for either. Whatever happens happens.

ish said...

Not sure what order the lineup is in now, but I'm thinking FY will land back in the cleanup spot.

Just as Castig says it. FY cleanup.

So, it'll be Ellsbury, Lowrie (3B), Ortiz, Pedroia, Kotsay, Varitek, Bailey, Cora, Crisp

Zenslinger said...

Youk's out of the lineup with back spasms

Fuck and double fuck!

(One for reality, the other for the fantasy league.)

redsock said...

Remy: "We are so excited to bring you this game on NESN."

"Because they promised me I could do TWO plugs for my shitty website. TWO!!! Woo-Hoo!!!"

ish said...

You know the Yankees really suck when Red Sox fans root for them in a regular season game.

redsock said...

WTF????????????

i just put in the old lineup from gameday, now it's changed....

phil said...

Good thing we're playing Baltimore, because that's a shitty lineup.

ish said...

Right, because Youk is scratched.

ish said...

97 mph heat from Lester!

phil said...

I never used to look forward to Lester outings. What a difference a year makes.

ish said...

I've never felt more confident about a game this season than I feel about this one. So, obviously I'm expecting a win.

phil said...

Liz has never given up fewer than two runs.

ish said...

Seriously - Has Lester been any stronger than he is in his life??

Zenslinger said...

Lester pitch count = 15-11.

Sure seems nasty on GD. I didn't know he could hit 97.

Joe Grav said...

Ahhh fuck. I hope yook's ok

redsock said...

fwiw, gdgd had him on the roberts k at 98.

ish said...

1-2-3 Top 1st for the Yankees.

redsock said...

3-0 & shift?

fuck that.

ish said...

FY .327
Milton Bradley .324
Joe Mauer .320

Joe Grav said...

What's the complete new oatmeal, sans youk?

ish said...

Ellsbury LF
Lowrie 3B
Ortiz DH
Pedroia 2B
Kotsay RF
Varitek C
Bailey 1B
Cora SS
Crisp CF

phil said...

1. Jacoby Ellsbury LF
2. Jed Lowrie 3B
3. David Ortiz DH
4. Dustin Pedroia 2B
5. Mark Kotsay RF
6. Jason Varitek C
7. Jeff Bailey 1B
8. Alex Cora SS
9. Coco Crisp CF

ish said...

I win.

Joe Grav said...

fuckfuckfuckfuck we need yooks

ish said...

So Joba Chamberlain has been activated, and is in the bullpen... Probably stay in the bullpen next year.

redsock said...

not sure why i said buffyvision since the jays are playing the twins.
i got yes on the fkr game.

ish said...

Shows just how hard it is to throw a no-hitter.

Joe Grav said...

millar for mascot

redsock said...

put millar in the booth.

redsock said...

WTF? they got him??????????

ish said...

Captain Kirk does not approve!

redsock said...

lyndon with the 15-hopper!!!!!!!

ish said...

That was HUGE.

Joe Grav said...

WOW

Joe Grav said...

AND YOU GOT YOUR UMPIRING DEGREE WHEN?

Zenslinger said...

Whoa! Description, please!

Did a weak-but-accurate throw just beat a slow runner or what?

redsock said...

we know how to watch the game, we don't need a traditional pbp guy. put mirror in there with remy and enjoy the show.

redsock said...

i need a replay on that

Joe Grav said...

awful call lmao

Joe Grav said...

but yeah , we only need replay for HR calls *rolleyes*

redsock said...

line drive to lbj, he fires in, hits grass, surprised runner went-- ball ROLLS to tek, but he got his hand in. safe!!

fuck you kirk!

ish said...

Looks like his hand touched the plate. Haha.

phil said...

Hernandez clearly got a hand on the plate before Tek tagged him. Oh well; we'll take it.

ish said...

Mrs. White Flag in the Red Sox radio booth with Joe and Dave. Dawn Timlin.

Joe Grav said...

i'm really liking this varitek-not-sucking thing

ish said...

Heidi's really doing a number on Tek!

redsock said...

AND YOU GOT YOUR UMPIRING DEGREE WHEN?

So sweet.

redsock said...

Remy on Tek: "something clicks and you start hitting"

...

riiiiiiiight.

Zenslinger said...

Thanks for the description.

Zenslinger said...

Lester: 33-23

Liz: 19-11

ish said...

Remy on Tek: "something clicks and you start hitting"

You mean knocking? Like knocking boots.

ish said...

Opportunity (boots) knocks, and you find you find yourself hitting much much better.

Joe Grav said...

It stuns me when Dustin does not make the play

redsock said...

MFY: 00
FKR: 0

MIN: 00
TOR: 0

CWS: 00
CLE: 02

***

FKR ---
BOS 5 GB


BOS ---
CWS 3 GB
MIN 3 GB
MFY 7 GB

Joe Grav said...

yay

ish said...

You chose poorly, Mr. Shatner.

Joe Grav said...

I could probably hit .265 for Heidi

redsock said...

I wonder if Trembley has the same success with chicks on the road as Kirk did.

redsock said...

could heidi flash sid so he gets this 3rd out?

redsock said...

first 6 chokers up & down for garza

Zenslinger said...

Whew.

Lester at 54-33.

redsock said...

ococ: "eat a dick, nix!"

Zenslinger said...

MIN is threatening (first and third, no outs).

Aybar was thrown out at home trying to score from first.

andy said...

So who is using Chrome?

andy said...

Blogger works so much better with Chrome.

Zenslinger said...

Chrome?

andy said...

Google Chrome the new google browser. came out this morning.

Joe Grav said...

OK boys let's make this threat count

redsock said...

what is chrome?

andy said...

www.google.com/chrome

redsock said...

i see that if i use mozilla on the thread, i do not get an extra pop up menu asking me about secure info? tres annoying. so i am now using that.

WHY HAS LIZ ALLOWED 0 RUNS ????

andy said...

Read the comic explanation of the browser. it is pretty well put together.

andy said...

Try out chrome. i think you will be happy. it is faster.

andy said...

http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

phil said...

Papi time.

Joe Grav said...

PapiSlamTime

andy said...

Noooooooooooooooo leave him in the game.

andy said...

Oh good it's not their skipper. I have no idea who the hell is on this O's team past Millar.

redsock said...

I have heard that God will provide for His people ...

Joe Grav said...

time for a 3-0 slam

Joe Grav said...

yaaaaaaaaaaahoo

phil said...

!!

redsock said...

I BELIEVE!!!!!

phil said...

Montanez actually played it pretty well off the wall.

andy said...

Lowrie won't give papi any more RBI's. He is in the hunt for first in September.

Joe Grav said...

a'ite i'll take the run

ish said...

Nice catch.

But another run!

redsock said...

fy tagged that fucking thing.

3-0

redsock said...

FINALLY .. liz being liz

Joe Grav said...

Kotsay, you my boy

phil said...

WHY HAS LIZ ALLOWED 0 RUNS ????

Funny you should ask.

ish said...

Chrome seems kinda cool.

"Jon Lester with a lengthy wait..."

redsock said...

MFY: 000
FKR: 00

MIN: 003
TOR: 00

CWS: 000
CLE: 020

redsock said...

fkr - 1st/2nd, 2 outs for floyd against the bigot.

HIT -- SAFE 1-0!

wait ------- boooooooooo

redsock said...

get aybar, douche moose.

Amy said...

Good evening. I have been cleaning out closets and throwing out junk. We are about to put our house on the market.

Now I am ready for a nice win. Glad to see we are 4 runs up...

redsock said...

settle down sid.

redsock said...

don is wrong. not no score thru 3 for nyy-tam.

it's fkr 1-0.

redsock said...

FUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAHGHHHHHHHHH

LBJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

ish said...

Bugger. I missed that!

Amy said...

So how is Chrome? I just downloaded updates to Mozilla today. Any sense of the advantages of one or the other?

Can a runner go on a caught foul ball??

ish said...

Just downloaded Google Chrome. Strange. I thought it'd be just for google stuff, but it's its own, whole new browser! Interesting.

Amy said...

Learn something new every day. I don't recall ever seeing that before. But then again...what do I recall?

redsock said...

it's a fly ball out - he can go.

Joe Grav said...

cmon lester

Amy said...

One more out, Jon.

ish said...

Been more of a grinder than I was expecting.

Amy said...

Very nice!

redsock said...

MFY: 000
FKR: 001

MIN: 003
TOR: 001

CWS: 000 0
CLE: 020 2

Amy said...

I started reading that Chrome "graphic novel." I got bored. What's the bottom line, Andy?

HIT!

redsock said...

let's go, dreamboat!!

Amy said...

Go, LBJ!

redsock said...

hell of a cannon, hernandez!!!!!!

Amy said...

GO Papi!

redsock said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

ish said...

get it on, bang a dong, get it on!

redsock said...

3-1 NYY - nady must have hit a bomb to deep left.

ish said...

Nady's home run was SMOKED. Hit one of those trusses and fell into the crowd.

Joe Grav said...

Papi is doin' his thang.

ish said...

LASER SHOW!!!!

redsock said...

FOOOOOKING LASER

10-1

Amy said...

HOLY SHIT! What is this kid eating???

Joe Grav said...

Pedroia, doin' HIS thang.

Amy said...

How does a little skinny guy get that much power?

redsock said...

BIG BROWN GOES DOWNTOWN!

Pepe Lepew said...

HECK, YEAH!!!!!

redsock said...

Red Sox jack Liz's ERA from 6.95 to 7.91!

3.1-9-9-3-2, 75!

Pepe Lepew said...

I was raised Canadian. I'm not allowed to use rude language.

Pepe Lepew said...

How does a little skinny guy get that much power?

By swinging ridiculously hard ... and still hitting the ball.

ish said...

Lyndon's having a good night in the field!

Amy said...

I am definitely up for action with LBJ an FY. These boys are something.

Sorry, Andy!

redsock said...

MFY: 000 3
FKR: 001

MIN: 003 2
TOR: 001 0

CWS: 000 002
CLE: 020 20

andy said...

Amy Chrome is all that. If you get into the Google apps it is even better. I have been heavily testing it all day and I haven't found it to falter yet. It takes firefox a step or two further. It's open source too.

andy said...

It's ok Amy, it's not cheating if you keep it in the family. I am licking Jed's ear anyways.

ish said...

Amy Chrome is all that. If you get into the Google apps it is even better. I have been heavily testing it all day and I haven't found it to falter yet. It takes firefox a step or two further. It's open source too.

This is pretty neat. I just wish the font sizes on the game thread and the text box were the same like in firefox. Game thread is too small, text box is too big.

I have a big head and little arms!

Pepe Lepew said...

MFY: 000 3
FKR: 001

MIN: 003 2
TOR: 001 0

CWS: 000 002
CLE: 020 20

This is so weird to be sort of semi-cheering for the Yankees (no one yell at me!)

Amy said...

Thanks, Andy, for the blessings and for the Chrome info. I use Gmail, but not much else, other than the Google Toolbar and search engine. But it is worth a peak. I have been reading other reviews as well.

ish said...

Pepe, I'm openly rooting for the Yankees!

Amy said...

Allan, I was thinking exactly the same thing about cheering for the Yankees. Harvey will be happy though.

andy said...

Yeah it is small on the text for the comments for some reason. You can go to that paper looking button to the right of the address bar and zoom the text up a notch.

Amy said...

I mean Pepe. Not Allan. Reading too fast/

ish said...

RBI for Damon and it's 4-1.

ish said...

It was a triple!

ish said...

5-4 Twins in the 5th...

ish said...

O'Brien on the Orioles: "They go through general managers like some guys go through wives."

andy said...

Tek?

Amy said...

Uhoh, Don and Jerry getting silly. Must be a blowout going on.

ish said...

Wild one in Fishland...

ATL 105 4 - 10 13 2
FLA 300 6 - 9 6 0

ish said...

Waldman: "I was talking to a couple of Red Sox players before they were leaving New York, and they asked me, 'Can you help us out a little bit here when you go to Tampa?'"

ish said...

A close-up of Don's face...

phil said...

So do Remy, Orsillo, and the rest of the NESN crew get progressively drunk during these blowouts?

ish said...

Where do they hide the bong?

Don, in between innings: "GET ME SOME CHEETOS."

Amy said...

OK, trying Chrome. This is odd that the box font is SO big in order to make the comment font readable.

ish said...

LMAO. They showed the first pitches being thrown tonight... celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harvard/Yale game... One guy one-hopped it to the mound, the other guy sailed it to the backstop and almost hit some innocent bystanders.

ish said...

.OK, trying Chrome. This is odd that the box font is SO big in order to make the comment font readable.

Agreed.

ish said...

It'd be nice if I could change the font on the game thread.

ish said...

FU coco.

redsock said...

Don noting Shatner.

Remy MUST do a homer inning!!!!!

phil said...

5-1 MFY on a Damon triple and CI groundout.

ish said...

Good thing the Red Sox will be in Texas on Sunday. New England will be seeing the remnants of Hanna.

Pepe Lepew said...

Blogger ish said...

Pepe, I'm openly rooting for the Yankees!

But, it's like the first time in ... like ... 13 years! ... It just seems so WRONG!

Amy said...

I am also finding it hard to scroll up and down the page using the touchpad.

phil said...

Jed.

ish said...

Firefox has one instance open at a time, taking anywhere from 50MB to 300MB of memory...

Chrome has four instances open: One using 34MB, one using 12 MB, one using 24 MB, and one using 17MB.

redsock said...

MFY: 000 32
FKR: 001 0

MIN: 003 200
TOR: 001 03

CWS: 000 003
CLE: 020 20

***

FKR ---
BOS 5 GB

BOS ---
CWS 3 GB
MIN 3 GB
MFY 7 GB

ish said...

But, it's like the first time in ... like ... 13 years! ... It just seems so WRONG!

Oh I know! It's tough for me to listen to the game on the radio and hope to hear John Sterling having an orgasm.

ish said...

Guy catches the ground-rule double ball in the first row of the seats in RF, holds it up for everyone to see, then goes to sit down but his chair wasn't there, and he fell on his ass.

Amy said...

I am back on Firefox....too hard to scroll, too odd the font thing. I will play more with it, but no time to learn about it now.

ish said...

Right now I'm using wunderground.com's WunderMap, which usually takes up 300-360 MB of memory on firefox... Not taking up anymore memory on Chrome.

redsock said...

load em up for the fuck yeah kid!

Pepe Lepew said...

I'm a psuedo-Yankees fan, a quasi-Yankees fan. I'm the Diet Coke of Yankees fans. Just one calorie, not quite a Yankees fan.

phil said...

Bleh.

Amy said...

Ish, what is the significance of your comments about memory being used? And how can you tell?

I love the internet, but I still have no clue how it all works!

Pepe Lepew said...

load em up for the fuck yeah kid!

Dang! 7 RBIs would've been cool.

phil said...

This grounds crew guy who shouts "Hey, whattaya doing to my field!" sure has a wide ass.

redsock said...

MFY: 000 32
FKR: 001 00

MIN: 003 200
TOR: 001 032

CWS: 000 003
CLE: 020 200

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