May 23, 2009

G43: Mets 3, Red Sox 2

Mets    - 100 000 002 - 3  6  0
Red Sox - 200 000 000 - 2 6 1
Josh Beckett took another huge step towards reasserting himself as the ace of the Red Sox staff. Although it was his own error -- on a pickoff attempt -- that helped the Mets score in the first, it's still considered unearned. (8-5-1-1-5, 117).

Boston returned fire in the home half, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia both singled (18-game hit streak for Lyndon!), then pulled off a double steal. After David Ortiz struck out, Kevin Youkilis lined a two-run single to left.

Both starters settled down after that and we had a nifty duel. Pelfrey ended up going seven innings (7-6-2-1-6, 111) and Beckett set down 12 in a row at one point, from the first to the fifth. He also got out of a sticky 1st/3rd, one out jam in the seventh, getting a strike out and liner to center.

Jonathan Papelbon walked Gary Sheffield on five pitches to start the ninth, but roared back to overpower and strike out David Wright and Jeremy Reed, both swinging. But then Omir Santos then drove the first pitch he saw -- 97 fastball right over the plate, maybe a little high -- off the small ledge on the Wall for a two-run home run, though umpire Joe West had to go look at some video before the actual call was made.

Down a run, Youkilis walked to start the home ninth and was forced by Jason Bay. That was a tough play for the Sox, as Wright made a nice backhand to get the ball, then Luis Castillo saved an errant throw at second while still recording the out. J.D. Drew lined out to right and Mike Lowell grounded to shortstop. Lowell's ball was deep in the hole and anyone else on the roster would have beaten it out. But alas.

The Yankees walked off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies and the Blue Jays lost to Atlanta 4-3.

The top of the AL East:
Blue Jays 27 19 --
Red Sox 25 18 0.5
Yankees 25 18 0.5
***

Mike Pelfrey (4.61, 95 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (5.85, 84 ERA+)

Pelfrey balked three times in his last start, against the Giants last Saturday. Afterwards, he spoke with a sports psychologist who has helped him in the past:
The mind is pretty powerful, and it controls all your muscles and all those things. So if it happens, then I'll be able to -- in my own little way -- I'll be able to tell my mind what I want to do, and hopefully, all the muscles and everything follow that.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel:
That's the way you try to solve things. If he said, "I don't have an issue" and continued to do that, then we've got a problem.
In seven starts, Pelfrey has pitched 41 innings, allowing 46 hits and 17 walks, while striking out only 11.

Matchups: David Wright is 1-for-15 against Beckett. No Red Sox batter has ever faced Pelfrey. ... Also: Phillies/Yankees at 4; Blue Jays/Atlanta at 7.

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redsock said...

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Perdoia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Nick Green, SS

(It's from Cafardo, so it's probably correct. 60% chance, I'd say.)

redsock said...

PHI: 010 03
MFY: 010 0

John Mayberry Jr., in his MLB debut, konks a three-run dong off Horseface!

9casey said...

redsock said...
PHI: 010 03
MFY: 010 0

John Mayberry Jr., in his MLB debut, konks a three-run dong off Horseface!



Easy now, a lot of the women here find him very attractive...

9casey said...

84th Hr at the toiet on pace for 350 or some crazy number like that...

redsock said...

They are averaging nearly four dongs a game -- and thousands of asses!

Jere said...

we go to the 8th, Phils 4-2.

redsock said...

PHI: 010 030 000 - 4 6 0
MFY: 010 001 003 - 5 8 0

Shit.

meuniermr said...

What did Lidge do to wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?

redsock said...

Slappy hit a 2-run dong to tie it, then a Cano single/SB and Dud single won it.

Patrick said...

I think there will be a lot of 'omers tonight.

Kevin said...

"What did Lidge do to wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?"

What he's done is allow over 11 hits per 9 innings. He really needs to develop a third pitch, fastballs and sliders just aren't cutting it anymore.

The Phillies are my NL team, so I'm fairly familiar with what he's done this season.

Patrick said...

"more of a flare than a bullet" -Joe


Drink!

redsock said...

On Hell Puh Gone

is not as much fun to say as

Angel Pagan

redsock said...

get out of the way idiot.

Patrick said...

this sounds pretty ridiculous thus far.

Patrick said...

Let's moot the fuck out of that point.

'Manda said...

That is why you don't want pitchers trying to field balls. they are always in the way

Patrick said...

Freaking ridiculous.

redsock said...

jeez, is josh throwing this game?

Kevin said...

Crap

Ish said...

Beckett creates a run for the Mets...

At my sister's apartment, trying to adapt to her TINY acer netbook keyboard! I don't have the hugest hands but it feels like I do! BIGGGG HANDSSSSS.

meuniermr said...

What was Beckett doing over there anyways?

redsock said...

wtf was he doing? you NEVER see pitchers sprint over there on popups so high?

s1c said...

Fragging Mets, lets go beckett

Ish said...

At'em ball!

Patrick said...

whew! It's so nice to have that ugly beast back.

s1c said...

So am looking at the hot and colds for Ellsbury and Pelfry. Strength vs Strength.

Would be nice to see them get the run right back.

redsock said...

going to the yip machine

L-girl said...

18!

Ish said...

AND COUNTING!

Patrick said...

I love me some Fuck Yeah.

s1c said...

Time for Papi to return to being Papi

redsock said...

i want a cookie.

Ish said...

I was at the gym earlier, watching the NESN pregame and they put a mic on FY on Wednesday during batting practice!

The result? PURE GOLD.

FY: If Millsy didn't have #2 I would wear 2. Why is he wearing #2?

Tito: Because he's #2!

FY: Like Dr. Evil!

Patrick said...

awww, having some short stop problems Mets? I wonder what that's like.

s1c said...

Beautiful!!!

Ish said...

Double your pleasureeeeee!

Patrick said...

Oh god. Double steal. I need to change my pants.

Ish said...

OW.

redsock said...

not faster than a speeding bullet.

redsock said...

Youkbacca!!!!

Edward Lee said...

OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

s1c said...

Youkkk!!!

L-girl said...

yoooooooooooooook

Ish said...

SWEAT-FLAVORED RIBEYE.

Patrick said...

MVP

Kevin said...

Sweaty RBIs!

Ish said...

Eck: They don't rub balls up enough in the 9th inning.

Patrick said...

Toronto jumps ahead 2-0 in the top of the third.

redsock said...

"there you go, load it up ... right?"

redsock said...

eck does NOT think much of the mets lineup!!

Ish said...

Love that.

Don: Gets that by him at 95.

Eck: That's what I'm talkin' about. Do it again!

Ish said...

No he doesn't. Just blow past these guys! Especially those guys uh... um... Santos, Martinez, and uh, Castillo!

redsock said...

who was he talking about earlier -- "you don't do that to X, let alone a good hitter"?

Ish said...

I missed it.

s1c said...

There we go, now RUNS

redsock said...

don't let up, bats -- moiderize him

Patrick said...

Atlanta takes the lead back from Toronto. 2-2 bot 3rd.

Kevin said...

OTT

redsock said...

maybe it was pagan, i should have posted it when he said it.

with martinez up: "this is a mismatch, right here"

Ish said...

Allan, go to NESN.com and check out the videos on the right - FY mic'd up are the two most recent videos.

Kevin said...

Bleh, wasted opportunity.

Ish said...

FY: "Oh my god. Pitchers hitting. What a joke."

redsock said...

Donkey can HIT!

(funkytown ...)

redsock said...

I read about that softball pitcher with the 24 or 25 perfect games in SI. I was telling L: In 93 games, her ERA is 0.06!

s1c said...

Runs, pound this guy

Ish said...

Yeah I was kinda admiring Masturbate's swing.

Patrick said...

can someone post a link of the videos? I seem to be an inept web surfer.

Ish said...

Patrick, all you do is go to nesn.com and there's a video box on the right side of the front page there. Let's see if I can find you a link though.

meuniermr said...

haha I just got the mlb bot on justin.tv to copy a link to rickroll

Patrick said...

doh! I kept going to espn. I'm a tad lysdexic.

redsock said...

damn - another sweepy shorthop scoop

redsock said...

"longest hit streak by a latino"

oh come the fuck on.

Ish said...

Yes I can't find a direct link to it anyways.

Edward Lee said...

"I read about that softball pitcher with the 24 or 25 perfect games in SI. I was telling L: In 93 games, her ERA is 0.06!"

Softball is such a horribly imbalanced sport. Girls and women should play baseball.

L-girl said...

"longest hit streak by a latino"

who said that?

redsock said...

videos 2 and 3 now

L-girl said...

Girls and women loooove their softball. Don't be telling the women playing softball they should play baseball, they don't wanna.

redsock said...

eck was talking about luis castillo and a long hit streak he once had. thought it was 40 -- then he said 35 games. someone from the truck telling him, then as an afterthought, cause the guy was probably still feeding him stuff, he said that.

L-girl said...

thanks. boy is that stupid.

redsock said...

i like to be that guy who has to look up shit real fast and feed the info to the tv guys. i'll bet that guy has a super fast laptop!

L-girl said...

you'd be too busy scoring to get them their facts. and threading!

redsock said...

i wanna a softball player to try throwing a baseball with her motion. i guess it wouldn't work well or someone would have done it by now. bay's sister is a pitcher.

redsock said...

mrs. fy!

L-girl said...

she's on the national team, i think?

redsock said...

don is out of Q!

Jere said...

She seemed deathly afraid of Eck.

s1c said...

Looks like she has one in the oven, FY with kids omg

L-girl said...

Story on Lauren Bay-Regula aka Jason Bay's sister

Patrick said...

Atlanta pulled ahead of Toronto with a D. Lowe single. 3-2

L-girl said...

Some of us don't have NESN...

Ish said...

s1c I have never heard it put like that before! Nice.

s1c said...

Comments in last nights game at MLB.com -

LAROCKS wrote:
It looks like this may be your last year for a while to make the playoffs. You do not have a decent SS, your ace Beckett is average at best and your team is old. Varitek, Lowell, Papi, Wakefield, Smoltz am I forgeting anybody? Plus I heard rumors that the Yanks are pursing Bay becasue they lost Nady. I guess Bay is unhappy with what took place in the offseason. The Rays just put Kazmir on the dL and Their closer is retiring. They bring up that stud Price and they have plenty of talent to trade and/or develope within the organization. Of course Kazmir will be back. What a young talented team that seems to be getting better and better. Now it is not just the Yanks you have to deal with anymore, maybe a tougher opponent in years to come the Rays. I have also heard that the Rays are going to build a new stadium in Orlando because of the bigger fan base. Wow, Rays and Magic, now thats an exciting sports town. You guys better get trading.
5/23/2009 4:17:01 PM

Sounds like a MFY Fan

Ish said...

Heading out to find some ice cream now!

Patrick said...

Good call, Ish.

Patrick said...

The 'Wakefield is old' argument doesn't hold much weight. He's been 'old' for years now.

s1c said...

Gold Glove play!!!

redsock said...

An MFY fan making fun of the Sox for being old is like Yook ragging on someone for sweating a lot.

Jere said...

That was so weird. It was as if NESN cut to the wrong camera, but it happened to be the one trained on the guy who made the play.

redsock said...

We could throw Pesky out there in 2010 and he's have a better UZR than Jeter.

Jere said...

For anyone to look at the Red Sox farm system and young players and say "they better win this year" is ridiculous.

L-girl said...

What's the country song that has "one in the oven"...? I can't think of it and can't seem to google it either. Famous Nashville type like Loretta Lynn or someone like that.

Jere said...

ooh! Dwight Evans announcing!

redsock said...

eck told to sit up straight in his chair!

Jere said...

stop getting cute, blow this guy away!

redsock said...

don't walk that bum!

redsock said...

L: You have Hernandez and Darling? Everyone says they are very good.

Jere said...

this is what I like about Eck--how he's right there with every one of us, going, I can't believe I have to read a damn promo when we should be talking about the game!

s1c said...

Whew

redsock said...

GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...

somewhere lugo is crying.

meuniermr said...

Green makes a play for once!

L-girl said...

We know Slugo wouldn't have caught that!

Jere said...

Josh just called him Greenie. I'd say.

L-girl said...

Mets b'cast, yes. Normally radio on Sat, so I wouldn't have NESN anyway.

Jere said...

Piece of bat on sleeve!

redsock said...

shatters bat -- piece sticks to his right sleeve and stayed there while he ran to first -- still theer!!!

Jere said...

Is SNY catching this too? An actual piece of bat still stuck on his sleeve and he still hasn't noticed.

Jere said...

okay Papi, it's proverbially on.

meuniermr said...

Pelfrey loaded up the ball, he went to his mouth with the glove hand.

L-girl said...

One thing about this broadcast, they are able to talk about Bay without bashing Manny. I appreciate that.

redsock said...

LBJ on the run!

redsock said...

wanted to make sure he got at least 1 tonight

Jere said...

Atlanta 6 outs away. I think the Jays might be in third fairly soon though. I thought that about TB last year, too.

meuniermr said...

Something with this site is crashing my Firefox cache, twice in 2 days now.

meuniermr said...

I also got url run-on (too long)errors last game.

redsock said...

eck clearly refusing to say "pootz"

PUTZ!

Patrick said...

I use Firefox, and have been having no problems here, fyi.

L-girl said...

holy shit green. you look like an idiot out there.

meuniermr said...

No play anyways I think.

L-girl said...

I reluctantly switched to Firefox b/c I find Blogger works better with it.

L-girl said...

right, probably no play, but he looks pretty lame.

Edward Lee said...

Clutch.

meuniermr said...

SIT!

redsock said...

don is excited!

Patrick said...

I love good defense.

L-girl said...

Nice! Now RUNS PLEASE

s1c said...

Runs, please, RunSSSSSS

redsock said...

that looked bad off the bat. sinking.

dr
tek
green

Patrick said...

paging doctor tek green.

L-girl said...

sny trivia: who are the 8 3bmen to win 3 WS in a row?

Benjamin said...

Had to watch the MFY "walkoff" at my partner's grandparents' apartment. What a shitty ballpark.

L-girl said...

were you the only non-nyy fan there?

Jere said...

their trivia Q has EIGHT answers?

L-girl said...

Yes! I thought I read it wrong at first, but no. 8 answers!

redsock said...

Sal Bando (A's 72-74)?

redsock said...

And whoever played for NYY in the 30s-40s-50s!

redsock said...

!

Edward Lee said...

Scott Brosius (NYY, '98-'00)

That's all I got.

Patrick said...

"more of a flare than a bullet"

Drink!

Jere said...

Sal Bando's a definite.

And I also just checked the two big Yankee streaks ('36-'39 and '49-'53) and I see Red Rolfe was the 3b for '36-'39, but I wouldn't have known that.

L-girl said...

You know, now I'm thinking I must have read it wrong. Maybe it was just win 3 WS, not in a row. Because one of the 8 was Lowell. So it can't be 3 in a row.

Ish said...

Now Don's calling what pitches are coming.

"Hard stuff away."

Jere said...

So besides those, we're talking guys who switched teams and won 3 in a row.

redsock said...

eck: you wanna pound the strike zone with salad?

don: you gotta do it with cheese!

L-girl said...

Sorry! It's much easier now.

redsock said...

PUH (HE) GONE!

s1c said...

Sit down Pagan!!!

Patrick said...

I'm liking this resurgence of good starts! Was only a matter of time.

Jere said...

Their 40s-50s 3bman was Bobby Brown, he was in four WS and the Yanks won them all. So, Brown, Rolfe, Bando, Brosius are 4.

L-girl said...

Some of the 8 I caught on the answers:
Lowell
Brosius
Robinson
Cey
Bando

Trying to remember the other three...

Jere said...

very fine job Josh

L-girl said...

Well then I fucked up the question. :/

s1c said...

Yeah baby, now lets get some insurance

Patrick said...

old man sheffield going to endure a pap test.

L-girl said...

we can make it a jeopardy game. i'll name the 8 3bmen and you tell me what they did 3 of

A Conformer said...

The Beckett of yore is back, it would appear.

L-girl said...

yay josh

Ish said...

I'm going to smack the first person to say "vintage Beckett"

s1c said...

vintage beckett

Ish said...

I don't know what he meant but Eck said "You still have to get it up 86 times."

Ish said...

Smack.

meuniermr said...

Shenanigans

L-girl said...

snuffin time!

Jere said...

.201, then .268. Eck accurate to within one percentage point. That's some center cut brain.

Patrick said...

I think there will be a lot of 'omers tonight. I couldn't have been more wrong. 11 hits. 11 singles.

redsock said...

Beckett ERA now 5.01

redsock said...

last chance for the jays down 4-2.

Benjamin said...

were you the only non-nyy fan there?

As always.

Jere said...

Jays rallying, cut it to one, tying run on third.

L-girl said...

Benjamin, are they serious baseball fans?

redsock said...

damn - leadoff walks ALWAYS score.

Jere said...

Millar pinch hitting for Jays, loaded, one out, down one, top 9.

L-girl said...

except when they don't

Edward Lee said...

Not that I'm complaining, but why on Earth are the Mets not pinch-running for Sheffield?

Ish said...

HAIRY GASSY CHEESE!

Ish said...

Overpowered my namesake.

A Conformer said...

187!

Ish said...

188!

Ish said...

Old friend Luis Alicea...

L-girl said...

Could it have been 8 3rd basemen to win WS MVP?

Benjamin said...

Benjamin, are they serious baseball fans?

Serious but pathetic. They love to laud that fellow on their team named "Teckserra".

Ish said...

WOW.

Patrick said...

Fuck 'em up!

L-girl said...

b2bk, one more pls

Ish said...

Teckserra! I love that guy Teckserra! Looks like Texas!

Ish said...

That's a home run.

L-girl said...

oh holy shit

redsock said...

shit gotta be gone

Jere said...

us and TOR down to last out at same time! Will we pass them into 1st????

Not yet. home fucking run

Patrick said...

oh god!b

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