September 25, 2009

G153: Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

Red Sox - 000 102 020 - 5  8  0
Yankees - 104 102 10x - 9 14 0
Lester left the game in the third inning after being hit on the right knee (or the inside of the right knee) by Melky Cabrera. He was able to walk off the field on his own. X-rays were negative and Lester has a contusion on his right quad.

Lester (2.1-8-5-3-3, 78) had a rough outing from his very first pitch, which Derek Jeter grounded into center field.

Victor Martinez homered in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 24 games. (Chamberlain had retired the first 11 Boston batters.) Ortiz hit a two-run bomb in the sixth.
Example
Jon Lester (3.33, 142 ERA+) / Joba Chamberlain (4.73, 94 ERA+)

Since May 31, Jon Lester has a 2.13 ERA, better than every major league pitcher except Felix Hernandez (1.99) over that time period.

Example
5.5 GB with 10 games to play. Common sense says the Red Sox will not storm back and win the East (Baseball Prospectus puts the Sox's chances of doing so at 1.1%), but it remains possible.

Since August 10, when they were swept by the Yankees in a four-game series in New York, the Red Sox are 29-13 -- the best record in baseball over that span. At 91-61, Boston has the 3rd best record in baseball, after the Yankees (97-56) and Dodgers (92-61).

With Boston's Wild Card magic number at 3, the Red Sox could be the first team to pop champagne at the new Yankee Stadium. David Ortiz: "So we don't have to get our clubhouse dirty."

&: Rays/Rangers at 8.

355 comments:

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L-girl said...

I can't imagine how much that hurts! It hit him directly off the bat, not slowed down or deflected by anything. Must be excruciating.

Amy said...

OK, just to be predictable...

WHO THE HELL IS HUNTER JONES?

meuniermr said...

OH FUCK NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

/Please God nothing torn or broken.

Amy said...

Wow, over 200 this early in the game. Must be the Yankees.

L-girl said...

Amy, we can set our clocks by you. :)

L-girl said...

Yes, and threads have been slow or nonexistent lately.

Amy said...

Yeah, consistency is definitely one of my "virtues."

L-girl said...

Ok Hunter Jones, my new favourite pitcher, let's mow them down.

redsock said...

he walked off by himself, limping. that rules out a lot of very bad things.

(eck does not seem to know this. he thinks his leg could be broken.)

redsock said...

long wait for jobber.

L-girl said...

Maybe Lester's knee will become the Schilling's ankle of 2009.

Amy said...

Eck is fixated on the fact that the ball came back towards home plate, meaning it must have hit his kneecap. Given how little Eck knows about English grammar, I cannot imagine he knows anything about physics or medicine.

Kevin said...

I'd be willing to bet quite a bit of money that Jeter will steal second in this at bat.

Amy said...

So...who IS Hunter Jones (she says very meekishly and quietly)? A minor leaguer we brought up from somewhere, I assume?

Amy said...

OK, DO tells me. Pawsox.

Kevin said...

"WHO THE HELL IS HUNTER JONES?"

He's a less shitty version of Javier Lopez.

Amy said...

DO answering all my questions.

L-girl said...

thank dog that inning is finally over.

now

RUNS PLS

redsock said...

JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!
JUSTIN CHAMBERLAIN IS PITCHING A PERFECT GAME!!!!

Amy said...

Justin??

L-girl said...

Is that a joke I missed or did Allan just paste all that in with the wrong name?

redsock said...

that is his birth name.

L-girl said...

Oh, very good. Like Larry Jones.

redsock said...

shouldn't tek be the "offensive plasyer" of every week?

A Seawolves Fanatic said...

no-body knock on wood, and craig sager always has funky suits/shirts/ties.......i wonder who dresses him?

L-girl said...

Oh come on NESN, no need to show the line score like we're actually in suspense about a no-no.

EXTRA MART!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Seawolves Fanatic said...

good start

Kevin said...

Perfect Game: Over
No-Hitter: Over
Shutout: Over

Amy said...

Perfect game, no hitter and shut out gone with one swing of the bat!

redsock said...

DONG BABY DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND 24 GAMES!

Zenslinger said...

Now I can...unclench a little here.

redsock said...

yook better watch out, post-HR

Amy said...

You mean his name isn't really Joba? That was the most interesting thing about him.

L-girl said...

Perfect Game: Over
No-Hitter: Over
Shutout: Over


V-Mart streak: ON
Red Sox: ON
Sox Win: ON

IT. IS. ON.

L-girl said...

Here we go! yoooooook

A Seawolves Fanatic said...

more hitting with 2 outs

Kevin said...

Hey, it's one of our standard-issue two-out rallies.

Amy said...

Guess maybe that 30 minute wait got to Joba. Or maybe he's worried about getting hit in the kneecap.

redsock said...

flo needs to go all 2004 on 'em here.

redsock said...

he has officially changed it now.

L-girl said...

OK, so it didn't turn out to be a huge rally. But we've hit him now. More like that please.

And go Hunter Jones, my new favourite pitcher (tonight).

L-girl said...

Bowden up

redsock said...

bowden up

L-girl said...

shades of steve trachsel on the mound here...

fusionmouse said...

Gotta head home. Try to enjoy the rest of the game...

GO SOX!

redsock said...

shades of pedro!

L-girl said...

lester x-rays negative

bruised right quad - not knee

THIS IS GOOD

L-girl said...

shades of pedro!

ha ha

redsock said...

x-rays
negative
right quad contusion

Amy said...

Not the kneecap, Eck! So much for your analysis....

Thankfully...

Kevin said...

Ugh

Can't blame that one on Tek...

L-girl said...

Yeah, Eck the doctor and physicist.

redsock said...

fuckin' shemp

redsock said...

dear don: jones went 1 inning, not .2

Kevin said...

SCORE RUNS

redsock said...

TBR: 00
TEX: 21

OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

alright, guys, stop talking about nascar, we got a game to win.

L-girl said...

drewble!

redsock said...

fire.

Kevin said...

Can we PH for Tek in the 5th inning?

I want to.

L-girl said...

nice at-bat, cactus

Kevin said...

Well, that was fucking predictable.

Fuck you, you worthless cactus.

redsock said...

boooooooooooooooo

L-girl said...

2 men on and he hacks away

i didn't notice if it was SASAHE or just SAS

Kevin said...

Ugh

redsock said...

don't waste this, lbj.

L-girl said...

squanderiffic

Kevin said...

You've got to be fucking kidding me...

redsock said...

LOB-otomy.

Amy said...

You know, I understand the loss of faith, even affection, for Tek. And I certainly agree that he has outlived much of his usefulness here. But the guy has served the team well for many years---why the hatred??

redsock said...

for me, it's frustration at having him in the lineup as much as he is. it's knowing there will be an out as he's walking to the plate. (and hearing how great he is at stuff that is impossible to measure (so who really knoiws?) only pisses me off more.)

i guess we should see him as the back-up now and simply expect what we expected from kevin cash.

Kevin said...

Bowden K's the side

SCORE RUNS

redsock said...

CI fanned on purpose to help Joba get back on the mound. CI knew it was the right time for the inning to end. So he gave himself up for the team. That's why he is the greatest human ever.

Or Bowden totally smoked his ass with a fastball.

One or the other.

L-girl said...

Speaking for only myself, I don't hate Tek, but I was never very attached to him, always felt he was somewhat over-rated.

Add to that his terrible performance for the past 3 years, maybe 4, and I don't have any positive feeling for him at all. I won't say hate, that's too strong, but I resent that he his contributions to the team are all negative.

redsock said...

ESPN chat yesterday:

Bones (Boston): When Brad Penny went to SF, he said he liked Molina calling more breaking balls early in counts. Obviously, many Boston writers either fainted on the spot and/or were outraged. Is it possible the Captain DOESN'T know everything?

Keith Law: Varitek is a lousy game-caller and has been for years. I'm pretty sure he lost his thumb, middle, ring, and pinky fingers on his right hand, since he calls for so many fastballs.

***

ouch.

Kevin said...

I wouldn't be nearly as frustrated with Tek if he were actually treated like a backup catcher. But he's still getting almost half the starts at catcher, and Tito doesn't PH for him nearly often enough.

Also, he's sucked way more lately than earlier in the year, so the dramatic suckage is more prominent in our minds.

Ish said...

Went to the gym and saw Lester get hit while on an elliptical. That was hard to watch, but it shows you just how strong he is. He made sure to not put any weight on it as he lowered himself to the ground - he made sure to only use his left leg.

redsock said...

there is a decent case to be made to leave him off the playoff roster. he cannot hit and he cannot throw.

if he is not good enough to start -- and he's not -- what can he do? pinch-hit?!?!!?

i'll be furious if he gets a start against the angels.

redsock said...

but there is no way in hell the sox leave him behind, even for the alds.

Kevin said...

Way to work the count...

Amy said...

Well, the anger should be directed at Francona and/or the front office for continuing to use Tek as much as they do.

Now I know that if I were not a Tek fan, I would be on his case just like all of you, just as I was all over Timlin and Gagne and others when they were useless. I just feel badly for the guy. Clearly he does not want to be sucking at his job.

Amy said...

ALL RIGHT, PAPI!!

L-girl said...

PAPI DONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

I agree re Tito and the FO. Tek can't help it.

FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Kevin said...

The best case for not leaving Tek off the playoff roster is that Kottaras isn't any better offensively, and Tek has more experience.

FLO!!!

redsock said...

east shit, joba.

L-girl said...

No one wants to suck at their job. Timlin, Gagne, Renteria. But when a player sucks, it's the player that draws the heat, as you say.

Amy said...

Or west shit, Joba.

redsock said...

well, i see tek in the lineup in the afternoon and i get pissed at tito, not tek.

why not play kot or brown for a game?

L-girl said...

When I see Tek in the lineup, I get pissed at Tito.

When I see Tek at the plate, I get pissed at Tek.

L-girl said...

east west north south shit joba

L-girl said...

You know what? We are going to continue to creep up... then creep right past them. And win the game.

Kevin said...

Cactus...

L-girl said...

another one...

Amy said...

Do they always steal bases like this? Somehow I don't remember it from prior games this season.

Kevin said...

I think that's the first ball hit to that area that didn't carry out.

redsock said...

re tek: that must have been the worstest divorce in history.

redsock said...

it's a free base -- why not take
it?

even when he throws, runners are safe 92% of the time.

Kevin said...

Ugh

L-girl said...

*sigh*

L-girl said...

Could we please get out of this inning right NOW???

Kevin said...

This game is frustrating...

A Seawolves Fanatic said...

fuck

L-girl said...

I have to get away from the computer.

Keep the faith.

Amy said...

Stupid Shemp, but nevertheless, we are down 5 runs again.

redsock said...

don't worry - mdc will shut 'em down.

Kevin said...

Delcarmen in, looks like we've given up on this game

Amy said...

Heh, you two had quite different reactions to MDC coming in!

redsock said...

i was rolling my eyes.

Kevin said...

Thank you for actually pitching well, MDC

redsock said...

PC thru 6:

JtC: 86
Sox: 169

Sox: 30-17-39 31-18-34

Kevin said...

Assface in

Kevin said...

Oh no, Tek at the plate

redsock said...

fire.

redsock said...

Assface in
...
Oh no, Tek at the plate


Double post?

:>)

Kevin said...

Worst possible outcome...

Yet again...

Amy said...

Sigh.

redsock said...

TBR: 003 000
TEX: 210 110

Amy said...

Oh, no, the GBA guy.

Kevin said...

If Tek goes 0 for his next 16, his average will be below .200

Amy said...

Eck STILL insisting it was Lester's knee. Eck---better eyes than an x-ray machine.

redsock said...

sweet curve.

Kevin said...

Or 4 for his next 36

Note that right now he's 4 for his last 42.

redsock said...

Eck obviously got his medical degree from Frist University.

Kevin said...

Yeah, they're probably going to get to 8

Kevin said...

Ugh...

Amy said...

So how did we beat this team a bazillion times in a row before the ASB? Were they that much worse, or was our team that much better?

This is damn depressing.

redsock said...

it all evens out.

redsock said...

Red Sox have thrown 204 pitches in 7 innings!

redsock said...

ALIVE!

redsock said...

WTF LBJ?

Kevin said...

Blue-light single!

redsock said...

we need the sultan.

redsock said...

kill this rally, yook! kill it good!

Amy said...

Don't be raising our hopes.

Kevin said...

1-out rally time?

redsock said...

tiz dong can make it 9-7.

Kevin said...

We still have a chance

redsock said...

we need to creep a bit faster than our current pace.

Kevin said...

Oh great, the AAA team is on the field...

Ish said...

Ah. See this is the Playoff Assassin Tito we all know and love...

Anderson, Gathright, Lowrie, Woodward and Kotchman?

Fucking offensive POWERHOUSE!

Kevin said...

Who else thinks they steal here?

Kevin said...

Like that.

Or is that DI

Ish said...

DI

Kevin said...

Somehow Varitek is going to be allowed to hit for himself this inning.

I just know it.

Kevin said...

I think Varitek is indifferent every time they steal on him.

Kevin said...

Rico BBaldy

Kevin said...

And look, Varitek is somehow being allowed to hit here.

WHY?!?!?!?!

redsock said...

'cuz he gets to hit RH?

redsock said...

didn't expect that.

Kevin said...

Entirely predictable

Kevin said...

Ugh

Clean water

Time to listen to Fall Out Boy with the lights out

redsock said...

bah

time to wrap up work and get home.

Tim said...

had my one comment of the game! didn't miss much by the looks of it. balls game.

looked like a solid thread, full of anti tekitism, wish i could've joined in but had to be a socialite tonight. caught score updates and part of the game at a friend's house but other than that was in a dead zone about what was happening at the toilet.

get em tomorrow. and october.

tim said...

ahh! damn you evil tim!

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