October 4, 2009

G162: Red Sox 12, Spiders 7

Spiders - 105 000 100 -  7  8  0
Red Sox - 310 125 00x - 12 11 0
Boston hit five home runs, including two from J.D. Drew and a grand slam by Jed Lowrie. Dustin Pedroia and Alex Gonzalez hit the other dongs.

Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 70th base of the year, George Kottaras came off the bench and singled twice, and David Ortiz singled in two runs in the first, giving him 99 RBI. Jason Bay led the team with 119 RBI.
Example
Tomo Ohka (5.45, 83 ERA+) / Clay Buchholz (3,74, 126 ERA+)

On each scorecard, I put the number of the game in the top right corner. Every Opening Day, I write a "1" and think it will take so long to get to "162". When you step back, 162 games is a ridiculously long season. Yet here we are.

The 2009 regular season is nearly complete and the Red Sox are one of the eight teams to be playing in the playoffs (for the sixth time in the last seven years). However, we still don't know who one of those eight teams will be.

The Tigers are Twins are tied atop the AL Central at 85-76 -- with one game to play (Danks/Verlander at 1 and Hochevar/Pavano at 2).

On the morning of September 7, the Twins were a season-worst 7 GB. They have gone 15-4 since September 13, while the Tigers -- who have allowed three more runs (736) than they have scored (733) this year for an 80-81 Pythag -- have won only 10 of their last 25 games.

So the Red Sox will fly to Anaheim after a workout at Fenway on Monday, but they don't know if their series will begin on Wednesday or Thursday. (Indeed, they might not know until Tuesday night; a possible tie-breaking game between Detroit and Minnesota would be played Tuesday afternoon.)

And while the media's talk of players wanting to hit .300 and get 100 RBI because .298 and 99 doesn't look as impressive is silly -- when really, over a long season, it's the same thing -- I admit that I did not want to finish double-digits behind the MFY. And being 8 GB now, we won't.

And speaking of Pythag, the Red Sox "should" be only 1 GB the MFY (93-68 to 94-67), but the Yankees have out-performed their expected W-L by eight games. Grrrr.....

But the real excitement today is the culmination of the W-L contest. There will be no tie-breakers here.

The Red Sox are 94-67 -- and we have:
Aaron Liber 95-67
Bradley Smith 94-68

142 comments:

mattymatty said...

DAMMIT!! So close...

tim said...

oooo central drama! love it.

MFY probably cheering for the tigers, as the twins seem to be a team hitting their stride. MFY also probably cheering for a tuesday afternoon tiebreaker, so they can play wednesday night in new york. if detroit wins, i think MFY will easily take that series. not so much with minnesota. i would love to see them bounced in the first round. twins just completely obliterate sabathia/burnett/toucan/jtc and smash them to bits. mmmmm.

i say both teams win - verlander shuts down the pale sox and the twins rough up hochever to set the stage for a tuesday tiebreaker (porcello/baker).

redsock said...

WEEI: "Manny Delcarmen was involved in a car accident on Route 93 on his way to Fenway Park prior to Saturday's game ... Delcarmen was driving his Hummer which hit a guardrail and he suffered back and neck pain. He received treatment during the game."

redsock said...

Tim Wakefield not on ALDS roster.

redsock said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Kotchman, 1B
Drew, RF
Gonzalez, SS

WEEI listed only the first 8, but also said Seabass was back, so I assume he's ninth.

Playoff rotation will be announced after today's game.

redsock said...

GDGD has:

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Drew, RF
Kotchman, 1B
Gonzalez, SS

redsock said...

Verlander in 1st: K, 1B, DP/F8-4

redsock said...

Bases loaded for Tigers in 1st, 1 out.

redsock said...

Det 1st vs Danks:

BB
P4
2B
BBI to Cabrera
BB to Guillen, 1-0

redsock said...

CWS: 0
DET: 1

L-girl said...

Off to a fine start.

L-girl said...

O'B does a good John Sterling, but his Vin Scully sucks.

redsock said...

nice recovery. looks sharp, though he clearly missed his spot re the dong.

redsock said...

CWS: 00
DET: 12

L-girl said...

Come on 70!

redsock said...

some serious eyeblack on that kid

redsock said...

and don mentions it! "nice touch"

L-girl said...

70!!!!

L-girl said...

Castig pointing out that the year Ricky Henderson stole 130 bases, he was caught stealing 46 times. That means 176 SB attempts.

WOW

redsock said...

BBlue!

redsock said...

73.8% -- you could argue the CS cancelled out the benefit of all those SB.

redsock said...

Bref has 42 CS.

L-girl said...

you could argue the CS cancelled out the benefit of all those SB

You could, but you'd be wrong.

L-girl said...

Bref has 42 CS.

I actually couldn't remember if he said 42 or 46. I typed both, then settled on the wrong one, I guess.

redsock said...

SHIFT THIS.

Kevin said...

So, I really need to stop staying up till four AM reading about string theory and particle physics. Because I literally just woke up.

Flo!

redsock said...

75.6%

L-girl said...

I think you'd have to look at Ricky's overall value to a team, not just % CS.

L-girl said...

So, I really need to stop staying up till four AM reading about string theory and particle physics.

Is that for school or fun or both?

[I'm not being sarcastic. I read heavy history/political stuff for fun.]

redsock said...

Long recap of Rickey's 1982 season

Kevin said...

Is that for school or fun or both?

Well, it started with me reading about galaxies and stars and stuff, which is directly related to the astrophysics course I'm taking, but endless link-clicking on Wikipedia eventually got me to dark matter and then particle physics and string theory.

I'm not a big fan of string theory. Anything that needs 10 dimensions to work properly seems flawed to me.

L-girl said...

SEA BASS!!!!

L-girl said...

Kevin, cool. A subject I know nothing about.

Kevin said...

SEA BASS!!!

redsock said...

THT article on the value of SB. Has stuff on Rickey's 1982.

I meant only the SB in general -- and obviously, a SB in a specific key spot is important.

His baserunning stats here. It says he was on 1B or 2B with the next base open 224 times. And he attempted to steal 176 times. WOW!

(5 attempts to steal home - safe 2 times)

L-girl said...

I meant only the SB in general

Oh sure, I agree with you there. Rickey is a separate case. Under-rated!

redsock said...

CWS: 000 00
DET: 120 01

KCR: 0
MIN: 4

(Kubel 3R dong)

redsock said...

"full bore"

Kevin said...

Um, Clay, wtf are you doing?

Get the outs.

Kevin said...

Ugh

L-girl said...

Not good to see HH do this.

Kevin said...

Fuck

redsock said...

To HH: No BB.

redsock said...

ramram has been up

L-girl said...

ugh

Kevin said...

Shit

redsock said...

Well, Bradley Smith is probably happy.

redsock said...

Struck out the side!

L-girl said...

And OB says Buchholz strikes out the side!

redsock said...

Don't be callin' me OB!

L-girl said...

I guess you're just thinking alike.

Although only one of you was being sarcastic!

L-girl said...

Lucchino is in the radio booth talking about the things they did this weekend for the fan appreciation series. Sounds great. Among many other things, giveaways for tickets to next year's Opening Day!

redsock said...

Lucky now on NESN.

redsock said...

Beth at Cursed to First has some great pics of the photo night with the players!

redsock said...

bowden up

redsock said...

CWS: 000 000 0
DET: 120 011

Verlander so far: 7-2-0-1-5, 97

KCR: 000
MIN: 40

redsock said...

And why not?

MFY: 000 0
TBR: 100 0

redsock said...

ON FIRE is ON FIRE!

redsock said...

my mlbtv just crapped out

redsock said...

MIN 7-0 in the 3rd.

Ish said...

Hey everyone. Now 7-0 Twins! So it's looking like Game 163 coming up!

Verlander hitting a little snag in the 8th. Two on 1 out and one in. 5-1 det.

Ish said...

Lillibridge hits a 2-run single and it's 5-3 Detroit now!

Kevin said...

The Tigers are trying to win the award for "Best Impression of the 2007 Mets"

redsock said...

Great. Now I got the Spider TV station (on mute).

westcoastsox said...

Will Matsuzaka now be our Game 3 pitcher?

Kevin said...

Ha!

L-girl said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!

redsock said...

HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

FY: "Nope, still not Tribe Time."

Ish said...

WHAT a catch to save Detroit's season by Granderson! Coming in coming in coming in on a shallow popup and went into a full-forward dive and caught it with the tying run on first base.

Kevin said...

FUCK YEAH!!!

redsock said...

Clev TV just had a "Bringin' The Gas" commercial for Direct Energy. Video of Ohka pitching to Yook: but most of the pitches were at 78 mph. Another at 82.

HAHAHHHAHAH

L-girl said...

I don't share the glee about the impending playoff game and the Tigers' collapse. I'd much rather see NYY play Detroit/Verlander than the Twins.

Ish said...

Tigers are on the corners with 1 out in the bot 8

Ish said...

I'm thinking right now momentum will be more valuable than... Verlander.

L-girl said...

I don't think an abstract concept like momentum can be more valuable than an ace.

redsock said...

Kottaras at 3B?

Ish said...

Either way you still have to play the game. All you need is for Minnesota to play three good games against the Yankees.

Play at the plate and Laird BOWLS over Castro on the final game of the season.

Wow.

redsock said...

I've missed Ish's in-game updates.

redsock said...

Clev TV "text your answer" thing:

Who is AL MVP?

Jeter
Teixeira
Mauer
Morales
Cabrera

(that's the order they were listed in)

L-girl said...

All you need is for Minnesota to play three good games against the Yankees.

Exactly.

redsock said...

The 2006 Tigers lost their last six games (and went 12-16 after September 1) and still kicked the Yankees' collective ass in the ALDS.

How a team finishes the season = just about nothing.

Kevin said...

"Kottaras at 3B?"

Why not. They played Cash at third for some reason last year.

L-girl said...

I just don't think the Twins have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the ALDS. But in a short series...anything...etc etc.

L-girl said...

ON FIRE ON FIRE!!!!

redsock said...

ON FIRE is even more ON FIRE!

Kevin said...

FIRE!!

redsock said...

It's DREWTOBER!

redsock said...

why doesn't he hit those with guys on base? (/morons)

redsock said...

Tigers win 5-3

L-girl said...

why doesn't he hit those with guys on base? (/morons)

OB started singing Drew's praises, then managed to twist it up into a backhanded compliment. "...The numbers haven't been to everybody's liking, certainly, but when he's healthy - when he feels like he's healthy...", then goes on to say Drew is a natural athlete, implying he has no work ethic.

OB: Everyone who plays professional sports is a natural athlete. So that's irrelevant.

L-girl said...

OB: Everyone who plays professional sports is a natural athlete. So that's irrelevant.

That is me addressing OB, not OB addressing us about Drew.

redsock said...

"...The numbers haven't been to everybody's liking,

Except to the Red Sox General Manager, but who the hell is he, the loser?

redsock said...

I have a post coming this evening about this.

redsock said...

come on, gathy!

redsock said...

is this pitcher gonna get some delay fines too?

Kevin said...

why doesn't he hit those with guys on base? (/morons)

Drew is by far the most underappreciated player on this team.

L-girl said...

I have a post coming this evening about this.

About Drewplaning? Or about the backhanded compliments in general?

Or should I just wait and see? :)

L-girl said...

Drew is by far the most underappreciated player on this team.

Totally. That's how the word "Drewplaning" came to be - constant complaining about Drew.

Hey, is that in the glossary?

redsock said...

tek nearly knocking gathright off the playoff roster.

Kevin said...

Hey, the Cactus managed to not make an out!

redsock said...

No, it's not there.

Kevin said...

Tek's OPS+ is in the single digits for September/October

L-girl said...

Dear Dave O'Brien:

The difference between 99 RBIs and 100 RBIs is insignificant. Please give it a rest.

Signed,

Enough Already

redsock said...

Tek's OPS+ is in the single digits for September/October

OMG+

redsock said...

YEAH FUCKING YEAH

Kevin said...

JEDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redsock said...

after drew's dong, there were 2 quick outs. then:

1B
BB
BB
HR

redsock said...

that was supposed to be HELL FUCKING YEAH, but whatever.

redsock said...

The difference between 99 RBIs and 100 RBIs is insignificant.

But it's .006 more of an RBI per game!

L-girl said...

Ack, I missed that. Jedi Mind Trick Dong?

L-girl said...

Holy shit, a grand slam!!!

redsock said...

ORSILLO doing the SOX ALSD!!!!

redsock said...

or so says remy (and don apparently).

L-girl said...

Re Don doing ALDS, don't get your hopes up, we may not get that feed.

L-girl said...

Unless there is no ESPN International Broadcast for playoffs, only for WS?

redsock said...

There is only one feed.

... Or do you mean the "international" feed? Argggg

L-girl said...

Right. But I'm not sure if that's for the whole playoffs, or only WS.

IIRC, the ESPN Intl will drive us straight to radio.

redsock said...

KCR: 000 103
MIN: 403 01

MFY got 10 in the 6th, lead TBR 10-2.

redsock said...

Can we get a Buffalo station for that?

L-girl said...

Enough of this game, I have to take my break. Onward to the DS...

L-girl said...

Can we get a Buffalo station for that?

We have two stations from Buffalo - the Fox affiliate and PBS.

redsock said...

Tek pulled mid-inning. Tips helmet.

redsock said...

Bard with Tek: 4-pitch BB

Bard with Brown: 3-pitch K

hmmmmmm.....

redsock said...

And another 3-pitch K!

Kevin said...

Two three-pitch Ks

redsock said...

Twins 9-4 after 6.

redsock said...

C Perez's line: 1.1-1-1-1-1

Jere said...

Impressive feat for Jacoby to get 70 SB when you consider that NONE of the 55 people in your contest said he'd reach that amount. And only four thought he'd even hit 60.

redsock said...

What can Brown do for us now?

Jere said...

More aside stuff: The Yanks scored 10 in an inning but did not score in the other eight innings. I wanna know what's the most runs a team has scored in one inning without scoring in any other innings.

Kevin said...

I want Papi to reach 100 RBI here.

Even though we've already established that the difference between 99 and 100 is meaningless.

redsock said...

Bot.

redsock said...

The water is Muddy!!!

95-67

Kevin said...

WATER!

L-girl said...

Bard with Tek: 4-pitch BB

Bard with Brown: 3-pitch K

hmmmmmm.....


Bit of a small sample there, eh Capn?

redsock said...

Twins 10-4 after 7.

redsock said...

If the Royals can't get 9 in the 9th, there will be a playoff game on Tuesday.

redsock said...

KCR: 000 103 000 - 4 12 0
MIN: 403 011 13x - 13 11 0

redsock said...

Funny, they are having the "Farewell to the Metrodome" ceremony now, but there may be a few more games played there. At least one.

L-girl said...

You've got to have the farewell ceremony on the last day of the final season.

Jere said...

I remember people ripping the Red Sox for putting "Final Game of the Century" on the tickets for the regular season finale in '99, because of the chance of playoff games.