April 11, 2011

G10: Rays 16, Red Sox 5

Rays    - 160 113 004 - 16 20  1
Red Sox - 001 100 111 -  5 10  1
It was a nightmare evening for the Red Sox, as Tampa Bay nearly matched its runs scored total for their previous nine games (20).

The 1-8 team that began the day with a MLB-worst team OPS of .516 (.163/.232/.284) raked Matsuzaka (2-8-7-2-2, 47) over the coals in the second, as the first seven batters reached base. Terry Francona allowed Dice to start the third, but after a single and a walk, Tito went to the pen; his walk to the mound drew perhaps the loudest cheers of the night. The Rays later smacked Tim Wakefield and former Rays reliever Dan Wheeler around.

It's not worth rehashing any of what happened in this game -- I don't want to write it and you don't want to read it -- but I will point out that Boston's first two hits were triples from Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz.
Example
Jeremy Hellickson / Daisuke Matsuzaka

Hellickson, who turned 24 three days ago, is the rookie right-hander that the Rays (1-8) hope will take Matt Garza's place in the rotation. Baseball Prospectus 2011 ranked Hellickson as the #9 prospect:
Hellickson doesn't have the kind of raw stuff that normally lands a player in the top 10, but he's hardly a finesse pitcher. His fastball, curve, and changeup are all at least a tick above average, but it's what he does with his arsenal that is so special. There are decade-plus veterans who don't have Hellickson's polish, as he varies the movement of his fastball and places all of his offerings in the strike zone with laser-like precision. The Rays will find a way to get him to the big leagues this year, and some scouts have already broken an unwritten rule by comparing him to a young Greg Maddux.
Hellickson made his 2011 debut on April 6 against the Angels: 5.2-6-3-2-10, 99. He allowed single runs in three separate innings. "I obviously need to throw my fastball more. I fell in love with my curveball a little bit too much last game." Last year, on September 7, Hellickson allowed three runs in 1.2 innings of relief against Boston.

Last Wednesday in Cleveland, Matsuzaka allowed three runs in five innings, while throwing 96 pitches. (WEEI preview of tonight's game)

The Orioles (6-3) and Yankees (5-4) begin a series in New York tomorrow. The Blue Jays (5-4) are in Seattle tonight.
Example
Details of Clay Buchholz's new contract:
2011: $550,000 (+ $1 million signing bonus)
2012: $3.5 million
2013: $5.5 million
2014: $7.7 million
2015: $12 million
2016: $13 million team option (or $245,000 buyout)
2017: $13.5 million team option (or $500,000 buyout)
(2017 option increases to $14 million if Buchholz finishes either first or second in Cy Young voting during the contract.)

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allan said...

stay far away from even hints of racism, mr. nightmare.

laura k said...

"His little friend?"

allan said...

that shift should be illegal.

Kathryn said...

Papi is the only player with a triple in every season of the last 12 years...or something like that :)

tim said...

And that nomo guy sucked too!

Edward Lee said...

Also, both Dice-K and his little friend Okajima haven't pitched well at all this season.

I see Michael Kay has joined the thread.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

I'm not being racist, in fact I like Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka and I think the Red Sox should have gotten him except for the fact they have Iglesias

tim said...

single away for fuld.

allan said...

I'm not being racist

You're real fucking close.

I like Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Some of my best friends are black.

Edward Lee said...

Wake starting to turn into a pumpkin here.

laura k said...

I think our nightmare is over.

Amy said...

I wish the nightmare of this game was over also.

allan said...

i think you just got busted, nightmare( & hl).

allan said...

SALTYBALLA.

Edward Lee said...

I wonder if Wakefield could ever pick a guy off third if he did the fake to third, fake to first and come back to third.

laura k said...

crap

Amy said...

Nope, it just gets worse and worse.

Can't we have a fun off-topic conversation to distract us from this game?

laura k said...

An unknown person comments. His comment is rejected - doesn't see the light of day.

Then another person comments on the post THAT WAS REJECTED.

Way to hide your identity, dude.

ROFL!!!!

laura k said...

That was one of the funniest troll/moderation fuckups I've ever seen. The guy needs to call Mags to get lessons.

allan said...

An unknown person comments. His comment is rejected - doesn't see the light of day.

Then another person comments on the post THAT WAS REJECTED.

Way to hide your identity, dude.

ROFL!!!!


This is pretty funny.

Amy said...

Good god, what the hell is wrong with this team?

laura k said...

OMG that did not just happen. Wow.

I hope this is the low point of the season.

Plus I think I'm the only one here.

Edward Lee said...

Good game Wake, thanks for trying.

laura k said...

Oh sorry Amy, didn't see you there.

Kathryn said...

I was doing the dishes and came back to the nightmare stuff. Allan wrote what I was thinking...some of my best friends are black, gay, fill in the blank.

Ha, LOLOLOL at commenting on a rejected post.

Amy said...

Can you elaborate? Since we don't know what post was rejected, it's hard to figure out the rest...

Amy said...

I am here. Just quietly fuming. Both over the nightmare and the nightmare.

johngoldfine said...

What happened? I had to turn the radio off for a moment.

laura k said...

Amy, I don't know what it said, the point is really what I wrote above.

laura k said...

John, what happened with the game or with our little nightmare friend?

The game sucks.

Amy said...

OK, I figured you rejected the post! Never mind. As long as the troll is gone.

laura k said...

OMG that did not just happen. Wow.

Referring to the nightmare on the field here - Rays runner scoring from 1st.

allan said...

i posted the "some of my best friends are black" line

then a post by someone named a totally new person named "hl" tried to post: "now that was racist allan"

i rejected that comment.

less than 30 seconds later, worst nightmare tried to post (something very close to): "yes, i also think that was racist allan"

i rejected that one too.

you would think the moron would wait and see if the first comment WAS ACTUALLY POSTED ON THE BLOG before agreeing with it!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

meunier said...

Less racism and more runs the next game.

johngoldfine said...

I meant the game. I see the score now and guess I can fill in the rest.

laura k said...

M, I agree. Less trolls too!

Amy said...

Thanks, Allan.

I don't know how you people put up with trolls and other idiots.

Rob said...

One of my dad's longtime coworkers knew Sam Fuld when he was younger, and here he is, the Durham, NH native a single away from hitting for the cycle at Fenway Park.

I'd love to see that happen!

laura k said...

Here I am in my tiny cottage in bumblefuck Canada. Me and my big MOUTHE. Hee hee.

Sorry everyone. THIS is the reason we have moderation!

allan said...

jesus - did all the trolls go off their meds today?

allan said...

sure, get the cycle. why the fuck not?

laura k said...

Amy, it's hilarious. Can you imagine these dumbasses have been leaving comments that never get through - FOR YEARS??!! It's astounding. And this one guy loves to say over and over how WE have nothing better to do!!! It is just too too too funny.

Amy said...

OK, gtg unpack. "Enjoy" the rest of the game....

9casey said...

Amy said...
Thanks, Allan.

I don't know how you people put up with trolls and other idiots.



Hey now, there happens to be quite a few occasions I am one of those idiots...

Amy said...

Oh, 9Casey, we're all those kind of idiots! :)

laura k said...

9C, nothing you have ever said on this blog comes close to the comments we reject.

9casey said...

Can anyone explain to me wtf is going on with the Red Sox.....

Last night it was nice to see Beckett be vintage Beckett, but they still squandered a bunch of runners.

They are just to good to be this bad....

I can't say , obviouslly , I had fun watching any of these games..

laura k said...

9C, if anyone explains it to you, please explain it to me..............

Rob said...

April swoon.

johngoldfine said...

Is there some other team historically that was this good that was this bad?

allan said...

More background: the worst nightmare guy emailed me a week ago asking several questions about how to publicize his blog, how i got mine out there, how many readers do I have, and asking if he could do an interview.

I have not replied, but was going to. (Now I have changed my mind!)

The name on the email was "Hi Hi". Maybe the "hl" was actually "hi".

Either way, neither nightmare nor hl nor ala has returned to explain this strange (and hilarious) series of events.

Patrick said...

We seem to lose the season in April. We did it last year too. /half empty

allan said...

it's a shitty game, but it's 1 game.

we win the next two and we have won 4 of 6.

Patrick said...

Hey, we got something going!

laura k said...

Ahem. Unless anyone here has special powers, we don't know anything about this season except what we've seen so far. It's been frustrating and annoying, but it's still only game # 10.

allan said...

mega-tease, me fears.

johngoldfine said...

How about even a walk now?

allan said...

Sox fans using their MOUTHES!

laura k said...

When it rains it pours.

Patrick said...

haunted by babip!

johngoldfine said...

whoops

Edward Lee said...

Red Sox dumping a season's worth of negative karma in one game. Good strategy IMO.

allan said...

If I can keep down Arby's, I can keep down this game!

laura k said...

Good night, all. Last bit of school tomorrow - a final exam - then I will be dancing with joy, no matter what the Sox do.

Kathryn said...

It's interesting that I was going to talk about the moderation tonight. Thinking that it would be nice if you could let the posts through, and we all would just ignore them. That that might be more frustrating to the poster since he really just wants to cause trouble. I was thinking that it was really just one guy you were dealing with, but I guess not.

johngoldfine said...

There's something scary but pathetic too about a troll like ala/hl/nightmare--they want an ear, an audience, someone to acknowledge them, but can't hang around for long without stepping well over the line and then feeling aggrieved forever....

laura k said...

Kathryn, without moderation, these threads just would not work.

It's true that theoretically we could all ignore the trolls, but *everyone* would have to do that all the time, and that wouldn't happen.

Plus we'd all have to see their vile comments. Many of the comments are really mean, nasty, hateful. It would end up ruining the experience for a lot of people. Including me and Allan! :)

laura k said...

John, so true. Allan and I have talked about writing about the patterns they always follow - it's always the same. It's one of those things we never seem to do, but we like to talk about.

laura k said...

OK, good night for real this time. Hasta tomorrow.

Kathryn said...

I'm sure that's the case Laura. I don't mind the mod. Allan does a great job getting the posts up quickly. I was more thinking of a way to irritate the trolls. But it is probably best that their posts never get up in the first place.

Patrick said...

What a dumb poll WEEI asked: Will the Rays be better off without Manny Ramirez.


Yuk!

johngoldfine said...

The current governor of Maine follows exactly the troll pattern--he's just fucking scary. He pushes and provokes and when he's called on it blusters, sulks, acts out, projects his faults onto his detractors, and so on.

allan said...

Go look at the comments to any baseball story at MLB or the Globe or the NY tabs or anywhere really. They are totally ruined by trolls and shit stirrers.

It doesn't matter if everyone ignores them. In fact, that often spurs them to post the same shit over and over dozens of times.

I refuse to have my blog -- which I take a certain pride in -- ruined by dozens upon dozens of homo and fag and white trash and other racist and sexist and personal insults and whatever else every single day.

***

I was considering starting a separate blog called "Our Trolls" where the trolls from jos and wmtc could have free reign to post how much they hate to read our stupid stuff (but keep doing it year after year after year). I eventually decided against it.

allan said...

During weekdays, L does 97% of the modding. She is the speedy one.

johngoldfine said...

"I was considering starting a separate blog called "Our Trolls" where the trolls from jos and wmtc could have free reign'

Yeah, but the idea is making me smile....

allan said...

I am too busy scoring or counting pitches or typing comments or whatever to be as quick.

johngoldfine said...

What kind of ratio of real comments vs troll comments do the two blogs have? Is mags still a big presence?

johngoldfine said...

Laura missed it!

Patrick said...

Yeah, Ells!

Kathryn said...

Go look at the comments to any baseball story at MLB or the Globe or the NY tabs or anywhere really. They are totally ruined by trolls and shit stirrers.

Thanks for this reference. I can't read those comments without getting mad. It is stupid and pathetic. I was naive enough to think that those things didn't happen in our happy community here.

Again, thanks for the work that you and Laura do!

allan said...

It's sounding good again to me too!

I mentioned it to L and she was opposed. I cannot remember exactly why.

If I did it, I would mention it once. And no one would ever mention it again. But if someone wanted to see what the comments were, they could go there, if they knew about it.

Jere said...

There's a dong, that's a dong.

allan said...

LBJ DONG -- and L misses it.

allan said...

L just said she did not want to host a place that was solely for people to insult her.

allan said...

and my main troll sends word that he has made "only one" homophobic comment ... i remember when he posted that same lie last season ... i let it through and quickly posted links to screen shots of many such comments. (i saved some, but not all)

allan said...

rays have the "mop" up

jenks up for sox

johngoldfine said...

bleah

allan said...

Troll: I don't want to waste any time going back and finding the post with the multiple screen shots. But when I posted it, you were embarrassed enough to go away for 3 weeks.

Rob said...

Come on, Sam Fuld! Single!

Rob said...

Hahaha!!! He hits a double!

Zenslinger said...

Had an interesting moment. I come in in the bottom of the 7th, no idea how the game has gone. I turn on the TV and see Papi's face and decide to try to discern what the score is like. I notice he's leading off first, the score widget's not on the screen, and I get a good three-four seconds to decide. I decide we're either way behind or way ahead. Then the score appears.

allan said...

Alright, if we score 47 runs here, the game is tied, right?

Zenslinger said...

About moderation: it's not easy. It takes a bit of attention to click over and accept comments (I've done it on alt threads.) And our regular troll absolutely "camps" the thread sometimes (if you know that stupid term from online gaming). Meaning he tries to post, and if you take off moderation for even a few minutes, he gets through! I mean, think of the time and effort that involves.

allan said...

ALIVE!

allan said...

now 1/3 dead.

allan said...

zen, totally true.

it is amazing that as soon as the red sox allow a home run or lose a lead, our troll comments. it has happened in game after game after game. you can set your clock by it.

on saturday, i took of mod before the game. it took only 3 minutes, he was commenting. (he was banned in 2009)

so he was monitoring the blog before the game even started!

johngoldfine said...

Night, everyone--

allan said...

L wants to keep mod on all season; she says she will moderate. If we do, it takes the exact same effort to reject a comment as it does to approve one. So it's no big deal.

allan said...

This game?

Piss on it.

tim said...

Had to do some tax returns during the end of that shitshow.

May I ask - what in the blue fuck was that?

SoSock said...

I am not a happy camper right now. But, as one of my fellow NC Sox fans said last night at the bar,as we watched the horror show on the big screen - "By God, we took 2 out of 3 from the Damn Yankees!"
I almost kissed him......

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