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...

Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Saltalamacchia C
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS

Fuld LF
Damon DH
Joyce RF
Johnson 1B
Zobrist 2B
Upton CF
Lopez 3B
Jaso C
Brignac SS

allan said...

Jason Varitek is 39 today!

Patrick said...

Weak cleanup for TB, Re: Joyce!

johngoldfine said...

Hey, my wife's birthday is today too! We are sort of co-captains of our team....

allan said...

Holy shit!
Rays team batting through 9 games:

.163/.232/.284

A .232 OBP?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

The former(?) FKR averaging 2.2 runs per game (20 runs, 9 games)

All of that -- Runs, AVG, OBP, SLG -- are the worst in MLB.

I will accept nothing less than a three-game sweep.

***

Rangers beat the Tigers today and are now 9-1.

Kathryn said...

And Tek is getting married.

johngoldfine said...

Dice-K fuck.

laura k said...

Hooray hooray, bad news for the Tories here in the north country. We are dancing.

Oh fuck Johnny.

allan said...

pfft

Edward Lee said...

Why you gotta do us like that Johnny.

allan said...

oh, nice K!!!

Patrick said...

Fuld from my hometown, Durham, NH. I'm proud to see him contributing to the Red Sox with easy outs.

allan said...

don says no cheers for damon

then they play a replay -- lots of cheers for damon

Kathryn said...

He hasn't thrown a ball yet?

allan said...

7 pitch inning? 8?

Patrick said...

O'Brien said it was 50/50. Sounded like it, too.

allan said...

even the mfy clip they played showed fans clapping and a somewhat mixed response.

Edward Lee said...

We got Sean McDonough on the ESPN broadcast.

Unfortunately, we also got Boone and Sutcliffe.

meunier said...

To whom is Tek getting married?

andy said...

What was that pitch he kept using?

andy said...

I have the aaron boone feed

laura k said...

Tek engaged

meunier said...

Figures about Damon.

meunier said...

Dice-K? It's a cut slider.

laura k said...

Better link, less stupid.

Patrick said...

Pedroia under the .400 mark alluvasudden.

andy said...

that cut slider is pretty awesome.

Patrick said...

Catherine Panagiotopoulos!!!!

What a name!

Kathryn said...

Thanks Laura. I was on my phone and it's just to hard to post a link from there. I've switched to the laptop now.

allan said...

10 pitches for dice - i missed a couple.

laura k said...

Amy emailed me the news earlier today. :)

Patrick said...

Youk is an on base machine!

Kathryn said...

10 pitches, all strikes. Very Un-Dice-like.

Kathryn said...

Through the five-hole and hits the ump's leg!

Edward Lee said...

Only two runners stranded this inning. Whoo!

allan said...

boo let him off the hook.

2 BB in the first inning -- and they were not by dice.

andy said...

Could be my mood but this game does not feel intense. Perhaps its the 15 losses between them. It may just be the ESPN broadcast which kinda makes me feel separated from the game.

meunier said...

This game is on ESPN so there is no need to use a stream from the people in the USA.

meunier said...

What is bad news for the conservatives in Canada?

Kathryn said...

Allan, thanks for allowing my son to use your JoS info. He has started a game thread on Reddit. He is linking to JoS so maybe you'll get some new viewers.

allan said...

he didn't have to ask. as long as includes a link (which he is doing for all stories he is including), he (and anyone else) can do what they want.

laura k said...

M, too hard to explain. Just a bunch of really bad news about them in the middle of the election, day before the leaders' debate. See CBC News for deets.

Kathryn said...

Of course, bu I don't think he would do it without asking.

allan said...

or L may blog about it tomorrow.

allan said...

there goes the no-walker

Patrick said...

Found a pirated site to watch this crap online!!!! Hurray!

Kathryn said...

He's not throwing strikes anymore.

johngoldfine said...

These radio assholes on EEI are doing an extensive infomercial for DDonuts.

johngoldfine said...

Bullpen?

laura k said...

I always find it a little strange when people ask if they can link to something on my blog. The only no-no is not linking. Linking is always ok.

meunier said...

fuckety loaded and no one out

allan said...

OUTS pls

laura k said...

yes, fuckety

Patrick said...

Remember Matsuzaka's first inning? Wasn't that sweet?

allan said...

this team has hit like kevin cash in a slump -- and now they are fucking teeing off?!??!!

andy said...

Kevin Cash had a slump?

johngoldfine said...

Aw, fuck, come on!

andy said...

5-0 Dice well done. You know this team is supposed to be 1-8.

Kathryn said...

This is the lowly TB Rays with no offense. What are you doing Dice???

laura k said...

shit shit shit shit shit shit

johngoldfine said...

Oww, shit fuck

andy said...

people i have never heard of are hitting homers. love it.

Patrick said...

wow, this is absurd

allan said...

good thing beckett saved the bull pen.

games 1-9: 20 runs
game 10: 7 runs (in 1+ inning)

meunier said...

game over in the 2nd inning.

Kathryn said...

It's 7-0 with NO outs. Maybe this is the Rays' break out game. Hard to watch.

allan said...

well, at least there is no one on base now.

that's good.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Why can't Dice-K pitch like he did a few years ago

andy said...

Tito is unhappy.

Kathryn said...

And just that fast, someone else is on base.

johngoldfine said...

meunier may have a point

andy said...

dice fixes the no runners right away

laura k said...

The game is not over until the final out. That is a fact, not an opinion.

If this has to happen, better to happen in the 2nd inning with more opportunities to make up the runs than in the 8th or 9th.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

I think hes throwing batting practice to the Rays. I think that inning they scored more runs than the Rays did so far this season.

laura k said...

I love sarcastic cheers. That was a huge one.

andy said...

Never ever call a game over on Jos before 8.3 innings are in the books.

Patrick said...

He almost caught that!

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Who wants to be hired by me to assassinate him. I'll pay the trip, tickets, and bail. But i think the police will let you out because I think they don't like him either

laura k said...

Dice K needs to have a career-ending injury.

allan said...

FINISHES STRONG!!!!!!!

allan said...

Q. Would Joba have fist-pumped after that K?

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

I think people are already starting to leave.

andy said...

Maybe Lackey and Dicek will have a collision shagging BP.

Edward Lee said...

Relax everyone, Fangraphs rates us as a very robust 6.5% to win.

andy said...

Joba woulda fist pumped and glared at our dugout.

meunier said...

I wonder if wake is going to come in now.

allan said...

I think people are already starting to leave.

who the fuck cares?

...

come on, bats!

laura k said...

Perhaps they were just going to get beer.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Dice-K can't strike them out but he can spear the ball, drop it and then throw them out by a step, how productive. Hes certainly worth 101 mil.

allan said...

JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!
JEREMY HELLICKSON IS PITCHING A NO-HITTER!!!!!!!

laura k said...

23 minute wait

And yes, Wake is coming in

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Maybe if they get drunk enough the Red Sox will start to win! In their heads.

laura k said...

I think people are already starting to leave.

Feel free to join them.

laura k said...

I wasn't talking to everyone, you know. :)

andy said...

oh. i came back.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

At least they won last night. I was at the game.

Kathryn said...

Ha, I'm still here Laura. By the way, are there any plans for a JoS get together this year?

allan said...

I think that inning they scored more runs than the Rays did so far this season.

Me, 4 minutes earlier:

games 1-9: 20 runs
game 10: 7 runs

Kathryn said...

What? Dice-K is back? And a lead-off hit.

laura k said...

JoS get-together, sadly, no. We can't do a trip to Boston this year. It will probably be a few years until we do.

We floated the idea of a get together at our place when the Sox are in town to play the Jays, but there wasn't much interest - or interest, but not much ability to make it happen.

laura k said...

Wake warming, tho. Please, Tito. Please.

laura k said...

I'm happy that we're seeing the Sox in Detroit in late May.

laura k said...

thank you Tito - huge cheers

andy said...

I knew Wake would start a game again.

meunier said...

Who would get called up if Dice-K gets sent to the Paw Sox?

allan said...

Dice is not going to Paw.

laura k said...

YEAH!!!!!!!

andy said...

Wake is cleaning up this mess

johngoldfine said...

Yeah wake!

Edward Lee said...

Dice-K: 4 outs on 47 pitches

Wake: 1 out on 0 pitches

allan said...

old man wake is not impressed with the base dancing antics of kids today.

Kathryn said...

This is just painful...and sad. I kinda feel sorry for DiceK. I'm sure there are many cultural issues I can't begin to imagine or understand and he seems very shy. But he doesn't seem very collaborative or open to suggestion.

WAKE!!!!!!

I just don't think he had adjusted to being away from Japan. And if transitioning is hard, Boston probably wasn't the best choice.

tim said...

Wow, that blog is my worst nightmare!

johngoldfine said...

Wake!

tim said...

How soon can Pedro start?

allan said...

wakefield

1 batter faced
3 outs

Kathryn said...

WAKE! WAKE! WAKE!

johngoldfine said...

Bats! Make doom and gloomers like me and meunier eat our words!

laura k said...

LOL @ Tim

Kathryn said...

Wow, that blog is my worst nightmare!

What he said.

meunier said...

Trade Dice-K back to the JPL for a AAA level pitcher?

RedSoxDiehard said...

I keep thinking, "I'm just glad I went last night and not tonight." Until I remember that I am going on Sunday, when Dice-H makes his next start...

At least he'll be well-rested!

laura k said...

Here's something funny. You know we're having an election in Canada. We're about to have the leader debates, one in English, one in French, leaders of all parties in an actual debate (not scripted or softballs).

So the French language debate has been rescheduled because it was the first game of Habs-B's playoffs! I love it. Can't ask Quebecers to choose between hockey and government!

allan said...

TRIPLE FOR THE SLOWEST MAN ON EARTH

tim said...

Yeah, that is quite outrageous. I read that they were considering rescheduling it yesterday and didn't realize that it was actually being considered.


EVIL BERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Totally would've been an inside the parker had ANYONE ELSE (even Papi) hit that!!!

johngoldfine said...

Standup for the wheelman!

laura k said...

EB triple???? WOW!

Kathryn said...

An EB triple!!!!

Kathryn said...

It would have been an inside the park home run for anyone else.

laura k said...

Tim, I thought it was cool that they rescheduled it. I mean, why not? A debate can happen any day. It's not like they're rescheduling the election.

Although you know if Harper could, he would! After today!

allan said...

bogar shoulda waved him

tim said...

I love how the campaign trail here is like 30 days, and not two years.

laura k said...

Re ITP HR, definitely!

johngoldfine said...

"bogar shoulda waved him"

:)

allan said...

pitch count ... rising

laura k said...

Tim, me too. Plus they count the votes here. :)

tim said...

Don't get me wrong, its totally sensible that it was rescheduled. But it is funny to think that a debate for a national election was moved because of a hockey game.

Oh Canada. (heh)

johngoldfine said...

We count votes, Laura! (All the ones that are really important anyway!)

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

He would've made it

laura k said...

Yes - sensible but hilarious. So Canada.

Edward Lee said...

I love how the campaign trail here is like 30 days, and not two years.

What the hell do your politicians do the rest of the time, research and make laws or something?

tim said...

Are you saying something negative about Diebold? They're a stand up corporation, right up there with the likes of Haliburton!

Kathryn said...

Re your trip to Detroit. I hope you have a good time. We were there the first year the park opened.

I was just looking at the schedule tonight seeing if there is a game we might get to. We can usually get to an O's game. The Phillies series looks promising, especially since our son will be going to college in Philadelphia next year. We can get to know the area a little better.

laura k said...

Well, someone counts them, but who do they work for, that's the question.

Canadians can't believe there's no non-partisan oversight of elections in the US, every state with its own system, and all controlled by parties. Kinda crazy.

laura k said...

Thanks Kathryn. We've been to Detroit for games a couple of times, both the wonderful old Tiger Stadium and Comerica. It's a nice 4-hour drive from our place.

laura k said...

The Phillies new park is really nice, too, you'll enjoy it.

laura k said...

crap!

tim said...

What the hell do your politicians do the rest of the time, research and make laws or something?

No! Apparently they act like a bunch of bratty children

laura k said...

That's my boy :)

allan said...

damon has 3 hits
the red sox have 1

micah said...

Using Wakefield in the first game of a series... I approve.

tim said...

Sounds like its time to mute NESN.

laura k said...

I was just thinking that re NESN/mute.

johngoldfine said...

Even Joe C slags Dice, saying it looked like he was throwing BP.

Kathryn said...

NESN? I didn't think they had the game tonight since it's on ESPN.

allan said...

LOOIE!

tim said...

Wonder if they put all those new scoreboard screens in because "Saltalamacchia" wouldn't fit on the old ones.

laura k said...

We're watching on NESN

laura k said...

I guess the Monday night game is not an exclusive.

tim said...

GOOD TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Triples from Flo AND EB!!!! We HAVE to win this NOW...

allan said...

2 hits

triples from AG and Flo.

Seriously WTF?

laura k said...

Triples abound!!! PAPI :) :) :)

Kathryn said...

Wow, I've seen it all. Papi & EB each with a triple!!

johngoldfine said...

Triples nite at Fway

Patrick said...

WOW! Where's Jose Molina? He should get in on this triple madness.

Patrick said...

Runs please!

tim said...

Too bad Reyes was DFA'ed, could've had him pinch hit and line a triple down the RF line ;)

FIRE!

laura k said...

ON FIRE, baby!

allan said...

papi's hit sparked the crowd. lots of chanting and big cheers on OF's RBI. a 3 or 4 spot here would be dandy!

allan said...

LOL re Reyes.

Patrick said...

"and once he gets going, he moves fairly well" -Castig on Ortiz

allan said...

"bill of the cap high"

johngoldfine said...

"and once he gets going, he moves fairly well" -Castig on Ortiz

In other words, he's not EB....

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

They have a decent chance now.

Edward Lee said...

Unlucky to only get one run there.

laura k said...

Damn. We can't miss any opportunities tonight. Like we just did.

meunier said...

Back to the top of the order in the 5th, maybe the Sox can get within 4 runs now.

allan said...

rays runs scored by game:

1
1
1
3
1
1
9 - win!
2
1
(7) tonight

Rob said...

Yeah Papi is like a big rig. Takes a while to get up to speed but once he's there, he's there.

laura k said...

Good image, Papi as 18-wheeler.

Amy said...

Just getting home and stuff to do but let me just say:

Can we please ditch DiceK and put Wake back in the rotation?

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

The only reason the Sox aren't first in the AL east is that they waste good opportunities to score and they hit when they don't need to.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

How about we ditch Dice-K and Wakefield and make it a four man rotation or trade for someone.

laura k said...

There's a word you only hear during baseball games: miscue.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Or Doubront as fifth starter, I trust him more than Dice-K

allan said...

The only reason the Sox aren't first in the AL east is that they waste good opportunities to score and they hit when they don't need to.

That certainly seems to be the problem tonight....

laura k said...

Razor-sharp insight there.

laura k said...

fuck fuck fuck

Kathryn said...

I started to type something about the pitching and then decided to pass.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

I think that allan should be called in to pitch

Kathryn said...

That would have been another triple if it had stayed in.

allan said...

I think that allan should be called in to pitch

I'm more of an umpire.

Kathryn said...

Robbed. I was calling gap.

laura k said...

WTF catch. Damn.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

I liked it better when Dice-K was injured.

laura k said...

I liked something better too.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

The weird thing is, Dice-K pitches very well one game and does terribly in the next.

Your worst nightmare!!! said...

Also, both Dice-K and his little friend Okajima haven't pitched well at all this season. I can't imagine how Junichi Tazawa will turn out.

allan said...

The weird thing is, Dice-K pitches very well one game and does terribly in the next.

I can pretty much guarantee his game logs disprove this statement.

laura k said...

Any special reason you're talking about those three pitchers, together?

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