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Pats D in trouble?

Posted by Brad on September 3, 2007

The answer to that question is, no.  This team is too good not to do well, even with the losses of star Safety Rodney Harrison (suspended, 5 weeks) and D-Lineman, Richard Seymour (injured, 6 weeks).

Despite the facts they are two of the best players on defense, this team still has too many good players, like Asante Samuel, Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas and Tedy Bruschi.  It is full of really good players who can keep the defense going, despite these major losses.

Of course, this will still be a very good test for this defense.  It will give Brandon Meriweather a great chance to show what he can do at safety.  It is also an aging defense, with the exceptions of Samuel and Thomas.  It will be interesting to see what they can do without two of their integral players.

Despite all this, I still predict a successful first five weeks from this defense.  Plus, with the unbelievable offense the Pats have, there isn’t going to be as much pressure on the defense to be perfect as their was last year.  They can give up more points than last year and this team can still win many games.

I don’t think the pass rush will be as affected as many people think it will.  Seymour had only four sacks last season, and Adalius Thomas should be able to help out with the pass rush.  I am more concerned about the loss of Harrison.  He is a hard-hitting safety.  And, the Pats secondary isn’t stellar without him, with the exception of Samuel.

Overall, I think the Pats defense will do well with James Sanders filling in for Rodney Harrison and should get off to a good start to the season. 

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Ellsbury and friends beat Orioles

Posted by Brad on September 3, 2007

The Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles last night 3-2.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first career home run and also stole second base.  He went 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Dustin Pedroia also continued his astounding rookie campaign going 2 for 4 with a double.  Jon Lester went 6 strong giving up 6 hits, 2 runs and struck out one.

I have been praising Jacoby Ellsbury all year and people have laughed at me.  Now he is getting his shot in the big leagues and is tearing it up, batting .391 in limited playing time.

The Red Sox have to have the best farm system in the entire major leagues.  With Ellsbury, Buchholz, Brandon Moss and guys like Pedroia and Manny Delcarmen, they have to have the best.

I am so excited about the future of this team, it is clearly in good hands.  We have other really good players still on the farm, like Jed Lowrie, the shortstop on the PawSox, who I consider better than Julio Lugo, who is very crappy. 

I can’t wait to see the future of this team, as it is very promising.

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Buchholz throws no-no!

Posted by Brad on September 2, 2007

Clay BuchholzClay BuchholzClay Buchholz is a 23 year old kid from Texas.  Just last year, he was in Single-A Greenville.  Just two days ago, he was on the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.  Last night he was called up to the majors to make a spot start, his second career one, and join the team for the September callups.

But, no-one could have predicted what would happen next.Clay Buchholz

 He went nine strong innings, very strong.  As a matter of a fact, he threw a no hitter, becoming the first Red Sox rookie to throw a no-no.  The last Red Sox no hitter was in 2002 when Derek Lowe did it.

I think it is safe to say he is going to stay with the club the rest of the way.

When you think about this, it is really unbelievable.  He is 23 years old.  The greatest pitcher of all time, Roger Clemens, is 40- something years old and has never done it.  I can imagine what he thought when he found out about this one.

It really was an amazing day in sports.  To go along with this, Appalachian State, a FCS (formerly I-AA) beat number 5 ranked Michigan, the first time a I-AA school has beat a ranked school (believe it or not, I called that upset).  And plus, Maria Sharapova lost in the US Open to a #30 seed, but that is just a side note.

Clay Buchholz is going to be one heck of a pitcher in the very near future, and I am excited to be able to see him pitch in the many years to come.  The best part is we got him from the Mets, essentially.  When we lost Pedro, we got a compensation pick, guess who we took?  Who would you rather have, an aging Pedro or this kid?

He very well could be one of the best pitchers in Sox history with his unbelievable 12-6 curveball.  So get used to this kid, ’cause he ain’t goin’ nowhere!

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