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Sox Dominate, Eagles Bye Week

Posted by Brad on October 19, 2007

I am an idiot.  Yes, I know, I neglected posting yesterday, and I feel bad.  My few (I use that term loosely…) loyal readers were surely disappointed.  But, I am back and ready to continue posting on a daily basis (I say that loosely, also…).

The Red Sox came up with a big win in Game Six of the ALCS against the Indians with a 7-1 domination.  Yet again, Josh Beckett pitched a gem.  Like his previous start, he gave up one run in the first inning and pitched amazing from there on in.  He went eight strong (strong is and understatement) while giving up five hits and one run, and striking out ELEVEN.  The only run he gave up was in the first when Grady Sizemore scored after a leadoff hit.

Indians starter C.C. Sabathia struggled yet again against the Red Sox bats.  He went six innings, giving up ten hits and four runs while striking out seven.  He noe has a 10.45 ERA in the ALCS and an 8.80 ERA in the postseason.  He didn’t look particularly good (He was relatively crappy…).

The Sox bats came up big in an elimination game.  The Big Three (Youk, Papi, Manny) were amazing (actually, un-freakin-believable), they were a combined five of ten with one homerun, 6 RBI (all of the Sox RBIs), four runs and three walks.  ‘Youk hit a homer in the first inning to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead.  They actually left more runners on base than the Indians (10-7, Indians with seven).  Pedroia went 2 for 4 (allieuia) while Coco Crisp went 0 for 5 (Jacoby, Jacoby, Jacoby!).  The guy couldn’t even lay down a bunt (see below).

The Indians had a tough time against Josh Beckett’s great performance.  Travis Hafner was 0 for 4, along with Jhonny Peralta, while Kenny Lofton and Franklin Gutierrez were 0 for 3.  Their only bright spot was Grady Sizemore, who was two for four.

But, I can almost always find a negative, even in the best wins.  Coco Crisp is horrible (seriously, he’s reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaly bad).  There was one play where there was a runner on second and third with no out.  He was asked to lay down a simple bunt, something I could do, even in the majors.  He couldn’t even do it.  The worst part?  He struck out on a ball in the dirt (okay, BURIED there).  He can’t hit and he can’t lay down a bunt.  There is no reason why he shouldn’t be benched.  Jacoby Ellsbury is awesome and deserves his shot.  He can field as well (if not better…) than Coco, is faster than Coco and is a better hitter (waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better) than Coco.  Get him in there!

As for Manny’s (being Manny) comments from the other day (“so, who cares?”), he was absolutely right in what he said.  Yes, he said it badly (stupidly, actually), but he made a good point.  If we lose, it isn’t the end of the world.  Sure, I’ll be calling for Terry’s resignation (firing…), but the world won’t stop.  No-one cares, anyway.  So, he said something stupid, that’s just Manny (being Manny).

Okay, Tommorrow Schill goes for us against Fausto Carmona (old vs. young, writing last Will vs. hasn’t seen his parents Will yet).  Schilling lost to Carmona in Game Two, but I think he will rise to the occassion.  He knows it could be his last start in a Sox uniform (maybe career), and he doesn’t want to lose that.  He’ll rise to the occassion and win back at Fenway.

As for Game Seven (if we get there), I would say you HAVE to either pitch Josh Beckett on short rest (eh…) or Jon Lester (gooooood choice).  I’d rather see Beckett come out of the bullpen than see him start.  Lets give Lester a shot on Sunday (if neccessary).  WE BELIEVE (except when you lose…).

Moving on to BC.  After USF’s loss to Rutgers last night, they’ll be moving up to number two in the BCS standings (shhhhhhhhh, or number one with a OSU loss).  They have a bye week this week, so they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the VT Hokies (BIG game) on Thursday, October 25.

Watch intently at the Ohio State- Michigan State game tommorrow at 3:30.  This will decide where BC will end up on Sunday.  This should be a good game, as MSU doesn’t stink (they’re 5-2  but their losses coming to a good Wisconsin team and Northwestern in OT).  See it on ABC. 

Talk at ‘ya later.

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