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Bring on the Rockies!

Posted by Brad on October 22, 2007

The Sox won Game Seven of the 2007 ALCS yesterday by a score of 11-2, to move on to the World Series against the surprise (understatement) of the year, the Colorado Rockies.  Dice-K pitched surprisingly well in the win.  Jake Westbrook also pitched well, but the bullpen pitched horribly (well, mostly Betancourt).

Dice-K went a solid five innings, giving up two runs on only six hits and struck out three.  Although there were some moments where you could have been concerned that the Indians would break out for a couple runs, he was able to get out of trouble (finally, he has done that).  Then Hideki Okajima (the Okie-Dokie) came in in the sixth and pitched 2+ shutout innings, giving up only three hits.  Then, Jonathan Papelbon pitched a one hit eighth and ninth, do get his first career two out save, and a berth in the Series (not to mention a little jig, afterward).  They walked nobody, meaning they haven’t walked anyone for two straight games.

The Indians pitching staff got a great start from the starter, Jake Westbrook, who went six innings, giving up nine hits and three runs while striking out five.  But, then Rafael Betancourt came in.  He came in and gave up seven runs (six earned) in only one and two-thirds innings.  This is why they lost.  Jensen Lewis gave up one run in one and a third innings.

The Sox bats came alive for the second straight game.  Dustion Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis went three for five, Mike Lowell was two for three, Jason Varitek was three for four (finally he did something) along with a few one for threes.  The game was broken open when Dustin Pedroia hit a two run homer in the seventh inning off Betancourt.  Youk also chipped in a homer in the eighth.  Pedroia had five RBI on the night, Youk had two, and Manny, Lowell and J.D. Drew (finally heating up, alleluia) had on apiece.

The Indians bats got a good amount of hits, but they hurt themselves by leaving seven runners on base in the course of the game.  Every player had a hit except Victor Martinez (very surprising… he’s done well), who was 0-4 and left two runners on base.  They got RBIs from Grady Sizemore and Ryan Garko, who were 1-3 and 1-4, respectively.

Okajima really saved us last night.  His doible play in the seventh inning was a big turning point.  Another was when Kenny Lofton did not score on a double into left field.  He was on second and a double was hit into left.  He was rounding third and did not score, and this was a HUGE mistake at the time.  And, Coco made a nice over the shoulder catch to end the game.  This was a nice way to cap off a great defensive year for him (I don’t expect hime to play much in the Series). 

We are almost spoiled here in Boston, as we all expected them to be able to get this series done.  It was never a matter of “if”, but when.  This team has worked hard and deserves to be where they are (I know, get on with it, but I can’t say how bad someone did, they did great so I have to put something here).  Hopefully they’ll be able to bring home another championship.

I actually hope that it snows during the series up in Colorado.  Wouldn’t it be great if it started snowing and we won the Series in the snow.  We’d see Manny making snow angels (just Manny being Manny), throwing Josh Beckett in the snow and more.  Unfortunately, they’d probably call off the game before that happened (darn it, I thought we’d see that…).  Anyway, congrats to the Sox.

Now, lets take our minds off the thought of snow and back to the weather here in Boston (80 degrees today).  As we prepare to begin the World Series, the Sox really helped themselves yesterday.  Since Beckett didn’t have to pitch, he’ll be able to in Game One on Wednesday.  So, we’ll have the rotation the way it should be for the series.

I think this is going to be a quick series.  Although the Rockies have that home field advantage (of snow) in games 3-5, I think we’ll win all the games here, and we’ll only have to take a few on the road.  This should be a 4-5 game series (at least, I hope, my stress level is only now decreasing).  I expect it to be similar to the Series in ’04, quick with some mistakes from the other team (i.e. pitcher getting caught in rundown at third, *coughs* Jeff Suppan *coughs*).

I think Josh Beckett is a guaranteed win in Game One Wednesday (even though he goes up against a very underrated Jeff Francis), and Schilling should be able to pick up the win in game two, going against Ubaldo Jimenez (who?).  When the series shifts, though, I am worried about D-Mat (as usual…).  Luckily, he should be able to get it done, for the Rockies bats have been bad in the playoffs, their pitching has gotten them through the playoffs.  As for Wake, his knuckle will dance in the snow in Denver, and the Sox should win the series.

The Rockies do have a pretty good offense, though.  They have young players like Matt Holliday, Garret Atkins, Kaz Matsui and Troy Tulowitski.  Although Atkins and Tulowitski have been slow (combined .182) in the playoffs, you have to be wary they will break out of their slump (they ARE good players…).  Although I think we will win in four or five, I am not taking them for granted.  I would NOT be surprised if they make it a series, but I don’t expect it.

So, we believed in the Sox all the way (so we say, lets face it, did we…?) and they got it done for us.  I think they have proven to us they can get it done even when down by a large margin.  So, keep believing and… BRING ON THE ROCKIES!

By the way: BC ranked number two in BCS standings, play Virginia Tech on Thursday night. 

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Pats Roll Over ‘Fins, Sox Game Six, Sox Game Seven, B’s Win

Posted by Brad on October 21, 2007

Big day in Boston Sports.  Not only did the Patriots play the Dolphins earlier today, but the Sox are playing the Indians in Game Seven of the 2007 ALCS.  It sure is a big day in Boston.

The Pats played the Dolphins earlier on today, and absolutely dominated (steamrolled, creamed, destroyed, etc) them by a final score of 49-28.  Unforunately, the score does not indicate the actual murdering that the Pats put on the Dolphins.  And, Tom Brady had a monstrous day.

Tom Brady went 21/25 for 354 yards and an unprecedented six touchdowns.  He had a perfect passer rating of 153.3, the eighteenth man to do this in the history of the NFL.  By the way, he had limited action in the second.  I’m not going to explain the math of the passer rating to you, because that would take an entire post, but it is really hard.  If you really care, check out Wikipedia (just don’t try doing it yourself, it’s a pain).  He was unbelievable.  Wes Welker had another huge game, with nine catches for 138 yards and two TDs, as he made his return to Miami.  Randy Moss had a huge game, with four catches for 122 yards and two TDs.

Cleo Lemon actually had a pretty good game as the Dolphins quaterback.  He went 24/37 for 236 yards and one interception.  It’s no 153.3 passer rating (it’s actually 71.5) but it’s still pretty good for a backup with no Chris Chambers anymore.  Ronnie Brown rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries (he left game in third) and Jesse Chatham ran for 73 yards on only seven carries.

Rodney Harrison had seven tackles and one sack in the game.  Tedy Bruschi also had ten tackles.  Randall Gay had an interception for the Pats defense.  Laughingly, Matt Cassel came in and was 0/2 with one interception that went for a TD (a passer rating of zero).  Nonetheless, Tom Brady came back into the game as that made the game 42-21. 

Since the Pats played an almost perfect game, all I can talk about is how bad the NFL passer rating system is (verrrrrrrry bad).  Although it makes sense, the system they use in college is better.  Tom Brady came into the game with a perfect passer rating and threw a touchdown.  But, it can’t go up (because he was at the Maximum, for you lazy readers).  That is the problem, the NCAA has a max rating of 1,261.6 and a minimum of -200.  This is better because it is almost impossible to do (How do you do it?  Throw a 99 yard TD on EVERY pass attempt).  This makes much more sense because you can improve.  I would suggest using the NCAAs system so it makes more sense.  It essentially has no maximum, so if you do something like Brady did, it actually goes up.

Anyway, moving onto the Red Sox.  They beat the Indians last night in Game Six of the ALCS by a score of 12-2.  Curt Schilling threw a great Game Six, which also gives us some bullpen flexibility for Game Seven (see below).  We also got some help from a former enemy…

Yes, I admit it.  J.D. Drew won Game Six for us (please pause as I rinse my mouth out with soap… thank you).  No matter how you look at it, he is the reason why we won.  He went 3-5 with a Grand Slam in the first and five RBIs.  He was the player of the game (along with Curt Schilling, of course).  According to MY scoring (I’m tough on guys…), Kevin Youkilis was 3-4 with one RBI and two runs.  My man Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-5 with an RBI single (he makes stuff happen!).  He also had a line shot that would have been three bases, but Grady Sizemore made a spectacular catch.  Julio Lugo was 1-4 with an RBI base hit (really?).  Manny Ramirez broke up his 15 game hit streak in ALCS games.  He and Varitek were the only guys without a hit (wait, J.D and Julio played well, but Manny didn’t?  The world is coming to an end).  Varitek was the only guy not to score a run, and he, Big Papi and ‘Youk were the only ones not to score in the third, in which they scored six runs.

Curt Schilling went seven innings, giving up six hits  and two runs while striking out five batters.  He picked up the win in a game in which he gave up a homer to Victor Martinez and an RBI sac fly to Jhonny Peralta.  In a game that could have been his last start, Curt cam through.

The Indians batters did not look good.  Victor Martinez was 2-4, Ryan Garko 1-4, Trot Nixon 2-3 and Casy Blake 1-3.  Those were all the hits the Indians could muster off of Schill, Javier Lopez and Eric Gagne (see below).  Their first three batters (Sizemore, Cabrera, Hafner) were a combined 0-12 with two strikeouts.  If the Indians want to win, they’ll have to play better than that.  The Red Sox pitching also gave up ZERO walks, which is encouraging.

As for Eric GAGne.  He was able to prevent himself from gagging last night.  He pitched a perfect night (God forbid).  And he was facing the heart of their order (Hafner, Martinez, Garko).  Of course, though, he wasn’t able to do this in the eleventh inning of Game Two (not that I’m still holding a grudge).  Also, Jacoby almost made a great play in center field on a Ryan Garko liner.  He backed up to the wall, leaped, and the ball went off his glove.  Why is this relevant?  The idiot Tim McCarver thinks Crisp would have made the play (HAHAHA Tim, you’re hilarious).  He wouldn’t have, trust me.  Jacoby is as good of a fielder.

Now, lets do a quick preview of the Red Sox Game Seven matchup.  Dice-K will be going up against Jake Westbrook at the Fens tonight at 8:00.  Westbrook pitched really good in Game Three, going 6.2 innings giving up only two runs.  Dice-K wasn’t so good, he gave up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He’ll have to pitch much better if the Sox are going to win tonight.

I would like to see Jon Lester on the bump tonight, but I’m fine with him coming out of the bullpen as long as he comes out as soon D-Mat gets in trouble (probably around the 3-5 inning mark).  To me, Lester is the choice, especially after his nice performance a couple of games ago.  I would also like to see Josh Beckett come out of the pen.  If he is ready to go, we should get 2-3 solid innings out of him.

Also, not only will the Sox need some production out of Manny, Papi, etc, they’ll need production out of their bottom-of-the-order guys, including Jacoby.  He needs to be the spark plug in this game.  The key will be getting to Westbrook early and often, and I think they will.  Westbrook isn’t that good of a pitcher and he might not be able to stand the pressure.

The key for the Indians will be to get to Dice-K early, as he is another pitcher who is bad (especially Dice-K) when he gets into trouble.  If they can do that, they should be able to score some runs.  If they let him get in a groove, we should be able to pull out the victory.

Quickly, the (fourth place *gasps*) Bruins defeated the Rangers in a shootout yesterday, winning 1-0.  Both goaltenders were amazing.  Boston keeper Manny Fernandez gave up no goals with 26 saves, including the shootout (no way!), while New York keeper Henrik Lundqvist gave up no goals in regulation and one in the shootout, with 19 saves.

The only goal went to second year pro Phil Kessel, who has three goals on the season.  He had three SO winners for the Bruins in his rookie campaign.

The Bruins improved to 5-2-0, fourth in the Eastern Conference (wow).  No-one could have predicted this kind of start (if you claim you did, you are a liar).  Although I expect them to stay in the playoff hunt, I expect them to come up short in the end (darn, and I thought Kessel would be hoisting The Cup).  But, at least they are relevant again. 

Talk at ‘ya later.     

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Sox Game Six, Pats in Miami, Bruins in OT

Posted by Brad on October 20, 2007

All right!  We have a nice sports weekend ahead of us here in Boston and I am ready to get it going.  The Sox are playing Game Six of the ALCS, the Pats are playing the Dolphins in Miami and the Bruins are currently playing at the Garden.

Lets kick it off with the Sox.  Curt Schilling is going up against Fausto Carmona.  The Indians are leading this best of seven series 3-2 (I know you know this, I’m just giving you the run-around).  If the Tribe wins tonight, it is all over.  Otherwise, we go to Game Seven tommorrow (yeah, yeah, yeah).

Curt Schilling lost to Fausto in Game Two, if you recall.  Of course, this was not Curt’s fault, it was Terry’s for playing Eric GAGne.  Schilling went 4.2 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.  Carmona went 4+ innings, giving up four hits and four runs.

This should be another good pitching matchup between these two.  I think that Schilling is going to come up big like he did in Game Six of the 2004 ALCS (bloody sock game, for you fake fans).  He should be able to go 6-7 solid innings.  Although I do look at his last start and see reason for concern (okay, the idiots on ESPN are concerned…) , I think he is one of the greatest big-game pitchers of all time, and this is a BIG game.  As for Carmona, I think he will buckle under the pressure.  Although he pitched well last time, this is a bigger game, and I don’t think he is ready yet.  I expect the Sox to get to him early and often.  They know it is a big game.

And now for the greatest news of all, Terry is finally using his brain (either that the good God neglected to give him one till now…)!  He has decided to start Jacoby Ellsbury in center field.  The only thing that gets to me is it took him till game six to decide to start him.  I don’t care how mad Coco gets (I’m sure he’s mad), you start the guy who gives you the best chance to win (I better not get any comments saying Coco does…).  This kid can hit, field, run like hell and do everything you need.  As for the rest of the team, ‘Youk, Manny and Papi will continue their domination on the diamond.  I expect them (especially Papi and Man-Ram) to come up big.

The crowd is going to be crazy and Carmona is finally going to realize “Holy *expletive* (lets keep it clean), I’m pitching at Fenway Park in Game Six of the ALCS”.  Of course, if this doesn’t mean anything to him, he’s the greatest pitcher of all time.  Not many can come into this situation at 20-something years old and pitch well.

I just wish Terry would take out JD Drew, that guy has just not been that good.  Although he has batted .313, none of those hits have helped us.  He has ZERO RBI.  I repeat, ZERO (need I say it again? Yes) ZERO!  He has also scored only two runs (all of this is in the ALCS).  Bobby Kielty has two RBI and two runs cored in the ALCS in only two games!  I’ll also mention that the only two games we won were games in which he started (of course, Josh Beckett has nothing to do with that… *sarcasm*).

Moving on to the Pats.  They’ll be traveling to Miami tommorrow night, which has been the House of Horrors for them (*yawns*).  They’ll be going up against a team who just traded their top receiver to San Diego (Chris Chambers).  Their top WR is now… Marty Booker (I’m shaking in my sneakers).  And, their starting QB is… Cleo Lemon (AHHHH!  I’m so afraid of his six career games).  The Dolphins are reaaaaaaaaly bad and they are playing a team who is reaaaaaaaaaly good.

The Pats are playing in a stadium which has been trouble for them in recent years.  Sice 2000, the Pats have been 3-5 in Dolphin Stadium, including the 2004 Monday Night loss, 29-28.  But, they have the best WR in the NFL and, frankl, the best QB.  And, their defense ranks number two in the NFL (behind only the Steelers).  The Dolphins’ ranks number 23 (hmph, disgraceful).  The Pats offense ranks number one in the NFL, the Dolphins?  Number 21, which isn’t particularly great.

Moss is going to have a big game after a bit of a slow day (only one TD, what’s the deal?).  They’ll also get Stallworth and Welker (back in Miami, TAKE THAT) involved and really expose the defense of the Dolphins.  I think Sammy Morris will also have a nice homecoming (“so THIS is what it’s like to be on a good team”).  Overall, we’ll see some domination out of the Pats.

Moving on to the fourth place (no, really) Boston Bruins.  They are in the midst of a game against the Rangers in the Garden.  The score is tied 0-0 in overtime.  After the start time was moved to 4:00 to accomadate Red Sox fans (smart, although they still won’t get any fans).  Both goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Hendrik Lundqvist made some big saves to save the game.  There have been thirteen penalties in the game, six from the B’s (we should have more, whatever happened to the “Bad Boys of Boston”?).  I want to see a fight, though.

This should be an interesting finish to the game, and we’ll get a final score on here by tommorrow, if not later today.

Talk at ‘ya later.    

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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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Sox Falter (again)

Posted by Brad on October 17, 2007

*Sighs*  As I return to you after my day off (sorry, was busy), I bring you the bad news you are already aware of, the Red Sox fell to the Indians, again, 7-3.  Of course, I can’t be angry at Tim Wakefield, for I expected him to do well, nor canI be angry at Terry for pitching him, but I am sure I can find someone to be angry at…

Tim Wakefield threw 4.2 innings (yes, the same happened in games two and three, also).  He pitched well in the early innings, his knuckle danced (like the beautiful bride at a wedding).  Then the fifth inning came.  That is when his knuckle didn’t dance (like me at a dance).  He gave up all five runs in that inning, followed by Manny Delcarmen giving up two (he only had to get ONE out).

The starter for the Indians, Paul Byrd, gave up only two runs in five innings (why can’t we get guys like that for 14.2 million), along with six hits and four strikeouts.  His only two runs that he gave up were in the sixth when he gave up solo blasts to both David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis (surprise!).  THEN HE GOT PULLED.  At this point, Terry would have left him in. 

As for the Sox bats, they got all their run production from Manny and Big Papi (oh, and Youk, but that’s beside the point).  They went a combined three for eight with two homeruns, two RBI and nine total bases.  Just Dang (crappy) Drew was one for four, Coco 0 for 4, Pedroia one for four and Lugo 0 for 4.  All disgraceful.  We haven’t won a game since JD Drew rejoined the lineup (I see a pattern…).  Bobby Kielty should have been in there.  As for Crappy Crisp, Jacoby should have been in there.

The Indians bats looked really good.  They got seven runs in the fifth inning alone, all of their run production.  Jhonny Peralta was two for four (with another homer, 13 million), Casey Blake was two for four (including their first run on a HR in the fifth, 5.4 million), Franklin Gutierrez was one for two.  This is despite the fact Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore were a combined 0 for 7. 

I do not know what to say (very rare).  This team was just not interested in winning the game.  They seem to have just given up.  The ’03 team actually seemed to care.  This team just doesn’t.  JD could care less, as long as he gets his 70 million dollars and doesn’t hurt his arm.  Lugo seems to care somewhat (at least compared to Drew…).  But he is still horrible and should be gone next year.  As for Dice-K, I think he is trying,but is having a tough rookie year.  I can’t wait to see him next year.  I also hope Jacoby starts next year, not because he doesn’t try (he should win the Gold Glove), but because he can’t hit.

Also, our buddy Theo Epstein hasn’t helped.  He can’t find us a shortstop that can actually produce (he hasen’t done much).  He has brought us Curt Schilling, Dice-K, Eric Gagne, Julio Lugo and JD Drew (all of whom have contributed to our losses).  In 2004, it was his (first?) year with us, it wasn’t his team yet.  If we don’t win this series, I will be calling for his, and Terry’s, resignation (*coughs*, your fired). 

I hope it doesn’t seem like I am putting the Sox to bed (although I very well could), I think Beckett will win tommorrow (see tommorrow’s post), and Schilling has a chance at beating Carmona (okay, a shot…).  The question will be Game Seven.  We can’t start Dice-K, that is for sure.  Do we start Josh on three days rest?  Do we start Lester?  We’ll cross that road when we come to it (IF we come to it).  I just hope I am not writing the season wrap post on Friday night…

By the way, the Bruins (3-2-0) begin their home schedule tommorrow at the Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0).  They hav ACTUALLY looked GOOD on their five game west coast swing.  God forbid they (dare I say it) make the playoffs!  Of course, we still have a loooooooooong way to go.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Sorry, no time

Posted by Brad on October 16, 2007

Sorry about not posting today, I was swamped with stuff to do.  I’ll definitely be back in action tommorrow, though.  Sox playing tonight, losing 7-0 in fifth.  Crap.  Talk about it tommorrow, allright?  Great.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Pats Win 48-27, Sox Game 3

Posted by Brad on October 15, 2007

The Pats beat the Dallas Cowboys 48-27 yesterday, in a game hyped to be one of the best of the year, great game, etc, etc (so much for that).  Despite the fact Brady had his head out of the game (see previous post), he was still able to go 31/46 for 388 yards and five touchdowns (a career high). 

Suprisingly, Kevin Faulf was the leading rusher for the Pats, running for 50 yards on only thirteen carries.  The leading receiver for the Pats was Dante Stallworth who had 136 yards on 7 catches and one TD.  The surprise, though, was Wes Welker.  He had 124 yards on 11 receptions and two touchdowns.  Randy Moss was heldo to six catches for 59 yards and his weekly TD.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, played better in the first half than the second half, which is a typical (did I use that correctly?) for them.  Tony Romo only went 18/29 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to Junior Seau (luckily, he didn’t hold it out like he was flying this time).  Julius Jones led the way rushing, gaining 51 yards on six carries.  The Cowboys had only FIFTEEN rushing plays in the entire game.

Although the Cowboys did hold a lead for a short time in the first half, it didn’t last long, and the Pats controlled the entire game.  If not for some bad Brady incompletions, the Pats might have been able to double up the Cowboys.  I can’t explain the Brady incompletions, but I just hope it doesn’t happen against the Colts, because they’ll make you pay for it (even though their defense isn’t elite, the turnovers on downs will just give Peyton the ball).  Also, the O-Line seemed to struggle against the Dallas defense.  They allowed three sacks, equal to the number they had allowed up till yesterday.

Nonetheless, it was a great game played by the Patriots.  Although the Cowboys made it interesting in the first half, they just couldn’t stop the Pats in the second half. 

Also, I can’t believe the people who already are talking about the Pats going undefeated this season.  yes, they are looking amazing so far, but ask me AFTER the Colts game.  That will be the true test.  If they can win that game, they’ll have a shot at going undefeated.  Until then, don’t even mention it (*coughs* idiots on ESPN).

Moving on the the Red Sox.  They’ll be playing Game Three of the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians tonight.  Daisuke Matsuzaka will go up against Jake Westbrook.  The series is tied 1-1.  As the series moves to Jacobs Field, I worry about the Red Sox.  After the Terry Little debacle, I worry that Dice-K won’t show up tonight.

Although he has had a good rookie campaign overall (emphasis on GOOD, not great), I don’t have any faith in him to pitch well consistently.  Does that mean he won’t pitch well tonight?  No, but I am not counting on it.  Also, the Indians bats are confident after demolishing Curt Schilling, one of the greatest postseason pitchers ever.   Matsuzaka did not pitch amazing against the Angels, and the Indians are much better.  Look for him to get into an early jam.

As for the Indians, they have all the momentum going into Game Three.  Although this isn’t an amazingly pivotal game, it is still very important.  I do think Wake will get it done in Game Four, but that is not a guarantee.  This is a HUGE game for the Sox.  If they lose this game and Wake loses the next, we’re down 3-1.  If we win, I think we are guaranteed to win the series, as Josh Beckett will be pitching Game Five (an automatic win).

As for the bats, the Indians come into the game fresh off a big eleventh inning in Game Two.  Although I think we would have won the game had Gagne not pitched yesterday (not that I hold a grudge…) they still scored seven runs in the inning, giving them confidence.  They had seventeen hits in Game Two, and every starter except Casey Blake recorded at least one hit.  Also, their biggest power threat has looked good in the series, going three for eight with one homerun. 

The Sox bats looked good on Saturday, as every starter got on base at least once.  Ramirez and Ortiz slowed down a bit, only going two for eight combined (although Manny hit a homer), so expect them to light it up tonight (I mean, only .250 combined in the game, that’s no good).  J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell both went two for five.  Despite that, I’d rather see Bobby Kielty or Jacoby Ellsbury in there in right.

As for Eric GAGne, just don’t use him, Terry (notice my lowered level of criticism).  He is horrible.  I know you can’t stick him on the inactive roster now, but please.  I’d rather see ANYONE.  Anyone at all.  I bet if you asked Fox, almost all of NEw England probably turned the station when he came into the game.  PLEASE.  Use JD Drew if you want, I don’t care, just don’t use Eric.  Thank You.

Talk at ‘ya later.    

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Sox Lose, Pats Play, B’s Upset (No, Really)

Posted by Brad on October 14, 2007

Let’s start with the Red Sox on a crazy day in Boston Sports.  The Sox lost last night to the Indians by a final score of 13-6 in 11 innings (seriously, it was 11 innings…).  Sox starter Curt Schilling went 4.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs while striking out three.  Tribe starter Fausto Carmona went four innings, giving up four hits and four runs.  This is another clear example of how Francona gives his pitchers too long of a leash.

Manny Ramirez went one for four, including a BIG three run homerun off of Rafael Perez in the fifth, followed by a solo blast from Mike Lowell, to give the Sox a lead in the fifth inning.  David Ortiz went one for four, also.  In one play in the fifth, he legged out a would-be DP (your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you) to set up the Manny homer.  By the way, Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew chipped in with a combined two for nine night (notice we won without Drew in the lineup…).

Despite all this, the Indians got homeruns from Jhonny Peralta, Grady Sizemore and Franklin Gutierrez.  Sizemore and Peralta went a combined six for ten with two HR, two doubles, fourteen total bases and five RBI.  Victor Martinez chipped in with a three for four night.  BUT, the hero of the night for the Indians was former Red Sox (great…?) Trot Nixon, who got the game-winning hit in the eleventh off of Javy Lopez (run charged to… ERIC GAG-NE, see below).

Now is the portion of the post where I rant.  Today’s rant: Terry Francona’s idiocy.  I mentioned above that, in my opinion, he left Curt Schilling in the game too long, allowing the Indians to score.  Well, he made another deadly pitching mistake, putting in Eric Gagne.

Okay, I understand.  He was the only available righty left on the team.  Yeah, yeah, I know that.  But seriously, putting in a guy who can’t pitch his way out of a paper bag?  Yes, I know, he’s the guy who came into Dodgers games with “Game Over” flashing on the scoreboard.  But, he isn’t that guy anymore.  Frankly, he should not be on the active roster.  At the beginning of the series, we should have gone with either Clay Buchholz or Kyle Snyder.  Frankly, I would have rather gone with the lefty, Jon Lester.

Now, for those of you who do not know baseball and see how he didn’t give up the runs, Lopez did.  Well, actually, he did.  You see, he came into the game and gave up a hit to Grady Sizemore and a wal to Asdrubal Cabrera.  This is when he came out.  BUT, since the runners he allowed get on base, the runs are charged to him.

So, Terry, smarten up.  If we don’t win this series, I wil be calling for your resignation (aka, if you don’t, you are fired).

Moving on to a happier topic, the Pats are about to begin the second half with the Dallas Cowboys.  They currently lead 28-24.  In a game that has been hyped as a huge game, the Pats are in the midst of a close one. 

Despite the fact he has thrown for over 250 yards, Tom Brady’s head has seemed to not be in the game at times.  He has thrown incompletions to wide open men, thrown them over heads and waited until the play clock wound down to call a timeout (while the clock was stopped).  He has went 23/36 and four TDs!  He has played well, though, despite his head problem.

Wes Welker has two touchdowns (helping my fantasy team).  He also has 109 yards receiving.  But, he has lost one fumble on the day.  Meanwhile, Randy Moss has had a slow day.  He only has three catches for 23 yards (but, it was a TD).  Of course, Brady’s incompletions haven’t helped, as he has been thrown at plenty of times.  Sammie Morris has also had a slow day, rushing for only 14 yards on ten carries.  This, coupled with Brady, has made this a closer game than it should be.

“‘Da ‘Boys” have played a little worse.  Terrell Owens has one touchdown on four catches for 40 yards.  Marion Barber III has only 27 yards on five carries.  But, Tony Romo has gone 16/22 for 173 yards and two touchdowns.  Patrick Crayton got a TD pass.  Their defense got a touchdown from Jason Hatcher and returned it for a touchdown on a Brady fumble.  Nick Folk had a field goal to account for their scoring.

IF Brady can get his head in the game and off of Kate Hudson (in Bob Kraft’s luxury box), the Pats will be able to win easily.  Unfortunately, the O-Line has allowed Brady to be sacked three times.  I’ll update you on this one tommorow.

Finally (and quickly), the Bruins.  They came up with a big upset over the Stanley Cup favorite San Jose Sharks and former Bruin (and friend?  He started playing well when he got traded…) 2-1.  The B’s got goals from Patrice Bergeron and Aaron Ward.  The Sharks got their goal from Milan Michalek.

To me, Tim Thomas asserted himself as the starting goalie over Manny Fernandez.  He has a .957 save percentage while Fernandez has only a .796 save pct.  He had 26 saves on 27 shots.  He has a record of 2-1-0 while Fernandez has a record of 1-1.  Leave Thomas in.

The Bruins raised their record to 3-2-0, good for (wait for it…)  fifth (believe it!) in the East and (oh my gosh) second in the NE division, behind only the Ottawa Senators (who lead the conference). 

Dear Bruins, I am sorry for insulting you in my previous posts, please forgive me (unless you start to crap up the place).

Next B’s game: Thursday at 7:00, the home opener vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.

BY THE WAY: The BCS released their first poll of the season, and BC is ranked only number three!  Behind even USF (how in the world…).  This is why we need a playoff system, because BC could easily beat the Bulls.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Eagles Win, Sox Game Two

Posted by Brad on October 13, 2007

The BC Eagles have beaten the Notre Dame Fighting (more like losing) Irish by a score of 27-14.  They really dominated the entire way, and the Irish never really had a chance.  The Irish didn’t score until the third quarter, when Evan Sharpley threw to Robby Parris for the touchdown.  Their other score came on a Matt Ryan interception, also in the third.

The Eagles got two passing touchdowns from Matt Ryan (that’s it???), one to Andre Callender (the running back) and one to Kevin Challenger (a wideout).  Callender also got two rushing touchdowns, to account for their scoring today.

Jimmy Claussen threw two interceptions today (it doesn’t help that his line is crap), one picked off by Tyronne Pruitt and the other by DeJuan Tribble.  This gives BC sole position of the most interceptions in division I-A, with 18.  Claussen went 7-19 for 60 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  Evan Sharpley came into the game and went 11-28 for 135 yards and one touchdown.

HEISMAN WATCH (if Ryan is really a candidate…):  Matt Ryan went 32-49 today for 292 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Although he is having an amazing season, I don’t think he is right to win the Heisman.  Although I’d LOVE to see it, I just can’t picture it.  To me, the only way he can be considered is to win a BCS game, or at least get into one.

They play next weekend at Virginia Tech.  This will be the best test for them thus far.  It will be an interesting game.  Stay tune to bosoxfriends for continuing coverage of the BC Eagles.

BY THE WAY:  Number One ranked LSU LOST to Kentucky, BC will likely be ranked 3rd, or if CAL loses, they will be ranked (wait for it…) NUMBER 2!

Moving on to the Red Sox, they play Game Two of the ALCS tonight at 8:00 on FOX and WRKO 680.  Curt Schilling (old) will be facing off against Fausto Carmona (young).  It should be a good one as both of these pitchers pitched well in their last starts. 

After a huge game (4-4 combined and 10-10 in terms of getting on base) both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez will be looking to continue their hot streak.  Manny is batting .500 in the playoffs and Ortiz is batting .778!  They both have two homeruns and 25 combined RBI.  They have carried the team through the playoffs and should continue this streak.

If you ask me, this is the biggest game of the series (unless in goes six or seven) because I have NO faith in Dice-K in game two.  Although he has looked good as an MLB rookie, he has been up and down all year.  If we lose this game, we are going to be in trouble because there is a chance we could go down in the series two games to one (not good).

But, despite all this, I think that Schilling will get it done tonight.  Although Carmona is an unbelievably good pitcher, I think the pressure of pitching at Fenway Park (America’s most beloved ballpark) is going to get to the 23 year old righty.  I think Schilling is just too good in the playoffs.

Assuming the Sox offense satys as hot as they have been (not a guarantee) they will win tonight, and you can flick to the Bruins in San Jose (the NHL favorite, oh well).  They’ll win in a closer one : 6-4

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Sox Take Game One, 10-3

Posted by Brad on October 12, 2007

The Red Sox beat the Indians in Game One of the 2007 ALCS by a score of 10-3.  In a game that featured a dominant pitching performance from Josh Beckett (big surprise), the Sox dominated most of the way.

The Sox got RBIs from Manny (3), Lowell (3), Varitek (2) and Bobby Kielty (2) who started in place of (%$#*) J.D. Drew because of his previous success against Indians starter C.C. Sabathia.  The Indians got their runs on a Hafner homerun in the first and two RBI from 2B Asdrubal Cabrera.

Red Sox ace Josh Beckett went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and got seven strikeouts.  C.C. Sabathia went on four and a third, giving up eight runs on seven hits and only three strikeouts.  He got pulled after the Bobby Kielty two RBI double inthe fifth inning.  Although many thought this would be a great pitching matchup, the Sox bats were too good against the pitching of C.C. Sabathia.

Red Sox reliever Eric Gagne worked the ninth in an inning manager Terry Francona hoped would be a “confidence builder”.  He gave up no runs on two hits and a walk (allieulia).  Unfortunately, he allowed the bases to become loaded in the ninth (God forbid he pitches a perfect inning).  He was unbelievably wild and, at times, literally could not throw a strike.  Luckily he was able to get it done.  But seriously, can this guy please pitch a good inning?

All in all it was a great game from the Sox.  The big two (Man-Ram and Big Papi) went a combined 4-4 with five, yes five, walks and four combined runs.  Essentially, these two guys beat the Indians alone.  Also, Manny made a (great…?) leaping catch in left field near the beginning of the game and a GREAT catch later on as he dove to make the play.

The Sox have to play like this for the next few games and Terry Francona has to give up on the Gagne experiment.  He is way to risky (seriously, he has a 6.75 ERA with the Sox).  The only time I’d put him in is in a game lie today, a blowout (but I don’t expect many more of those, except when Beckett pitches).  Oh, and Lugo got a double (yipee, he got a hit!)

They play again tommorow at 8:00 on FOX.  Curt Schilling goes against Fausto Carmona.  Should be a good one.

By the way, Bruins tied with the Kings in LA at the end of one period.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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