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Sox Slide By, BC Keeps Title Hopes Alive

Posted by Brad on October 26, 2007

Well, the Sox took a big 2-0 series lead over the Rockies yesterday, by beating them 2-1.  Although it was closer than many people (like me) may have been happy with, they were able to pull out the victory in the end.  Both Curt Schilling and Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well, but it came down to the offense in the end.

Curt Schilling pitched beautifully (a bit of an understatement for a 40 year old) for the BoSox last night, tossing 5.1 innings, and giving up four hits and one run, while striking out four.  Knowing that it may be the last start of his career in a Sox uniform (maybe career), he got a nice ovation as he walked to the dugout.  He threw only 82 pitches, but was pulled in the sixth when he got in a bit of trouble.  Hideki Okajima came in and pitched a perfect 2.1 innings and Papelbon pitched the the last out of the eighth and the ninth, giving up one hit.

The Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched extremely well (for a guy I’ve never heard of), going 4.2 innings, giving up three hits and two runs, while striking out two.  He got pulled in the fifth inning, also after getting into a little trouble.  Then, Jeremy Affeldt, Matt Herges, Brian Fuentes and Manny Corpas pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way.  They actually looked good last night (sorry, so I have nothing funny to put in parentheses).

The Sox bats were slow in the early innings, but began to heat up later on in the game.  JD Drew was two for two (I really can’t be surprised anymore…), and Pedroia, Ramirez, Lowell and Jacoby Ellsbury all had one hit in the win.  The only RBI went to Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell.  Julio Lugo finally got back to his normal crappy self (ahhhh, the world is normal again), with no hits and no walks.

The Rockies bats were, well, stone cold (pun intended).  Although they were able to get one run across, they had no extra base hits in the entire game, and only two guys picked up hits (Matt [it’s a] Holliday, 4-4 and Brad Hawpe, 1-4).  Todd Helton, though, had the only RBI for the Rox.  Matt Holliday did make one crucial mistake, he was picked off by Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth (didn’t I say they would make a crucial baserunning blunder in the Series?).  He was on first with two outs in the inning and got picked off with their veteran bat, Todd Helton, up.

As the series moves to chilly Denver (forecast: highs near 40, oh joy, no snow!), the Sox hold a commanding 2-0 series lead.  Although this game was close, the Sox left a lot of runners on base, and it could have easily been much wider of a gap.  They left twelve runners on base, to be exact, and if some scored, we would have dominated (wow, I’m pointing out the obvious).  Josh Fogg will be going against Dice-K tommorrow, so I am somewhat worried (not really against Fogg) because Dice-K has a 5.65 ERA in the playoffs (meh…).  As for Fogg, he has been unbelievable in the playoffs (against Jayvee teams), but will he do it under the World Series lights (and against a Varsity squad…)?

I’ll leave you hanging there until tommorrow, because we have something nearly as important from yesterday, the Eagles playing the Hokies.  In one of the greatest games I’ve seen in awhile, Heisman “Hopeful (?)” Matt Ryan led an improbable comeback from behind.  In a low-scoring game (as I expected…), the Eagles beat VT, 14-10.  Matt Ryan was 25/52 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. 

This team was in trouble with only 2:11 left in the game, when Ryan began the comeback.  They were down 10-0 with 2:11 left.  Ryan was able to drive them down the field for two scores in that amount of time to win the game and keep National Title hopes alive.  It was a great game, and it is a shame that not many saw it with the Sox on (isn’t our life tough, we had to choose between one good team or the other?).

This game was, dare I say it, Tom Brady-esque (don’t tell Matt that).  The guy kept his cool, even when things were looking rough for the Eagles.  He was able to lead his team down the field and do what he had to do.  This guy has always reminded me of Brady, and I picture him as a great NFL QB.   

Brandon Ore rushed for 97 yards for Virginia Tech, while their starting QB was not starting because he is injured, and was replaced by Sean Glennon.  The Eagles rushing game was off, only getting 32 yards in the soggy weather.

Overall, this was a game the Hokies should have been able to win easily, and lost it because their defense got lazy.  And, their special teams also got lazy (and I thought it was good…).  On the BC onside kick after the first TD, the front line guy dropped the ball that would have locked up the victory for the Hokies.

Overall, great game, and lets all root for Penn State to beat the Buckeyes tonight on ESPN.

Talk at ‘ya later. 

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Sox Throw Stones at Rox, Win 13-1, BC Huge Game

Posted by Brad on October 25, 2007

Wow.  That is almost all I can say (okay, not quite).  Wow.  The Red Sox completely destroyed, killed, crushed (insert adjective here…) the Rockies last night, by a score of… 13-1.  No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  The score of a World Series game was 13-1.  I am disturbed by this, the NL is trying to tell us this is the best team in their (lets be frank, jayvee) league?

Where to begin?  Well, Sox starter Josh Beckett pitched yet another playoff gem (am I sounding repetitive?).  He went seven innings, giving up that one run on only six hits and nine strikeouts.  And, he did all of this in just under 100 pitches, at 93.  He struck out the first four batters of the ball game (Taveras, Matsui, [it’s a] Holliday and Todd Helton), becoming the first to do this in the Series since Sandy Koufax fanned the first five in ’63.  The only run he gave up was in the second, when Troy Tulowitski doubled in a run.

Jeff Francis got off to a rocky (pun definitely intended) start in the first inning by giving up three runs in that inning.  He then followed to give up one in the second.  He seemed to settle down in the third, but then gave up two in the fourth, then he got yanked.  His overall line was four innings, ten hits, and six runs, including a leadoff jack to Dustin Pedroia.

The Sox bats were alive last night, as they recorded seventeen hits in eight innings.  Big Papi was 3-5, Manny was 3-4, ‘Tek was 2-4, Lugo was 3-4 (I know, I’m on the verge of tears, too).  Even JD Drew was a solid 2-5 (finally he is heating up).  Pedroia, Ortiz, Ramirez, Varitek and Drew all had two RBI.  ‘Youk, Lugo and Jacoby Ellsbury all had one RBI.  This means the runs were spread out among the team. 

The Rox bats were, well, colder than Coors Field in October (I’m running out of funny puns).  Only Matsui, Tulowitski, Helton, and Garret Atkins recorded a hit in the game.  It’s funny, because a lot of people have said this is a JV team, but this particular one might be considered a Freshman squad in comparison to the Sox.  They just could not get it done.  Brad Hawpe had a hatrick plus one (4 strikeouts).  For the record, Jeff Francis had only three strikeouts.

For those of you who haven’t read this blog before, this is where I usually rant on something or someone, etc.  Unfortunately, the Sox played perfect, so I can’t exactly rant (even GAGne threw a perfect ninth).  Lets talk about more funny anomalies that the Rockies somehow achieved.  Franklin Morales came in and was charged with seven runs in only 0.2 innings.  He now has a 94.50 World Series ERA…  He was also called for the first Series balk since David Weathers in 1996.  Okay, okay, sorry Franklin.  Lets get more serious:

Game Two will be played tonight at 8:00 in Fenway.  Curt Schilling will be going up against Ubaldo Jimenez (good luck…).  This guy Ubaldo was a mid-season callup and was 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA in the regular season.  But, he has pitched well in the postseason, as he has a miniscule 1.29 ERA in two starts.  He’ll be going up against postseason legend (bloody sock, 1.29 ERA in ’02, 1.12 ERA in ’01) Curt Schilling.  Curt knows this will likely be his last start with the Sox, so he’ll likely come up big tonight.  I expect a great start.

The Sox bats are hot, I mean when Julio Lugo and JD Drew both have great games, you know things are going well.  Manny is being Manny and Papi is doing awesome.  I expect Jacoby Ellsbury to break out of his first World Series game awe and play well.  I think 1-9 the Sox will play well tonight.  This team is going to hit Jimenez big time (seriously, this guy couldn’t pitch to NL guys).

As for the Rockies, I think they will hit a little bit better than last night.  As they face a worse pitcher and couple that with them having a game under their belt after their first in a week, they should play a little better.  But, I still expect a blowout from the Sox.  Hawpe is just a rookie, so I wouldn’t expect much out of him and same goes for Tulowitski.  Most of these guys haven’t ever been in a Series, so you can’t be ragging on them (and yet, it’s so fun…).

Tonight, I expect a HUGE win from the Sox as they go into the first ever IceSeries in Denver.  I think they’ll win tonight, 7-2.

Now lets move on to the BC Eagles.  No-one could have thought they’d be ranked number two in the country at this point in the season and they have done it.  But, tonight is the night…  Theis is the first real test as they go down to the campus of Virginia Tech to face the Hokies.  Matt Ryan (Heisman “hopeful”) will be going up against the stingy Tech defense. 

The Hokies have only lost twice on Thursday night football, and both of those times were to the Eagles.  Luckily, the Eagles have a muche better offense and a solid defense.  This is going to be a battle between an elite defense and a unbelievably good quaterback.  As the Eagles hope to keep their National Title hopes alive, I think they’ll be right with the Hokies.

The Eagles have the advantage at the QB, RB, and WR position.  The Hokie’s offense is mediocre at best and the only place they have the advantage in this game is the Defense.  The Eagles defense is solid, but not nearly as good as the Hokies’.

I think this is going to be a fairly low scoring game.  But, the Eagles should be able to prevail in this one.  I predict an Eagles victory, by a final score of 17-14.

And, I’ve neglected to talk about this serious matter.  Although it has little to do with sports, I feel we have to talk about this.  The wildfires in California.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes out there.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, over 1,500 homes have been destroyed so far, and many more remain threatened.

I would just like everyone to take a moment out of their day to pray for those who have had to leave their homes and whose homes have been destroyed.  I would also like top thank God that we do not have to live in that sort of fear here in New England. 

Amen.

Talk at ‘ya later. 

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World Series- Game One

Posted by Brad on October 24, 2007

The Red Sox are playing in Game One of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies tonight at 8:25 (approx. they have messed up times…).  Josh Beckett will be facing off against Rockies ace Jeff Francis in Fenway.  Josh Beckett has pitched as close to perfect as a starter can in the playoffs thus far (seriously, he’s been awesome), and Jeff Francis has a 2.13 ERA in the playoffs thus far.

The Sox come into the game off a big time ALCS victory over the Cleveland Indians, winning three in a row after being down three games to one (blah blah blah).  The Rockies come off of a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. 

The Red Sox have been led by and have to continue to be led by Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.  Although they had a couple of slow games in the last few, they still led the team (save Kielty and Yoooooooooouk) in batting average, with a combined .394 average in the postseason.  They are also leading the way (again, save Youk) with four and three homers, respectively.  These two players HAVE to play big in the Series if the Sox want to have a shot.  I don’t expect JD Drew to play awfully well (no, the Grand Slam was not a “sign” of things to come).  If these guys play badly, I would tend to think the Sox will lose the Series.

The Rockies are led by hard-hitting Matt (it’s a) Holliday in the playoffs thus far, batting .286 with four homers and seven RBI.  He also has no errors and the only outfield assist on the Rockies.  Brad Hawpe also has helped the Rockies.  This rookie is batting .304 in the playoffs so far.  These guys need to play well along with veteran Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitski, both of whom have struggled mightily in the playoffs so far.

In terms of pitching, the Sox hold the clear advantage in tonights game against the Rockies.  Although Jeff Francis is an extremely underrated pitcher, Beckett is still one of the better postseason pitchers in the game (he’s AWESOME).  He should be able to come up with the win over the Rockies, despite his loss to them earlier in the year, 7-1.  Jeff Francis WAS able to beat the Sox back in June in the same game, but that was in the past.

The Sox have an adavantage at pretty much every position (except right field, of course).  Jacoby is probably better than Tavarez.  Although I might consider Kaz Matsui better than Dustin Pedroia, that one is just too close to call.  Lugo has played just as bad as Tulowitski, but Troy is probably the better player on any given night.  So, the Sox have the advantage at 7 of the 10 (including DH) positions.  The Rockies are just overmatched at nearly every position and just aren’t good enough to face a big time AL foe. 

I do expect this to be a blowout by the Red Sox.  Beckett will completely shut down the bats of the Rox (where did that nickname come from, anyway?), especially after the long layoff (oh, and freezing their butts off during practice).  Although the Rockies do have some confidence after the series victory back in June, that was a different Sox team (remember, Manny and Papi struggled.  Ahhhh, those were the days…).  The Rockies just do not have the experience.  Only Wily Tavarez has ANY World Series experience before tonight.

By the way:  Yaz is going to be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Fenway, which is great (he has got to be my favorite player of Sox history). 

And, God help us.  Terry is an idiot.  He decided to leave Eric GAGne on the active roster for the World Series.  I have no idea why he did this (that is rare).  He has no reason to do this and, if we lose the series, should be fired (oops, I mean asked to resign).  Any idiot could figure out he does not belong on the roster and should have been replace with either Julian Tavarez or Bryan Corey.  Terry, you’d better give us a good reason why this happened. 

Overall, the Sox are just the better team, and I predict a solid 5-1 victory tonight at The Fens.    

And, now lets talk about the Bruins (I know, I’m still talking about these guys!).  They lost to their rivals (okay, so no-one cares about this rivalry anymore), the Montreal Canadians, by a final of 6-1.  In a disgarceful performance by offseason pickup Manny Fernandez (he gave up all six goals), the Bruins were just overmatched.  The real reason for their early season success (5-3-0) is because of Tim Thomas.  This guy should be starting pretty much every night, but Claude Julien (isn’t that a great name?) has tried to give Manny the benefit of the doubt (*coughs* Tito *coughs*).  Please start Manny every night, Claude (what have you got to lose, you aren’t SUPPOSED to be good).

And the Eagles are going up against the VT Hokies down in Virginia tommorrow night.  This is the biggest game of the season so far for the Eagles.  If they win this one, they will certify their place as either number one or two in the nation.  We’ll talk about that tommorrow, though.

GO SOX!

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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