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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 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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