Posted on: September 1, 2009 11:49 pm

Lester Gets #11, Red Sox Roll in Tampa

My only question is, why couldn't they do this the last time they were in Tampa?

Jon Lester pitched well tonight and earned the win.  Jonathan Papelbon had to come in early to get the save, ultimately throwing for two innings.  I'm not certain that's the smartest move, but since every game counts and they need to secure the wild card, it's not a bad thing for now.  I'm hoping it doesn't happen too often in the next couple weeks, because Papelbon needs to be fresh for the playoffs.  I like Billy Wagner, and all, but Papelbon is the guy at the back of the bullpen.

In other news, the 2009 Astros are a sinking ship.

I wish I had something nice to say, but I really don't.  They had a nice win yesterday, and followed it up with another loss that could have easily been a win had the offense done ANYTHING.  Maybe I'm not seeing the forest through the trees (or vice versa), but this lineup does not look like it should be performing this badly.  Yet almost every night, they routinely show a lack of patience, a lack of clutch hitting, and a lack of run-scoring besides homers.  They never string base hits together (or hardly ever).  They do have what looks like a bonafide lead-off hitter (for the first time since 2004/2005) finally in Michael Bourn.  But if they can't bring him in from third, what the hell's the point?
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 25, 2009 11:44 pm

Two in a Row!

The Red Sox won again tonight against the White Sox, 6-3.

Jon Lester pitched well for most of the game, but ultimately gave up the lead.  It's too bad for him, but that's what happens sometimes.  Victor Martinez came in for Jason Varitek and added two hits.  He's undoubtedly been everything the team thought he would be.

In other news, Wandy Rodriguez went up against Adam Wainwright tonight in St. Louis.  It was no butt-kicking; the score was just 1-0 in favor of St. Louis on a freak double by Pujols (and I say that based on his HORRIBLE history against Wandy).  It just wasn't Wandy's night either; unfortunately for him, the Astros' offense sucks compared to the Red Sox.

I predicted that Lance Berkman's return could be the spark that returned the Astros to contention.  So far, that hasn't been borne out, in any way, shape, or form.  The pitching has been spotty at times too.  At the moment there are two rookies in the rotation, though, and I sure didn't expect that.  But with Mike Hampton's struggles and the usual spate of injuries, Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo have had to step up.  Rookies being rookies, they haven't exactly done that.  I'm not worried about either of them, though.  And Bazardo isn't really a rookie anyway, though I'm not certain about his service time.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2009 12:13 am

Adios, Cy Young

Josh Beckett sucked again tonight.  Kiss that Cy Young goodbye, because it's likely going to CC Sabathia and his legion of Yankees sycophants.

In other news, the Astros sucked today too.  They made an effort to come back, but Bud Norris' second bad start doomed them to a loss unless they put up a bunch of runs.  They had five, but the damage had been done.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 23, 2009 12:37 am

Beatdown After Beatdown

Yesterday the Red Sox lost to the Yankees, and I was so enraged that I couldn't even write my little spiel about it.

Today the Red Sox won, and Kevin Youkilis hit two home runs.  As a Red Sox fan, that made me feel a lot better.  Still, yesterday's loss left a bad taste in my mouth that hasn't quite left yet.

In other news, the Astros won against Arizona 4-2.  Brian Moehler got the win for the first time in a month, and LaTroy Hawkins got the save so that Jose Valverde could get some much-needed rest.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 21, 2009 12:27 am
Edited on: August 21, 2009 12:31 am

Lester, Red Sox Offense Drop the Hammer

Jon Lester threw eight innings of three-hit ball tonight.  It was one of the best starts he's had this year, and the offense was in good-enough shape to back him up.  J.D. Drew was particularly on, going 4-for-4 with two homers.

In other news, Wandy Rodriguez brought it back tonight.  Like Lester, he threw eight innings and almost got a complete game.

Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee homered.  Jose Valverde came in with the bases loaded and got the save pretty easily, at least in comparison to last night.
Posted on: August 19, 2009 11:40 pm

Two Down in Toronto...

One more to go, and this time they'll have Dustin Pedroia at 2B.

The Red Sox won 6-1 today; David Ortiz, Jason Bay, and Victor Martinez hit home runs.  Clay Buchholz put together a solid start for the first time in awhile.  And Kevin Youkilis found himself in a controversy again as he got plunked.

Roy Halladay was not his usual self tonight, apparently.

In other news, the Astros pulled out a 6-3 win that was a lot closer than the score indicates.  Jose Valverde loaded the bases in the 9th before getting Chris Coghlan swinging.

Yorman Bazardo was not all that great tonight, but the bullpen was up to the task of holding him up.
Posted on: August 18, 2009 11:46 pm

Beckett Fails in First Chance to Get #15

Josh Beckett had his first chance to get win #15, but just gave up too many runs tonight.

David Ortiz and Jason Bay hit home runs; Ortiz also scored the game-winning run.

In other news, I personally went to Minute Maid tonight to watch the Astros play the Marlins.  The Astros lost 6-2 and allowed Ricky Nolasco to throw a complete game.  Other than that, it was a lot of fun.  I was in section 124, row 13...so if any of you people were there tonight, give a shout-out.

I gotta say, Minute Maid is really cool.  I wish I had gone to a Red Sox game in Fenway so I'd have something to compare it to.  Oops.
Posted on: August 16, 2009 11:08 pm

Arlington Unkind to the Red Sox

The Red Sox lost again today.  It's looking like they can't win games not started by Josh Beckett or Jon Lester.

Tim Wakefield made a rehab start, but it's uncertain how much longer he'll be out, as his fielding looks to be a concern.  Hopefully he and Daisuke come back sooner than later, because they're both sorely needed.

In other news, the Astros won a dramatic game in Milwaukee today, 8-5.  Hunter Pence ended it by catching a long fly from Prince Fielder. Roy Oswalt was not sharp again; luckily, Jeff Fulchino and the rest of the bullpen were solid enough.  Geoff Blum and Hunter Pence had home runs at crucial moments.

And in non-baseball news (for the first time since I started blogging here), I've joined two Fantasy Football leagues for the upcoming 2009 season.  I'll be blogging primarily about the Dallas Cowboys once the season starts (with semi-frequent looks at other teams such as Pittsburgh, New England, and Indianapolis), plus providing Power Rankings all through the season, and taking a look at playoff matches once they're solidified.  As far as my two fantasy teams go, I'm not sure how much or what kind of info I'll be blogging about here; I imagine that I'll be talking about my success or failure in each league on a weekly basis.

Since the NFL season is such that it doesn't require daily updates, I'll probably construct some kind of schedule (one that's convenient for me, of course) and then update whatever things I'm blogging about following said schedule.  It looks like this season will be more fun than usual.  So stay tuned.
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