As I said before, Johnny Damon’s 37 years just makes him way too old to continue playing baseball well, and I’m afraid his body just can’t take it anymore. I mean, two walk-off hits in the same series? 5 straight game-winning RBI in a row? How are the Rays supposed to use that to their advantage?
But seriously though, that 5 straight game-winning RBI stat is a bit misleading. The “game-winning” status is put on a hit when it brings in a run that gives that team the lead, and it could happen at any moment of the game if that team doesn’t relinquish the lead. This is why Damon’s 5-game streak includes such game-winning hits as a two-run single in the 6th inning of a 5-2 victory against Minnesota, and a home run on the very first pitch of the game in a 16-5 victory against Boston.
In other news, last night also marked the 2nd time in the same series against the Rays that Joe Nathan blew a save opportunity. That kid better get his stuff under control ASAP or he’s running high risk of some serious consequences, such as being dropped from my Yahoo! fantasy team.
Anyway, here’s to hoping Damon continues his hot hitting today. Sundays mean day games! Be on the lookout for a Hellboy sighting at 1:40
Out of the countless crazy ideas on the internet, this seems the most plausible in terms of ability to implement and in getting away with speeding.
Numerous news outlets are reporting that the Red Sox and Adrian Gonzalez agreed to a 7 year, $154 million contract. That’s $22 million per season. I think this is a good deal, and given that he still has tremendous upside offensively and is excellent defensively. He’s been one of the bright spots offensively and his defense so far has been solid. Hopefully he can follow through and live up to this contract. I think he can and will. In other news, Red Sox- Blue Jays tonight with the boys of summer looking to get back on track.
– I only saw the last few innings of this game, but I’m telling you guys, Johnny Damon’s 37 year-old body is just too old. He can’t play anymore. I mean look at him, hitting walk-off home-runs in extra innings. It’s just pathetic to watch.
– The Legend of Sam Fuld again played a key role in the win. His single to get on base right ahead of Damon means his efforts gave Damon an “extra inning walk-off” instead of just a “solo shot to tie it in the 10th.” It’s the little things, and the Legend grows…
– Matt Joyce with a clutch hit in the bottom of the ninth to bring in two runs and tie the game also played a critical role in creating an opportunity to win it in the first place, so kudos to him. Let’s hope this is the start of Joyce breaking out of his slump too.
– Pretty good game by both starting pitchers. It’s a shame Pavano throws 8 shutout and doesn’t get a win, let alone a decision. And Shields only giving up 2 runs (and no homers!) over 7 is pretty commendable too, though no decision for him either. Oh well. Blackburn v Davis coming up tonight.
If you’re looking for baseball analysis from me (Lee) tonight, you won’t find any. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is…. MORE BRUINS! Not more cowbell, as is usually the case.
Beat those french-canadian bastards
Tonight finds the Sox and Rays throwing arguably their best pitchers: Jon Lester and David Price. They seem to be cut from a similar mold: both lefties with overpowering fastballs and excellent off-speed pitches.
As a sox fan, I appreciate the talents of David Price, but I will never forget that he is the reason the Sox didn’t go to the World Series in 2008 (if you’ll remember, he stonewalled the Sox in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS). The Red Sox will need to bring it tonight if they want to be successful against him.
Jon Lester looks to build momentum against a Rays team that was unstoppable offensively last night. If the Sox are to start digging their way out of this 2-8 start to the season, it falls on Lester to begin the process.
3 quick thoughts from last night’s game:
– Dice K needs to be traded or released. Immediately. Last night was the definitive proof that he can’t make it in the American League East. Does he have the talent to be a major league pitcher? Yes. Last year he almost no-hit the Phillies, so the stuff is there. But he isn’t made for the pressure of Boston. Maybe he’d be suited better to Seattle if the Sox can eat at least half of his salary. Please check out the article by Peter Abraham today for better articulated thoughts: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2011/04/the_time_has_co.html?p1=News_links
-Curt Young needs to go. The new pitching coach must be fired at some point soon if this terrible pitching continues. Ultimately he is responsible for the pre-game preparations, including gameplanning a pitching strategy. He’s failing.
-Catching sucks. The catching is terrible. I’m beginning to wish the Sox signed a Molina.