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by Jules Toraby 10/8/13

Silly String of Events: Sox ahead 1-0

Silly String of events

Red Sox up 1-0 in the ALDS

The Rays may have strung together an impressive 3 consecutive road wins to get into the postseason and a chance to play the Red Sox in the ALDS, but they would have needed a 4th consecutive road win to be holding a series lead morning. But thanks to a silly string of events in Game 1, all momentum has been shifted to the bearded fellows I root for, which is a huge sigh of relief considering there was a lot of talk about how the last 4 days off were negative in terms of momentum to the Sox staying hot at the plate.

Although Lester came out hot out of the gate last night, striking out the side in the 1st, the Rays hit 2 solo home run to quiet the Fenway faithful, and really make us wonder if we could best the Rays Lefty. Pedrioa got the inning started with a single, and then Ortiz hit, what i thought was a 2-run blast, but should have been out one with a runner on first, but instead turned into an error by Wil Myers who waved off Jennings but decided to let it fall behind him for a ground rule double. 2 Runners in scoring position, no out. BIG TURNING POINT.

Myers Mistake

Myers Mistake

Then after Gomes double off the monster to tie it at 2, Drew hit a dribbler and was called safe at 1st, nice hustle.. questionable call, but tie should go to the runner. Good heads up play by Gomes to score from 2nd from an infield hit.

Drew Safe

Drew Safe

That proved to be the winning run. As the Rays did not score again, but the Red Sox took the momentum and put up 12 on the board.

This win was huge because we were all questioning whether Lackey was the right match up for Price in game 2. If we were to win game one, then Lackey seems appropriate because he’s a gamer and pitched a great complete game against the Rays during the regular season, and happens to have better splits at home then on the Road. BUT if you needed someone to go toe to toe with Price, <to even the series at 1> I’d say that Buchholz gives you the best option, because he has the lowest ERA, but maybe lower endurance considering he’s only a few games removed from the DL.

But the sox won, and now we get to give Lackey the opportunity to prove why we spent the big bucks on him several off-seasons ago. And Just like JD Drew hit a $70 million dollar grand slam in ’07 against the Indians in Game 7 of the ALCS… Lackey has an chance to make this the $82.5 million postseason, starting with winning game 2 of the ALDS.. hopefully leading to 2 more important wins.

Who knows.. I hate to write off that this the only important postseason of his contract, but you cant take anything for granted..

and if we do become perennial winners.. we can reevaluate then.

<Funny thing: I was just browsing Boston.com and they have an article that says the same thing I felt about Lackey>

A victory Saturday against the Rays would do for Lackey what that grand slam in Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS did for J.D. Drew. It would provide at least one counter for all those punchlines about his fruitless long-term, big-money deal with team.

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/obnoxiousbostonfan/2013/10/moneyball_moment_for_lackey_red_sox_in_game_2.html

Also.. just consider who’s contracts we’ll pick up.. if the Sox have a ‘Successful’ postseason.
Salty, Drew, Napoli, Ellsbury… all within possibility of returning.

Otherwise, Bradley Jr, Carp, Butler… it your turn.

Go Sox!

ALDS Rays vs. Red Sox: Tale of the Tape – Stats Driven – Boston sports statistics blog

ALDS Preview

In 2008 when these two teams last squared off in the postseason, the Rays outlasted the Red Sox 4 games to 3 in the ALCS, advancing to the World Series where they were vanquished by the Philadelphia Phillies. While only David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia remain from the lineup that faced Matt Garza in the deciding game, Boston’s Game 7 starter, Jon Lester, will get the chance to avenge the loss by getting the ball for Boston in Game 1. The man who saved that clincher, David Price, will likely go to the mound for Tampa Bay in Game 2 on Saturday evening.

via ALDS Rays vs. Red Sox: Tale of the Tape – Stats Driven – Boston sports statistics blog.

Looks like we wont have any fried chicken or beer during this playoff series.

I, like the majority of Red Sox fans, are nervous about this series.

Maybe Ellsbury can steal us a taco and we can scratch away a few runs against the quality rays rotation.

I feel like the big hits are either going to be from:

a) The heart of the franchise: Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury,

b) The new guys: Gomes, Drew, Victorino, Napoli

c) Feel good story: Nava, X-man, Carp, Salty

Patriots Pass “The Test,” Remain Undefeated

Great Patriot Article!

Boston Wins

Sunday Night Football this week had the Patriots playing the Falcons in Atlanta.  While the Patriots were 3-0 going into it, most people said they were the worst 3-0 team, mainly based on the fact that they had only played weak teams and had not put up many points.  This game was said to be their first real test as the Falcons are one of the elite teams, and are very hard to beat in Atlanta.  Well, the Patriots passed “the test” with mostly flying colors.  They remain undefeated and improve to 4-0 on the season.

New England took the win, with a final score of 30-23.  At one they were up 30-13, but some mistakes led to Atlanta catching up a bit near the end of the game.  If not for that, I would’ve said the Patriots won with all flying colors, but this late-game slip was why I…

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Government No Here

Government No Here

Family Guy on Government Shutdown

Everyday the U.S. Government is shutdown, I’ll try to post the best meme that explains my frustration with the current system of cry-babies and help explain why I’m in law school to become a better politician.