Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

I hate having to wait for a game the day after a loss

Jonathan Van Every was designated for assignment to bring back Jacoby Ellsbury.  I hope he clears waivers and ends up back with the organization.  Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

Jonathan Van Every was designated for assignment to bring back Jacoby Ellsbury. While I'm thrilled that Jacoby is back, I'm sad for JVE. I hope he clears waivers and ends up back with the organization. Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

If Papi had hit that grand slam last night I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to speak today.

But he didn’t.  And the Sox lost 5-1 in their first interleague game of the season and I’m, oddly, not really troubled by that.

I AM troubled by John Lackey.  I was thrilled when the Sox signed him and I don’t think his troubles right now are  a true indication that the signing was bad but he is struggling and it’s almost John Smoltz-like painful to watch.  I don’t know what’s wrong, don’t know if he knows what’s wrong, but it needs to be fixed fast.  To see two of our pitchers go into the ninth inning and then watch Lackey hit 107 pitches in five innings is like being in a speeding car that suddenly smashes into a brick wall.  And I don’t want to spend the rest of the season speeding along and hitting that brick wall every time he pitches.

Instead of Saturday afternoon baseball, because MLB thinks we really don’t enjoy that, we get 7:10pm baseball – on Fox.  Lovely.  I’m thinking tonight is one of those nights when the volume goes off and the radio goes on (although with the subway series in New York there is a good chance we don’t get McCarver and Buck – there’s always hope!).  And at least now we all get to go out and enjoy the beautiful day without concerning ourselves with baseball for a little while.

Daisuke Matsuzaka takes the mound tonight.  If he’s having a bad game every other game…we get a good one tonight, yes?

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May 22, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , , , , ,

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