Wednesday, August 09, 2006

It Is The Worst Of Times

53 balls. 52 strikes. Fastballs topping out in the mid-80s. Those are Jon Lester numbers, and they do not lie. In fact, since his 5-0 start, he is winless in his last 4, allowing a staggering 17 runs and 32 hits in a little more than 22 innings. The kid who pitched so brilliantly the last time he faced the woeful Royals clearly did not have it. And with his performance the Sox guaranteed themselves of a sub .500 road trip. And all this happening when we need it the least. 2 positive things from yesterday. Pitching coach Dave Wallace is back, and x-rays of Mark Loretta, hit by a pitch last night, were negative. But the pitching staff and the club itself are feeling the loss of Jason Varitek. Very much so. Tim from BSM (link on the right. Was one of the greatest blogs. EVER) said in comments a couple of posts ago that there is no statistical evidence to back up my feelings that the Sox are suffering because of Tek's injury stint. Well Tim, they clearly are. Baseball, much like life, cannot be explained just by looking up and evaluating statistics. There are nuances that affect the game just as much as team ERA or batting average. It's not easy to be able to sense the timing of these upheavals, the times when the pitching staff's comfort index has been lowered so dramatically. You can argue with me until we're both blue in the face, but the Red Sox clearly miss Tek's prescence and game calling from his oh so familiar behind the plate crouch. Stat me all you want. You're wrong. Oh, Tim, I wrote you a comment in the comment section of the last post. Please read it. And no, if I had done what you thought I had, I could not live with myself. Please go back and read it. Thanks.
Papi hit his 41st. He is simply amazing. But a Hansen error and subsequent unearned run and the enevitable Rudy one run allowed sealed our fate. The KC Royals are the worst team in baseball, by far. But last night, they were the better team. We're 3 games behind the Yanks in the lost column. And we're in 3rd place in the wild card standings. Too many 3's! And that's not good.


At 8/09/2006 8:24 AM, Blogger jonathan said...

it is starting to look like the season could be over early

At 8/09/2006 8:54 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

let's not make things worse than they are Peter! Yanks fell to the Pale Sox in 11 last night--and we remain only TWO games back.

At 8/09/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Jonathon, it's early at the END of August. Before that.........well, I don't have a word for that. But remember how much season is left, and how much things can change in a span of 3 weeks. Which would still make it.........August! Until we're double figues out, it ain't over. Dave Wallace is back, and we will overcome Tek's absence. And I spell that word wrong EVERYTIME! And dawn, I agree. I'm the optimist here. With you, of course. Take care, both of you. My comment "adventures" seem to be over. Don't want to jinx anything. Josh, we need ya!!!!!!

At 8/09/2006 9:59 AM, Blogger Julie said...

this is painful.
we need a win so badly.

At 8/09/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

The Missing Link is V-Tek:

A Good catcher is perhaps more valuable than a good pitcher;

Just ask Bombs Away Beckett.

At 8/09/2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

The Royals are a MLB Team, not a Charity:

My advice to the Sawx is STOP DONATING TO THEM;


At 8/09/2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

The Royals are a MLB Team, not a Charity

Exactly. Same with the Drays. Like I said here, a crappy team will certainly work hard to beat a good team if they have a snowball's chance to win. The Royals and Rays don't extst to pad the league leaders' records.

At 8/09/2006 4:41 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

hi kev, and welcome...and i never said that the Royals or the Rays exist to pad other's records. That doesn't make sense...thanks for the visit, and comeback!


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