Friday, June 29, 2007

June Swoon? YES!

I came across an article from the Hartford Courant today that said so much, and said it well. You see, the Boston Red Sox have a sub .500 record so far this month of June, but they haven't lost any ground on anyone. Here's a little bit of what I mean, from the Courant........

"You'd never know it by looking at the standings, but the Red Sox are experiencing a good, old-fashioned June swoon.
With two games remaining in the month, the Red Sox are sitting below .500 for June at 12-13.
The Red Sox ended their second West Coast swing in three weeks Wednesday with a stumble in Seattle, swept in a three-game series for the first time this season.
After not losing more than two in a row in either April (16-8) or May (20-8), the Red Sox are now riding their second losing streak of the month of at least three games.
But the worst might well be over.
Despite their hard landing, the Red Sox actually gained ground in the American League East over the course of the road trip. The lead was 81/2 over the Yankees the morning of June 18. Today, it stands at 91/2 over Toronto.
And when the Red Sox take field at Fenway Park tonight for a four-game series with the Rangers, they begin a stretch of 18 home games in their next 21, with just a three-game trip to Detroit July 6-8, before the All-Star break."

Peter here, and that's great news about the upcoming schedule. All the teams are under .500, and a whole bunch of home games should, and I say SHOULD, help put some distance between the Sox and their pursuers....if they can put together some wins. Beckett and Daisuke are just fine, Julian must bounce back from his last start, Timmy Wakefield must bounce back from his last half month and Gabbard has to bounce, period. This is a critical 21 game stretch when the team can all but rule the AL East or let the other teams creep back in. I hope the Sox can make the most of it.
Thanks to the Hartford Courant for this post's idea,. The entire article is linked to the title of this post.

The Rangers are in for four. 7pm Fenway baseball tonight. FINALLY. Here are the pitching matchups.

Jamey Wright (1-1, 7.43 ERA) vs. Wakefield (7-8, 4.52) tonight
Robinson Tejeda (5-7, 6.57) vs. Beckett (11-1, 3.07) Saturday
Kameron Loe (4-6, 6.02) vs. Julian Tavarez (5-5, 4.60) Sunday
Brandon McCarthy (4-4, 5.90) vs. Kason Gabbard (1-0, 6.48) Monday

12 Comments:

At 6/29/2007 6:49 AM, Blogger ian said...

I am not sure it's really a swoon when they have picked up ground in the al east race. They do need to get their bats out of their you know what though. When you're getting good pitching you can't let that opportunity go to waste.

 
At 6/29/2007 7:15 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I KNOW what...I hope they're not using that thinking it's pine tar....eeewwww.
Ian, have a great weekend. We need 3 of 4 from the Rangers for a good start to make sure the other teams KNOW that the AL East is OURS.
Hey, thanks for reading, as always. Blog friend Peter. I was just going to your blog...what a coincidence!

 
At 6/29/2007 9:12 AM, Blogger KAYLEE said...

I AGREE WITH IAN! HOPE THE RED SOX WIN TONIGHT:)

 
At 6/29/2007 11:23 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Thanks for posting the matchups. I like them, and I'll like them a lot more when we win!

 
At 6/29/2007 1:19 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Carol...you're so so right. I hope so, too.

 
At 6/29/2007 1:34 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And now, I'm just home and I have NO idea what to do until Fenway, 7PM, tonight, Friday......I'm dreaming of 4 straight from those Rangers! And more!
Everyone, thank you SO much for your comments. Without you, I ain't nuttin'!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 6/29/2007 3:05 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Ugh. Whether they have lost ground or not, you CANNOT play under-.500 ball and not expect it won't catch up with you eventually. We'd better hope for a better July, or it may be a long August and September.

 
At 6/29/2007 3:12 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Hi Peter! It will be good to see the Sox in home white again! The series in Seattle was a disaster, but before that they were playing well. They'll pick it up again this weekend!

 
At 6/29/2007 3:59 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Uh-oh, those opposing pitchers have ERAs in the same stratosphere as those crap-tossers that have been shutting us down lately - pitching like Cy Young candidates. Let's hope the Fenway faithfuls bring'em down to earth and they pitch like their regular old selves.
MCW I agree with you. I'm thinking a lot more home dates will make July a better month.

 
At 6/29/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

MCW, we still have 2 days in June!

Hi Kristen! I hope your hopes are mine.

And BFW...I have faith...even though Timmy has been shaky lately....I didn't even know THAT would rhyme.....
Everyone, have a great weekend...it's time for a modest (heck no) a huge winning streak!
Thanks!!!!!!!!! Peter

 
At 6/30/2007 2:54 AM, Blogger KAYLEE said...

PROBABLY WONT POST TOMORROW BUT....GREAT GAME TONIGHT(FRIDAY).and hi!

 
At 6/30/2007 7:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Kaylee....I hope you're doing OK...please let us know you're OK. We all here love you.

 

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