Friday, August 12, 2005

Flotsam, Jetsam

Games 112 & 113 - Red Sox

Red Sox 8, Rangers 7
Red Sox 16, Rangers 5
Record: 66-47

Chewing on a Rogue Shakespeare Stout while watching the Sox treat Mark Buehrle rudely. Unfortunately, the Pale Hose are returning the favor against David Wells, as the teams head to the 7th tied at 5. Buehrle's fun to watch - works fast, throws strikes, mixed up pitches and locations, goes deep in games. And this Sox offense wears him out like some September call-up.

The Sox have tallied 46 runs in their last 4 games, and have scored 6 or more runs in 7 of their last 9 (winning all 7). They lead the league in runs, average, OBP, and OPS, and are 2nd in SLG behind the Rangers. It just can't be any fun for a starting pitcher to know 4 days in advance that he gets to face these guys. I'm not sure how this is possible, but Manny Ramirez has quietly posted 107 RBI, leading the AL by 12 over the next guy on the list - who, by the way, is David Ortiz (and make that 11, as Tizzle just took Buehrle deep). Johnny Damon leads the league in average, while Jason Varitek - a catcher! - has been in and out of the top 10 all season.

Despite my obvious lack of any redeeming prose, I needed to get a post in today, as Whit's offering just south of this one is the 666th in MLC history - and I'm as superstitious as just about every next guy. That tally combined with the subject matter (really, that collision was worse than the Jackson/Damon post-season braining) has me scurrying to get this entry out of the way. Godspeed, Mike Cameron - baseball fans around the league are rooting for your full recovery.

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