If Its High, Let It Fly
For years that has been what players have fell back on whenever Tim Wakefield’s pesky knuckler would elude them. And through six innings tonight, the Houston Astros were smacking just about every ball Wake left up around the park. Luckily, the Astros are one of the weaker offenses in the league and lack any real power threat throughout most of their lineup. Wake allowed 5 runs on 11 hits, and if that wasn’t a sure enough sign that he just didn’t have it, he struck out none through the 5.1 innings he pitched. At the same time, Bud Norris was cruising, only allowing one hit through six innings, a leadoff home run to Marco Scutaro. Fortunately for the Red Sox, things came undone in the seventh. Two singles and a double later and Norris was knocked from the game and the Sox were within two runs. By the time the inning was over, the Sox had a 7-5 lead and they wouldn’t look back. A bullpen of Dan Wheeler, Matt Albers, Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon would combine to through 3.2 scoreless innings allowing only two hits, walking none, and striking out four.
– Let’s talk about Danny Bard for a minute – Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention lately, but have people realized how dominant he has been of late? In the last 30 days, Bard has pitched 13 innings, given up only 4 hits, 0 earned runs, and has 12 strikeouts. Are you fucking kidding me? That’s just nuts. During this span he has lowered his season era to 2.33, has a .83 WHIP, and 37 K’s for 38.1 innings pitched. Game, set, and match. The last time he gave up a run was May 23rd, it is currently July 2nd for those counting at home.
– These lineups are disgusting – Can someone get me out of the National League please? Between the lack of a DH and injuries, the lineups that we have seen the last two days are disgusting. Thursday we had McDonald batting second, Pedroia fourth, Tek fifth (that one worked out I guess), Suttonseventh or something. And last night, Sutton back in there again, JD Drew batting fifth, no Papi again, Scutaro leading off. Gross, just gross. I am so excited to see this lineup in tact again after the all star break you don’t even know it.
– What the fuck goes on in that locker room? – They must be sharing hookers, right? It’s the only explanation for why every single person on this team has come down with the flu during the last month. It’s insane. I feel like every night we have a late scratch because someone is battling flu like symptoms again. I don’t know who started all this nonsense, but whoever it was needs to be a little more careful the next time he passes one of his girls through the locker room.