Posted on: May 20, 2009 8:51 pm

West Coast Swing Done:

The RedSox have completed all west coast games for the season. Too early compare to last year where they had their last game  on the 23<sup>rd</sup> of July. They have compiled 4-8 record. For some reasons, the RedSox find it harder to win playing in those road games. Last year, they had a miserable 0-6 record between the Angels and Oakland A’s. Though, they swept the Mariners 3-0 for a nice consolation.

This is baffling to me  and hard to explain why they don’t play good as much as they are  in those road games. Could it be the time zone that they aren’t get used to? Or the long flight perhaps?  Either or aren’t  good enough reasons to satisfy my curiosity. I do think it is seemingly  random or by chance. If anyone can build a case as to why, I would greatly appreciate.

This year, they have played the Angels  six times and lost 4 games. Both 3-game sets are close ones. The win or loss was just  separated by a swing or a pitch. Basically, anybody’s game. Tough luck played out.  On May 15<sup>th</sup> the first Mariners  game, Redsox raced to 4-run lead only to falter and lost 4-5. That loss stung more for Lester who started pretty good until that uneventful bottom sixth.  The rubber match was more exciting  when Justin Masterson masterfully pitched showcasing his repertoire striking out 6, 2 hits and 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings. The only disappointment was the outcome when the defense failed to help the team with a costly error on the bottom of the ninth. Nevertheless,  as much as I love the team to win I can’t be greedy but enjoy every game regardless of the result.

Now that  west coast games are done, the RedSox can focus and  continue their dominance at home sporting a .778 clip. Too, having the second best home record in the league next to the Dodgers.  They will cater and entertain  first place Toronto Blue Jays  and the New York Mets in 3-game sets.

There's no place like home after all it ain’t fun playing in the west.

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Tags: RedSox
Posted on: May 14, 2009 4:56 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2009 8:22 am

RedSox Life After Papi

A broad and compelling statement. Perhaps too early to tell what will happen when the time comes. Sure it wont be too far fetch.

Last season he struggled almost the whole year when his wrist got injured. Pretty much a reason enough that his production dipped so low and wasn't much of a factor in the playoffs. He's had all off-season winter long to recuperate and recover. As much as anyone believed that he has recovered I doubt there's more to it than meets the eye. Though he had good showing in Spring Training. It somehow give us a glimpse of hope that he is ready to full battle this season.

David Ortiz is now on course to his longest AB without a homerun in his career. He struggle a lot hitting the ball, even the ones he usually and normally launch with his eyes close. Those 94 mph heater in the middle of the plate are always a cake. But not so much this year. And he looked more terrible swinging off-speed even worst. Only a matter of time – a usual cliche. Will he turn it around? Will he able to somehow find anything  good what’s left? I don’t know. First instinct are almost always a good barometer. Though at 34 years old he could still be productive and help the team.

Looking back to last year's first month in comparison, he started slow as well - had 5 RBIs thru the first 15 games with no HR. He picked it up and ended the month with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs. Those numbers are pretty good but the most telling stats are not so great: .184 BA, .294 OBP, .350 SLG, .644 OPS. Now this year, he started a tad better  on his first 15 games with 8 RBIs. After that he only had 2 RBI's and  no home runs to end the month to go along with .230 BA and similar OBP/SLG/OPS as last year. This month he had only 3 RBIs not exactly helping his case.

Hitting in the third spot and being a DH full time creates a lofty burden in terms of production. He has done it so well in  recent years and instilled fear to opposing pitchers when he is on the plate. He is so clutched.  He has been the most dominant DH in this era. One could argue his success because Manny Ramirez is hitting behind him. Whether or not its true  it bears something to ponder.

In this era where PEDs and steroids have continue to disclose and wreck havoc this menacing defeaning  problem begs the rationale in  any power surge in production. Its premise simply consumed even the weakest and innocent. Most if not all believe that he has taken any substance that helped him one way or another. It might be true but who knows. It doesn’t really matter public conviction is more revealing  and ubiquitous.

As the struggle continues, there are ways that could probably help him out. Taking some rest and not in the lineup is more apt. Or he could be put lower in the batting order just to ease up the pressure a little bit. These are just a few obvious possibilities. Why there’s nothing has been done so far - it screams about respect. There’s no other word to put it. 

With this looming dilemna, it is very imminent that the RedSox organization is ready for the next big thing when the time shove its way. Perchance reality says, a DH is an absolute must in AL especially in the East. The farm system is so deep and stack that there’s no need to worry about where to get the next big bat. Free agency isn’t an  option to tap as  FO is not fond of on spending spree.  It simply tells that the organization will look for replenishment in that aspect. We might be able to see Lars Anderson come up in the majors  sooner than anyone expected. The only glitch is that he’s a  1B  position player. Meaning he would split time with Kevin Youkilis and/or Jeff Bailey for as long as Mike Lowell’s tenure still up and playing. David Ortiz time as a RedSox is counting and counting fast. As much as I hate to see him go eventually, some things are meant to change and there’s nothing we can do about it.

RedSox Life after Papi? We shall see.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 6, 2009 5:26 am
Edited on: May 6, 2009 5:28 am

Fenway Park: Baseball Bastion of Shrines

Withered through time, the oldest home of baseball stood unfettered amid the bustling modern panacea of luxury.

 Born on September 1911, it has been the most worshipped park by its loving and faithful denizens. Tears and blood flowed from bleacher to the field for such  long and agonizing years of  unfruitful fights. Fourscore and six. Too long of a lifetime to see a world championship banner hoisted in between. Decades of defeat believed to have been  caused by a curse dissipated in a magical moment on Oct. 17, 2004. That day, the dormant  spirits of  Fenway Park awaken and rewrite history.

 Most of other baseball homes has been  rebuilt, moved and renamed to follow suit the ever changing times. Sure, there were aplenty modifications and annexes built but the essence of its original state still unperturb. In its majestic yet gentle and frail abode, it encompass the grand atmosphere of  watching a game every  fan longs for. Never a dull moment. As defeat has always been the bane,  camaraderie, hecklings and the swan song of  boo birds are but accolades to the game. Though, exultation in victory is sweeter.

 Generations have multiplied, and it continue to serve and fill the need  when a game is on. It is the home which currently holds the record for the longest consecutive sellout crowd. But time have had its ways of defying history. It may be the oldest baseball park to withstood through the years but eventually it will be laid to rest  like any mortal being. We may never have to look further before it kisses the ground and bade adieu. I just wish I will be present when the last ball is thrown and witness the folding of the baseball bastion of shrines.

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