…and they would’ve won. Had David Ortiz gotten a bit more bat on the ball, there probably wouldn’t be the debates this morning about why Terry Adams was brought in to start the 6th. Why Mike Myers got to face a righty. Why last night was chosen as the time to get Byung Hyun Kim his first action in months. In any case, all the Sox could manage this week was a split at home with the Orioles, falling 9-7 at Fenway last night. Games stories from last night were submitted by Bob Hohler…Jeff Horrigan…Steven Krasner…Tom Yantz…Ron Chimelis and David Borges.
The Yankees come to Fenway for a three game series starting tonight, but thanks to last night, the best the Sox can do this weekend with a sweep is come to a game and half behind. Jackie MacMullan says it’s pretty much now or never for the Red Sox as far as making a charge for the Division. Tony Massarotti says whether he likes it or not, Pedro Martinez has something to prove tonight. Ron Chimelis agrees, saying Pedro needs to have more than just a “quality start”. Michael Silverman says Pedro is comfortable pitching at Fenway, and this should help him out in tonight’s outing. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that the Red Sox need to find a way to keep Pedro here. Seven years of the greatest pitcher of our generation is not enough. He gives Pedro credit for not going the Nomar route and causing a distraction and dark cloud around the club. Nice sentiment, but once again it’s Gerry taking shots at Nomar, and elevating one guy by putting another down. Rich Thompson says that despite having a little bit of success against him recently, the Sox still have the utmost respect for Mariano Rivera.
Sean McAdam outlines what he thinks the Red Sox roster for the ALDS should look like. Alex Speier looks at a number of questions around the Red Sox heading into the postseason. Tony Massarotti looks at the disturbing struggles of the Red Sox starters as of late. He notes:
Excluding ace Curt Schilling's performance Tuesday night, the remainder of the Red Sox' starters are 0-3 with a 13.06 ERA, beginning with Lowe's implosion against New York Saturday at Yankee Stadium. In 20 innings during those games Sox starters have allowed 32 hits, 33 runs (30 earned) and 14 walks.
Back to last night, Joe Burris looks at Derek Lowe’s exit after five innings. Michael Silverman has a look at the inning of work for Byung-Hyun Kim, who looked ok for the first two batters he faced, retiring them both, but struggled after that and left to boos. A much better comeback story is that of Ellis Burks, finally activated before the game and brought in as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. After a extended ovation, Burks responded with a basehit. Rich Thompson has the story. Ron Chimelis looks at Burks saying he’ll retire after the season. David Borges looks at the movie “Fever Pitch” being filmed in and around Fenway this week. Alex Speier also has a look at Bronson Arroyo, and his journey to where he is today. Joe Burris looks at Curtis Leskanic. Steve Buckley gets Butch Hobson’s reaction on his Red Sox strikeout record being broken by Mark Bellhorn. John Tomase says that David Ortiz is making a late season push for the MVP award.
Horrigan’s notebook has Tim Wakefield getting some coaching from Charlie Hough regarding his knuckleball. Chimelis’ notebook looks at Scott Williamson, who is making a push for the postseason roster. Krasner’s notebook looks at Ellis Burks getting activated for last night. Borges’ notebook has more on Burks. Yantz’s notebook leads with the Orioles once again killing the momentum of the Red Sox.
With the bye week, Bill Belichick allows some of his assistant coaches a chance to talk to the media. Predictably a Nick Cafardo article pushing Charlie Weis’ candidacy for a future head coaching job follows. He mentions the Dolphins or the University of South Carolina as possible destinations for Weis. Michael Felger looks at the load of options and talent that Weis has at his disposal this season, probably more than he’s ever had here, and has Weis talking about his ultimate piece, Tom Brady. Tom E Curran writes that despite the lack of name recognition on the offensive line, the group has been good enough to win 17 games in a row. Ian M Clark looks at one of those on the line, Stephen Neal. Chris Kennedy and Michael Parente have a look at the seeming struggles of Richard Seymour, but both have Bill Belichick coming to the defense of his best lineman. Curran’s notebook also looks at Belichick coming to the defense of Seymour. Felger’s notebook looks at some areas that the Patriots defense can tighten up on, and also looks at some harsh words in Michael Holley’s book regarding Patrick Pass.
Bill Griffith and John Howell have reviews of ESPN’s original movie HU$TLE. I was hoping Griffith would have something on the Butch Stearns/Curt Schilling WEEI/FOX25 mess. Maybe Sunday? Dave Scott has a look around the local and national sports media and has word of another Globe sports staff defection. Andrew Neff has some news on a new/old sports radio host up in Maine.
From a long time BSMW Reader: “Confessions of a message board addict.”
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