Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Red Sox' former 11 game win streak has now ended as they lost 9-8 to the Cleveland Indians last night. Ben Francisco (right) largely contributed in this by, when the score was 7-4 Red Sox, hitting a 3-run homer to tie it up at 7. Later the Indians pulled ahead and won it, so that ends the Red Sox' amazing win streak. Brad Penny did not pitch well for the Sox, he has thrown some good games, but this was not one of them. Hopefully they can come back tonight and Lester can kill the hot hitting Indians' bats! He is 1-2 and is matched against Fausto Carmona, who is 1-3. I hop ethey can take over the division soon!
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Red Sox are on track so much, they are now on a roll with a 10 game win streak much helped by our Player of the Week: Mike Lowell. This week he hit 2 HRs and 11 RBI, he is now hitting .324 on the season! He leads the league with 22 RBIs, as the 2nd league leader on the team as Youkilis leads the league with a .439 AVG. They have been doing so well, now at 12-6, with a .666 Winning Percentage, and are in 2nd place behind the Blue Jays. This week, they have gone 6-0, as their hitting has come so much more than it has. They have gotten their wins in this order: A's, 1 win, Orioles, 4 wins, Twins, 2 wins, and Yankees 3 wins, as they swept the biggest rivalry in sports. One play in last night's 4-1 victory was Jacoby Ellsbury stole home plate. No Red Sox player has done that since 1994, he just has the best speed in the AL. If they keep their streak when they play the Indians, they will climb fast!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Last night the Red Sox played the Yankees for the first time this season, this could be the biggest rivalry in sports. The Red Sox won! They were down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Jason Bay hit a 2-run blast to tie it, then they pushed it to the 11th and Youkilis hit a walk-off home run (right)! They won 5-4 and continued their spectacular win streak, as it is now at 8 games. They have hit double digits in the win column too as they are 10-6 and in sole possesion of 2nd place, they are 2 games behind the Blue Jays. The Sox are on a roll, if they beat the Yankees that will crush the morale of the Yankees for when they play at Yankee Stadium on May 4th. Let's go Red Sox, I wonder how this streak will last!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well, Jed Lowrie, our solid shortstop, is injured. Yesterday (4-21-09) Lowrie got surgery on his left wrist, and he could be out for 6-8 more weeks. In the time Lowrie is not playing, Nick Green will, Green is a capable shortstop at defense, not as good as Lowrie though. They are probably equal in hitting. Soon Lugo will be off the DL, I wouldn't mind seeing Lugo after a while, but the Sox just have to remember that Lowrie is their starting guy! I don't expect this to have a huge effect on Lowrie's career, because I think he could win some Gold Gloves in some time, and if he works on it a .300 AVG! Green has been playing very well however and in the 10-8 Red Sox victory, he made it from 8-8 to 10-8, with a 2 run double. I think the Red Sox have a much better shortstop game than they did last year!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today the Red Sox finally finished their 4 game series against the Orioles, and they swept them! The Red Sox are now 7-6, their first time above .500 since the first game of the season! They now are tied with the Yankees in 2nd place, behind the streaking Blue Jays, who are at 10-4, and show no signs of stopping. But, the Red Sox played spectacularly in every game of the series as they won 10-8, 6-4, 2-1, and 12-1. Today, Justin Masterson, a questionable starter pitched very solidly and won the game. The Sox have had good pitching all season but it was in this series that the bats really came alive, as they hit several homers and in every game (except for game 3) they scored at least 6 runs, their pitching was strong too (except for game 1) as they gave up no more than 4 runs in any games. The Orioles were looking good at 6-3, and the Red Sox were 3-6. But now the Sox are 7-6, and the Orioles are 6-7, as their bad luck seems to have restarted.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
After the second week of the season we are certainly better, at 6-6, this time around. Our Player of the Week is Kevin Youkilis (right) currently as he has truly and an amazing week, and season, with a .467 AVG, 3 HRs, and 9 RBI for the season. As opposed to last week, when they went 2-4, this week they went 4-2! They lost 2 straight against the A's and it was looking grim, but then they won, and are currently on a 4 game winning streak, as they are 3-0 so far against the Orioles. Youkilis has contributed greatly in all of these series in both offense and defense. As for pitching, the wins have gone to Wakefield, Delcarmen, Beckett, and Lester. They have been against Brett Anderson, Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Eaton, and Koji Uehara. They are getting back on track, and about time!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Instead of sweeping the A's like I predicted, the Red Sox went 1-2 against them. I may not have said what I did though, if I had known that they had Nomar Garciapparra and Orlando Cabrera. The first 2 games the Red Sox lost 8-2 and 6-5, with Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka (who is now on the DL) pitching. The third game, Tim Wakefield (right) threw an excellent game, as the Sox went on to win that game 8-2! The Red Sox are 3-6 at the moment and I say they really need to get better, when you look at their lineup, you see a bunch of .200 and .100 something AVGs, I just don't get it! They face the Orioles next, who are 2nd place and could put lots of competition on them. But, if they do win that series in a sweep, they will have a .500 winning percentage!
Monday, April 13, 2009
The player of the week, for the first week of the season is Jason Bay(right). He went for 2 home runs and 6 RBIs, along with a .294 AVG during the 2 series against the Rays and Angels. The Red Sox have not had the greatest hitting in '09, but he has been a highlight for them. The Red Sox have really not been playing all that well, as they are 2-4. I expect that this will change after a series against the A's, as I think they will sweep them and go on to the O's. They are sadly in 5th in their division at 2-4, but, as I said, I expect this will change.