Oct
19

ALCS Game 7: It all comes down to this

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It doesn’t get any better than this. The ALCS started as a best-of-seven series a whopping nine days ago, and after the two teams split games 1 & 2, it became a best-of-five series. Once they split games 3-6, it turned into what it is now: a best-of-one.

Jon Lester takes the bump for the BoSox, and much has been made of his innings total after his stuff looked flat in Game 3. Right now he’s working on a career high 230 IP including the postseason, while his previous career high was 163 IP, set just last year. It’s no secret why Lester looked fatigued in his last start, a jump of 67 IP will do that to anyone.

Rays’ starter Matt Garza is also working on a career high in innings pitched, but his total of 196.2 IP (including playoffs) is just barely more than his previous career high of 185, which he set back in 2006. Garza’s fastball was still popping Dioner Navarro’s mitt late in Game 3, and there’s little reason to suspect that fatigue will be an issue for the former Fresno State Bulldog. Anything can happen in one game though, so expect the unexpected.

Someone’s going home tonight, and regardless of who it is, let me be the first to congratulate them on a great season. We should be in for a good one, enjoy it.

Bahston
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. JD Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mark Kotsay, 1B
8. All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek, C
9. Alex Cora wins games, SS – damn Tito, I thought you weren’t supposed to mess with the lineup in the middle of a winning streak
- Jon Lester, P (16-6, 3.21)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF
6. Willy Aybar, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Rocco Baldelli, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
- Matt Garza, P (11-9, 3.70)

Site note: No DotF tonight – the entire AzFL is off, and no Yanks’ farmhands are in the lineup for HWB Waikiki. You can see everyone’s overall winter ball stats here.

Rays’ cheerleader pic from flickr user dbadair, who’s got a badass set of pics from Game 2.

Categories : Game Threads

418 Comments

  1. YankCrank20 says:

    Finish it off Rays.

  2. Mike A. says:

    God the Jets suck.

  3. dan says:

    That is one hell of a slide show.

  4. Ivan says:

    How about the Cowboys gettin smacked by the Rams.

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah, that was pretty bad.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Cowboys still gonna make the playoffs they just gotta win there.. Roy E Williams hardly got to play and SS Roy williams comes back for his first game and breaks his forearm again.. That could be Roy Williams last game as a cowboy

  5. dan says:

    Game hasn’t started yet, so I think this is legal…

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/10.....htm?page=2

    Trade for Russell Martin, move Posada to first? It would probably take Hughes to get him. Imagine the Dodgers in 2 years with a front 3 of Hughes, Billingsley and Kershaw? Jesus.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Lol not gonna happen man. Thats sherman for ya.. Id still rather just sign Tex and keep Posada behind the plate.. Id rather be looking intto Hermida real seriously

    • Ivan says:

      Take that with a grain salt. I have a serious hard time believing they would trade a catcher who plays terrific D and has a good bat.

      But then again, this is the same organization who traded one of the best catching prospects in Carlos Santana for Casey Blake.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Lol thats not gonna happen thats just Sherman being Sherman.. Id rather just sign Tex and keep Po behind the plate.. Id be real serious about Hermida tho, it says they are looking for some cheap relievers which we have plenty of and they said to want a young 3b what if we give them Betemit ?
      Betemit+Edwar+Veras ?

    • Mike A. says:

      Man, if they’re serious about dealing Martin, he could be the centerpiece of a deal for Peavy.

      Peavy + Greene for Martin + James McDonald + Chin-lung Hu + Xavier Paul

      Holy crap, that’s so stupid it’s perfect for everyone involved.

  6. Ivan says:

    Remember when Ellsbury was considered by many the best Cfer and one of the most successful players out of their system.

  7. Joey H. says:

    My prediction- Huge offensive outburst from the rays. and a good 7 inning effort from garza with a few early roadbumps but settles in nicely and in dominant form. How are you guys? its been a few days lol

  8. Relaunch says:

    There is no way TB wins this game.

  9. Mike W. says:

    I seriously cannot f’ing take it if the Red Sox do it again. I just can’t take it…

    Please Rays. One time.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Cmon Garza your filthy my dude !!!

  11. Smitt Dog says:

    Anyone else a little pissed they pre-empted the Steve Harvey show for this crap?

  12. Joey H. says:

    Well, Um, that was a good throw.. was it not?

  13. Mike A. says:

    So I see Garza has his good fastball tonight. I’d love to know what it feels like to be able to throw that hard, that easily.

  14. Joey H. says:

    Go ahead blame it on the grit beard..

  15. Mike Pop says:

    Fuck

  16. Jamal G. says:

    I’d love to take a peak in the future and see how Dustin Pedroia will look like at 31-years-old. I mean damn, his body can’t take all the torque he creates from his swings, and the constant diving after batted balls.

  17. Fritz says:

    P(erformance) E(nhancing) Dr(ugs) oia is really beginning to get under my skin. It’s like Luis Sojo had a caucasian son dropped him on his head and signed him to the Sox

  18. Smitt Dog says:

    Good Mo, I can’t stand widdle Dusty

  19. Mike Pop says:

    Is Papi’s indershirt legal ? Have respect for the game bitch lol

  20. Mike A. says:

    Bah, that pitch called for ball three was a strike.

  21. Jamal G. says:

    God dammit, I hate when fans jump out of their seats when a player gets brushed back. What are you going to do? Sit down and shut the hell up.

  22. Mike A. says:

    Nice play by Rocco. That ball was slicing away from him, and he’s hasn’t exactly been playing RF every day.

  23. Bill N says:

    Wow just wow

  24. Mike Pop says:

    Garza or Joba ?

  25. Mike Pop says:

    Im ready for the Rays O to explode

  26. Mike Pop says:

    I hope they wanted this game so Upton and Longoria can hit more HRs

  27. Jamal G. says:

    Did Chip Caray just say Jon Lester never recorded consecutive losses in his Major League career?

  28. dan says:

    Garza was sitting at 95 in the first inning, hitting 96 a few times.

  29. I can only help the Rays cause by giving little Mark Walhberg and Andy Samberg on your asses. Hug it out bitches!!

    http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Ni.....ge/773862/

  30. Smitt Dog says:

    Mike, what was the thought behnd the Twins trading away Garza? Is Delmon’s upside really comparable?

    • Mike A. says:

      Delmon’s got nice upside, and Garza really took off this year. Delmon Young looks like a young Jose Guillen, minus the attitude problems.

      • Ivan says:

        “minus the attitude problems”

        Really? The same guy who threw a bat at an umpire and complain and whine when he wasn’t called at the Show like a couple years ago.

      • Jamal G. says:

        Hmm, that seems like a lesser comp than usual. Are you not completely buying the thought that Young is just taking a bit longer to adjust than expected?

  31. Lanny says:

    The Rays are tight. The Sox can finish them off in the first 4 innings here.

  32. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, haven’t seen that type of range since…oh, that’s right, I haven’t.

  33. Joey H. says:

    Just to clarify, this is sort of an open thread right? So if i ask the gents on here a question slightly off topic i wont get ridiculed right?

  34. E-ROC says:

    “There are two positions where you can have a positive impact on the game: catcher and shortstop.”

  35. Jamal G. says:

    I swear, if Jason Varitek ever becomes a broadcaster, little kittens will have to worry about more than just masturbating-hating ninjas.

  36. Mike Pop says:

    And the Jason Varitek dick sucking begins in tonights game

    • Ivan says:

      If Walter Johnson had Varitek as a catcher, he would of won 700 games. The guy basically wouldn’t lose.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    Fuck that, A-Rod deflected question about his opt-out clause for the entire season; he didn’t get any love for that.

    • Mike Pop says:

      But this is mr integrity, mr all before one Jason Varitek. A-Rod cant match him

      • Mike Pop says:

        Plus wasnt it Varitek himself who negotiated the Mnany trade and other successful trades for the red sox in the past

    • Nady Nation says:

      He also pulled one of the most selfish, classless acts in recent sports history when announcing that he actually would opt out. So that pretty much squashed any of the midseason opt-out clause deflections that you’re referring to.

      • Jamal G. says:

        No, it doesn’t. They are talking about Jason Varitek deflecting those questions whilst his team is still playing. A-Rod did the same shit, yet nobody gave him any love for it.

        • Joey H. says:

          Please, You’re talking about this like it matters man, It’s a battle we will never win. The media, the whole media, hates New York.

        • Nady Nation says:

          I disagree. I don’t think it matters that A-Rod didn’t say anything about his opt-out clause during the season when he then uses the biggest stage in baseball, one in which he is not playing on, to announce to the world that he will be a free agent, on the eve of the Yankees biggest rival clinching the World Series. It pretty much wipes out his previous “doing the right thing” in my book.

  38. E-ROC says:

    He gone!

  39. Joey H. says:

    Look at that C on his chest. I mean.. that NASTTTYYY breaking pitch that buckled his knees. Vintage’06 Beltran.

  40. Nady Nation says:

    Anyone think the Phils can beat Boston if they win tonight? I don’t think they stand a chance, this is eerily reminiscent to both 04 and last year when the Sawx just caught fire going into the WS and blew the NL teams’ doors off.

    • Mike A. says:

      Nope. There’s no one in the NL that could beat either of these AL teams in a seven game series.

    • Joey H. says:

      Phillie has a much better bullpen over the course of this year. Plus I like a rotation of Hamels-Myers- Moyer- Blanton over a BoSox rotation with an injured centerpiece in Beckett. Moyer will delightfully probably dominate the key lefties in the BoSox order.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Yes the Phillies are winning the Show

    • Steve H says:

      The Phillies lineup is built like an AL team, so I’d say they would have a chance. This Sox team doesn’t hit like the 04 and 07 teams, but I still think the Phils pitching, especially middle relief would struggle.

      • Joey H. says:

        Couldn’t agree with you more on the first two points.

      • Mike A. says:

        The Phillies lineup is built like an AL team

        Same thing with the Rockies last year.

        • Steve H says:

          Even though there is a park factor in Philly, it doesn’t compare to Coors. And I’m not talking HR’s only, just hitting. Even with the humidor, because of the huge playing surface, there are a ton of more places to hit the ball in Coors. I think Utley, Howard, Rollins etc would be great anywhere they played, I can’t say the same for some of the members of last years Rockies team. Even Holliday, their best hitter, has extreme home/road splits.

        • Joey H. says:

          Whoa Whoa Whoa there mike, Aside from Helton and Holliday Who can you see being any where near as dominant as the Phillies. They’ve got Howard Utley Burrell and hell, throw in the flyin’ Hawaiian. I wont say Rollins cause I cant exactly see him being so great in the AL but c’mon thats not fair.

          • Ivan says:

            Forgot a healthy Troy Tulowitzki.

          • Mike A. says:

            Tulo last yr >>> Rollins this year
            Atkins any year >>> Feliz any year
            Hawpe last year >>> Werth any year
            Holliday last year >>> Burrell this year

            Ruiz and Torreabla are a wash.

            Howard + Utley + Victorino >>> Helton + Kaz + Taveras, but the Rox have them beat just about everywhere else.

            • Ivan says:

              Persoanlly I like Werth better than Hawpe.

              • Mike A. says:

                Werth had a 119 OPS+ this year (which is park neutralized) and is useless against righthanded pitchers. Hawpe had a 129 OPS+ last year and is useless against lefties, which is more tolerable. And he’s younger than Werth.

                • Ivan says:

                  Werth is also a better fielder than Hawpe.

                • Steve H says:

                  And stole 20 bases while being caught once. Werth’s OPS against RHP’s was about 100 points higher than Hawpe’s OPS against LHP’s. Rollins is still a better player than Tulo, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt with his track record. The Howard/Utley/Victorino is an extreme landslide for the Phils. Age isn’t a factor either, we are comparing 2008 Werth vs. 2007 Hawpe for the purpose of a 7 game series.

            • Joey H. says:

              Nah man. I dont see it that way. Rollins is a lot better player than he has shown to be. Not to mention that was the first playoff berth in their franchise in something like 12 years. When Tulo was about 10. Phillies were there last year. i think they are far more prepared this year.

  41. Ivan says:

    That 3-0 pitch wasn’t a strike. And I betcha he wouldn’t call it a strike if it was 2K’s on the hitter.

  42. Bill N says:

    Really that almost hit him

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Carl Crawford is the man just because of his walk-up song (Paper Planes, M.I.A.).

  44. Mike Pop says:

    O Mo a perfect game

  45. Pedro says:

    Good to see Lester is already in 4-hit shutout mode.

  46. Mike Pop says:

    Lester has it tonight

  47. Joey H. says:

    Ey Jamal. Entourage Time. Did you see the one where they were trippin on shrooms? lol

    • Jamal G. says:

      I hated that episode so much; so damn pointless. Last episode was good, however. I’m about to watch True Blood, you like that show?

      • Joey H. says:

        Haven’t really heard about it. That episode was a waste even though the part where E writes ” My mouth won’t talk.” that was pretty comical. and whats the new show about

  48. Mike A. says:

    Alex Cora’s experienced now, he won’t cry on the field when his team loses the College World Series on a walk-off homer anymore.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  49. Mike Pop says:

    Dumb Garza

  50. Bill N says:

    Stop complaing you fat fuck

  51. Joey H. says:

    Big Papi, YOU ARE MY BITCHHHHH!!!! ( Garza)

  52. Ivan says:

    Yeah Garza smoke that fat ugly mothafucker.

  53. Mike A. says:

    Man, these guys wearing suits in all these bank commercials can’t even keep a straight face when they tell you not to sell all your stock.

    • Joey H. says:

      Yeah and when Jim Kramer tried to be honest and tell everyone to sell their stock and he got reprimanded. Goes to show, Honesty gets you know where.

  54. Mike A. says:

    Man. I could pitch in the big leagues if I got calls like that.

  55. Mike A. says:

    What a scoop by Pena. Gotta get a little more arm into those throws, Evan.

    • Joey H. says:

      Wrist has never been the same. Remember him being dubbed as the guy who plays exceptional defense but his offense lacks but he is so great in the field that they don’t care?

      • Mike A. says:

        Are you talking about Pena? Because that’s never been the case with E-Long.

        • Joey H. says:

          No I’m talking about Longoria. I remember them saying that when Longoria debuted he, wasn’t a prototypical third baseman offensive production wise. I believe it was Kenny Singleton. I remember he made a crazy diving stop and then went on to his his first HR against the Yankees. that’s what made him say it.

      • Ivan says:

        Evan Longira was the top hitter in the 06 draft. If anything they were slight questions about his defense.

  56. Mike A. says:

    Garza’s dealin’ yo. We have ourselves an old fashioned pitchin’ duel right here.

  57. Joey H. says:

    Now as Bay is up. He’s a quiet character but do you think if Man-Ram remained they would have made the playoffs? And if so, do you think they would be preparing for the WS already?

  58. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, one pitch is the only difference thus far. Damn good game.

  59. Mike A. says:

    So who’s the MVP? I don’t think they’ll give it to Upton is the Sox manage to win.

    • Steve H says:

      Varitek. Remember, he could go 0-2000 and still have a huge effect on the game (says the soon to be free agent, what a dick.)

  60. Mike A. says:

    Time to start some shit. Don’t get picked off Aki.

  61. Ivan says:

    Yo that chick in True Blood, didn’t she played Rogue in those X-Men Movies?

  62. Ivan says:

    Come on Rays.

  63. Joey H. says:

    Out of curiosity, is there a rulebook limit to where the fielders can play?

  64. Mike A. says:

    Nice play Pedroia. Now I’m sure Francona will tell him to never do that again.

  65. Mike A. says:

    Tie game. Bitches.

  66. Mike A. says:

    Nice job by the fan making sure Youk couldn’t get to that one.

  67. E-ROC says:

    Geez Crawford. Doing your best Melky impression.

  68. Ivan says:

    Lets Go.

  69. Nady Nation says:

    Anyone else think Crawford’s a little overrated?

  70. Mike A. says:

    Shut down inning, Matty.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Why isn’t Hughes as good as Garza ??? Both were top prospects coming out the minors at the same time.

      • Nady Nation says:

        Hughes only throws 91

      • Mike A. says:

        Garza’s three years older. Wait till Hughes is that age.

        • Reggie C. says:

          So we gotta wait till Hughes the boy becomes Hughes the man. He’s in the AZ league whereas Garza is working on his second gem of the post season. Hughes was supposed to be a better pitcher than Garza THEN. Now, its not even a debate.

          • Steve H says:

            Don’t you agree that there should be a learning curve. Garza is the perfect example, he sucked at 22, and now he’s working on his 2nd gem. Not at 22. And oh yeah, how did Garza do against the White Sox in the 1st round?

      • Ivan says:

        Dude Garza is close to three years older and he too experience some growing pains as well.

      • Steve H says:

        When Garza was 22, he had a 5.76 ERA. Hughes at 21 had a 4.46 ERA (in the al East). Guess there’s hope for him yet.

    • Ivan says:

      And he does that.

  71. Bill N says:

    Mark Kotsay smells of something terrible. Wasn’t it these douchnozzle annoucers that said he was a great pickup ?

  72. Mike A. says:

    Don’t look now, but Garza’s outpitching Lester The Invincible.

  73. Trevor says:

    Garza clearly has better stuff then Hughes. I’m a Hughes fan and I’ll atmit that.

    • Steve H says:

      And if stuff was what determined greatness in a pitcher, Farnsworth would be an all-star every year.

  74. Mike A. says:

    How the hell did Aybar hit that?

  75. Bill N says:

    Touche Steve,
    Thataboy Aybar

  76. Ivan says:

    Come on Navaro.

  77. A.D. says:

    Navarro showing the wheels

  78. Steve H says:

    Let’s see Rocco put down a bunt here.

  79. Mike A. says:

    The catcher with an infield hit. Why can’t the Yankees get players like that?

  80. Joey H. says:

    Where has Floyd been during this series? Hurt?

  81. A.D. says:

    nice hit for Baldelli

  82. Reggie C. says:

    Rays lead !!

  83. Ivan says:

    Yeah Badelli.

  84. Mike A. says:

    RAH-COOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  85. E-ROC says:

    I hope Dickie V doesn’t have a heart attack out there. lol!

    Good job by future Yankee, Baldelli.

  86. Jamal G. says:

    Dickey V. baby!!!!

  87. Bill N says:

    “Bay loads up” and launches a 10 hopper to the catcher.

  88. Mike A. says:

    They’ve got Lester right where they want him. Make. Him. Pay.

  89. Jamal G. says:

    Damn, I want Baldelli and Garnder to man CF next year so bad.

  90. Ivan says:

    Why they didn’t bunt with Bartlett.

  91. Steve H says:

    1st and 2nd no outs and your #9 hitter is up. Why no bunt there?

  92. Jamal G. says:

    Jason Bartlett, the Tampa section of the BBWAA’s Team M.V.P.

  93. Joey H. says:

    How ’bout them Devil Rays.

  94. Joey H. says:

    These TBS guys are pretty entertaining. and DAMN is that crowd louddd.

  95. Mike A. says:

    Bah, they had him on the ropes. At least they’re showing signs of life.

  96. Ivan says:

    Lets go Garza.

  97. Bill N says:

    Truely hurts when you first team moves you and you end up in the ALCS potentialy WS

  98. Ivan says:

    Hopefully next year it would be Joba/Hughes doing shit like Shields and Garza are doing and I think they will. Yes, I am an optimist.

  99. Jake H says:

    Rays must win. I can’t stand the Sox winning.

  100. Nady Nation says:

    Man, Garza sure has been a nice throw-in from the Bartlett-Delmon swap

  101. Joey H. says:

    Entourage time.

  102. Ivan says:

    Come on Garza, smoke this vienna saugage bitch.

  103. A.D. says:

    Sox are trying to channel the power of the grit-beard

  104. E-ROC says:

    When Pedroia gets old, he’ll look like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

  105. Ivan says:

    Blow the FB by ortiz Garza.

  106. Mike A. says:

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!!!

  107. A.D. says:

    HUGE

    Blew Papi away on that one

  108. Jamal G. says:

    Oh yes. Oh fucking yes!

  109. Jake H says:

    Hell YA!

  110. Joey H. says:

    Something tells me that Garza wants no part of Pedrioa

  111. Brian says:

    Ten-out countdown. One snot-nosed shrimp.

  112. Bill N says:

    Love the classic strike em out throw em out

  113. Mike A. says:

    Does this qualify as a gritty performance from Garza? I say no, I call this straight gangsta.

  114. Brian says:

    Five pitches? Come on…

  115. Nady Nation says:

    Terrible half inning there. Gotta get Garza a longer breather than that

  116. Brian says:

    The bottom half of the sixth…sponsored by Mark Melancon.

  117. Mike A. says:

    How’s the thread treating everyone? Is it loading slow? Let me know if I should start a new one.

  118. Joey H. says:

    So far, My prediction from earlier on this thread has remained so. Rocky start for Garza ( the HR) and then settling in, in a dominant fashion, with 7good IP.

  119. Joey H. says:

    Lotsa good eggs in that box score.

  120. Jake H says:

    Why can’t the red sox just go away.

  121. Bonos says:

    That’s a very bad mistake by Maddon. The kids are hyper, slow them down by getting them to foul off some pitches

  122. Jamal G. says:

    Bring in J.P. Howell. Bring in J.P. Howell.

  123. Jamal G. says:

    Yo, Joey, tell me that episode wasn’t the best you’ve seen in a while. I really hope Ari takes the new gig.

  124. Joey H. says:

    Yo Mike. Whats the little tag line for RAB going to be next year? Since the stadium won’t be up much longer.

  125. A.D. says:

    Has Price thrown in this series?

  126. Jake H says:

    why no david price?

  127. Joey H. says:

    GRITT THAT YOU COCKKK SUCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  128. A.D. says:

    Garza is pumped up

  129. Ivan says:

    Varitek had no chance.

  130. Mike A. says:

    Straight gangsta.

  131. Jake H says:

    6 more outs!

  132. Joey H. says:

    Tack on some runs boysss

  133. Jamal G. says:

    Holy shit, this is epic, fun, whatever the hell you can think of.

  134. Brian says:

    Who for Tampa in the 8th?

  135. Jamal G. says:

    Howell for the eight (and Big Papi), Balfour for the ninth. Das it.

  136. b/c says:

    is it balfour then howell?

  137. A.D. says:

    Theyve had their backs against the wall because of the HR from TB… what does the mean.

    GONE

  138. Jamal G. says:

    …..And boom goes the dynamite!!!!!!!!!!

  139. pat says:

    fuck and yes

  140. b/c says:

    whaddya guys say can the rays do it?

  141. Bill N says:

    Sweet mother of Aybar

  142. Jake H says:

    They needed that extra run.

  143. Ivan says:

    I Told ya people the rays will win this game.

  144. Ivan says:

    Where’s Lanny and Pedro when the Rays are winning right now by two runs.

  145. E-ROC says:

    I hope Maddon doesn’t go to Wheeler.

  146. Jamal G. says:

    Outside of providing an insurance run, that HR guaranteed that Upton and Pena will garner one more Plate Appearance, each.

  147. Baseballnation says:

    The Rays remind me of the mighty ducks…That is the ducks from the disney movies, those scrappy little mothers lol.

  148. Joey H. says:

    Think the champagne is chilling now?

  149. Joey H. says:

    Think Troy makes the WS roster?

  150. Mike A. says:

    Matt Garza’s a pimp. 116 pitches ain’t no thang.

  151. Joey H. says:

    Please tell me that isnt a replay we will be seeing for years..

  152. Jamal G. says:

    You piece of shit, you are only a viable starter because of your defense.

  153. A.D. says:

    Wheres that Barlett team MVP shit

  154. Ivan says:

    Fuck!!!

  155. Jake H says:

    Come on.

  156. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, Garza didn’t even acknowledge Bartlett when Bartlett patted him on his back.

  157. Ivan says:

    Hope he goes to Howell here. I trust him more than Balfour/Wheeler.

  158. E-ROC says:

    Dan Wheeler’s on the mound. Hide the kids and pray

  159. whozat says:

    I think you guys are all ignoring the fact that that was vintage, clutch Alex Cora baseball. He wins games.

  160. Jamal G. says:

    Come on you douche, throw a strike.

  161. whozat says:

    Awesome, Joe Maddon. Bring me more pitchers who can’t throw strikes.

  162. pat says:

    this is such bullshit the sox get games just fucking handed to them it makes me sick

  163. Mike A. says:

    So … who just realized how lucky we Yankees’ fans are to have Mo back there?

  164. Ivan says:

    No Howell?

  165. For those of you who missed Entourage, here’s a link where you could watch it in HD quality (amazing episode btw):
    http://video.supernovatube.com.....7a3a2d4f4a

  166. Lanny says:

    The Rays bullpen is Mets like.

  167. Bill N says:

    Get your shit together Wheeler.

  168. zack says:

    I can’t believe Maddon went to the BP. Its that, “theres a guy on first, no matter how he got there, I must go to the BP, even if they are the suck” mentality. I can’t watch them implode again…

  169. whozat says:

    What the hell is this guy doing in the ballgame??? He’s a command guy with no command. YANK him!!

  170. Mike A. says:

    Relax guys, Wheeler’s got a GritBeard.

    • whozat says:

      Has there ever been a handsome, graceful ballplayer described as “gritty”? Or does being athletic/talented preclude you from being gritty?

  171. E-ROC says:

    What? Lefty vs lefty matchup? Who knew?

  172. A.D. says:

    Pedroia rocking the bald spot

  173. Jamal G. says:

    What do you do with Youk? Leave Howell in for a potential match-up with J.D. Drew? Or do you go with Grant Balfour and trust his 2008 numbers against LHB (.364-OPS)?

  174. Alan says:

    Why is David Price not in this game? Does Maddon not want to win?

    • whozat says:

      Has he even pitched in the last ten days?

      I can understand being leery of Price NOW. I couldn’t understand it with a 6 run lead in the 7th.

      • Alan says:

        I’d rather have put Price in than Wheeler, who completely imploded once already this series. Why carry such a talented arm if you’re not going to use it.

    • b/c says:

      roockies are unpredictable

      period

      • Steve H says:

        if he’s an unpredictable rookie, they shouldn’t have put him on the roster. they didn’t use him with a 7 run lead the other night, why not? he’s their best arm.

    • giselle says:

      yea, price would be shitting bricks if he was out there right now.

  175. Mike A. says:

    Heh, anyone else see Gammons trying to see over the camera behind the plate?

  176. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike, can you start another thread? It’s slowing down fo me.

  177. Mike A. says:

    I give Maddon props. He’s going to his best guys in big spots.

  178. Brian says:

    why isn’t ellsbury coming in for ortiz?

  179. E-ROC says:

    I can’t wait to see Quantum of Solace.