ALDS Game 1: Who do you want to win?


Me? I really don’t care, but it would be nice to see the Sawx lose in heartbreaking fashion. Beggars can’t be choosers, I’m rooting for a good baseball game more than anything. John Lackey (12-5, 3.75) takes on Jon Lester (16-6, 3.21), first pitch scheduled for 10pm EDT.

Categories : Asides, Game Threads


  1. parms says:

    i live with way too many red sox fans to not root against them. im sick and tired of hearing them gloat about their recent string of success. a first round sweep would be perfect

  2. Jamal G. says:

    Ah, Chip “The Yankees led the world (emphasis, his) in Home Runs” Caray. I wonder if Mr. Caray has figured out the Yankees had the fifth most Home Runs in MLB last season.

  3. Wasted Talent says:

    C’mon Angels…humiliate the Sox this round and then get blown out in the pennant.

  4. Mike A. says:

    Dustin Pedroia will hit a grand slam when he comes to plate this inning. That’s how he rolls.

  5. UWS says:

    Did Caray just say Ellsbury’s ball was playable for Matthews? Oy.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    M.V.P. type failure.

  7. Ivan says:

    Not enough gritt to get that ball by Lackey.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Angels baby ! they gotta win this shit

  9. Ivan says:

    I was listening on the fan like yesterday, and one of the callers said he would trade Reyes of Dustin Pedroia cuz Reyes had “no heart” and wasn’t clutch. I guess he’s right. Grit always wins.

  10. Wasted Talent says:

    Yes! Wasted the lead off double!

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Clutch dive by Pedroia there. Intangibles.

  12. Mike Pop says:

    See what Tex does for teams !!!!!! Go get em Cash !!

  13. Mike A. says:

    17 GIDP for Tex this year? He’ll fit right in!

  14. Mike Pop says:

    God Tex is good

  15. Ivan says:

    Even Ellsbury defense is overrated.

  16. Jamal G. says:

    It’s not Jon Lester’s fault, he had cancer.

  17. Mike A. says:

    For the love of Mo Vlad. That was ball 1.

  18. Ivan says:

    Nice Job Guerrero

  19. Jamal G. says:

    I can’t believe Buck Martinez is giving credit to Jon Lester in how he is sucking. That’s just hilarious.

  20. Mike A. says:

    Take the next two Torii.

    Dammit, nevermind.

  21. Chris says:

    What are the chances that Lester flames out next year? He’s already thrown 60 innings more this year than his previous career high, plus whatever he’ll throw in the playoffs.

  22. Mike A. says:

    You’re my boy Howie Kendrick. Do ya thing.

  23. Ivan says:

    Lester walks a guy with a OBP less than .330 for his career.

  24. Jamal G. says:

    Jesus, that was Ball Two.

  25. Ivan says:

    To be honest, Im not that surprise why Guerrero struggles in the playoffs.

  26. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike, even you said it, the Angels downfall was the lack of plate disipline. Your gonna see some questionable a-bats by the Angels in the postseason.

  27. Mike A. says:

    What’s with all the GritBeards?

  28. UpStateYank says:

    “He had cancer. Innings increases don’t apply to him.”

    Mike, you made my milk come out my nose and all over my keyboard.

  29. Jamal G. says:

    Jason Bay: Really not Xavier Nady

    • Mike Pop says:

      once again the sox outdid us… we sign randy they get beckett.. hughes pitches great las year and clay comes out and throws a no hitter…this offseason we are gonna sign CC and they will probly go out and steal a young durable SP for nothing and cheap money… man fuck those guys

      • Mike A. says:

        Clay Buchholz has pitched like shit in the big leagues. Take away that no-no, and he’s got a 5.72 ERA & 1.73 WHIP.

      • TheLastClown says:

        More like we got Pavano, they got Beckett.

        Maybe instead of comparing Hughes to Buchholz, you compare Joba….

        Why have a defeatist attitude that they’re going to outsign us in the pitching market in value? It’s baseless.

  30. E-ROC says:

    I don’t think Lackey can spot his fastball any better than that.

  31. Mike A. says:

    That was 10 straight out of the zone from Lester.

    Tex’s hit was off the plate
    Vlad popped up on the first pitch that was up and out of the zone
    Hunter walked at 5 pitches, swinging through what would have been ball 4
    Kendrick took a first pitch ball, then grounded out on a ball out of the zone
    The first two to Napoli were out of the zone

  32. UWS says:

    ZOMG my eyes!!!! Arrrrgh, Craig Sager, why do you do this to us?!

    Mike, where’s that would-be GM list you guys promised a few days back?

  33. Ivan says:

    Everytime I see Gary Mathews Jr, I say to myself, what a watse of money.

  34. Jamal G. says:

    THT made an interesting point in their preview of this series.

    Even with Teixeira and Napoli showing patience and power, the Angels as a team rely on putting the ball in play. They’re near the bottom of the league in walks and strikeouts and have fewer “defense independent” plays (walks, strikeouts, homers, hit batters) than all but four teams. So the defense is frequently a factor when the Angels are at bat.

    So one could come to a conclusion that when the Angels play against a team with a below average defense, like our beloved Yankees, they would have a distinct advantage, no? Could this be the main reason why the Angels have owned us recently? It makes a lot of sense, more than the popular “They are in the Yankees’ head; they have the Yankees’ number.”

    Think about it, a team that puts the ball in play a lot going against a team who who’s defensive efficiency rating ranks 25th (Yankees) of thirty Major League teams. That is not a favorable match-up for our Yankees.

  35. Mike Pop says:

    If they sign Tex they can probably try to deal Kendry Morales for some outfield help or something like that right ? Morales is suppose to be pretty good

  36. Ivan says:

    The Angels: The Anti Sabermetrics Team.

    • UWS says:

      Didn’t they outperform their Pythag by something like 12 games? Too lazy to look it up.

      • Ivan says:

        They were one of the luckier teams in the AL or baseball. Joe Sheenan had a interesting article on why K-Rod had so many SV’s and opportunities. Cuz for the fact that offense was down, and the angels hardley blow out their opponents, so yea they were playing over their heads.

        That and cuz they hardly walk and have little power and make alot outs on the basepaths.

  37. Mike A. says:

    Nice job by TBS pointing out Varitek’s career low batting avg.

  38. E-ROC says:

    Varitek in rare All-Star form.

  39. Ivan says:

    Gritty slide there by Lowrie.

  40. UWS says:

    That stupid graphic by TBS that measures the runner’s lead from first base: dumb or dumbest thing ever?

  41. Jamal G. says:

    Nice job, Rapuano. Fuck-head.

  42. UWS says:

    Ortiz is teh clutch.

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Get off your knees ump; you’re blowing the game!!!

    Where was that from?

  44. Ivan says:

    An Angel taking pitches, Im stun.

  45. Ivan says:

    Shut The Fuck Up about Varitek behind the god damn plate. Geez.

  46. UWS says:

    Good grief, enough with the Varitek verbal fellatio!!!! Yarrrgh.

  47. TheLastClown says:

    Gritty boot Lowrie

  48. Ivan says:

    What a play by Lowrie. And they question this guy sticking at SS, how dare they.

  49. Ivan says:

    What was that Bay.

  50. Mike A. says:

    Bay looking Abreu-esque in the field.

  51. Jamal G. says:

    Angels: 1
    Cancer Patient: 0

  52. E-ROC says:

    You know, it would be great if Hunter gets a ring. And I am also rooting for Griffey to get a ring.

  53. Mike A. says:

    Howie Kendrick, rally killer extraordinaire.

  54. Ivan says:

    And Kendrick swings at a pitch that would of hit him. UGH.

  55. Ivan says:

    Ugly Bitch.

  56. TheLastClown says:

    Jon Lester survives Cancer,

    Pitches 63 innings en route to a WS ring, and a win in the clincher.

    Spits in the face of baseball men & gods to throw 210 innings a year later & shatter the 30 inning increase

    Starts game 1 of the ALDS, gives up a run, and comes back to get the inning ending out with two pitches

    Brave Man? or The Bravest Man Ever?

  57. Ivan says:

    Buck Martinez: “Jason Bay fits the Sox bill, A proffesional baseball player”

  58. Mike A. says:

    Ostrich?!? That’s not a burger, that’s a bird.

    Heh, awesome.

  59. Jamal G. says:

    Jason Varitek, please.

  60. Jamal G. says:

    Hey, did Moose give a timetable on his decision to retire or not?

  61. E-ROC says:

    The Little Pony; is that really Pedroia nickname/

  62. Ivan says:

    The Little engine that couldn’t Pedroia.

  63. Jamal G. says:

    What’s the ceiling, floor and probability of reaching said ceiling for Anibal Sanchez?

  64. Ivan says:

    Guerrero swinging at ball 1.

  65. Jamal G. says:

    Plate discipline for the loss.

  66. UWS says:

    Eff you, Torii.

  67. Infamous says:

    is it me or are these announcers on every red sox players dicks

  68. UWS says:

    Awwwwwww fuck.

  69. Infamous says:

    fuck u jason bay

  70. Ivan says:

    Fuck you Bay. FUCK YOU.

  71. Jamal G. says:

    Home Run number twenty-seven given up by John Lackey.

  72. Mike A. says:

    Heh, check out Scott Boras kicking it behind the plate.

  73. Infamous says:

    Giambi-esque play

  74. Jamal G. says:

    Buck Martinez: “Mark Kotsay has been a good role player for the Red Sox.”

    Mark Kotsay has a .226/.286/.345 vital line since joining the Red Sox.

  75. Mike A. says:

    They let Lester off the hook in the hook in the first. Had a chance to make a statement there.

  76. Mike A. says:

    Yeah no kidding, why not start Juan Rivera in RF against the lefty? His OPS against LHP is nearly 60 points higher than GMJ’s.

    And where the hell was that pitch? Wow.

  77. UWS says:

    You watch this game and you just KNOW that if Yankees were playing instead of Boston, Angels would be winning in a blowout. Bleh.

  78. Ivan says:

    Lester is on now.

  79. Mike A. says:

    Vlad could have done that.

  80. Jamal G. says:

    Gary Matthews Jr. just became the most worthless player in Major League Baseball. Melky Cabrera would have had that.

  81. Ivan says:

    OMG, Gary Mathews Jr. is useless son of a bitch.

  82. UWS says:

    Oh. My. God.

  83. E-ROC says:

    $55 million failed.

  84. Pete says:

    Who are we all kidding — the Sox are going to be in the Series AGAIN, and probably win it all against the Dodgers.

  85. Ivan says:

    Come on Oliver.

  86. Mike A. says:

    David Ortiz is so clutch. That pitch was in the other batter’s box.

  87. Jamal G. says:

    David Ortiz: 2002-2007

  88. Ivan says:

    Where’s Charles Barkley to get on Craig Sager on his horrible suits.

  89. Ivan says:

    Angels offense sucking right now.

  90. Will (the other one) says:

    A one-seamer? Seriously?

  91. Ivan says:

    Lester is dealing right now.

  92. Mike A. says:

    A one-seam fastball? What can’t Jon Lester do.

    Man, they really let him off the hook in the first.

  93. Ivan says:

    Lester throwing gas.

  94. Jamal G. says:

    Damn, even Gameday had Lester clocked at 97-MPH.

  95. UWS says:

    OK, I’ve got half of my wish – Lester has pitched a gem.

    Now, it’s time for the bullpen to blow it in spectacular fashion.

  96. Mike A. says:

    Ha, quote of the day from LoHud.

    Boy do the Red Sox regret trading Lester when he struggled his 1st two years in the league, then had all the health issues…

    oh wait…they didn’t…they were patient with a 22-year old kid while he learned how to become a major league pitcher.

  97. Ivan says:

    Wow he lets oliver face youkilis.

  98. Will (the other one) says:

    Love Youk’s playoff beard. Oh, wait…


  99. Ivan says:

    3-4-5 coming up. Can’t they at least get a run here.

  100. Ivan says:

    Scott Shields is the guy I compare Melancon to.

  101. Mike A. says:

    All those years of work finally took a toll on Shields. That 98mph heat is long gone.

  102. Jamal G. says:

    I have a good feeling the Halos will pull this out.

  103. Ivan says:

    You gotta hit Masterson a little no?

  104. Mike A. says:

    Masterson, stupid fake Jamaican.

  105. Will (the other one) says:

    Man, those walks are HIIIIIIGH…

  106. Ivan says:

    Fuck You Ellsbury.

  107. UWS says:

    Damn, that’s a fantastic catch by Ellsbury.

  108. Ivan says:

    Watch Torii GIDP

  109. Jamal G. says:

    I officially hate Vladimir Guerrero.

  110. Will (the other one) says:

    Good Lord…what a STUPID idea.

  111. Ivan says:

    OMG, Guerrero can’t run.

  112. UWS says:

    Angels play good fundamental baseball. Uh-huh.

  113. E-ROC says:

    Guerrero, use your brain cells.

  114. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, what mediot was it that said Justin Masterson threw in the mid-90′s?

  115. Ivan says:

    All ya can do is laugh cuz it was so bad.

  116. Jamal G. says:

    Oh, now you want to take pitches? Fucking aye.

  117. Ivan says:

    The one time Kendrick is taking pitches, he’s taking pitches down the fucking middle.

  118. Ivan says:

    Thanx Vlad for fucking it up.

  119. UWS says:

    This game blows. I hate baseball.

  120. Jamal G. says:

    It must take some real restraint not to curse out a player after a horrendous base-running play.

  121. Will (the other one) says:

    Man…that looked even more spectacularly bad from the blimp.

  122. Mike A. says:

    I got more aggravated watching that than I did at any point watching the Yanks this year. Just a stupid, stupid play by Vlad.

  123. Ivan says:

    Aw fucking please, stop giving Varitek more credit than he deserve.

    And it’s a fucking bunt, shut the fuck up.

  124. Jamal G. says:

    I don’t know which dropped faster: the WPA for the Angels after Vlad’s idiotic play on the bases; or the WaMu stock.


  125. UWS says:

    These announcers nauseate me. I never thought I’d long for the dulcet stylings of Michael Kay, Miller&Morgan, or even Buck&McCarver.

    “Marvelous” season for Ellsbury? OK, whatever.

  126. Jamal G. says:

    Coco Crisp’s .826-Zone Rating in Center Field ranked as the worst in the American League this season. Surprising?

    • JimT says:

      A totally useless stat. If you watch him play on a routine basis you can see that Coco reads plays well, gets a good jump and covers a great deal of ground. His weak throwing arm is all that keeps him from being an elite defensive centerfielder. That range factor stat is just silly.

  127. Ivan says:

    No Buck Martinez, the guy Ellsbury had a 89 OPS.

    And he’s not that good at CF. fucking overrated.

  128. Mike A. says:

    Good, so the Sox get an insurance run, and Shields is likely unavailable tomorrow.

  129. Jamal G. says:

    My level of discomfort and agitation has just taken an unhealthy rise.

  130. Mike A. says:

    Yeah, this game did wonders for my blood pressure. Glad I stayed up.

  131. UWS says:

    How do the Yankees always lose to these clowns? How?!

  132. Ivan says:

    great, now I gotta hear sox fans saying that Ellsbury is better than A-Jax.

  133. Jamal G. says:

    Fuck this, see you dudes later today.

    Scott Kazmir FTW.

  134. Ivan says:

    Just fuckin great, Ortiz with a RBI see-Eye single.

  135. Ivan says:

    Angels will bring the tying run at the plate.

  136. TheLastClown says:

    I think it would be more satisfying to see Boston get beaten by the Rays.

  137. Ivan says:

    Nice Aybar, swing at three pitches when ya down 3 fuckin runs.

  138. Ivan says:

    Fuck the Angels, and Fuck the Sox too.

  139. JimT says:

    What a really great game. Jon Lester is rounding out to be an elite starter. The Sox did a good job of getting baserunners on all night and eventually scored four runs. A gem by Lester, the bridge from Masterson to the hammer in Paps. Just the way you right it up.

    Game two is critical for the Angels, they certainlt don’t want to go up against Beckett in Boston facing elimination. Suddenly they are under a lot of pressure.

    Lets Go Sox!!!

    • Whitey14 says:

      I was dissapointed that they didn’t get to Lackey earlier though. I really think this team’s pitching will have to carry them if they’re to go far as very few guys are clicking at the plate right now.

      I did get quite a kick out of the comments during the game, I remember being that mad and bitter for years so I could certainly sympathize. I don’t, but I could ;-)

  140. JimT says:

    They are just frustrated fans that really care about their team. I like to check in to get away from the Red Sox rah rah stuff and get a different perspective. You just have to weave you way through a bit of Internet “testosterone”. I still have a vivid recollection of walking around in circles unable to sleep after the 1986 loss to the Mets. Red Sox fans can certainly relate to the pains of baseball disappointment.

    It will be interesting to watch the future with Cashman staying. I have my doubts about Cashman, but I hope that I’m wrong. Yankee fans support their team like crazy and deserve a good team and the back and forth with the Red Sox is at its best when both teams are good.

    If the Red Sox are able to get past the Angels and go deep into the playoffs then it will be high time to give “Tito” some real recognition. He has really held these Red Sox teams together.

    • Whitey14 says:

      Yeah, I come here for pretty much the same reason. That and there are a lot of knowledgable fans and commenters here. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, Red Sox and Yankees fans are the same creatures, we’re just wearing different logos.

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