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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Redsox say NO DICE in game 1

Redsox ALCS 2008

So much for all that talk about who should be starting game 1 or 2 and 3 for that matter. Daisuke Matsuzaka (?? ??) Pitched 7+ innings of shutout baseball It doesn't get much better than that does it?

Playoff baseball is all about Pitching no more no less and like it or not the Redsox have it in spades. Tonights pitcher is Josh Beckett who was the #1 pitcher until Jon Lester Emerged as a front line starter.

Think back to last winter when the redsox "almost" traded Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury for Johan Santana, While I was a Big Proponent of sending them away for Johan Santana we are now seeing why they didn't want to give up that much for such a sure thing.

I want to say tonight is the Key but the Redsox already did what they had to do and that was win 1 of the first 2 games on the road and take away home field advantage from the Tampa Bay Rays and Now they have a chance to come home with a COMMANDING 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay won the season series between the AL east rivals 10-8, including eight of nine at Tropicana Field.

So by all rights we should have lost last night and the Redsox should have lost to the Angels of Anaheim. Too bad that the Regular Season means absolutley Nothing when the Playoffs roll around. Teams that play great defense like the Angels make little league mistakes and Lose then whine and cry how the best team didn't win. Maybe there is something in the water in California that makes all thier Players turn into Biatches when they lose.

Bring on the Phillies is what I say.

Enjoy the Game tonight.


Biggestron said...

It was never going to be Lester and Ellesbury - it was one or the other.

I think either would have been a loss, as Lester has stepped up in Beckett's place. I think a Lester/Santana trade would have been almost a wash given how well Lester has pitched, but we didn't know that at the time. The worst thing would have been losing the other prospects that would have had to accompany Lester.

Ellesbury has helped to change the Sox running game (most stolen bases this year since 1916. 1916!!!). However - I'll take dominant pitching over one speedy outfielder any day.