Red Sox Weekly 8/29/11

By Andy Lindberg

Despite the best efforts of Mother Nature and Hurricane Irene, the Boston Red Sox slogged through a wet day on Saturday, August 27 to sweep a twin bill against Oakland and go 5-2 on the week.  In the process, the Red Sox upped their lead over the New York Yankees to two games before entering a crucial three game set with the Bombers on Tuesday.

The week began in bleak fashion with a 4-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in sweltering Arlington.  The offensive woes did not continue throughout the rest of the series.  Last week I mentioned Adrian Gonzalez must get some more run production going soon for Boston to be able to put the Yankees away.  Gonzalez responded by crushing five home runs in the final three games of the series, including two each in games two and four.

John Lackey’s ERA finally dipped below 6.00 (it resides now at 5.98) as he won his 12th game of the season last Tuesday.  Josh Beckett followed with his 11th win and Andrew Miller threw a spectacular 6.1 scoreless innings in the series finale to take three of four in Texas.

It seems as if Tim Wakefield may never win his 200th game, as he suffered his sixth loss in a 15-5 drubbing in the opening game of the Oakland series.  Boston responded on Saturday before Hurricane Irene pelted the coast by sweeping a doubleheader in which Jon Lester won his 14th game of the year in the early game.

Right now Boston enters a three game series with New York that could very well decide the division.  The Yankees enter Fenway with an offense that has produced a Major League leading 186 home runs, 20 more homers than the runner up, the Boston Red Sox.  The Yankees have scored 719 runs this year, the Red Sox 718.  The Yankees lead in RBI with 702, the Red Sox are second with 691.  The Red Sox do lead in batting average, however, with a .279 clip to the Yankees’ .269.  Even with the offensive prowess New York possesses, it is their pitching that is a problem for them.  The Red Sox have a legitimate chance to put New York away this week, but will only be able to do so if Red Sox pitching steps up and can contain the potent Yankee lineup.

Noonan: Cleaning Off the Noontime Sports Desk

Nothing better than cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk, right?

By Matt Noonan 

Cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk before Hurricane Irene – always a good time.

* Currently, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees remain in a heated AL East division crown race; however, they’ll be able to duke it out on Tuesday, which is when the Bronx Bombers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series. Anyone else somewhat excited for this mid-week clash?

* Does anyone else believe that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have “Lady Luck” on his side? After six starts, Wakfield hasn’t earned win number two-double-zero. Of course, some believe that the Red Sox organization shouldn’t feel bad, but as a fan, it’s easy to sense some sort of emotion, especially for the oldest player in the MLB currently. Eventually the knuckleballer will earn that significant victory, but exactly when will it happen remains a mystery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Wakefield, as well as pray for the Sox offense to produce some runs too.

* According to a recent report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to start rookie quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s final preseason contest. Yet, is this a good or bad decision? Rivera has jostled this young man over the past few weeks, as well as given him false hopes that he’d be the starting signal caller this season. However, should Rivera really be saying this stuff? Seriously, haven’t we endured enough Cam Newton drama? In all honesty, I’d expect Newton to be the starting quarterback this season, but wouldn’t be surprised if Derek Anderson gets the nod, especially since Jimmy Clausen recently sustained a knee injury.

* If you’re a supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, how’re you feeling these days? Are you convinced that Kerry Collins is “your guy?” What’d you think of Reggie Wayne’s recent comments? In all honesty, it’s probably a “dark” time in Indianapolis. Perhaps the local economy will tank because of Peyton Manning’s absence? Hey, it happened in Cleveland when LeBron James traded in his winter jacket for flip-flops. Yet, without Manning, the Colts are a completely different team, so hopefully the Blue and White fan-base will have something to cheer about this season because otherwise it’ll seem as if Jim Mora is roaming the sidelines. Anyone remember his famous, “playoffs” rant?

* Brandon Davies was reinstated to the BYU basketball team on Friday after serving a season ending suspension in March. Yet, what exactly did he do? Well, he broke a rule and didn’t exactly respect the school’s honor code. In fact, have you read BYU’s honor code? It’s rather intense. Davies is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, so I am sure his teammates are happy to have him back on the roster. Although, one sure hopes that he’s learned his lesson and won’t have premarital sex again, especially since it’s forbidden on that particular college campus.

Well, that’s enough pondering. Enjoy the rest  of your weekend and of course, please be safe, especially those in New England!

Daily Noontime – August 15, 2011

Yet again, Tim Wakefield struggled and didn't earn his 200th career win on the mound!

Good Monday to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime, wahoo! Come on, where’s the excitement? OK… OK… We understand, it’s Monday, but in the meantime, check out our headlines and news of the day! 


* Yet again, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield struggled and didn’t earn his 200th career win on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.

* According to reports, New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez plans to rejoin the team this week after surgery.

* Apparently the SEC committee didn’t exactly shut the door on Texas A&M, but instead, allowing the process to “play itself out.”

Keegan Bradley was apparently proud of his perfect putt, which helped him secure his first U.S. PGA tournament win.

* The New York Jets and Houston Texans will battle against one another on Monday in a preseason game and apparently Rex Ryan is ready to display his offense in the “opener.”

* The NFL indeed has some new rules, especially some that revolves around the kicking game, which isn’t making fans, players or coaches happy.

Games to Watch: 

* San Francisco at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Minnesota at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* New York Jets at Houston (NFL Preseason) – 8:00pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Kansas City (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

* Texas at Los Angles of Anaheim Angels (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed it, here’s an awesome video recapping the month of July! 

Red Sox Weekly Review

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston Red Sox enter a brand new week with a two-game losing skid, thanks, Seattle, I’m sure the local nine appreciates it!

However, despite their west coast struggles from this past weekend, which usually seem to occur in the month of August, yet again, Tim Wakefield watched another start end without his 200th career victory. Indeed, it’s heartbreaking news, however, will Wakefield eventually win and celebrate that special milestone? Of course, but obviously it won’t be against the Mariners, as the Sox wrapped up their season series with a 5-3 loss on Sunday.

Kevin Youkillis ended Sunday’s contest with his 17th home run, as well as his 78th RBI of the season, however, it wasn’t enough to spark the Sox offense.

Yet, despite the Sox struggles on Saturday and Sunday, they managed to win two-of-three games against the Minnesota Twins. Alfredo Aceves and Matt Albers each recorded wins on Monday and Tuesday, while Jonathan Papelbon collected two additional saves. Although on Wednesday, Jon Lester struggled and so did the offense, as Minnesota’s bats came alive to win the series finale, 5-2.

WEEK OUTLOOK: The Sox will return to Fenway Park on Tuesday for a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays. They’ll wrap up the two-day series on Wednesday and then travel to Kansas City and Texas for an eight game road trip.

DIVISION UPDATE: The New York Yankees-Rays contest was postponed due to rain on Sunday, but, since the Red Sox ended their weekend series with two back-to-back losses, the Bronx Bombers currently remain a half a game behind Boston in the American League East division. Also, New York has a comfortable 8.5 game lead over Tampa Bay and Los Angles for the Wild Card, yet, despite the winner of the AL East, it’s pretty certain that both the Red Sox and Yankees will be playing baseball in October.

Daily Noontime – August 9, 2011

Does anyone know what happened to good ole, Albert?

It’s Tuesday everyone and hopefully that’s a good sign, right? Any who, let’s dish out today’s headlines and news! 


* Well, the NFL Lockout is officially over, done, but apparently players are now concerned about “blood tests for human growth hormone.”

* Once again, New England Patriots defensive lineman, Albert Haynesworth missed yet another practice on Monday.

* It’s apparent that the New York Jets do indeed have a variety of new faces on their squad this season, which means head coach Rex Ryan will need to have everyone introduce themselves, right?

* Yet again, Boston Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield pitched a decent game, but didn’t manage to win his 200th career victory.

* Here’s an interesting question…would it be bad if the MLB expanded their wild-card spot in 2012? Would it have any impact on the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees?

* The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made an interesting move, as they recently extended Randy Carlyle‘s contract through the 2014 season.

Games to Watch: 

* Detroit at Cleveland (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Los Angles of Anaheim Angels at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Milwaukee at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

While Rex Ryan has done quite a lot this off-season, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick could care less!