Sunday, June 12, 2011

Boston Red Sox commit Ornitholo-cide on poor, hapless Blue Jay

These are my notes from today's game scorecard of the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, game 3 of a 3 game trouncing by the rocketing Red Sox - winners now, of 9 in a row.

Today's game was a lot like yesterday's game (16-4) - bat around innings, 7 run innings, bad defence by a Jays squad who's every weaknes was probed and proded with a stick until all that was left was a bloody, feather-ly mess. And then there's the bullpen....

The only difference was, by the 5th inning I couldn't bear to keep scoring this one.


The Game Notes

From Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
Boston Red Sox
Manager: Terry Francona
Toronto Blue Jays
Manager: John Farrell
Game 3 of 3
First pitch: 1:07 PM EDT

Starting Pitchers
Boston - Jon Lester
Toronto - Kyle Drabek

Home - Jeff Kellogg
3B - Mark Carlson
2B - Tim Timmons
1B - Eric Cooper

Partly Sunny
Temp: 16°C | 61°F (at 12:34)
Wind: North-West at 19 kph | 12 mph
(left field corner to1B line) 

Listening to the radio again today, with Jerry Howarth and Gregg Zaun; that's Gregg with three g's. Oh, and now that I've been here a few times apparently Mike Wilner does the 5th and 6th play by play at home games.

Middle 5th

I can't do this anymore... Hit after hit the Boston's score, one after the other - and in order most of the time. Station to station, then big bats to clear them all; then they fill them up again.

It's unbearable.

The Boston Red Sox are HOT. This is the hottest team in baseball right now.

After witnessing this I'm left asking, Is this the hottest team in history? One would have to add some parameters to the question - over how many games, by what metrics? Run differential might be a good one... ..etc.. But I'm thinking after the Yankee Sweep and now this 3 game pummelling...

With this win today the Boston's have won nine in a row. Going back to the beginning of May the Sox lost 3 (May 4th, 5th, 6th) then swept Minnesota, lost 2 in a row to Toronto May 10th and 11th, then swept the Yankees, Baltimore, Detroit and the Cubs; won 2 out of 3 over Cleveland, then 3 of 4 over Detroit - before losing 3 to the White Sox; and then starting on this 9 game win streak going into June. That's a pretty good month, 19-10, and a scintillating start to June.

'Perhaps the best order ever?'  Some were asking in Boston early this year. I read the articles but my puritan side said you don't talk about those things like that - and the Boston's April proved my superstition right - and perhaps that bears a little closer look - Most agree on paper this line-up is fantastic, and Boston, being the Baseball Media Capital of the World wouldn't let these individuals forget it - the pressure to perform as the greatest line up of all time fell upon Crawford worst of all, his start was particularly gruesome - but even Big Papi was being pilloried by the Boston media, 'Trade him!' they shouted, '..but what could we possibly get for this sort of washed up lay about?' they moaned in chorus...

Not any more, this team has turned a corner this week - just in time to embarrass this young Jays team but good.

All the pressure seems to have come off off the pitching staff as well - now they're looking like last years version again.

The New York Yankee's 1961 line-up is considered by many as the best line-up of all time. Here's the most common lineup the 1961 Yankees fielded:

  1. Boyer
  2. Kubek
  3. Maris
  4. Mantle
  5. Berra
  6. Skowron
  7. Howard
  8. Richardson
  9. Pitcher
1961 Yankees from Baseball-Reference.

The 1927 Yankees lineup wasn't too bad either; this is my favourite - the one I'll be using for comparison, watching Boston's progress this year:

  1. Combs
  2. Koenig
  3. Ruth
  4. Gehrig
  5. Meusel
  6. Lazzeri
  7. Dugan
  8. Collins
  9. Pitcher

1927 Yankees from Baseball-Reference.
(all links go back to BB-Ref.)

 9th Inning

The FAN590 radio Play by Play voice of the Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth just opined that he had never seen such a lopsided series in 30 years of broadcasting, Gregg Zaun added he can't remember a trouncing this bad as a player.

For example I think I can count 7 runs scored by the Boston's this weekend, the result of high throws from the outfield that missed the cut-off allowing runners to move up that then scored - that wouldn't have if defenced properly. This young team has some lessons here - if they choose to seize them.

Final Boston 14 - Toronto 1


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Scorecard: June 11, 2011 Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays - Game 2 of 3

Scorecard: June 12, 2011 Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays - Game 3 of 3

ESPN box score.


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