At midnight I began watching the replay of Saturday’s game (having watched most of it in real time) and fell asleep with it on. Â It was one of those restless sleeps where I was half asleep but could still hear the rain outside as well as the television and when Jed Lowrie hit his home run, I dreamed that they revealed his picture on a box of Wheaties at Fenway Park during a rain delay.
Today is Jed’s 27th birthday. Â Along with other good things coming to him, I hope he gets another start. Â It’s tough for me to watch Marco Scutaro get pushed out of his position but it’s also tough to watch Marco struggle knowing a productive Jed is on the bench.
“This is back to back games where Beckett is right on target”…so said Jerry Remy. Â Beckett had his second great game in a row. Â This time striking out nine and only giving up three hits and one earned run in seven innings. Â He and Jonathan Papelbon now share ERAs of 1.80.
It was a good win (and for the cynical, prior to yesterday, Beckett’s ERA against Toronto over the last three years was 11.80 with a total of zero wins. Â It’s fair to say, he has trouble against the Blue Jays) and here’s hoping it is the first of many. Â I’ll take a 10-game winning streak, sure.
The Red Sox are 3-10 and 5 games out of first place. Â The Minnesota Twins are 4-10, the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets are 4-11 and the Houston Astros are 5-10. Â Seattle is the farthest back in their division at 6.5 game out. Â I mention all this because the Red Sox might hold the worst record in baseball, right now, but they certainly aren’t the only team struggling. Â Heck, this week alone the Mets have had two doubleheaders and lost them both. Â Joe Nathan, closer for the Twins, has blown two saves in a row to the Tampa Bay Rays. Â Misery is spreading across MLB but it can’t last forever, right?
One win at a time works for me.
A shout out to Kristin F who was the first person to email me the correct answer to Friday’s contest question. Â She has a copy of Remembering Fenway Park coming her way! Â Thanks to every one for joining in! Â There will be another contest coming up soon!
Random stat that probably doesnâ€™t mean anything but sounds great (with thanks to Bruce Allen over at Boston Sports Media Watch): Â In 2001, the Oakland A’s started 2-10 going 9-18 and Â didn’t get over .500 for good until July 8th and went on to win 102 games.
Blog suggestion for the day: Â Beth over at Cursed to First relays the Legend of Jed Lowrie.