Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Boston Sports Tonight!

Red Sox v. Rays, 7:05 pm. The Sox return at long last to the loving embrace of Fenway Park for what is actually quite an important series: squaring off against first-place Tampa Bay with a 1.5 game deficit in the division coming into the night. The Sox aim to fight youthful fire with youthful fire as they send Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.46) and his whippy delivery to the mound against the Rays. Matt Garza (4-1, 3.78) will be pitching for Tampa Bay. Garza is just one more piece in the baffling yet dazzling puzzle that is the Rays’ success this season; he pitched decently for Minnesota last year (5-7 with a 3.69 ERA over 15 starts) but this year has gone from somewhat promising young kid to part of a truly solid rotation. He struck out 10 in his most recent outing against Texas. But hey you know who’s a whole lot better JUSTIN FREAKING MASTERSON BABY WOOOOO!

Ahem. And now, the promised update on the Big Papi DL front: Ortiz’ spot on the roster has been filled by PawSox 1B/OF Chris Carter, who’s smoking hot holy crap currently batting .310 with 10 homers and 35 RBIS in 57 games this year. Carter is a very strong hitter, but is a less-than-spectacular fielder... still, his bat has some nice pop (er, or so I've heard. Schwing!) and it’ll be exciting to see what he does for the Sox, as he’s never yet played in a Major League game. He’s not in the lineup for tonight, though -- Manny will be DHing as Ellsbury scoots to left field and Crisp takes over at center.

Frivolous prop bet of the night: Well, I'm watching this game at a bar that has $1 drafts, so I'd lay the over/under on "inappropriate text messages sent" at around 25.

Serious prediction of the night: I feel like Coco comes up big tonight. Like maybe hits a 3-run homer. Not sure why. I JUST DO OK?!


A Pimp Named DaveR said...


Pepster said...

I love the pre-emptive apologies for the texts. Wish I had thought of that instead of just blanket after the fact apologies to everyone, even those who have no idea why I am apologizing.

Hazel Maes Landing Strip said...

I confess my undying love for Hazel and you give me shit for it, but lets look at a condensed list of all the players you have slobbered over:

Rich Harden, Joe Blanton and Justin Doucheerrerer
Cris Carter
Jed Lowrie