The Red Sox need to stare into the mirror… and consider a trade

Bill Parcells had his famous line about football teams that said You are what your record says you are.

If that applies to the Red Sox, then it doesn’t bode well.

They are a sub .500 team in mid May and 9 games out in the loss column from first place.

And in order to make up games against the Rays and the Yankees, they need to start winning head to head games.

They’ve played 11 games so far against the Rays and Yankees… and have won 2.

My friend Ed, who is a rabid Yankee fan, reminded me that the Yankees got off to a rancid start in 2005 and won the Division… and last year looked lost and were 0-8 against the Red Sox to start the season.

That’s nice and it’s always cool to have a Yankee fan try to cheer you up after a brutal loss… but a more apt year to take a look at is 2008.

The Yankees got off to a mediocre start and hovered around .500. Eventually they heated up and went on a huge winning streak that pulled them to within 3 games of first.

But here was the problem for them: They never got out of third place. There were TWO 90+ teams in the division. There was no way they were catching them both.

And there was another harsh fact about the 2008 Yankees… the 2008 Red Sox and 2008 Rays were better teams.

And that is the brutal honesty about the 2010 Boston Red Sox.

They aren’t as good as the Yankees and Rays. The Yankees have more firepower and their aces are throwing the ball really well.

(Don’t whine about payroll, Red Sox fans… the Sox are gluttonous as well.)

And the Rays are younger, faster and have a deeper pitching staff.

In the standings they are both better than the Sox. Head to head they are clearly better than the Sox.

So here’s the even more brutal question to ask:
Should they be thinking about 2011?

I said in my podcast last October that the Red Sox should have considered trading Josh Beckett. I said they got everything they could ever want out of Beckett and signing him to a long term deal would be risky… Why not try to get a piece (or two) for the long term success? A team might give up an outfielder or thirdbaseman for the future for Beckett coming off an All Star season.

Instead they signed up to an extension, and I don’t think he will be an All Star in 4 years.
Even Josh knew this was the best contract he was ever going to get as he dropped his need for a 5th year after the Yankees roughed him up.

The Beckett extension was a mistake, but there are ways to make 2011 a great year for the Sox.
First of all, Ortiz, Varitek, Lowell and Wakefield are all probably not coming back… which means there will be $25 million off the books.

Now granted, some other players will get some raises… but there will be a chance to sign a big free agent or absorb another team’s big contract.

But I think they should make another trade now.

J. D. Drew is starting to heat up and might never have this type of value again… especially with his up and down nature and injury history.

AND there is a perfect suitor for the Sox:

The Giants.

The Giants need ANY offense and have some young pitching to spare. Maybe the Sox wouldn’t be able to pry away a top prospect like Madison Bumgarner or Zack Wheeler… but a young arm to plug into the rotation or the bullpen while making the team younger, leaner and cheaper would go a long way to making 2011 look better.

Think I am giving up too soon?

Hey, I am just seeing what the mirror is reflecting back!

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Hey Giants… take your time getting a new bat

Another Matt Cain start was wasted tonight because the Giants can’t hit.

Now Padres starter Clayton Richard is a talented guy… but he shouldn’t be shutting down Los Gigantes on a critical game like this.

And yes, this game is critical and these games are must wins.

And the Giants are now 1 1/2 games back of the Padres, one in the loss column.

They are technically two evenly matched teams that were tied in the loss column going into this game.

Head to head? The Padres are 7-0 against the Giants.
In this match up of two teams that want the NL West, the Padres are a week ahead of the Giants.

Think THAT will bite them in the ass? If the Giants are struggling with the Padres down the stretch, you think the full week of game headstart the Friars were given won’t haunt them?

Seriously. I mapped it out already. If Dye wants too much cash, call Burrell.
And oh yeah, get Buster Posey up here now.

If the Red Sox are going to sink below .500 then at least I want to see the Giants win something!

Say it with me… a bat! A bat!

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Why didn’t I listen to my instincts?

When Dice-K put the Sox in a 5-0 hole, there was a twisted part of me that was relieved.

I thought “Well, at least there is no reason to watch this monstrosity!”

I talked to my former boss, Daniel, about an upcoming TV gig of mine. He’s a big Sox fan and he asked me “You watching the game? Papi just hit one out.”

I replied “Someday they will lower me into the ground in a box and I don’t want to spend my time on Earth watching the Sox get blown out in the Bronx.”

Driving home, I didn’t listen to the game on XM.
Pulling into my driveway, curiosity got the better of me. I checked the score. OF COURSE it was a 1 run game.

So now I am hooked. My mother in law and I are watching the game on my couch and I see Youk and Victor each launch homers to give the Sox the lead.

I do a little dance and think “Wow… this is the biggest Dodged bullet of them all.”

And then the 9th… the second the Gardner double went into left field, I thought “Either A-Rod or Teixeira is tying this game with a homer.”

And lo and behold he did.

When Marcus Thames hit the walk off shot, let’s face it… it was merciful. The Sox were losing this game… might as well lose it in 9.

When the game was over, I went up stairs where my wife was reading to my kids. I hopped onto the bed and started reading. The game didn’t even sting…

I knew it was over from the beginning.

I should have listened to my instincts.

Tally time


April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
April 21 – 8-7 win against Texas. (The Red Sox were down 4-0 early only to win it on Youk’s 2 out 11th inning double.)
April 23 – 4-3 win against Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 3-0 lead but win it on Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk.)
April 24 – 7-6 win against Baltimore. (The Red Sox score 6 in the 7th and hold off a late Baltimore comeback attempt.)
April 26 – 13-12 win at Toronto. (The Sox blow an early 5-0 lead but hang on for dear life in a slugfest.)
April 27 – 2-1 win at Toronto. (Buchholz holds the Jays down for 8 but it takes a bases loaded walk in the 8th to go ahead.)
April 28 – 2-0 win at Toronto. (Daniel Bard wiggles out of trouble in the 8th to help Lester shut down the Blue Jays and finish the sweep.)
May 4 – 5-1 win against the Angels. (Juan Rivera misplays Jeremy Hermedia’s 2 out flyball into a 3 run game winning double)
May 5 – 3-1 win against the Angels. (Papi and Beltre homer and the Sox hang on despite squandering many potential rallies.)
May 6 – 11-6 win against the Angels. (Dice-K puts the Red Sox in a 4-0 hole before they even bat. The Sox bats respond.)
May 10 – 7-6 win against the Blue Jays. (Sox blow an early 2-0 lead, take advantage of some errors and hang on.)

April 6 – 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)
April 7 – 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)
April 9 – 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)
April 17 – 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)
April 17 – 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)
April 25 – 7-6 loss to Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 4-1 lead, leave the winning run on second in the 9th, let up 3 in the 10th and could only score 2 in the bottom of the 10th)
April 30 – 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (Tejada ties the game with a 2 out 8th inning homer and wins it with a bloop in the 10th)
May 1 – 12-9 loss in Baltimore. (Dice-K and Wakes get pounded, wasting 2 homers from Ortiz and an early 4-1 lead.)
May 2 – 3-2 loss in Baltimore. (Varitek is thrown at home trying to score with 2 outs in the 8th. Sox get swept in the 10th.
May 12 – 3-2 loss against the Blue Jays. (The Sox rally in the 9th comes up a run short and Kevin Gregg gets an ugly save.)
May 15 – 7-6 loss in Detroit. (The Sox blow a 6-1 lead and lose it on a 2 out bases loaded walk in the 12th.)
May 17 – 11-9 loss in New York. (The Sox come all the way back from a 5-0 first inning hole to take a 9-7 lead in the 9th… but Papelbon lets up a 2 run game tying shot to A-Rod and a 2 run walk off shot to Marcus Thames.)


It might be pointless to keep these up… but I will anyway

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