Lester pitched great (and got a few calls against him.)
He matched Verlander almost every inning and the Sox showed a lot of guts and heart by rallying to tie the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
OF COURSE THEY LOST!!!
Terry Francona was in the booth for ESPN watching the game, seeing that the last two regular season Red Sox games have been walk off losses.
I know it is only one game in, but the Red Sox can’t afford to lose many games where Lester is kicking butt. ESPECIALLY games against elite teams.
So yeah, I am keeping the Dodged Bullet/ Teeth Grinder tally.
This game counts as much in the 2012 standings as the finale in Baltimore counted in the 2011 standings.
Remember how the Sox lost their first 6 games last year? If they went 2-4 in those 6 games, they would have made the playoffs.
Let’s update the tally.
DODGED BULLET GAMES -0
TEETH GRINDER GAMES -1
April 5 – 3-2 loss in Detroit. (The Red Sox rally to tie the season opener with 2 outs in the 9th only to lose on a bases loaded walk off single by Austin Jackson.)
I don’t have a lot of hope for this season.
This is no way to start it.
Tomorrow is an off day (who wants to see a ball game on a Friday?)
Let’s hope the bats show up for more than an inning on Saturday.
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THIS is our Year!
That’s the spirit! A Pirate fan, like me, thinks the Bucs are going to turn it around.
Hey, they played well today. They lost, to be fair.
But that one guy with the sign and I have faith.
Through 5 innings, Johan Santana looks damn good and might have come all the way back from his season ending injuries from 2011.
If he is even a SHELL of his former self, the Mets should showcase him and say “Hey Baseball World! We have a left hander with multiple Cy Youngs. You want him?”
The Mets are not making the playoffs.
The Mets are not a .500 team.
The Mets are going to have a long season.
The Mets need to rebuild. (I’ve said that already.)
The Mets need lots of pieces and they won’t be a pennant contender this year or next.
Santana is making big money but is only guaranteed for this year and next (with an option for 2014 that can be turned down.) So it isn’t a long term albatross for a club.
The Mets can fill at least one hole (maybe 2) long term the way that dealing Carlos Beltran yielded Zack Wheeler.
The sooner the Mets come to grips with the fact that they aren’t winning this year, the sooner they will put together a terrific team.
A potential #1 starter is a hell of a trade chip.
(Even better than a batting champ in his prime like Reyes).
When the Mets win the pennant in 5 years, fans will point to the great moves made in 2012.
It will be worth it!