Is winning 10 games this year out of the question?
I mean he’s going to start every 5 days now… and with the Sox playing at this high level, he might win a bunch of games he has no business winning.
Not today. He was terrific today and helped make the whole Papelbon suspension thing moot.
But is it insane to think he could win 14 games this year?
And then he would pass Roger Clemens and Cy Young as the all time Red Sox leader in wins.
It’s going to happen.
It’s kind of strange isn’t it?
Keep winning, Sox. Before you know it, #49 will be retired.
On the same night that Stephen Strasburg got his first ever win and begins his long journey through the record books, Tim Wakefield is chugging along 18 years after he made HIS big splash as a rookie in the 1992 NLCS.
He got the win tonight in Cleveland and it wasn’t cheap. 7 1/3 innings, 1 earned run, no walks and 6 strikeouts.
And with Papelbon gone dealing with family issues, it was up to a shaky Okajima, Ramirez and Bard to get out of jams in the 8th and with the winning run at the plate in the 9th.
It was win 191 of his career and 177 as a member of the Red Sox.
The record for most wins by a Red Sox pitcher is 192 held by two obscure pitchers named Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
But man it would be interesting to see if he can do it.
I know I am rooting for him.
And I also know I need to update the tally.
DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 20
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.)
May 18 – 7-5 win in New York. (Sox climb back from a 5-1 hole. A day after hitting a walk off homer, Marcus Thames drops a fly ball to start the winning rally for the Sox.)
May 25 – 2-0 win in Tampa. (Big Papi supplies all the offense as Papelbon wiggles out of a 9th inning jam.)
May 29 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Zack Greinke holds the Sox to one run, but they make it stick)
June 1 – 9-4 win against Oakland. (Lackey puts the Sox in a 4-0 hole but Victor Martinez goes 5-5 and the Sox score 9 runs late.)
June 2 – 6-4 win against Oakland. (Dice-K puts the Sox in a 3-0 hole before they come to bat, but come back thanks to Papi’s homer.)
– 3-2 win at Cleveland. (With Papelbon unavailable, Okajima, Ramirez and Bard hang on to make a winner out of Wakefield.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 17
– 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.)May 21
– 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Big Papi’s bid for a game tying 9th inning grand slam is caught at the warning track.)May 27
loss to Kansas City. (Dice-K walks the go ahead run in and lets another score on a wild pitch as the Royals no name bullpen shut down the Hot Sox.)May 28
– 12-5 loss to Kansas City. (Sox blow a 3-0 first inning lead to be blown out in Fenway.)June 3
– 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox lose a slugfest where two Boston runners are thrown out at home.)
June 6 – 4-3 loss in Baltimore. (Sox rally to tie the game in the 9th only to lose it on a small ball rally in the 11th.)
Up to +3.
I like this whole “Wakefield and Dice-K pitching like aces” thing.
It kind of takes away the sting from the Celtics game
Wakes won again… making my case for him being the ace of the team this year even more intriguing.
He’s got 9 wins, second only to Roy Halladay and might finally make his first All Star team. (How was he NOT an All Star in 1995? He was third in the Cy Young vote that year!!!)
I have already written about the underrated awesomeness of Tim Wakefield’s tenure in Boston.
But there could be a real and tangible title for Tim Wakefield…
One that was unthinkable when he signed with the Red Sox in 1995…
One that was laughable when he was left off of the 1999 ALCS roster…
One that was more than unlikely when he served up Aaron Boone’s homer…
And one that just sounds strange despite 15 seasons in Boston and playing a big part in 7 Red Sox playoff teams including two World Series champions.
He could be the greatest winner in Red Sox history.
Not the greatest pitcher. That title is debatable.
But imagine asking the question “Who has won the most games in Red Sox history?” and having the answer being “Tim Wakefield!”
Now right now, I think the fact that there is a tie at the top is kind of cool.
He’s tied with Cy Young
, who didn’t need an award to tell people he was Cy Young worthy.
They each have 192 wins in a Red Sox uniform.
Wakefield has 173 wins as a Red Sox pitcher.
He’s 20 wins away from being the all time team leader in wins. He’s 27 wins from being the first 200 game winner in Red Sox history, but I digress.
I want him to get those 20 wins and pass Clemens and Young.
Wakefield already has a lot of Red Sox records… ones that I’m sure he’d like to give back.
Most homers… most losses… most walks… most hits allowed… most earned runs… most wild pitchers… most starts that made Red Sox fans say “Oh PLEASE don’t suck today!”
And yet he is a stand up guy and a champion.
He deserves a great title. The most wins in Red Sox history would be kind of cool, don’t you think?
It might earn him a retired number without a Hall of Fame entry (a la Johnny Pesky.)
So let’s start the countdown! 19 to tie… 20 to pass Clemens and Young.
(I believe Cy Young is only former Red Sox great Wakefield DIDN’T play with!)
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