August 29, 2015

G129: Red Sox 3, Mets 1

Red Sox - 000 002 100 - 3  7  0
Mets    - 000 000 100 - 1  5  1
Joe Kelly (7.1-5-1-2-2, 102) outdueled Jacob deGrom (6-4-2-2-10, 109) and Mookie Betts singled, homered, and scored two runs.

deGrom blinked in the sixth inning when Betts singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Pablo Sandoval's double. After Xander Bogaerts's fly out moved the Panda to third and Travis Shaw walked, Brock Holt's fielder's choice grounder scored Sandoval with Boston's second run.

Betts homered with two outs in the seventh.

Gordon Edes notes that Red Sox starters have allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of their past 15 games.
Example
Joe Kelly / Jacob deGrom
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Shaw, 1B
Holt, 2B
Hanigan, C
Bradley, RF
De Aza, LF
Kelly, P

August 28, 2015

G128: Red Sox 6, Mets 4 (10)

Red Sox - 000 000 300 3 - 6  9  1
Mets    - 000 110 100 1 - 4  8  0
Example
Henry Owens / Matt Harvey
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, 1B
Ramirez, LF
Holt, 2B
Castillo, RF
Swihart, C
Owens, P

August 27, 2015

Thoughts On Orsillo Leaving NESN

I feel like I should write something about the news that Don Orsillo will not be returning to NESN as the Red Sox's television play-by-play announcer in 2016. But I find that I am indifferent to the news, which is perhaps tied to my diminished connection to the team the last two years.

My issues and complaints with NESN's Red Sox broadcasts - both the actual production and direction, as well as the announcers - have been well-chronicled. Nothing much has changed in the three years since that post. When I watch the Red Sox now, I use the "ballpark sound" option that is available with the home team feed.

Despite his catch phrases, predictable descriptions, and incessant reading of the day's Media Notes, I will miss a few things about Orsillo. One is his refusal to moralize about the game, its players, and its history. Orsillo never gets up on his soapbox to lecture the audience about How The Game Should Be Played. And he doesn't gossip about players. He focuses only on the game on the field - which seems to be quite rare - and I find it incredibly refreshing.

Unfortunately, from what I have heard of O'Brien - mostly recently, during the 2013 World Series - he is the opposite. He gossips about players in the news and pompously tells fans how they should feel about this or that issue. Where Orsillo is self-deprecating, O'Brien comes off as a little too in love with his own thoughts. O'Brien is no Bob Costas in this regard, thankfully, but it remains a fault of his game-calling persona.

August 26, 2015

G127: Red Sox 3, White Sox 0

Red Sox   - 000 000 021 - 3  7  0
White Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  6  0
Travis Shaw broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer and Rick Porcello (7-5-0-0-5, 94) was magnificent in his first start since coming off the disabled list.

In the top of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts (2 singles and a walk) singled with one out. Shaw belted a line drive dong (#7) to right field with two outs. Robbie Ross pitched a perfect eighth.

Boston added an insurance run in the ninth, as Josh Rutledge's sacrifice fly scored Blake Swihart. In the bottom of the ninth, Junichi Tazawa allowed a leadoff infield single to Melky Cabrera (3-for-4) before getting the next three outs: Avisail Garcia forced Cabrera at second, Adam LaRoche flied to center, and Alexei Ramirez grounded to shortstop.

AL East: Toronto won big while the Yankees lost to the Astros, so the Blue Jays have a 2-game lead.
Example
Rick Porcello / Chris Sale

Dave O'Brien talks about taking over as the Red Sox's TV play-by-play man:
It's very exciting for me personally because in this situation to be able to continue to do the Red Sox, which has been a dream of mine. ... I didn't expect it. I didn't anticipate that happening at all, so I'm kind of in a state of shock.
Jerry Remy comments on his relationship with Don Orsillo:
For the last 15 years it's been an absolute pleasure to work with Don. ... He's been an outstanding partner for 15 years and I'm truly going to miss him — on a work-related side, and I'm going to miss him on a personal side because he's also become a very, very close friend of mine. ... He's terrific at what he does. He's been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him.
Gordon Edes writes that in an extremely disappointing season, the news about Orsillo "came without any warning whatsoever ... [and] felt like the worst loss of all".

Hanley Ramirez is open to playing first base (he worked out there yesterday): "I think with me at first, we're going to have a better team on the field, competing every day." ... David Ortiz says Ramirez has received a bad rap this season: "Hanley has a good attitude about everything. It sucks that people are criticizing him, a guy who is trying to learn a new position. ... Playing in the outfield is more difficult than what people think it is."

August 25, 2015

G126: White Sox 5, Red Sox 4

Red Sox   - 002 002 000 - 4  8  0
White Sox - 010 100 30x - 5 15  2
Example
Wade Miley / Jose Quintana
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Ramirez, LF
Hanigan, C
Bradley, RF
Rutledge, 2B
AL East: Toronto and New York are tied for first at 69-55. [Astros/Yankees & Blue Jays/Rangers]

Don Orsillo Out As Red Sox Announcer At End Of Season

Red Sox play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo, who has been with NESN calling Red Sox games since 2001, will not be offered a new contract at the end of this season, according to multiple reports.

Chad Finn, Boston Globe:
[Orsillo] is expected to be replaced by Dave O'Brien, who currently is part of the Red Sox radio broadcast team on WEEI and also has a high-profile, multi-sport play-by-play role at ESPN. ...

Orsillo signed a contract in November 2011 that included an option for 2015. NESN showed no urgency in picking up the option last summer, making Orsillo wait out his fate. The deal was quietly picked up late in the season, without any fanfare. ...

According to industry sources, Orsillo was never a favorite of Joseph Maar, NESN's vice president of programming and production/executive producer who arrived at the network in July 2012. ...

Though the writing was on the wall for a while regarding his status, it was made clear over the weekend to Orsillo that he would not be returning. According to industry sources, consideration was given to removing him from broadcasts immediately. NESN was not planning on announcing his departure until January.

Curt Schilling: His Racism Is Staggering

Curt Schilling's anti-Muslim tweet, posted this morning, has been deleted.

Which makes perfect sense, since most racists are cowards when their repugnant opinions get exposed (according to the "true #'s"). If Schilling had any guts, he'd stand up for and defend this particular belief.

I find it interesting that Schilling - who, judging from his public statements and voting record, is in full support of the torture, rape, and murder of innocent men, women, and children - has the lack of insight to label someone else as an evil extremist.


After ESPN removed Schilling from its Little League World Series broadcast team, Schilling tweeted: "I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part."

August 24, 2015

G125: Red Sox 5, White Sox 4

Red Sox   - 030 002 000 - 5 11  0
White Sox - 100 001 002 - 4  8  0
Rusney Castillo drove in all five Red Sox runs: 3-for-4, single, 2-run double, 3-run home run.

Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt scored twice. ... Holt and Ryan Hanigan had two hits apiece.
Example
Joe Kelly / Jeff Samardzija
Betts, CF
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Ramirez, LF
Holt, 2B
Castillo, RF
Hanigan, C