Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/2/13
So, the Boston Red Sox are walk-off winners once again. Down 7-2 in the ninth inning to the Seattle Mariners last night at Fenway, your Sox pulled off a stunning comeback and turned what appeared at one point to certainly be a loss into the team’s 66th win of the season. The walkoff, capped by Daniel Nava’s 400-foot single to end the game, was the second the team would celebrate in a span of less than 24 hours. The win put the Red Sox a full game ahead of the idle Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. (Sigh) I don’t want to be a wet blanket, so I’m just going to let John Tomase of the Boston Herald do the work for me. (Thanks, John!) Tomase, in a column in the Herald this morning, outlined concerns many Sox fans have had for some time: Sox batters are tearing up mediocre pitching but flailing against the aces of many teams likely to make the playoffs. In his column, Tomase picks the AL playoff pool as Tampa, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland and Texas. From those teams, he culled Sox stats against each of those team’s top two starters. Those stats ain’t pretty. The numbers paint an ugly picture, whether we’re talking about the Rays, with Matt Moore (2-0, 1.80) and Price (2-1, 2.55) or the Rangers, with Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) and Yu Darvish (0-0, 3.86, 14 Ks in 7 IP). Other standouts include Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.35 in two starts), Detroit’s Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.57), and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (2-0, 0.98 in three starts). The one ace the Sox have gotten to, strangely enough, is Detroit’s Justin Verlander, whom they knocked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings earlier this season. And it should also be noted that they’ve done well against New York’s CC Sabathia (1-1, 6.23) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-2, 7.36). But those guys, unfortunately, are the exceptions when it comes to the best the rival contenders have to offer. “We’ve got to get more back to what makes us good, grinding out at-bats,” Dustin Pedroia said after getting blanked by Tillman for seven two-hit innings last week. “I think a lot of guys are trying too hard. We’ve got to let the game come to us. If a starter’s got great stuff, find a way to get him out of there.” If only it were that easy. The Sox have worn down the league’s lesser starters with the patient approach that was their hallmark from 2003-09, when they won a pair of World Series and lost Game 7 of the ALCS twice. They began last night’s outing against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez ranked second in the American League in runs (545) and walks (388). But against elite pitchers, their patient approach hasn’t borne fruit, because they often find themselves behind in the count immediately, which is how pitchers like Price have reached the late innings with low pitch counts, thus denying the Sox a chance at the bullpen. Herald: Top quality pitchers shutting Red Sox down     The numbers paint an ugly picture, whether we’re talking about the Rays, with Matt Moore (2-0, 1.80) and Price (2-1, 2.55) or the Rangers, with Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) and Yu Darvish (0-0, 3.86, 14 Ks in 7 IP). Other standouts include Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.35 in two starts), Detroit’s Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.57), and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (2-0, 0.98 in three starts). The one ace the Sox have gotten to, strangely enough, is Detroit’s Justin Verlander, whom they knocked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings earlier this season. And it should also be noted that they’ve done well against New York’s CC Sabathia (1-1, 6.23) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-2, 7.36). But those guys, unfortunately, are the exceptions when it comes to the best the rival contenders have to offer. “We’ve got to get more back to what makes us good, grinding out at-bats,” Dustin Pedroia said after getting blanked by Tillman for seven two-hit innings last week. “I think a lot of guys are trying too hard. We’ve got to let the game come to us. If a starter’s got great stuff, find a way to get him out of there.” If only it were that easy. The Sox have worn down the league’s lesser starters with the patient approach that was their hallmark from 2003-09, when they won a pair of World Series and lost Game 7 of the ALCS twice. They began last night’s outing against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez ranked second in the American League in runs (545) and walks (388). But against elite pitchers, their patient approach hasn’t borne fruit, because they often find themselves behind in the count immediately, which is how pitchers like Price have reached the late innings with low pitch counts, thus denying the Sox a chance at the bullpen. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/08/top_quality_pitchers_shutting_red_sox_down#sthash.lNPIfqSY.dpuf The numbers paint an ugly picture, whether we’re talking about the Rays, with Matt Moore (2-0, 1.80) and Price (2-1, 2.55) or the Rangers, with Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) and Yu Darvish (0-0, 3.86, 14 Ks in 7 IP). Other standouts include Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.35 in two starts), Detroit’s Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.57), and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (2-0, 0.98 in three starts). The one ace the Sox have gotten to, strangely enough, is Detroit’s Justin Verlander, whom they knocked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings earlier this season. And it should also be noted that they’ve done well against New York’s CC Sabathia (1-1, 6.23) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-2, 7.36). But those guys, unfortunately, are the exceptions when it comes to the best the rival contenders have to offer. “We’ve got to get more back to what makes us good, grinding out at-bats,” Dustin Pedroia said after getting blanked by Tillman for seven two-hit innings last week. “I think a lot of guys are trying too hard. We’ve got to let the game come to us. If a starter’s got great stuff, find a way to get him out of there.” If only it were that easy. The Sox have worn down the league’s lesser starters with the patient approach that was their hallmark from 2003-09, when they won a pair of World Series and lost Game 7 of the ALCS twice. They began last night’s outing against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez ranked second in the American League in runs (545) and walks (388). But against elite pitchers, their patient approach hasn’t borne fruit, because they often find themselves behind in the count immediately, which is how pitchers like Price have reached the late innings with low pitch counts, thus denying the Sox a chance at the bullpen. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/08/top_quality_pitchers_shutting_red_sox_down#sthash.0MzgzCF7.dpuf The numbers paint an ugly picture, whether we’re talking about the Rays, with Matt Moore (2-0, 1.80) and Price (2-1, 2.55) or the Rangers, with Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) and Yu Darvish (0-0, 3.86, 14 Ks in 7 IP). Other standouts include Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.35 in two starts), Detroit’s Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.57), and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (2-0, 0.98 in three starts). The one ace the Sox have gotten to, strangely enough, is Detroit’s Justin Verlander, whom they knocked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings earlier this season. And it should also be noted that they’ve done well against New York’s CC Sabathia (1-1, 6.23) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-2, 7.36). But those guys, unfortunately, are the exceptions when it comes to the best the rival contenders have to offer. “We’ve got to get more back to what makes us good, grinding out at-bats,” Dustin Pedroia said after getting blanked by Tillman for seven two-hit innings last week. “I think a lot of guys are trying too hard. We’ve got to let the game come to us. If a starter’s got great stuff, find a way to get him out of there.” If only it were that easy. The Sox have worn down the league’s lesser starters with the patient approach that was their hallmark from 2003-09, when they won a pair of World Series and lost Game 7 of the ALCS twice. They began last night’s outing against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez ranked second in the American League in runs (545) and walks (388). But against elite pitchers, their patient approach hasn’t borne fruit, because they often find themselves behind in the count immediately, which is how pitchers like Price have reached the late innings with low pitch counts, thus denying the Sox a chance at the bullpen. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/08/top_quality_pitchers_shutting_red_sox_down#sthash.0MzgzCF7.dpuf The numbers paint an ugly picture, whether we’re talking about the Rays, with Matt Moore (2-0, 1.80) and Price (2-1, 2.55) or the Rangers, with Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) and Yu Darvish (0-0, 3.86, 14 Ks in 7 IP). Other standouts include Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.35 in two starts), Detroit’s Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.57), and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (2-0, 0.98 in three starts). The one ace the Sox have gotten to, strangely enough, is Detroit’s Justin Verlander, whom they knocked around for seven hits and four runs in five innings earlier this season. And it should also be noted that they’ve done well against New York’s CC Sabathia (1-1, 6.23) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-2, 7.36). But those guys, unfortunately, are the exceptions when it comes to the best the rival contenders have to offer. “We’ve got to get more back to what makes us good, grinding out at-bats,” Dustin Pedroia said after getting blanked by Tillman for seven two-hit innings last week. “I think a lot of guys are trying too hard. We’ve got to let the game come to us. If a starter’s got great stuff, find a way to get him out of there.” If only it were that easy. The Sox have worn down the league’s lesser starters with the patient approach that was their hallmark from 2003-09, when they won a pair of World Series and lost Game 7 of the ALCS twice. They began last night’s outing against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez ranked second in the American League in runs (545) and walks (388). But against elite pitchers, their patient approach hasn’t borne fruit, because they often find themselves behind in the count immediately, which is how pitchers like Price have reached the late innings with low pitch counts, thus denying the Sox a chance at the bullpen. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/08/top_quality_pitchers_shutting_red_sox_down#sthash.0MzgzCF7.dpu
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