Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stuff you probably haven't noticed after giving up on the Red Sox

I assume most Red Sox fans aren't really paying much attention to this season anymore.  I don't blame you.  Here are a few noteworthy things you may have missed:

Back in spring training I suggested the possibility of Daniel Nava making the All-Star Game (last season he hit .303 with a .385 on-base percentage).  He then responded by batting a horrific .149 in the month of April, which led to a demotion to Triple-A.  However, since Nava's return to Boston on May 24 he's been very close to the same player he was a year ago.  In his last 56 games Nava is hitting .295 with a .366 OBP.

Sox speedster Joe Kelly
In the early part of the season I was convinced that the Red Sox's struggles were due to their inability to win close games.  On June 16 they were 31-38, but just 5-12 in one-run decisions.  Since then Boston is 19-11 in one-runs games, and now 24-23 in those contests for the season.  Clearly that wasn't the issue, as the Sox are still in the AL East basement at 54-65.

And last but not least, on Wednesday afternoon Joe Kelly (who Boston acquired in the John Lackey trade) became the first Red Sox pitcher in nearly 45 years to steal a base:


  1. Hey, Mark.
    Please excuse my off-topic inquiry, but (as Tony Reali says) you're the one I go to for my "inside information" on things like this.

    Did Roger Clemens really say he'd done nothing wrong regarding his career -- or did Bill Plashke (sp?) misrepresent his comments on ATH yesterday?

    1. Sort of, he said he had no regrets and that he wouldn't change anything; but he's been saying that all along...

    2. Thanks, my friend.

      Still think RC is a dick.


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