As the Red Sox take the field against the Orioles tonight, they do so with their 69th unique lineup in their 80th game of the season. Without further ado, I bring you the July 2nd, 2010 edition of the All Currently-On-The-DL Boston Red Sox. As a side note, I will explain what WAR means after the roster. Also, I will dip into the minor leagues when necessary to fill the gaps (there aren’t many).
L since 7/1/10
We all remember last year’s Mother’s Day Miracle, when Julio Lugo saved the day in the bottom of the 9th. No such luck this year in Minnesota, although it did look promising for a fleeting moment. And Julio Lugo has been anything but a hero lately, collecting 11 errors already on his way to posting a terrible .917 fielding percentage. One can only wonder how much longer the Sox can keep Jed Lowrie down in Pawtucket. All you can say about a game like that is that when Wakefield is on, he’s on, and when he’s off, he’s off. He was off.
But I’d really like to talk about the night before that when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched brilliantly and seemed to correct the problems he’s been facing this year. He finally made it through 7 innings and only walked 3 batters while whiffing 7. Sure, it could be better, but it is a steady improvement over his last outing and hey- he’s 6-0.
With Julian Tavarez being designated for assignment today to make room for Sean Casey, you’ve got to wonder who will come in in those long relief situations that Tavarez is known for. Could Bartolo Colon’s arrival be sooner than we think? Also, it seems unlikely that Tavarez would accept an assignment to AAA at this point in his career, so perhaps he will be traded or he will test the free agent market. Stay tuned on that one; the team has 10 days to sort it all out.
All in all, still looking good. It’s in the blood of us true Sox fans to find something to complain about, but they’re in first place and the Yankees are 4 games back at .500. Is anyone really paying attention to the Rays or Orioles yet?
What a frustrating loss today. Elite prospect Justin Masterson is rushed up from AA to make an emergency start and goes above and beyond expectations. 6 innings of 2 hit ball – you can’t ask for more than that. He leaves the game with the lead and then just like that the bullpen gives it all back. Neither Lopez nor Delcarmen could record an out, each allowing 2 earned runs. Maybe Delcarmen hadn’t fully recovered from the flu.
In any event, there were some bright spots. Ortiz’s average continues to rise as he is now at .189 after hitting his 4th HR and picking up RBI number 19 and 20. Crisp had a great game, going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, although he did make his first error of the year. It was good to see Youkilis back, but Varitek was still missing and Ellsbury got the start in right over Drew. Word is Lowell will be back tomorrow, which is great news for the club but could mean a demotion for Jed Lowrie, who has been outstanding so far while playing second, third, and shortstop.
From a superstitious stand point, there wasn’t too much I could do about this one. I was starting a new streak and therefore a new tie, I simply picked the wrong one. Also, I was in school during the game so I couldn’t even watch it. I’ll try a different one tomorrow and hopefully we can get back on track in Tampa.