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Red Sox ALDS Game 1 Recap: Everything Is On Fire

If you want to know how the Red Sox fared against the Houston Astros in game 1 of the ALDS yesterday afternoon, here’s the second batter of the game, Eduardo Nunez:

Things somehow got worse from there, as Chris Sale continued his mediocre/bad second half by giving up 7 runs in 5 innings including three home runs. Heading into this series it was clear Sale was going to be the game 1 starter, but he continues to look worn down. Former big league pitcher Jim Kaat was the analyst for yesterday’s game alongside the human asshole Bob Costas, and as much I hate to hear analysts say bad things about teams I love, his analysis was spot on. Sale looked like he had a dead arm, and almost every slider he threw had no snap to it, so he was forced to try and drag it across the plate. Sale can still throw 95-98 mph with his fastball, but he’s not going to beat a lineup as good as Houston’s without an effective slider. If this series goes 5 I have to imagine Sale pitches again, but after all the innings he’s already thrown this year, he’s no longer someone to rely on.

The Red Sox offense, which was eaten up by the Indians pitching staff last year, had another ineffective postseason game. Their base running woes, which have plagued them all season, came back to haunt them in the 2nd inning. With the Sox down 2-0 in the top of the 2nd, Sandy Leon singled to shallow right center field. Mitch Moreland was scoring easily from second, but Dustin Pedroia inexplicably tried to go 1st-3rd and was thrown out by 20 feet. Luckily Moreland was hustling and scored before Pedroia was out at 3rd, but it was a beyond stupid base running play that ended the inning. Verlander, who has always owned the Red Sox, cruised through the rest of the game and helped the Astros take a 1-0 series lead.

That’s the bad news. The good news? Game 2 is only a few hours away, and while Dallas Keuchel is no walk in the park, I’ll take him 7 days a week over Verlander. Plus, Drew Pomeranz is on the hill for the Sox, and he just threw 6 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball against the Astros last Saturday. The Red Sox need to get going early, and give Pomeranz a lead to work with. As good as the Sox have played at Fenway this year, there’s no way they can head into Sunday down 0-2.

-Ryan

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Chris Sale Became The 2nd Red Sox Pitcher In History To Strike Out 300 Batters In A Season Last Night

Heading into yesterday’s slate of games, there had only been 34 times a pitcher had struck out 300 batters in a season. After Chris Sale’s masterful performance against the Orioles last night, that number has been changed to 35. Sale notched 13K’s last night, with his final K in the bottom of the 8th being his 300th of the season. The 300K club is an exclusive club, but what’s even more exclusive is the Red Sox 300K club. Heading into last night, here was the list of Red Sox pitchers who had struck out 300 batters in a season:

  1. Pedro Martinez – 313 in 1999

I’ve been known to sneak Pedro’s otherworldly Red Sox stats into everyday conversation, but referencing him is actually appropriate here. Plus, everybody knows Pedro and I are best friends:

Sale has been magnificent this year, and the feeling in Fenway when he takes the mound has had a certain Pedro feeling to it this year. With an Angels loss late last night, the Red Sox clinched a postseason berth, and the magic number to clinch the AL East is down to 8. Regardless of when the Red Sox make their postseason debut, Chris Sale will be the man on the mound looking to give them a win.

-Ryan

It’s Not Officially Football Season Until Tom Brady Puts Out An A+ Social Media Post #NFLKickoff2017

When you are silent, it speaks.

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

Leave it Tom Brady to get me pumped the fuck up for the NFL season. I guess it’s not enough that the Patriots are favored to win every game this year. They also need to have their most likely GOAT QB put together a goose bump inducing video package to get everyone jacked up. I’m not even a Patriots fan and I want to run through a goddamn wall right now. If you need me, I’ll be watching Brian Hoyer and Pierre Garcon highlights while I wait for the 49ers game on Sunday. I’m so sad.

-Ryan

The Yankees Are Losing Their Minds Trying To Catch The 1st Place Red Sox

Photo: Over The Monster

I’m a Red Sox fan. I just wanted to get that out of the way in case you came here looking for an unbiased view on all the Red Sox/Yankee shenanigans over the last few days. To review:

The New York Times came out with an article saying that the Red Sox were using apple watches to steal signs against the Yankees during games in early August. According to their calculations, the Red Sox went 5-8 during a game in August when there was a runner on second, so the natural conclusion is that they were cheating and not, you know, professional baseball players. Did Red Sox personnel use apple watches to steal signs? It sure sounds like it. Did stealing those signs effect the outcome of the game? It’s impossible to say, which is why people overreacting, including MLB insider Jon Heyman, look so foolish. You can’t vacate wins when you don’t know the effect the sign stealing had on the games, and while using technology is a definite no-no when it comes to sign stealing, the act of stealing signs has been an accepted part of the game forever.

The Sox should face some punishment, because again, you can’t use technology to your advantage in these type of situations, but Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post brings up another good point: the MLB needs to figure out it’s relationship with technology if it wants to avoid situations like this in the future. Managers can use tablets, while players and personnel can use cellphones and other devices as long at they’re not physically in the dugout. All of those devices can be used to legally gain insight on a pitcher or hitter during the game. Add in MLB’s newfound love of instant replay and you have a sport that both embraces and bans technology, depending on the moment.

While most instances of sign stealing are dealt with between the two teams, the Yankees are in the middle of a pennant race trying to catch the first place Red Sox, which obviously factored into their decision to take this directly to the league office. If the Red Sox were a last place team, would this issue even be made public? I doubt it. The newest accusation by the Yankees is that Doug Fister was using an earpiece to relay audio to himself during his win over the Yankees last weekend. That ‘earpiece’ ended up being Fister’s mouth guard. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t play each other again in the regular season, but if they do happen to meet up in the playoffs, be on the lookout for Mookie Betts high tech brain wave reader that looks conspicuously like a baseball hat.

-Ryan

Jon Jones Is Once Again His Own Worst Enemy As He Failed Another UFC Drug Test

UFC President Dana White called Jon Jones’ second positive steroids test “brutal” and sounded resigned to a long punishment for the UFC light heavyweight champion.

“If it ends up getting two or three (drug violations), it might be the end of his career,” White said Tuesday during a media scrum at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “So to talk about his legacy, it’s probably the end of his career.”

White said the promotion was “probably” going to book Jones opposite heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 218, a competitive upgrade from the money fight Jones sought against ex-champ and WWE star Brock Lesnar after winning back the title from Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 214.

But now, Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) could be facing a four-year suspension and the second stripping of his UFC title after an in-competition drug test revealed the presence of the anabolic steroid turinabol. – MMA Junkie

Any time I hear of an athlete/musician/actor/famous person throwing it all away, I always refer back to the line from A Bronx Tale. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, & the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” If Jon Jones failed yet another UFC drug test, and it’s looking that way, then the only way to describe him going forward are the words ‘wasted talent’. Jones is obviously supremely talented, but there’s only so many times you can make the wrong decision before you stop getting chances. Dana White sounded severely disappointed, which he should be, and didn’t rule out this drug test failure as the nail in the coffin of Jones’ career.

I feel bad for Dana White and the UFC, and especially bad for Daniel Cormier. Jones is the only fighter he’s ever lost to, and he was devastated after their fight at UFC 214. To find out you put in all that time and effort only to lose to a cheater would infuriate me, no matter what happens to Jones or the light heavyweight title. The one person I don’t feel bad for is Jones, who will probably cry at a press conference and tell everyone how disappointed he is in himself. Once again, he’s his own worst enemy, and this time it could cost him his career.

-Ryan

Let’s Check In & See How The Cleveland Browns Are Doing…Oh It’s Bad

I’m a 49ers fan so I can’t really talk too much trash, but good lord is this sad. Imagine being a fan of a team that is tweeting out hype videos for Brock Osweiler? That’s got to be rock bottom. Again, the 49ers aren’t great either, but at least they have a new coach, GM, QB and semi revamped defense. Cleveland has Brock Osweiler. My favorite part is that most of the footage in that video was definitely from training camp. He can complete training camp passes! Give Cleveland the Lombardi trophy now.

-Ryan

The Patriots Brought In Actual Goats For Tom Brady’s 40th Birthday Practice

Tom Brady turns 40 today (and shares a birthday with my mother, the REAL G.O.AT.) and the Patriots celebrated the man who is almost always referred to as the G.O.A.T with some actual goats at practice today. After last year’s come from behind Super Bowl victory, it’s getting tougher and tougher to argue that Brady isn’t the G.O.A.T., and it’s getting to the point where if you rank him anywhere outside of the top 1 or 2 your opinion shouldn’t be trusted. Happy birthday to Tom Terrific, and if you’re looking for a great article to read about him on his birthday, check out this fantastic ESPN piece.

-Ryan

The #RedSox Are Back in 1st Place After A Wild Walk-Off Win

Whenever I tell people how often I watch baseball on TV, they all say the same thing: it’s so boring. To me, baseball isn’t boring and I could watch every Red Sox game with a smile on my face. I can certainly see why people think it’s boring though, especially with this year’s Red Sox team who seem to go out of their way to play an extra inning game at least once a week. Last night’s game, featuring a Christian Vasquez walk-off bomb, was the opposite of boring.

Any time you can win a game in August with a walk-off homer that puts you back into first place you’ll take it, but last night’s game was extra special. Let’s take a look at some of the craziness, which is a good look at why these types of games don’t happen more often. A LOT of insane stuff has to happen to create one of these magical games.

Heading into last night’s game, Chris Sale hadn’t given up a run since 7/6 against Tampa (20 2/3 innings). Sale proceeded to give up 5 runs in the first two innings last night, and 7 overall in his 5 innings of work.

The Red Sox scored 12 runs last night, but only scored in 3 of 9 innings. Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco entered the game with a respectable 3.58 ERA and hadn’t gone less than 6 innings since a 6/26 start against Texas. He gave up 5 runs in the second inning and was bounced after 1 2/3 innings.

After a two run home run by Edwin Encarnacion in the top of 5th, Hanley Ramirez led off the bottom of the inning with what looked like a home run into the Sox bullpen. Austin Jackson had other ideas.

Newly acquired setup man Addison Reed had allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 22 appearances, but gave up a home run to the first batter he faced as a member of the Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel blew only his fourth save as a member of the Red Sox, and last night was the first time this season he gave up more than 1 earned run in an appearance.

By now you know that Vasquez won it with a walk-off homer, but the only reason he batted was because of a wild pitch strikeout of Mitch Moreland with two outs in the inning. If Cody Allen doesn’t throw a wild pitch on the strikeout, the game is over. The wild pitch gave the Sox one last shot, and Vasquez capitalized. Baseball can be a beautiful thing.

-Ryan

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