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It’s a good thing I don’t have to work today since I couldn’t get any sleep after what the Red Sox & Patriots did last night. Unbelievably surreal.

  • It was one heck of a day for sports in New England. Tom Brady & David Ortiz brought us back to the good ole’ days of 2004. (That’s a legendary Sunday)

Dave O’Brien’s call is one for the ages.

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Brett Cowett is a young, die-hard Red Sox fan. An undergrad at Arizona State University, Brett is studying digital journalism with a minor in Dustin Pedroia studies. Apart from laughing at Nick Swisher's escapades in the field, Brett enjoys the occasional sci-fi flick, playing Halo, and being snarky. Follow him at @BACowett for more baseball, random musings, and random baseball musings.

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  1. New Lyndsay October 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

    Ok, I hate to be Debbie Downer here but…once the excitement of the comeback dies down, we’ve (or you guys, or everyone) needs to not let it overshadow the serious concerns with 2 things:  1.They were hitless against BOTH Detroit starters. HITLESS.  You can’t win a series that way. Heroics are great, but they don’t happen every night. If this team wants to win this series, they HAVE to get some hits off the starters, can’t wait for the bullpen every time. 2.  Had this game gone the other way (they lose), we would have had to have a conversation about John Farrell’s very Grady Little-like move of leaving Clay Buchholz in 2 batters too long, allowing the Tigers to get those 5 runs to begin with.  He should have had the bullpen warming up long before then, but instead  he looked asleep at the wheel, like he was so locked in with Clay that he forgot to call the bullpen. Those guys were warming up before they even got the call because everyone in that park knew Clay should not be facing another batter.  They may not have needed Ortiz’s heroics had Clay been hooked once he started to get in trouble. I know hindsight is 20/20, but it seemed obvious to everyone but Farrell that he had been left in too long. Can we please talk about this??

  2. KK October 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM #

    New Lyndsay 
    The Red Sox’ starters were not held hitless against both Detroit SP. In fact, Boston hit twice and scored a run against Max Scherzer in the bottom of the sixth. Also, it has been a staple of Boston this year to get into teams’ bullpens via high pitch counts, especially against tougher pitching matchups. It’s this reason precisely why the Red Sox won Game 2. Fatigue aside, if Scherzer never tired and stayed in the game ’til the end, the Sox would have (in all likelihood) been given a decisive loss. Working the pitch count looks to be a serious key to winning the series for Boston. Get the bullpen in early and the Red Sox can capitalize. However, the bullpen is more quickly exposed to the offense if the starting pitcher gives up hits and runs early… That’s how the Red Sox could hang a 20 on them during the season.
    This is also why Game 1 was so devastating to me. The Sox got a chance to take the game, down by one, against Detroit’s bullpen and came up empty-handed and nearly no-hit.

  3. New Lyndsay October 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM #

    @KK New Lyndsay ok, fair enough on the Scherzer technicality – they did get that one run off him. Still, wouldn’t you agree that you can’t win a whole series that depends on getting past the starter and into the bullpen? Depending on dramatic late-inning comebacks is a dangerous strategy, and so is Victorino getting on base by HBPs.  I don’t see pitch counts affecting Detroit starters too much, especially if they are striking out the hitters with the regularity we just saw. The high strikeout rate for the first two games isn’t a big concern for you? And if they are going to stretch this out 7 games that means they face Sanchez and Scherzer each one more time. They HAVE to produce against the starters no matter what the bullpen looks like. Also it puts an awful lot of pressure on Lackey, Peavy and the rest of the starters to keep the Tigers off the basepaths and wait for the Sox to catch up offensively.

  4. KK October 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM #

    New Lyndsay You do have a point in that hitting is important. Contact in general is important. You can’t work a pitch count if you can’t even foul the ball out of play, and instead just go down in three strikes. The strikeouts are alarming, but some of those strikeouts came at the cost of 7 or more pitches. 0-3 strikeouts are terrible, and they were happening, so the Sox definitely need to make more contact (at least, better to actually hit) if they’re going to produce runs on starters, then feast on bullpens when the starters are retired.