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February 26, 2011


by @ 9:50 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - April, 1918 Red Sox Diary - June, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May, 1967 Red Sox, 2001 Red Sox, 2006 Season, 2007 Season, 2007 World Series, 2008 Red Sox, 2008 Season, 2009 Season, 2010 Red Sox, 2011 Red Sox, About Fenway Fables, Uncategorized

When in god’s name did the city of Boston become so freaking cool? It’s seems as though every year, four new movies are set in Boston. The market is officially flooded for Boston in popular culture. You have the smartest people, your sports teams kick butt, you have unique (some may say annoying) accents and now every movie that wants to get an Oscar nod throws a script together and shoots the film in Beantown…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. But I digress, here are your 2011 Boston Red Sox.
Left field: Carl Crawford. 2010 splits: .307 average, 19 home runs, 90 RBI, .851 OPS. Brief: A great signing for the Red Sox no doubt. Although don’t give the front office too much credit considering only three to four teams in the league could afford to pay for his services. Nonetheless, Crawford is simply a freak who possesses more tools than the Jersey Shore house (sappy joke I know, I’ll pick it up).
Center field: Jacoby Ellsbury. 2010 splits: .192 average, 0 home runs, 5 RBI, .485 OPS. Brief: Go ahead and chalk the 2010 season for Ellsbury, who was injury-riddled since jump street. When healthy, he provides another speed demon to go along with Crawford and another bat that should flirt if not cruise past the .300 plateau.
Right field: J.D. Drew. 2010 splits: .255 average, 22 home runs, 68 RBI, .793 OPS. Brief: If I’m not mistaken, Drew is a player that occasionally makes Sox fans want to scratch out their retinas. With new acquisitions Drew should be able to fall into a more comfortable role which will allow him to do his thing without catching as much flak: produce at an above average rate.
Third base: Kevin Youkilis. 2010 splits: .307 average, 19 home runs, 62 RBIs, .975 OPS. Brief: What a great, consistent hitter Youkilis is. He was a steading force in a 2010 lineup that was up and down for a majority of the season.
Also, what an attractive batting stance. (Which one of these sentences was sarcastic?). How will Youkilis handle the move to third base? Does he have the mobility? Does he have the quickness? Will his Civil War beard block his visibility on sharp grounders to the hot corner? Only time will tell.
Shortstop: Marco Scutaro. 2010 splits: .275 average, 11 home runs, 56 RBI, .721 OPS. Brief: Everytime I see a Scutaro highlight I sing “Su-su-sudio” by Phil Collins in my head, but that’s neither here nor there. Scutaro seems to be a great fit in this powerful Boston lineup. A nice bat that can consistently put the ball in play and good range at shortstop. The dude just needs to find a way to stay healthy this season.
Second base: Dustin Pedroia. 2010 splits: .288 average, 12 home runs, 41 RBI, .860 OPS. Brief: Hard to match his MVP season in 2009 and this year, with the potent lineup, he won’t have to. He’s coming off of foot surgery so it should be interesting to see what kind of start he gets off to. Still, the little man is one of the best in the business.
First base: Adrian Gonzalez. 2010 splits: .298 average, 31 home runs, 101 RBI, .904 OPS. Brief: Another newly minted superstar acquisition for the BoSox. They desperately needed another power hitter and the Red Sox got one in Gonzalez. The question all the blow hard baseball writers will ask is how will he do coming to the American League? I think this is an overrated statistic. Then again, I could have no idea what I’m talking about.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz. 2010 splits: .270 average, 32 Home runs, 102 RBI, .899 OPS. Brief: Remember at the beginning of last year during Big Papi’s struggles when ESPN and the like made us feel like the sky was falling and that Ortiz couldn’t make contact playing tee-ball? Please, people don’t overreact, the baseball season is a marathon. One day you’ll wake up in the middle of July with a broken air conditioner and sweat soaked sheets that make you feel like you wet the bed and you’ll turn on the TV and see Ortiz is yet again putting up monster numbers…and you can run tell ‘dat homeboy.
Catcher: Jared Saltalamacchia. 2010 splits: .167 average, 0 home runs, 2 RBI, .625. Brief: I have a special place in my heart for Salt. I read a story last year that the only reason he was stuck in the minor leagues is because he struggled mightily throwing back to the pitcher. Now this conjures up memories of Rube Baker repeating Playboy articles to himself in Major League II. But, as a former high school catcher and neurotic head case, I can tell you that, that mental block is real and it can be one of the loneliest feelings on earth. Can I have a hug please?
Ok, we’ll be back next week for a report on starting and relief pitchers. PEACE.

May 30, 2008

Red Sox and Senators Swap Nice Pitching Performances In Doubleheader Split

by @ 3:24 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 30, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 9, Senators 1  (25-13)

The Red Sox made it four straight wins as they blew out the Senators in their second straight doubleheader.  There were plenty of hitting stars in this one as Stuff McInnis and Fred Thomas both had a pair of hits and three runs each.  Everett Scott doubled three times and he scored once.

Lost in all of the offense was a nice start by Dutch Leonard.  He gave up one run on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

May 30, 1918 at Fenway Park
Senators 4, Red Sox 0  (25-14)

The Red Sox four game winning streak came to an end as the Senators salvaged the fourth and final game of the series.  THe team managed just six hits and couldn’t push a single baserunner across in the Red Sox fourth shutout loss of the season.  Dave Shean was the only Red Sox with a pair of hits in this one.

Dick McCabe took the loss in his first and only start of the season.  He gave up four runs on eleven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

The game ended a three week homestand that saw the Red Sox go 13-5.  Now they’d hit the road for nearly three weeks and you’d hope they’d keep the wins rolling.

May 29, 2008

Red Sox Sweep Doubleheader Over Senators

by @ 3:23 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 29, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Senators 2  (24-13)

The Red Sox doubled up the Senators in the first game of their first of two doubleheaders.  Dave Shean singled, stole a base and scored twice in the contest while Stuffy McInnis, Everett Scott and Wally Schang all had a pair of hits.

Carl Mays had a solid outing on the mound and it’s been almost three weeks since the Red Sox lost with him on the mound to start the game.  He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

May 29, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 3, Senators 0   (24-13)

Sad Sam JOnes held the Senators in check as the Red Sox finished a sweep over the Senators in their doubleheader.  He gave up just five hits and three passes with three strikeouts in his first shutout of the season.

Harry Hooper continued to hit the ball well and he had a team high two hits and two runs.  Amos Strunk had the only extra base hit of the game with a triple.

May 28, 2008

Bullet Joe Bush Does It All In Red Sox Win

by @ 3:22 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 28, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 1, White Sox 0  (22-13)

The Red Sox won the fourth and final game and took their series with the White Sox behind an impressive pitching performance by Bullet Joe Bush.  He gave up just one hit and two walks with six strikeouts in his second shutout of the season.

Not only did Bush get it done on the mound, but he also drove home the lone run for either side.  Fred Thomas had two of the four Red Sox hits and he scored the lone run.

May 27, 2008

Dutch Leonard Is Hit Hard In Red Sox Loss

by @ 3:21 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 27, 1918 at Fenway Park
White Sox 6, Red Sox 4  (21-13)

The Red Sox lost to the defending champions on Red Cross day in a game that saw Dutch Leonard blow an early Red Sox lead.  A 4-2 lead turned into 6-4 loss when he gave up a run in the seventh and two in the eighth.  Joe Bush didn’t help matters and he gave up an insurance run in the ninth in his one inning of relief.

Harry Hooper was the hitting star in the loss.  He was a perfect three for three and he scored two of the Red Sox four runs.

May 25, 2008

Dave Shean Wins It In Tenth Inning For Red Sox

by @ 3:13 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 25, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 3, White Sox 2  (21-12)

Dave Shean singled home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Red Sox took their second straight over the White Sox.  Carl Mays threw all ten innings and he got the win.  He gave up two runs on ten hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Fred Thomas singled twice to lead the team in hits.  Wally Schang doubled and he scored one of the Red Sox three runs.

May 24, 2008

Joe Bush Pitches, Hits Red Sox to Win Over White Sox

by @ 3:12 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 24, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 5, White Sox 4  (20-12)

It took a few games but the Red Sox finally notched their 20th win behind both the arm and bat of Bullet Joe Bush.  First, he held the White Sox to four runs on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts.  Second, he was one of three Red Sox with at least two hits in the contest.

George Whiteman and Stuffy McInnins each had a pair of hits in the win.  Everret Scott had a team high two runs.

May 23, 2008

Red Sox Held to One Hit In Loss to Indians

by @ 3:11 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 23, 1918 at Fenway Park
Indians 1, Red Sox 0  (19-12)

Amos Strunk singled in the seventh inning and that was the Red Sox got at the plate in a tough loss to the Indians.  The lone hit didn’t come until the seventh inning.

It was unfortunate because a nice start by Sad Sam Jones went to waste.  He gave up just a single run on seven hits in eight innings of work.

May 21, 2008

Dutch Leonard Has Rough Start, Red Sox Six Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 3:10 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 21, 1918 at Fenway Park
Indians 6, Red Sox 5  (19-11)

Dutch Leonard had a tough start and because of it, the Red Sox six game winning streak came to an end.  He gave up six runs on twelve hits and six walks with three strikeouts in the contest.

Harry Hooper had a team high three hits and he scored one of the Red Sox runs.  Dave Shean was the other hot hitter with a double, a single and a run.

May 20, 2008

Red Sox Demolish Indians For Sixth Straight Win

by @ 3:09 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May

May 20, 1918 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 11, Indians 1  (19-10)

The Red Sox blew out the Indians and they tied their best offensive game of the season for their sixth straight win.  Carl Mays did it all in this one.  He pick up three hits and two runs and he also held the Indians to a run on just five hits.

Six different Red Sox had multi-hit games.  Along with Mays, Fred Thomas had a team high three hits with a triple and two runs.

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