Re: Jitterbug Jake Jukes & Jives
posted at 10/9/2013 8:36 AM EDT
Rays were indeed the worthy opponent, beating the Rangers and Indians to get to the ALDS.
Sox won primarily because they are better--a definite check for redsoxfireman.
Peavy made the best start by a Sox in this ALDS and would have gone longer but Farrell had a dominant Breslow available--minus a check for redsoxfireman.
As for Ellsbury, he hit .500 in four games in the ALDS and more importantly was the same speedster he was without the broken (small break) foot. He and Victorino are a pretty unique pair in the outfield and in the lineup. Those two plus Pedroia have WAR's among the 11 best in the AL, and no other team has a comparable threesome. Speed, hitting, and fielding--Pedey and Vic both deserve gold gloves this year.
Farrell made several good moves last night with the bullpen--where his timing was exquisite--and with the lineup, inserting both Bogaerts and Ross. He has managed the Sox egos surpassingly well all season long, but especially last night.
Maddon also managed well. When Hellickson imploded in the 2d, loading the bases with no outs, Maddon did not hesitate to go to the bullpen and got a somewhat lucky miracle--a K by Salty and a line drive double play by Drew when Napoli wandered too far off 2B. Bottom line is the 9 pitchers looked gimmicky but worked to a degree. The sox had 6 singles but scored 3 because of 8 walks and assorted HBP's and WP's.
The Sox now get four days off to prepare for the A's/Tigers winner. Redsoxfireman has guaranteed the Sox will lose to either team, so this drama is by no means over.
I started a thread complaining the first five games, MLB wide, of the playoffs had been boring because the scores were not close. Redsoxfireman took umbrage. But last night and the night before provided games which I thought were anything but boring. Ditto a number of other playoff games around MLB. Close, I maintain, is good and makes for exciting watching.