This team is ready to take off for the stretch

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    This team is ready to take off for the stretch

    We are witnessing this team come together for the stretch. Lets hope they can keep pushing and get and stay healthy!

     
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    Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch

    I agree.  I'd like to see Youkilis back and healthy though but at this point there's no reason to rush.  Things I'm also looking for...

    A.  Can Crawford finally got hot for a stretch of time.  His last few games have gone well but we've seen this before from him.
    B.  The battle between Lackey and Bedard for the #3 spot going into October
    C.  Is Andrew Miller beginning to figure things out? 
    D.  What the Sox end up doing about RF.  Do they try to grab a guy on waivers to support Reddick?  Can Reddick do it alone?
     
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    I hate to say it, because I personally do not support it, but it is very likely that JD Drew returns to the lineup as the regular RFer for the stretch run.  Reddick has been hitting no better than Drew in the month of August.
     
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    [QUOTE]I hate to say it, because I personally do not support it, but it is very likely that JD Drew returns to the lineup as the regular RFer for the stretch run.  Reddick has been hitting no better than Drew in the month of August.
    Posted by parhunter1[/QUOTE]
    Right, if neither guy is hitting, Terry will probably incline to go with Drew. Reddick had a great shot at the job but couldn't nail it down. He seems to have lost the plate discipline he showed earlier. He plays pretty good defense but, on balance, Drew is still better.

     
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    Bedard is the #3.  Wakefield has been as good as Lackey if not better.

    Actually, Miller has had the best outings as of late. 

    Drew has a tendency to come up big in big situations.  I'd like to see him in RF for the rest of the season.

     
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    In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch : Right, if neither guy is hitting, Terry will probably incline to go with Drew. Reddick had a great shot at the job but couldn't nail it down. He seems to have lost the plate discipline he showed earlier. He plays pretty good defense but, on balance, Drew is still better.
    Posted by expitch[/QUOTE]

    To be honest, a healthy and steady JD Drew with Reddick coming of the bench gives us our best team right now and gives us some bench presence.  When healthy and going right, Drew also gets on base at a nice clip.  He actually gives us our best shot at the moment, assuming health of course.
     
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    In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch:
    [QUOTE]I hate to say it, because I personally do not support it, but it is very likely that JD Drew returns to the lineup as the regular RFer for the stretch run.  Reddick has been hitting no better than Drew in the month of August.
    Posted by parhunter1[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, if Reddick was still lighting it up, I would have a problem with Drew taking over.  But, especially given Reddicks cool-off, I am ok with JD.  I think the same frustrating sleepy,laconic ease with which he approaches the game, causing him to look at countless strike threes and swing half-heartedly at bad breaking stuff, when juiced up with the slight edge of stretch/playoff energy, make Drew formidable: a zen balance of effort and surrender.  Important for playoff baseball.  Plus his experience is imoprtant too.  And it strengthen the bench to have the versatile Reddick there.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch : Yeah, if Reddick was still lighting it up, I would have a problem with Drew taking over.  But, especially given Reddicks cool-off, I am ok with JD.  I think the same frustrating sleepy,laconic ease with which he approaches the game, causing him to look at countless strike threes and swing half-heartedly at bad breaking stuff, when juiced up with the slight edge of stretch/playoff energy, make Drew formidable: a zen balance of effort and surrender.  Important for playoff baseball.  Plus his experience is imoprtant too.  And it strengthen the bench to have the versatile Reddick there.
    Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]
    Space, after tonight send Wake to the DL Albers to we need fresh arms in the pen or the sox season will come to a screeching halt in the playoffs nothing is more important then new arms in the pen. As for Wake if we rest him now I think he will be an assest in Sept & Oct when he comes back rested,  if he continues to pitch by Sept 20 he will be a liability, Theo has some tough decisions to make thats why he makes the big bucks
     
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    In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch : Space, after tonight send Wake to the DL Albers to we need fresh arms in the pen or the sox season will come to a screeching halt in the playoffs nothing is more important then new arms in the pen. As for Wake if we rest him now I think he will be an assest in Sept & Oct when he comes back rested,  if he continues to pitch by Sept 20 he will be a liability, Theo has some tough decisions to make thats why he makes the big bucks
    Posted by tc25[/QUOTE]

    tc, you really think Tito will put Wake on the playoff roster this year?  I dont think he will be on the PO roster, just my opinion.
     
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    In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch : Space, after tonight send Wake to the DL Albers to we need fresh arms in the pen or the sox season will come to a screeching halt in the playoffs nothing is more important then new arms in the pen. As for Wake if we rest him now I think he will be an assest in Sept & Oct when he comes back rested,  if he continues to pitch by Sept 20 he will be a liability, Theo has some tough decisions to make thats why he makes the big bucks
    Posted by tc25[/QUOTE]

    No way Wake is on the post season roster.
     
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    Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch

    The return of J.D. Drew will put a wet blanket over the current way the team is playing.

    I believe the team has too many veterans and needs an injection of youth in the lineup. They get this with Saltalamacchia, Reddick, Lowrie, Bard ( all players who have never experienced a playoff run), and of course we have the eternal kid , Dusitn Pedroia, who plays every game like it's his first...or last. Drew plays every game like it is an exhibition game, no emotion, no spark, no desire.

    I feel returning him to the lineup will be counterproductive to success.
     
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    [QUOTE]Bedard is the #3.  Wakefield has been as good as Lackey if not better. Actually, Miller has had the best outings as of late.  Drew has a tendency to come up big in big situations.  I'd like to see him in RF for the rest of the season.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    Until Miller faced Texas last night, these have been his opponents:
    (offense rank)
    SD -24
    Pitt-25
    Hou-23
    Bal-16
    TB-15
    Bal-16
    KC-13
    CWS-21
    KC-13
    Tex-3

    Nobody above #13, and still a WHIP of 1.691 !
    The opponents have an OPS against of .802.
    The Sox have a team hitting OPS of .805.
    Essentially, the list of teams above have hit like the Sox hit against Miller.

     
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    In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch : Until Miller faced Texas last night, these have been his opponents: (offense rank) SD -24 Pitt-25 Hou-23 Bal-16 TB-15 Bal-16 KC-13 CWS-21 KC-13 Tex-3 Nobody above #13, and still a WHIP of 1.691 ! The opponents have an OPS against of .802. The Sox have a team hitting OPS of .805. Essentially, the list of teams above have hit like the Sox hit against Miller.
    Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]

    Exactly right Moon, I think Bedard is going to help this club in a major way this September and October.  Miller is progressing but still has a way to go.  But only giving up a couple of hits to Texas is a good start.
     
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    Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch

      I might be nit-picking here, but would like Sox to add RH bat for PH and RF platoon, and a real need for post-season is a reliable situational LH out of pen.
     
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    [QUOTE]  I might be nit-picking here, but would like Sox to add RH bat for PH and RF platoon, and a real need for post-season is a reliable situational LH out of pen.
    Posted by attic-dan[/QUOTE]

    Yes a bench RH bat would be nice lefty specialist could be beneficial in the postseason.  Too bad Rich Hill got that season ending surgery.  He emerged as the first lights out bullpen arm we had going early this season.
     
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    Re: This team is ready to take off for the stretch

    Recordwise, August has been the worst Red Sox month since April:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/2011-schedule-scores.shtml
     

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