10/8 - ALDS vs Tampa. Game 2.

mr_smith02

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My grandfather is the reason I became a Red Sox fan, he was born October 8, 1918. Starting the thread knowing he's watching somewhere.

Let's go Sale and the Boston bats!
 

Ale Xander

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My maternal grandfather was also born in 1918. He would imitate baseball players by swinging wildly with an imaginary bat and pretend spitting. He thought there was too much spitting in baseball. I have no idea where I'm going with this but LFG.
 

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The last 9 times the Sox have been in the ALDS, the eventual winner had won game 1. Sox in those 9 series were 4-5 with 4 of the 5 losses ending in sweeps and the 5th ending in game 4. Never made it to game 5. That could end within the next week. It must end.

Also, the Sox have appeared in 11 of the previous 19 ALDS. 13 of the previous 24. Incredible run.
 

Al Zarilla

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My grandfather is the reason I became a Red Sox fan, he was born October 8, 1918. Starting the thread knowing he's watching somewhere.

Let's go Sale and the Boston bats!
My maternal grandfather was also born in 1918. He would imitate baseball players by swinging wildly with an imaginary bat and pretend spitting. He thought there was too much spitting in baseball. I have no idea where I'm going with this but LFG.
Ted Williams was also born in 1918. In San Diego! LFG because of that too!
 

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It’s hard to take solace from a 5-0 Game 1 blowout loss, and I’m not ordinarily a glass half-full kind of guy, but I’m expecting a win tonight. The Sox hit the ball hard last night, and had plenty of traffic on the bases. Dalbec had two shots in particular that with a little better luck could’ve led to 3 runs.

And Sale. He may not be the slam dunk Cy we’d envisioned, but it’s not exactly a stretch to picture him pitching well.
 

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Pivetta was a savior last night. Saved all the hi lev arms for tonight.

We’ve got Sale and Nate the next 2 which Is advantage us. Nothing’s changed.Come out of tonight with a win and the goal has been met. Everything is still in front of us and last night did not change that.
 

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Sox had some bad luck last night. Was it enough to win? Not sure, but it should have been better than a 5-0 loss. I really do not want to go to a Sox elimination game Sunday, so LFG and win today!
 

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Pivetta was a savior last night. Saved all the hi lev arms for tonight.

We’ve got Sale and Nate the next 2 which Is advantage us. Nothing’s changed.Come out of tonight with a win and the goal has been met. Everything is still in front of us and last night did not change that.
Sale needs to deliver. It’s that simple. His start on Sunday was a disaster.
 

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This was my fault... I was looking at too big a picture.

We don't need a three game winning streak, we need three one game winning streaks. It starts today!

Welcome to the ALDS! Population: YOU!
 

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I feel way less terrible about a 5-0 game 1 loss than I should, but there is a reason....the Sox bats did not look overmatched. They had a LOT of good swings last night and the entire complexion of that game could have changed with even some neutral luck in the first 6 innings. There must have been at least 5 lasers that found gloves.

Tonight, that shitty luck changes and Chris Sale brings home the bacon. We go back to Fenway tied.
 

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If I have to win three games, Sale, Houck, and Eovaldi isn't a bad set of horses to ride. Let this win be the last game in that POS stadium.
 

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From another perspective, E.Hernandez is more or less exactly the same player he's always been, going through a touch of a slump.

Overall: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernaen02.shtml

In 2021, he had a couple of very hot months for us: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.fcgi?id=hernaen02&year=2021&t=b#month
Like he's done before: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.fcgi?id=hernaen02&year=2018&t=b#month

Let's hope he gets hot again.
 

bankshot1

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This was my fault... I was looking at too big a picture.

We don't need a three game winning streak, we need three one game winning streaks. It starts today!

Welcome to the ALDS! Population: YOU!
Not to nit-pick but at this point we need either a 1-game winning streak and a two-game winning streak or a 2-gamer and a 1.
We no longer have the time for 3 -1s.
 

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The Red Sox have never won a game 2 in a division series after losing game 1. 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 all resulted in the olde town team falling into an 0-2 hole.

May the law of averages be with us!
 

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The Red Sox have never won a game 2 in a division series after losing game 1. 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 all resulted in the olde town team falling into an 0-2 hole.

May the law of averages be with us!
Wow interesting stat.
 

Al Zarilla

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The Red Sox have never won a game 2 in a division series after losing game 1. 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 all resulted in the olde town team falling into an 0-2 hole.

May the law of averages be with us!
Well, aren't you the bearer of great tidings.

So, Mr. Baz, why don't you change your name back to Bazyli, or whatever it used to be, and honor your heritage?
 

mfried

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Sale needs to deliver. It’s that simple. His start on Sunday was a disaster.
Sale may well give us 5 innings with 2 earned runs. Just saw youtube clip of Baz’s first start. Effortless 97, breaking pitches, problems for us. Sale is a special pitcher but his years as an ace are in the Chicago-Sox past.
 

BigSoxFan

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Sale may well give us 5 innings with 2 earned runs. Just saw youtube clip of Baz’s first start. Effortless 97, breaking pitches, problems for us. Sale is a special pitcher but his years as an ace are in the Chicago-Sox past.
Yup, Baz is awesome. I am so envious of the Rays.
 

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You know who else is a great pitcher? Gerritt Cole. And the Sox lit him up. They can hit great pitchers. Not always, obviously, but sometimes. May tonight be one of those nights.
 

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Only need to take 1 of these 2 in Tampa, and this was always the more likely game for the Sox to take.

If Sale is hurt and/or ineffective, the Sox aren’t going far in the playoffs anyway. But if he’s some reasonable approximation of CHRIS SALE, Rays better watch out tonight.

All of this is in the context of feeling strangely satisfied and sanguine at this point. It’s a nice feeling.
 

Sandy Leon Trotsky

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Only need to take 1 of these 2 in Tampa, and this was always the more likely game for the Sox to take.

If Sale is hurt and/or ineffective, the Sox aren’t going far in the playoffs anyway. But if he’s some reasonable approximation of CHRIS SALE, Rays better watch out tonight.

All of this is in the context of feeling strangely satisfied and sanguine at this point. It’s a nice feeling.
mmmmmm. Sanguine with red sauce!!! My favorite pasta
 

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The Red Sox have never won a game 2 in a division series after losing game 1. 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 all resulted in the olde town team falling into an 0-2 hole.

May the law of averages be with us!
So you’re saying they are due.
 

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Better tidings! Derek Lowe have a certain strikeout, and "unique" gesture to end one of them?
Yup, and a relief appearance by a certain pitcher named Pedro and Troy O’Leary sealed the other.
Indeed!

Funny thing about that - once the Sox won Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS and pulled the series to 3-1, I immediately thought, "Wait - they came back from a deficit like this last year!" Then I started to look hopefully for similarities to the '03 ALDS. The Papi walkoff in '04 game 4 felt like the Trot walkoff in '03 game 3; the Papi single in '04 game 5 felt like the Papi double in '03 game 4; the Keith Foulke strikeout in '04 game 6 felt like the Derek Lowe strikeout in '03 game 5. I wasn't sure what to look for in '04 game 7, but fortunately it wasn't close enough to matter.

I can't say it made me confident that the Sox would beat the Yankees, but it was at least a bizarre karmic reason for for optimism in games 5 and 6.

Not sure this has anything to do with today's game, but I'm always up for a good reminiscing about the '04 Sox.
 

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I despise watching games that are played in the the Trop. It is shit. Having playoff games there is a stain on the very history of the game.

And I'm pissy as hell toward Sale. I hope he's got pre-TJ, pre-Covid, 2018 regular-season form tonight or I'll be as irritated at him as I am at the league for letting a baseball team play in that abomination of a ballfield.

Let's go.