1. Don Orsillo leaving NESN at the end of this season makes me sad. Personally, I love listening to Orsillo and Remy. While some people like to complain that they talk about dumb stuff, personally I love it. It's baseball, it's slow, it's pretty easy to understand. The last thing I need is someone telling me that with another ball, the batter will be awarded first base.
2. With today being the 25th of August, I'm going to remind everyone of what happened on the 25th of November. That was the day that the Red Sox signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Yeah, that's probably a day they wish they could have back. I remember thinking that the signing of Hanley meant that he would shift to 3rd as a member of the Red Sox and the talk of getting Pablo would be over. Unfortunately, my thoughts were not correct and we all know what actually happened. Maybe this would be a good time to let Dave Dombrowski know that I'm available as a consultant. In case he thinks this is all hindsight, he can read my post about Pablo from November 15th. Moreover, I was in support of Jackie Bradley Jr. long before the rest of the yahoos.
4. Remember back in 2010 and 2011 when we wished we had another wild card spot so we would get to play some October ball? Well, now that we have it, we don't seem to be utilizing it with our last place finishes.
5. Baseball is a mental game. While we talk about that all the time when guys are having trouble hitting, we sometimes forget about that when a pitcher is sucking. The latest Boston pitcher to get a lot of grief is Junichi Tazawa. During last night's game I spent some time going through Taz' splits. Here are his numbers for this season based on which inning he is pitching.
Inning ERA HR BB SO
7th 8.38 1 5 8
8th 1.87 2 1 33
9th 6.23 1 3 7
If you need more convincing that Taz is destined for the 8th inning, last year he had an ERA of 1.67 in the 8th. For the 7th and 9th it was 4.91 and 3.12, respectively.