|10.08.13 at 5:57 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If the Rays beat the Red Sox on Tuesday night to tie the best-of-five American League Division Series at 2-2, Tampa Bay will turn to Game 2 starter David Price in a potential elimination game, manager Joe Maddon said.
“David will start, absolutely,” said Maddon. “Matt Moore will be available tonight out of the bullpen if necessary, but David start, yes. Because he’s really good. And he’s pitched really well and he’ll be on regular rest. And we just think it’s the best thing for us.”
|10.08.13 at 5:23 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — So, yes, the Red Sox fell prey to an unlikely walk-off event on Monday night in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, when Jose Lobaton ignored his season-ending 1-for-21 stretch and the otherworldly season of Sox closer Koji Uehara and launched a slightly elevated splitter into the dunk tank in Tropicana Field for a 5-4 victory. What’s done is done.
What is now relevant is how the Red Sox bounce back from such losses. How have the 2013 Sox recovered from the sinking feeling and funereal postgame clubhouse silence that follows walk-off losses?
The team endured seven such defeats in 2013. Here they are, with a brief description of their aftermath:
May 5, 2013: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3
Former Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre completed the only three-game sweep the Sox endured all year with his walk-off single against Clayton Mortensen. The Sox rebounded the next day (at home) for a 6-5 win in 11 innings. However, it’s worth noting that the walk-off fell squarely in the middle of the Sox’ worst stretch of the year, as they went 2-6 over the eight games that followed it, part of a 2-9 overall stretch that dropped the team to its worst place in the standings all year, three games out of first place.
June 13, 2013: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4
MVP candidate Chris Davis singled against Alex Wilson in the bottom of the 13th in Baltimore. The Sox lost the next game and then traveled sideways for a bit, losing three of their four contests after the walk-off before reeling off wins in four straight contests and nine of 10.
|10.08.13 at 5:15 pm ET|
Jared Remy, son of NESN Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, pleaded not guilty to killing his live-in girlfriend during a court appearance Tuesday in Superior Court in Woburn.
The 35-year-old Remy allegedly stabbed Jennifer Martel to death outside their Waltham apartment on Aug. 15. The attack, which a neighbor told police he witnessed, came one day after Remy was released from custody after being accused of assaulting Martel.
Remy, whose father did not attend the the proceeding, is due back in court Oct. 28 for a pretrial conference.
|10.08.13 at 4:27 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox will feature the same lineup for Game 4 against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson that they featured in Game 3 against fellow right-hander Alex Cobb. While some members of the Sox lineup have struggled against the Rays starter (including Daniel Nava, who has a .154/.214/.154 line against him, as well as both Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli, both of whom are 1-for-12 with no walks against him), the Sox are comfortable standing pat against a pitcher who had the third worst ERA (5.17) of any of the 81 starters with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title.
Jake Peavy will make his third career playoff start, and his first since 2006 with the Padres. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will remain behind the plate for him.
RED SOX LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jake Peavy, SP
|10.08.13 at 2:47 pm ET|
ESPN MLB analyst Chris Singleton joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the ALDS series between the Red Sox and Rays and and decisions made by Sox manager John Farrell during Monday night’s Game 3 loss.
Singleton said that he wasn’t sure that walking Rays slugger Evan Longoria in the bottom of the fifth inning was the right move at the time for the Sox. Rather than walking Longoria and loading the bases, Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched to the third baseman and surrendered a three-run home run, tying the game.
“Longoria, obviously, that situation, the three-run home run. I don’t know. A lot of times, I’m so quick to say, ‘Yeah, you got to walk this guy and put him on,’ but Longoria didn’t really have good swings. I mean, Clay, he was throwing that front-door cutter, that sinker in there, and there was some swings that weren’t great,” Singleton said. “I wasn’t 100 percent like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to walk him here.’ Sometimes there’s certain things within the game that you can kind of feel. … But it’s not always that way.”
Singleton also added that in that situation in the fifth, he would still be worried about having to pitch to Rays rookie Wil Myers with the bases loaded, despite the fact that he has failed to collect a hit in the series so far.
“Yeah, I mean it makes sense [to pitch to Myers over Longoria]. It makes total sense to go that route. But Myers, for me, and Myers hasn’t done anything here in this postseason, but I watch him take BP, and I watch some of the balls he hits right and … I’ve got this feeling that you know what, this guy, he’s one swing away from getting hot in this postseason. You just have that kind of strange feeling,” Singleton said. “I don’t know if that’s a feeling that John Farrell has, I don’t know.”
Farrell also took David Ortiz out of the game in eighth in order to put speedster Quintin Berry on the basepaths. Singleton said he believes that it’s important for a manager to stick with his philosophy and style, even during the high-pressure moments of October baseball.
“Well, yeah, it’s important because it sends a message to the players. It’s very important, because when they see you do something different or out of character, unless that thing works and starts to send a little something to the team, it [shows] a little bit of panic,” Singleton said. “And that’s the last thing that you want in the postseason. … So I think it’s important. These managers, man, I’ve been doing this postseason for awhile now and being at these ballparks … Everything, every move that they make is scrutinized so hard, and there are some that deserve it.”
|10.08.13 at 11:25 am ET|
The Red Sox will look to rebound from a heartbreaking Game 3 loss on Tuesday night, as Jake Peavy faces off against the Rays and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field.
After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox were held to just four runs in Game 3. The game was tied in the ninth inning until Jose Lobaton golfed an 0-1 pitch from Sox closer Koji Uehara into the Rays tank out in center field, giving Tampa Bay a shocking 5-4 victory. It was the first home run that Uehara has allowed since June 30.
Acquired on July 30 from the White Sox, Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA) has been a great addition to the back end of the Red Sox rotation.
Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, put together a solid final two months of the season with Boston, going 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 starts.
Despite missing time earlier in the year with a broken rib, Peavy once again had another solid campaign in 2013, as he ranked ninth in the AL in complete games (two) and only walked 36 batters in 144 2/3 innings.
However, it seemed like the 32-year-old was running out of gas at the end of the season, as he posted a 5.40 ERA in four September starts.
Peavy had one of his roughest starts of his Boston career in his last appearance on Sept. 25, as the right-hander gave up eight hits and five earned runs in six innings of work against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Thankfully for Peavy, the Sox offense was able to pick him up in the contest, scoring 15 runs, with seven of those coming from Will Middlebrooks, as Boston won by a score of 15-5.
Peavy has had shaky results against Tampa Bay during his career, as he is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six career starts.
|10.08.13 at 3:00 am ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Following the Rays’ walk-off win over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon talked about the improbability of Jose Lobaton’s ninth-inning homer against Red Sox’ closer Koji Uehara.
Even though Lobaton had two previous walk-off hits this season, the catcher was a long-shot to get the job done in the final frame. He entered the at-bat 1-for-21 in his last nine games, and Uehara had surrendered just one run over his previous 38 appearances. (The closer hadn’t surrendered a home run since June 30.)
“All these things, if you want to go on probable, look at the probability of it. … If you work out the abilities versus that pitcher’s abilities, what’s been going on. … If you’re going to be some bucks on that, you’re going to lose. It’s not normally going to happen,” Maddon said. “He climbed all over (the 0-1 splitter). It was down, but he got the head of that bat on it and the rest is Rays’ history. It’s really an incredible game to participate in.”
The excitement from Maddon was understood.
It marked the fourth time in the last eight days the Rays had won an elimination game, this one marking the largest deficit (three runs) overcome in franchise history.
“I swear I was looking down on my card and you’re preparing for what’s going to happen,” said Maddon of hte moment. “Their pitchers are so good. And then I hear that thing you hear on the radio back in the day when you’re listening to the Cardinals on KMOX, laying on the floor in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. That knock. And look up and the ball is going towards the tank, which nobody hits home runs there. Nobody does. How about that?
“Jose does have a flare for the dramatic. He’s done that a couple of times now. A walk-off triple, two walk-off homers. It’s incredible what he’s done. What an interesting, wonderful game to stay solvent with.”
And for the Rays, of course, there was the hit that got everything going — Evan Longoria’s three-run homer in the fifth inning that tied the game. It not only marked the third baseman’s second, third and fourth RBI against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, but snapped a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings for the starter.
“He’s always been pushing our boulders around,” Maddon said. “Longo has been the boulder pusher around here. Every time things seem bleak offensively, he’s picked ups up. We needed that badly, there’s no deny it. Among the group everybody is going to look for that guy to lead you and he did and he put us back in the race.”
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