Thursday, July 22, 2004

The View From Here

Yes, I'm glad that the Sox won their most recent game. Yes, I'm ecstatic that Wakefield got the win. Yes, I'm glad Youkilis got a home run. And, yes, it felt like a good win. But none of this changes the fact that these losers lost two out of three games to the Baltimore Orioles. The seventeen games back, eight games below .500 Baltimore Orioles. These guys suck, and yet they have somehow become a miniature Yankees-style threat. They play the Red Sox, pain abounds for Sox fans. What the hell? What's wrong with this picture? There is just no excuse for this.

Pedro was shelled. Second time this year he's been shelled by the sub-shit Orioles. He had a no-decision in the third game, not a win. So his record is 0-2 against the Orioles. Isn't Pedro supposed to be great and unstoppable? If so, then how come it seems that his greatest obstacle is defeating the Orioles? His ERA stands at 4.01 as a result of the debacle, and the crap Orioles pitcher, Erik Bedard, improved his ERA to 4.04, much to the happy cheers of Orioles fans.

I also believe that, in the past, the Orioles bullpen has been knocked for being awful. Relief pitching for Orioles gave up a total of three runs over nine innings. Boston relief pitching? Seven runs over approximately ten innings. Wow, actually looks like Baltimore's pen is more effective than Boston's... And they don't even have Mendoza. The management of the Orioles had already realized that the trading for Mendoza idea was some weird drug trip (or, rather, Lee Mazzilli's further attempts to help his beloved Yankees out), but I believe that their realization was more than confirmed by Mendoza's performance in relief earlier today. They realized that Mendoza helps the Orioles more by playing for Boston than playing for them. Oh, excuse me, Mendoza helps out all opposing teams when he plays for Boston. It wouldn't suprise me if, in every clubhouse across America, there was some sort of shrine worshipping Mendoza's superb ability to hand games away to the opposing team.

At least tomorrow presents a Schilling-Lieber match-up. Lieber's ERA is 4.82, and the only reason he has a winning record (only by one game, though) is because he happened to have good fielding during most of his winning outings. Schilling, 3.04, heavenly 12-4, is just great no matter how you spin it. So just as long as someone ties Mendoza up and jams him into one of the lockers, making sure that he jams his neck in the process (remember his DL-trip for falling asleep on the clubhouse wall?), the Sox are looking at a good opportunity tomorrow evening.

Of course, given that these are the Sox, they'll figure out some way to screw it up.


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