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Home » August 2010 Game CommentsAugust 2010 » Procrastination Nation

Procrastination Nation

I’m like Bryce Harper over here, waiting until the last minute to get the deal done. Except when I finally write about Sunday’s disappointing loss I won’t get a five-year, $9.9 million deal.

Instead of rolling in dough I get to savor the impressive strikeout total for Daisuke Matsuzaka (just one short of his season high of nine) that was for naught. He allowed four earned runs, but two of those were the result of Manny Delcarmen surrendering a three-run homer to Michael Young in the seventh inning.

Beyond Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon the bullpen is a throng of rags and bones. Delcarmen has never been consistent and shows no signs of reversing the trend. Dustin Richardson has potential but requires polish. Michael Bowden, another young arm, is a starter being pressed into a relief role due to the relief corps’ injuries and ineffectiveness. Richardson and Bowden allowed an earned run each to push the score even further out of reach.

While the major league team enjoyed an off day the Red Sox front office was abuzz. Before the August 15 signing deadline there was a flurry of activity with seven signings: Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Sean Coyle, Garin Cecchini, Chris Hernandez, Mathew Price, and Lucas LeBlanc.

The far future is promising and the near future is inspiring. Happy 27th birthday and welcome back, Dustin Pedroia!

Game 119: August 15, 2010
Red Sox
3L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-4)
2B: Adrian Beltre (36), Marco Scutaro (28)
HR: Darnell McDonald (7)
7W: C.J. Wilson (11-5)
HR: Michael Young (19)

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