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3 to watch, The Wounded rivals edition

Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:19 am
 
So now we know why baseball assigned the Red Sox and Phillies the role of interleague rivals this year, meeting in home-and-home series the way the Cubs and White Sox do, the way the Dodgers and Angels do, the way the Yankees and Mets do.

They don't share a city. They do share a story.

Even in a year where injuries have been a bigger story than ever, no teams have been hit the way these two teams have.

The Phillies have been without their second baseman, the guy who represents everything about the way they play, since June 28. The Red Sox have been without their second baseman, the guy who represents everything about the way they play, since June 25.

The Phillies lost their first baseman this week. The Red Sox lost their first baseman this week.

The Phillies have had to maneuver their outfield because their center fielder is out. The Red Sox have started a different outfield almost every night this season.

The Phillies are 60-48, and if the season ended today, they'd miss the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Red Sox are 62-47, and if the season ended today they'd miss the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Same story. Same season?

Not exactly, and the difference shows up this weekend, when both the Phillies and the Red Sox have New York on their schedule. There's the big difference.

The Red Sox play the Yankees, the team with baseball's best record, in a series that could either keep them alive in the American League East or basically shoot down whatever hopes remain. The Phillies play the Mets, the team that proves that getting healthy doesn't always mean getting well, in a series that could basically shoot down whatever slim hopes the Mets have left.

On to 3 to watch:

1. The Twins won the American League Central last year, even though Joe Mauer missed the first month of the season and Justin Morneau missed most of the last month. Now the Twins are playing with a banged-up Mauer and with Morneau out of the lineup. But they do have Francisco Liriano, who has a 21-inning scoreless streak, heading into his start in Twins at Indians, Friday night (7:05 ET) at Progressive Field . In three starts against the Tribe this year, Liriano is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA.

2. So much has gone wrong for the Mets, but was there anything worse than the Sunday night game in Philadelphia on May 2, when Johan Santana walked Jamie Moyer with the bases loaded, and Shane Victorino followed that up with a grand slam? Santana's first start against the Phillies since that night comes in Mets at Phillies, Saturday night (7:05 ET) at Citizens Bank Park . At least he won't be facing Moyer or Victorino. Both, of course, are on the disabled list. Cole Hamels starts for the Phillies

3. In his final year with the Blue Jays, A.J. Burnett was 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox. It's one big reason the Yankees saw fit to give him a five-year, $82.5 million contract. In his first year and a half as a Yankee, Burnett is 0-3 with a 9.85 ERA in six starts against the Red Sox. It's one big reason that contract seems even more dangerous today. But the ever-inconsistent Burnett is always capable of a great game, and perhaps it will come in Red Sox at Yankees, Sunday night (8 ET) at Yankee Stadium . Josh Beckett, who is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA since coming off the disabled list (of course), starts for Boston.
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:27 pm
 

Boston = New York

Don't ever compare Philadelphia to Boston again. The Red Sox might as well be the Yankees, its a boring rivalry that no one outside of Boston & NY cares about. 



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2010 4:47 pm
 

3 to watch, The Wounded rivals edition

Nice job of back tracking.  In your original post you said nothing about recovery time.  You mentioned no PEDS = more injuries.

You are an idiot.


Jesus, another red-azz Sox fan? And btw, I can tell by your post the subtleties of life have been slipping by you whisky-but I didn't backtrack I clarified. There's a huge difference between the two, but again I don't expect you to know that.

The PED's of today have both helped recovery AND prevention of injuries. I don't have the energy to try and explain the science of it to someone who will just dismiss it before they read it, so I won't bother. But if you honestly think what I;m saying isn;t true ask Manny if he believes it. Because all of a sudden in a career where he'd hardly ever been on the DL suddenly he's there 3 times in the 2/3 of a season following a positive test? There are MANY other examples, but I think even your small mind understands whisky

You and I are done here. And if you do choose to respond, try making an intelligent argument before you call ME the idiot.



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