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Monday, May 17, 2010

The definition of a .500 team

It's bad enough that the 2010 Boston Red Sox are no good (currently in fourth place in the AL East, baseball's best division), but they are supremely boring with no true superstars in either ability or personality.

After losing in 12 innings on Saturday night on a bases loaded walk, the Tigers (22-16) won their second straight over Boston (19-19), 6-1 yesterday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Not to get all curly-headed boyfriend on you but this next 10 games (13 if you counted Detroit) should tell us all we need to know about the Red Sox this season. They're all against good, playoff caliber opposition (Yankees, Twins, Phillies, Rays) and eight of the remaining 10 games are on the road. Oh and they don't have an off-day until Memorial Day. So yeah, this could get real ugly, real soon.

Armando Galarraga (1-0) had just been called up from Triple A before yesterday's game but he pitched well enough to get the win. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

John Lackey (4-2) didn't have it for the Sox. He pitched seven innings, but that was because the depleted bullpen needed a break after the late-night work the day before. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Detroit scored twice in the second on an infield single by Danny Worth (making his MLB debut) and a bases loaded walk by Johnny Damon (2 hits, 2 walks, run, RBI), who will still be effective for another ten years.

Boston's only run was courtesy of Jeremy Hermida's RBI double in the third which scored Jonathan Van Every. Sadly, that was not a misprint and this is May, not a Grapefruit League game in March in front of a bunch of blue-hairs.

The Tigers got another run in the third and two more in the fourth on Ramon Santiago's two-run homer.

The Sox have two games in the Bronx beginning tonight with Dice-K vs. Phil Hughes. Both have pitched well lately but I'm not feeling good about Dice's chances in that launching pad.

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