Friday, October 14, 2016

Red Sox Roll Brewers, 5-3

April 8, 1975

Milwaukee Brewers (0-1)210000000381
Boston Red Sox (1-0)32000000X5100

The Boston Red Sox got their 1975 season off and running with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park. The final score was 5-3. Boston pitcher Luis Tiant was named player of the game. 

Early in the game, catcher Carlton Fisk had a 2-run single for Boston. It was his 2nd hit of the season and put the Red Sox on top, 3-2.

 "We did a lot of things right," said Fisk.

E. Maddox CF4020010.50000
J. Briggs LF3111101.33301
G. Scott 1B4112003.25012
D. Money 3B3010100.33300
D. Porter C4000012.00000
S. Lezcano RF4010012.25000
B. Mitchell DH3010100.33300
R. Yount SS4110013.25000
P. Garcia 2B4000011.00000
Home Runs: G. Scott (1, 1st Inning off L. Tiant, 1 on, 1 out)
Total Bases: R. Yount , G. Scott 4 , D. Money , B. Mitchell , E. Maddox 2 , S. Lezcano , J. Briggs
2-out RBI: J. Briggs
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: R. Yount , G. Scott 2
GIDP: R. Yount , S. Lezcano
Team LOB: 7

SB: E. Maddox (1)

Errors: P. Garcia (1)
B. Carbo LF5000023.00000
R. Burleson SS4110000.25000
F. Lynn CF4210000.25000
D. Evans RF3220000.66700
C. Yastrzemski 1B4023001.50003
C. Fisk C4022002.50002
C. Cooper DH3010111.33300
R. Petrocelli 3B4010003.25000
D. Griffin 2B4000016.00000
Doubles: F. Lynn (1, 1st Inning off J. Colborn, 1 on, 1 out) D. Evans 2 (2, 2nd Inning off J. Colborn, 1 on, 2 outs; 5th Inning off J. Colborn, 0 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: C. Fisk 2 , F. Lynn 2 , D. Evans 4 , C. Cooper , R. Petrocelli , R. Burleson , C. Yastrzemski 2
2-out RBI: C. Yastrzemski
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: B. Carbo , C. Cooper , D. Griffin
Hit by Pitch: D. Evans
Team LOB: 6

Double Plays: 2 (Petrocelli-Griffin-Yastrzemski, Petrocelli-Griffin-Yastrzemski)
J. Colborn L (0-1)8.01053140130863.38
Game Score: J. Colborn 49
Batters Faced: J. Colborn 37
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: J. Colborn 5-15
Pitches - Strikes: J. Colborn 130-86
Hit Batsmen: J. Colborn 
L. Tiant W (1-0)9.0833351126783.00
Game Score: L. Tiant 61
Batters Faced: L. Tiant 36
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: L. Tiant 6-14
Pitches - Strikes: L. Tiant 126-78 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Red Sox Picked to Finish in Fourth Place by National Media

April 7, 1975

 It is Opening Day Eve and the annual predictions have been made by the national media. The Red Sox are not getting much respect.

The Red Sox are predicted to finish fourth in AL East while the Orioles and Yankees battle it out for first place. Pitching seems to be the main concern.

The Red Sox should not have issues scoring runs but can they shut down opposing teams? We will begin to get these questions answered tomorrow as Luis Tiant takes the hill for the Red Sox on Opening Day facing the Milwaukee Brewers and starting pitcher Jim Colborn.

Rice Heads to Pawtucket as Spring Training Ends

April 3, 1975

21 year old slugger Jim Rice will start the 1975 season in Pawtucket. The decision was made today as the Red Sox broke camp in Winter Haven, Florida. There simply isn't room for him. The Red Sox were reportedly in trade talks as they attempted to trade either Bernie Carbo or Cecil Cooper. The Red Sox never got an offer they really liked.

 Their recent trade where they acquired Bill Campbell from the Twins made the Red Sox more cautious about just giving away Carbo or Cooper.

 "We have a lot of talent and a lot of depth. That is good thing. These things usually work themselves out. I know Jim is disappointed now but he will factor into this season at some point. I guarantee it"
said a Red Sox front office member.

 For now the Red Sox will go with Carbo in LF, Carl Yastrzemski at first base with Cecil Cooper as the DH. The Red Sox open their season with Milwaukee Brewers at home in Fenway Park. The Brewers recently made some news trading 41 year old legend Hank Aaron to the New York Yankees.

Red Sox-Twins Make a Deal

March 3, 1975 The Red Sox picked up a key addition to their bullpen via a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Bill Campbell, Ray Corbin and Sal Butera will join the Red Sox organization while Reggie Cleveland, Bob Stanley and Dave Stapleton head to Minnesota.

 Cleveland was expected to be in the Red Sox rotation this year while Stanley and Stapleton were supposed to start the season in A ball.

 Ray Corbin is expected to be in the Red Sox rotation. Corbin struggled for the Twins last year going 7-6 with a 5.29 ERA. In 1973, Corbin had a very good year splitting time starting and closing for the Twins. He went 8-5 with a 14 saves and a 3.03 ERA.

Sal Butera is a 22 year old catcher who is great defensively but has struggled to hit minor league pitching. Bill Campbell is the big piece of this trade for the Red Sox. Campbell went 8-7 with 19 saves and an ERA of 2.62 a year ago for the Twins. He will team up with Dick Drago to give the Red Sox a dominant back end of the bullpen.

 Opening Day is just six weeks away and there are rumors about the Red Sox making one more deal to free up a spot for talented 21 year old slugger Jim Rice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The 1975 Red Sox and Beyond

I was born in November of 1974 and became a Red Sox fan pretty much a few seconds later. My first memory of the Red Sox was during the 1983 season as Carl Yastrzemski played his final season and the great Jim Rice made an appearance on The Baseball Bunch. The 1986 season hooked me for good.

 1975, however, was the first baseball season that I was alive and it was a magical one for the Red Sox. Thanks to Out of the Park Baseball we are going to go back in time and restart the Red Sox from my personal history.

 We will recap every game that we play with a write up of the game and the box score. It will truly feel like you have taken a time machine back to Red Sox past. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Free NFL Divisional Round Picks

This is my favorite weekend of the NFL season. You have the four best teams going at it in each conference and it always provides some intriguing match-ups.

For the regular season, underdogs barely had a winning record but they are off to a 3-1 start against the spread in the playoffs. Could the dogs get their revenge in the postseason? Vegas hopes so. Let's take a look at the four match-ups:

Chiefs at Patriots

The Patriots are in a weird spot. Nobody knows what to make of them right now. Are they really the team we saw at end the season? They look horrible.

I had the Chiefs overrated much of the season due to their pretty average yardage differential numbers. Those numbers have improved and in that category they are much better than the Patriots.

It is tough to go against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick but the numbers tell a worrisome story in this one. The Pats are vulnerable.

Pick: Take the Chiefs +4.5

Steelers at Broncos

The big story is at the QB spot for both teams. Will Ben Roethlisberger play and if he does play will he be able to actually throw the ball downfield? Is Peyton Manning washed up? These teams have been near the top of my power rankings all season with the Broncos slightly better. Take the points in this one.

Pick: Take the Steelers +7

Seahawks at Panthers

The Panthers have had a great season but their yardage differential numbers all year have been pretty average. The Panthers got a horrible break when the Vikings failed to knock out the Seahawks last week.  I have the Seahawks 6 points better in this game. It will be a tough way for the Panthers to end their season if that holds true.

Pick: Take the Seahawks +1.5

Packers at Cardinals

The Packers at times look awful. They don't seem to have receivers who can get open and Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem to have a ton of time to throw the ball. The Cardinals spanked the Packers pretty good just a few weeks ago. Rematches this close together however tend to favor the team that was spanked the first time. In terms of yardage differential numbers, these teams are pretty even. Rodgers is the best player on the field and he is getting points.

Pick: Take the Packers +7 

Can you hear all that barking? The numbers all point to the underdogs covering the spread this week. We will see.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David Bowie and the 2004 Red Sox

David Bowie passed away two days ago and I watched the tributes pour in on his life and his career. I never was a big Bowie fan. I never really got into his music with one exception. Under Pressure, a song he did with Queen will always be special to me.

Before Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, Fox opened up their broadcast with a montage of images set to Under Pressure. It was a perfect scene setter if you will for the huge game. That opening and that song actually relaxed me. It made me feel at ease because as I watched the images of the players I realized that the only team under pressure was the Yankees. The Red Sox were playing with house money. They were left for dead three nights earlier. A Yankee win was expected but a Red Sox win after being down 3-0 against the Yankees would live forever. All the pressure was on them. The rest as they say was history.

While I may not have been a huge fan of David Bowie, that one song will always make me smile. Thank you for that.

I searched and searched to find that actual opening from FOX with no luck. If anyone does have it, please share. Instead, here is a great video of Queen and David Bowie singing the classic song. Enjoy and R.I.P to Mr. Bowie.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Root for Clemson and Why You Should Be Worried

There has been some debate among Gamecock fans on whether or not we should root for Clemson in the name of state pride. The answer is no. My wife is one of those people who think we should. I am doing my best to ignore her.

First of all, there are 20 year old Clemson fans who talk trash and bring up the 1981 national title like it happened last weekend. Can you imagine what we will have to listen to if they win it all this year?

State pride? Listen, I was born and raised in NY, call me a damn yankee if you want, but I do love this state. I have lived here for just about half my life, married a South Carolina girl and I am raising a family of South Carolina kids. I love this state. When I venture up to Clemson it feels nothing like the state I love. Frankly, it feels like I need a passport.

Wofford, Furman, Coastal, PC, Winthrop, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and any other schools in this state that I have missed, have my full support in the name of state pride. Never and I mean never will I root for Clemson. The closest I have come is when Clemson plays Ohio State or UNC and then I just hope the ground swallows them both.

Now that we got that straight, should we be worried about Clemson winning it all? Yes!!!!. If I take my biased hat off I still think Alabama is the better team. If this was a seven game series I would be confident that Bama would win in six games...maybe seven. One game? One game scares me.

Alabama may have the better team, but Clemson has the best player. It pains my garnet backside to say that, but it is true. Can one player lead a football team to victory? Normally you would say no. This isn't basketball when usually the team with the best player wins. This is football. However, this game reminds me very much of the Texas/ Southern Cal game a decade ago. Southern Cal had the better team but Texas had Vince Young. Watson is just as good, if not better than Young. I have this awful vision of Watson just taking over late in the game. Make it stop!

When I start to panic about a potential Clemson national championship I think back to the Clemson/Georgia game last season. Clemson, with a loaded defense, eventually wore out in the second half thanks to Georgia's relentless running game. Bama won't panic if Clemson stops them early on the ground, they will keep pounding and pounding with the idea in the second half those holes should open. Football is won upfront and while Clemson is very good upfront, Alabama is just as good but much deeper.

Am I still worried? You bet I am and you should be too. Unless of course you are one of those state pride people, in that case.....well...