Photos of the day from yesterday’s games

Here are a few photos all credited to US PRESSWIRE.

First, here are the Red Sox about to go berserk after Cody Ross (7) hit a walk-off homer. Sure, they look happy now, but how do you think Carl Crawford felt 3 second later when he was drenched with Gatorade? But seriously, this could be a turning point for the Red Sox. They already got rid of one problematic guy in Kevin Youkilis. If they can manage to jettison Josh Beckett by the end of the month, they still have a shot at a wild card slot.

Here we see the Orioles’ outfielders (Endy Chavez, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis) having a bit of a rump bump….or a rear smear…or entwined behind…

Kind of a weird shot here, as Ubaldo Jimenez tags Desmond Jennings out at home on what turned out to be a failed attempt at a squeeze play. It’s weird to see the catcher blocking home without the ball–in fact isn’t that obstruction? Jimenez also looks like he could do with a few more cheeseburgers.

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Logan
9 years ago

I think it’s weird when I see people say something like “If the Red Sox [make some change to their roster], they have a shot at a Wild Card”. They’re only 1 game out of a Wild Card spot right now, and they’ve done it with an outfield full of Nava, Byrd, and McDonald. Once the expensive first-stringers come off the DL, they won’t need to make roster changes to have a shot.

brp
brp
9 years ago
Reply to  Logan

Yeah, with the division they’re in and the lineups they’ve put out there in many games this year, I feel the BoSox have done pretty well.

Anyway, the pictures are great!

Voomo Zanzibar
9 years ago
Reply to  brp

Boston has the #1 offense in the league, and a bullpen that has pulled it together. Where they have come up weak is starting pitching. I have to disagree, Andy, that jettisoning the Ace-in-name of their rotation is what is going to get them over the hump. Beckett has had three ‘disaster’ starts out of 15, and in his last nine games batters are doing this: .250 .290 .308 .598 If I were a gambler (which I am not), I would say that Boston makes the playoffs without changing a thing, even if Beckett humps out six league average innings… Read more »

Howard
Howard
9 years ago
Reply to  Andy

For how long has Beckett’s presence been hurting Lester? Was it for the last six years when they were together (including the 2007 World Series), or has it just been for 19 starts this year?

And what made Youkilis a problematic guy? It wasn’t his multiple World Series rings or his .388 OBP. It had to be something else.

Care to offer something substantial here?

tag
tag
9 years ago
Reply to  Andy

C’mon, Beckett’s just been suffering from an uncharacteristic bout of self-consciousness, as I detailed in this post:

http://www.highheatstats.com/2012/07/a-handful-o-game-notes-from-fridaysaturday/#comment-31785

He’ll get over it. Rabbit ran, reduxed, got rich and rested. Beckett’ll Be Back.

Ed
Ed
9 years ago

I could be wrong but it looks like Santana’s off to the side of home plate. Anyways, awesome photos! Thanks for sharing Andy!!!

Howard
Howard
9 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Andy, that which is very clear to you seems like utter speculation to me. Why has Beckett’s bad attitude had no impact on Lester for six years? Lester’s problem is a BABIP that’s 45 points worse than the last two seasons. It’s that he’s stranding far fewer runners than he ever has. Perhaps it’s that he’s throwing quite a few fewer cutters and quite a few more splitters/sinkers than he ever has. I don’t know of too many 28 year old, two-time All Stars who have survived cancer who aren’t strong enough to make life decisions on their own. Beckett’s… Read more »

Howard
Howard
9 years ago
Reply to  Andy

I hate when people use statistics to back up their arguments. Those arrogant snobs!

I can tell about moles and gruffness with my eyes, dammit!

Now get off my porch!

Andy, you’re the guy who put this forum together for all of us. I’m just some guy pecking away at his keyboard. No high horse at all. I just think your speculation here isn’t so valuable. And by the terseness of your reply, it seems you agree.

That’s okay – and I write this without sarcasm – even the great ones swing and miss once in a while.

John Autin
Editor
9 years ago

Great pictures!

Paul E
Paul E
9 years ago
Reply to  John Autin

JA/Andy:
yes, beautiful pictures….with a slight AL East bias 🙂