April 22, 2012

Bobby Valentine: "We've Hit Bottom"

Bobby Valentine:
I think we've hit bottom. That's what I told them after the game. ... If this isn't bottom, then we'll find some new ends to the earth I guess.
David Ortiz:
It's [expletiuve] embarrassing. Put it down like that.
Mike Aviles:
It sucked. That's it. There's no other way to talk about it. ... I'm probably not going to sleep all too well tonight. ... We have to figure out how to turn this thing around. In all honesty, I don't want to see it if it gets any worse. ... If this is bottom we're good because there's nowhere else to go but up, right?
Valentine tipped his cap to the fans as they booed him when he made a pitching change in the eighth inning:
The fans have been great so far. People I've met out to dinner, on the streets, on the bike ride, before the game, have been great. ... No one has yelled at me when I'm on my bike or tried to run me over or anything like that. That hasn't happened yet.
Ben Cherington says he is "very satisfied" with Bobby Valentine:
He makes the lineup out and he makes decisions during the game as to who's coming in. The players will always influence wins and losses more than anybody else. And that's no different here. He's doing the best he can with the roster he has.
The Red Sox acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd, 34, from the Cubs for pitcher Michael Bowden. Byrd is batting only .070 this year (3-for-43).
Example
Yesterday's game was only the second time in the modern era (since 1900) that a major league team trailed by at least nine runs and ended up winning by at least six runs. The other game was on June 12, 1938, when the Tigers trailed the Senators 11-1, but rallied to win 18-12. (Tigers starter? Boots Poffenberger!)
Tigers   -  0  0  0   1  0 10   0  0  7  -  18  20  1
Senators -  0  0  7   4  0  0   1  0  0  -  12  15  2
The last time a team scored at least seven runs in consecutive innings in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was on June 19, 2000, when the Yankees scored nine runs in the eighth inning and seven runs in the ninth, winning 22-1.

Red Sox - Most Runs Allowed in First 14 Games
      Runs  W- L
1980   98   7- 7
1901   96   7- 7
2012   95   4-10
1902   92   8- 6
1996   89   2-12
Red Sox - Largest Blown Leads
               Runs/Opponent
June 4, 1989   10  vs Blue Jays
April 21, 2012  9  vs Yankees
June 30, 2009   9  at Orioles
June 26, 1987   9  at Yankees
April 18, 1950  9  vs Yankees
August 2, 1936  9  at White Sox
Yankees - Largest Comebacks
               Runs/Opponent
April 21, 2012  9  at Red Sox
May 16, 2006    9  vs Rangers
June 26, 1987   9  vs Red Sox
July 25, 1953   9  at Tigers
April 18, 1950  9  at Red Sox
April 18, 1950 (Opening Day)
Yankees -  0  0  0   0  0  4   0  9  2  -  15  15  0
Red Sox -  3  1  0   5  0  0   1  0  0  -  10  15  0
June 26, 1987
Red Sox -  4  5  0   2  0  0   0  0  0   0  -  11  15  2
Yankees -  0  0 11   0  0  0   0  0  0   1  -  12  18  1

3 comments:

johngoldfine said...

So, what's the opposite of schadenfreude this morning?

Jere said...

Holy crap, how could I forget about June 26, 1987? I was there at YS in the mezzanine, same seats as for the Mel Hall game. That was so crazy because we had Clemens who was coming off the Cy/MVP year with a 9-0 lead and quickly it was gone.

So I've now been at TWO Sox-Yanks games where we lost despite having a 9-0 lead!

allan said...

I would have watched (or been at) that game, but L and I were housing for friends north of the City, if I recall. Heard about it the next day.