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A kick to the nuts...
An ass wax...
What are things less than painful than today's 15-9 Red Sox loss to the Yankees?
The Red Sox bruised and battered Yankee pitching today for 9 runs over the first 5 innings. Not even the shakiest of shaky bullpens could blow an 8-run lead in the 7th inning, right? Wrong. The Yankees put up touchdowns in the 7th and 8 innings.
Here are the horrific bullpen numbers: 3 IP, 12 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 5 BB, 2 K.
Alfredo Aceves gave up 5 ER and 4 walks. I said it then, and I'll say it again - letting Jonathan Papelbon walk was a colossal mistake. Paying $50 million for a closer is risky, unless your the Red Sox, Yankees or Mets.
Memo to the clueless fans who are booing Valentine: It's not his fault.
As my colleague Ben Fountain pointed out on Twitter, Valentine isn't the one who traded for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. And Valentine's the one who wanted Daniel Bard in the bullpen. Point the blame at the clowns in the picture above and Ben Cherington.
How bad are things? Jose Canseco is tweeting advice:
Bobby if you want me to help you fix the red sox call me I have some ideas, red sox know how to contact me
Want a few positives?
- Felix Dubrount's line: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K
- David Ortiz raised his average to .436 with a 4-4 peformance.
- The Sox are only 4.5 games out of first place. That's nothing.