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A Laugher and a Stinker

by Mike DePilla
Sunday, July 19, 2009


First, the laugher: Rick Morrissey's idea for a Roy Halladay trade. Since Halladay is the best pitcher in all of baseball (he just threw a complete game against the Red Sox today), it is going to take a lot to get him, no doubt. And even after paying top dollar, it might be worth it.

But Morrisey's idea of trading Alexei Ramirez AND John Danks PLUS prospects is downright idiotic. It is so irresponsible, it's not even worth writing about, so I guess I shouldn't even give it much more time of day here. Read it over if you want to a quick chuckle.

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The stinker: Yes, that would be this afternoon's debacle against the Orioles. Once the Sox have wons the first two games of a series they are famous for mailing it in on the third game. So I wouldn't put too much stock in anything that happened today- from Jose Contreras' ineffectiveness to Ramon Castro's sloppiness to Aaron Poreda's wildness. The offense provided only two runs- solo homers by Dewayne Wise and Chris Getz. That formula is never going to win anyway.

But the Sox face some seriously rough sledding ahead. The Sox' next 17 games are against the Rays, Tigers, Twins, Yankees and Angels. That's the class of the AL (minus Boston)- those teams have combined for a .554 winning percentage this year.

If the Sox take the first two games in all of those difficult series, they can sit in the locker room and play dominoes during the third game for all I care. It's going to be tough.

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