Rock Bottom

The Red Sox hit rock bottom last night losing 19-8 to NY to go down 3-0 in the ALCS. If reading about that disaster is somehow any less unpleasant than watching it, read on. If not, scroll down to the links on New England’s champions, the Patriots. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Steven Krasner have game stories on a game that brought back flashbacks to the pre-Garciaparra trade Sox. There was bad baserunning, bad third base coaching, and bad pitching. It served as a reminder of how ugly this team was before August. Sean McAdam wonders how the Sox got so bad so fast. Dan Shaughnessy reminds us that if it were 19-18 instead of 19-8 that it wouldn’t have made a difference. Bob Ryan explains that the Red Sox were overmatched as Jackie MacMullan appreciates a great baseball team from the Bronx.

Tony Massarotti in his Baseball Notes says Mariano Rivera owns the postseason. Michael Silverman lets us know that for better or worse, Derek Lowe will start the last gasp effort by the Sox in game four. This will probably be Lowe

Random Quote

You guys called us old, over. I read some of your pathetic articles and some of your lousy analysis. It’s opinion and obviously you don’t know what drives us. We thank y’all for those articles, appreciate it because it lit a fire under us. One of the hardest things I’ve always said in this league is to create chemistry.

— Kevin Garnett, 4/18/12