Dennis Eckersley after Boston Red Sox 17-5 win: ‘We gotta recap this s***?’ (Video)

Dennis-EckersleyThe Boston Red Sox demolished the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in one of those rare 17-run games that we only see a few of each season. Boston managed to score runs in each of the first seven innings before being kept off the board in the ninth by none other than outfielder David Murphy, who actually recorded a must-see strikeout of Mike Carp.

At the conclusion of the 17-5 Boston victory, Red Sox announcers Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley — who was filling in for Jerry Remy because of an illness — barely knew where to start. Recapping a game that saw 22 total runs on 28 hits can’t be easy, which is why Eckersley was overwhelmed by the task ahead. Having said that, it probably would have been best if he waited a few more seconds before dropping an S-bomb and complaining about it. Check out this video, which includes some NSFW language:

Eck, who typically works as a Red Sox analyst for NESN, should be used to recapping games. But on a night where eight different players drove in at least one run and seven balls left the park, it’s tough to get to everything. I feel your pain, Eck. I probably wouldn’t want to do it either. At least he didn’t go full Warren Sapp with the cursing. That’s always a plus.

Video via The Big Lead

Dennis Eckersley: The Nationals will have to pitch Stephen Strasburg in playoffs

If you think the Stephen Strasburg innings limit is a big story now, just wait another month or so. When the Nationals initially decided to place a ceiling on how much Strasburg can pitch after his return from Tommy John surgery, they likely were not thinking about the postseason. The playoffs are a novel concept in the nation’s capital, so GM Mike Rizzo and company probably weren’t looking too far down the road. With the Nationals looking like a great bet to win the NL East, reports have surfaced that Strasburg will be shut down for the year before the playoffs.

Like most of us, Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley doesn’t see how that is going to work.

“They’ve done the math, they know what they’re doing,” Eckersley said earlier this week according to DC Sports Bog. “If they mean it, I guess they mean it. To me, when it happens, I’ll believe it. Because how do you go into the playoffs and say Strasburg’s not pitching?

“To me, I know Strasburg wants the ball. There’s no doubt about it. But the day will come and everybody’s gonna be waiting for that day, because I don’t think it is. They’re gonna have to pitch him. I’m telling you. I can’t imagine not.”

I couldn’t agree more. If you’re a Nationals fan, you’re probably in denial right now. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since they were the Montreal Expos in 1981. They haven’t finished with a winning record in any season since moving to D.C. in 2005. Can the team really lessen their chances of making a World Series run by shutting down a 24-year-old phenom who has a sub-3.00 ERA on the season? That’s why I’m with Eckersley — there’s simply no way they can.

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