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So just to be clear, how much would it have cost to trade for Roy Halladay?

Perhaps not wishing to mortgage their future, the Red Sox didn't pay J.P. Ricciardi's ransom for Halladay at the trade deadline, but hoping the past will get it done doesn't seem to be working out so well in the present. The Yankees shelled John Smoltz on Thursday, and after giving him time to post an 8.33 ERA in 40 innings, SportsNation is ready to declare a time of death on Smoltz's career.

And just to kick a guy when he's down, voters say Smoltz will be the third wheel when Cooperstown starts mulling over former Braves pitchers.

Perhaps it's no surprise, SportsNation's faith in the Red Sox has shifted in inverse proportion to Smoltz's ERA.

And as if the distraction of watching Smoltz serve up extra-base hits wasn't enough, now Red Sox Nation gets to wait for David Ortiz's Saturday news conference to address his place on the 2003 list of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs. Forty percent of SportsNation expects Ortiz to offer up a full apology, but then again, only about the same percentage cares what he has to say about the past (Mark McGwire is envious).

ehamady.6

Unfortunately, it's time to stick a fork in [Smoltz]. It happens to everyone. He now hurts his team when he starts, but he's still a Hall of Famer. If he always has a good inning or two then he'll be perfect for the bullpen to finish out the season.

-- ehamady.6
fireballr7

Red Sox need to get their act together and quickly, and the Yankees might be the best tonic for their lack of enthusiasm on the field. Hopefully, The Sox bait the Yanks into a brawl somehow by plunking Texiera, A-Rod, or better yet, Jeter once again. Or maybe a nice hard illiegal slide is what it'll take. There are only a couple players left from that 2004 squad that was spurred for the remainder of that year when A-Rod got rattled by Varitek and they need the same type of spunk. Not sure this version of the Sox has it, but a guy like Varitek has to lead by example and get it going again.

-- Fireballr7

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Sticking with the golf theme in the wake of David Duval's return from links oblivion, consider that after the trek from world No. 1 in the pre-Tiger reign to the absyss and back again, he's still nearly four years younger than John Smoltz (other people younger than Smoltz: Big Daddy Kane, Celine Dion, Rachael Ray and Andre Ware).

And yet as he prepares to make his first start Thursday, it's Smoltz that Red Sox Nation hopes can make the future brighter than the recent past was with Daisuke Matsuzaka.

And while 92 percent of voters in Massachusetts are convined the Red Sox can win the World Series without Matsuzaka, the world outside New England is less convinced.

JSchnootz

i'd hate to use the word FLUKE, because anyone that goes 18-3 is no fluke. I think that he has overdone things with the extended play in the playoffs last year, the WBC this year, and then coming out and trying to do too much here. He threw A LOT of pitches last year alone and adding those extra pitches from WBC to a pitcher who walks AND strikes a lot of guys out is going to put a lot of stress on his arm. The Red Sox are fortunate they have Smoltz, Penny, and Bucholz and would be stupid to not take their time with their $100 Million man. I expect Dice K's trip to the Dl to be extended this time, as they can afford to work with what they've got in the rotation.

-- JSchnootz
Old time Greats

Good riddens! I could care less if he ever comes back to the Sox rotation! The most over rated player in the league last season and the beginning of this one as well!

-- Old time Greats

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