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Saturday, August 20, 2011

RedSox (76-48) @ Royals (51-75), Saturday, August 20, 2011, 7:10pm

BOS: Tim Wakefield (44, RHP, 6-5, 4.90)
KCR: Felipe Paulino (27, RHP, 1-9, 4.30)

The Primer Chimp Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 70 comment(s)
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   1. tfbg9 Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM (#3904817)
Tim Wakefield (44, RHP, 6-5, 4.90)


Make that: 44, RHP, 6-6, 5.something...

LOSS.
   2. tfbg9 Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM (#3904818)
My work is done here.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:15 PM (#3904839)
There's an anime convention here at the KC hotel I'm staying at.

Either that or the rookie hazing is in full swing.
   4. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 09:50 PM (#3904956)
Ellsbury out of the lineup after last night's HBP. That sucks.
   5. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:08 PM (#3904990)
That lineup is brutal. That's like 2.5 major league hitters...
   6. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:24 PM (#3905005)
Why is the worst defensive OF of the 3 in the game the one who's playing CF?
   7. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:34 PM (#3905015)
Twins are up 2-0 over the Yankees after an inning.
   8. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM (#3905019)
Yeah, that'll last *rolls eyes*
   9. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:39 PM (#3905021)
Crawford's OBP is back down to .282.
   10. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:40 PM (#3905022)
Twins are up 2-0 over the Yankees after an inning.


I'm probably pants pissing for no reason but the Rays are up 2-0 after an inning too. That's the one I'm concerned about, let's get rid of them. They're still close enough to be a concern.
   11. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM (#3905024)
Twins up 3-0 on a Valencia homer in the 2nd.

AJ Burnett continues to pitch like John Lackey.
   12. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM (#3905028)
Lavarnway doesn't look ploddingly slow.
   13. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:52 PM (#3905030)
Scoring a run is swell and all, but jesus, Crawford is a hell of a rally killer.
   14. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:55 PM (#3905032)
Adrian showing off that warning track power.
   15. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM (#3905037)
Burnett lifted with a 4-0 deficit and bases loaded with 2 outs in the 2nd inning. Wow.
   16. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3905045)
That's the one I'm concerned about, let's get rid of them. They're still close enough to be a concern.
Yeah, you're pants pissing.
   17. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3905046)
Twins up 7-0, as shockingly Luis Ayala didn't come in and shut the door.
   18. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3905047)
7-0 now. I'm proud of my reverse jinx.
   19. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3905050)
This would be a jim-dandy time for Lavarnway's first HR.
   20. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:21 AM (#3905054)
You were right it was time for a first. But it was his first infield hit!
   21. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3905055)
Should have scored more than 2 there.

Why can't this team hit with the bases loaded?
   22. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:30 AM (#3905058)
Looked safe to me, but it was a pretty standard call in the throw beating him to the bag.
   23. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:31 AM (#3905060)
He did come off the bag though, but I didn't see if the tag was still on him.
   24. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:33 AM (#3905061)
Adrian showing off his warning track power again.
   25. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:34 AM (#3905062)
Better than rolling over and weakly grounding out...
   26. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM (#3905063)
That is true. I just wish he'd ####### hit one out already.
   27. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:42 AM (#3905065)
Ellsbury would've caught that.
   28. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:44 AM (#3905066)
That should be it for Wakefield, but I'm sure Francona will try to steal another inning.
   29. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:46 AM (#3905068)
About 85 pitches for Wakefield. This is where Tito keeps him in a little too long, and what would've been 5 IP, 1 ER, becomes 6 IP, 3 ER, or something like that.

I'm telling you, FREE DAN WHEELER - let him pitch the 6th and 7th, and then give it to Bard and Paps, and let's get back to the hotel.
   30. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM (#3905069)
Unless the Sox score 5 more runs, I do not want to see Franklin Morales in this game!
   31. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3905072)
Way to f##### move the runner over, Crawford. He sucks.
   32. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:51 AM (#3905073)
Nice hitting by Lavarnway. Looks like he's starting to put some better swings on the ball. I have a good feeling about him.
   33. Jay Seaver Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3905081)
Salty, displaying some skills a catcher on a staff with a knuckleball pitcher must possess.
   34. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM (#3905083)
Why is he still in the game?
   35. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM (#3905084)
I am shocked, SHOCKED that Wakefield is being hit hard at 90+ pitches.
   36. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM (#3905085)
Didn't see this s##t coming. Luckily, we've had a guy warming up the whole...what?! Matt Albers is starting warm up AFTER the Francoeur double? Is Grady Little hiding the stats on Wakefield?
   37. Jay Seaver Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:00 AM (#3905087)
Wakefield. Out. Now.
   38. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:01 AM (#3905088)
Predictable as #### - Wakefield is kidding himself - he should be on a 80-90 pitch limit - he's ####### 90 years old for ##### sake
   39. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:02 AM (#3905089)
The same ####### #### every ####### start. Why doesn't ####### Francona have a ####### clue that he can't go past ~80 pitches? Every decent start he falls apart at 80-90 pitches, and Francona doesn't know or doesn't care.
   40. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:04 AM (#3905091)
He got one ####### out at the price of two runs. Why the #### wasn't the bullpen just starting this inning? ####### retarded. Abso-#######-lutely ####### retarded.
   41. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:08 AM (#3905094)
Stupid. Bullpen should've been in the game long before the tying run was on second.
   42. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:09 AM (#3905095)
Wakefield
Pitches OPS against
1-25 .683
26-50 .747
51-75 .780
76-100 1.034

Not including today obviously...
   43. Mattbert Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3905096)
I have no problem with Wake starting the inning, but you've got to have a guy warming and ready to relieve him after one baserunner, two max. That's not using your thinking cap, Tito.
   44. Jay Seaver Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM (#3905097)
Oh, for crying out loud...
   45. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM (#3905098)
Meanwhile Albers continues to be useless lately
   46. Joel W Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:12 AM (#3905099)
This is on Francona, not Wakefield. Just awful.
   47. Mattbert Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3905100)
This would be a profoundly inconvenient time of year for Albers to turn back into a pumpkin, by the way.
   48. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3905101)
ALbers has turned back into a pumpkin. Wheeler needs to be ahead of him on the depth chart.
   49. Mattbert Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3905103)
But hey, we got our two wins from this series already. So who gives a ####, right?
   50. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:15 AM (#3905107)
Watching Wakefield starts wouldn't completely and utterly suck if ####### Francona had a god damned clue and pulled him when he started to tire, instead of just giving the opposition a free 2-3 runs per start, and putting the bullpen into tougher situations rather than just letting them start clean innings.
   51. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:21 AM (#3905110)
GO #### yourself, Francona.
   52. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:21 AM (#3905111)
I don't understand this...I'm sorry, I have to write this s##t down. F####ng Albers sucking while Wheeler sits there, waiting with his 1.52 ERA-since-coming-off-the-DL-in-May ass on the bench...and now Morales is warming up. WTF?!

I've got two little girls, and I've got my non-baseball-fan wife understanding that a great manager takes their pitcher out the batter BEFORE they give up the HR, not the batter AFTER. We put it in parental context: you're at Applebee's or something, and you know your kids really well, so when they get tired, you know it can all go south in a hurry. Thus, a good parent is able to see the little signs that a kid is, say, 10 minutes away from telling everybody in the restaurant they are DONE. For my 6 yr old, it has always been the tugging of her shirt collar in her mouth. For my 8 yr old, it's her eyes - you can see her get a certain "spacy" look, like she is totally out of it, maybe 10 minutes before she unloads.

Our job as parents is to get the check when these things occur...so I say to my wife that this is when it is time to "go to the bullpen". I don't understand how Francona doesn't see this.

Of course, Dan Wheeler will now come in and throw two shutout innings.
   53. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:23 AM (#3905113)
This should have been an easy win, but it's completely pissed away by leaving Wakefield in too long and bringing in two relievers who are pitching like #### instead of a guy who's been effective for months.

Good ####### job, Tito.
   54. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:23 AM (#3905114)
Luckily, Ortiz, Youk, and Ellsbury will get us back into it with some big....ah, ####.
   55. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:23 AM (#3905115)
And also, Scutaro can go #### himself for his embarrassing performance on the ball to allow the first baserunner in the inning.
   56. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:24 AM (#3905116)
Luckily, Ortiz, Youk, and Ellsbury will get us back into it with some big....ah, f###.
   57. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:26 AM (#3905118)
I agree with post #52 completely. It's like Francona doesn't know his own ####### roster. Wakefield tires at the same point in every single ####### start, and Francona leaves him out too long to give up leads or put games out of reach, etc every single ####### time. And Albers was great for the first half of the season, but he's been pitching poorly for weeks, but he's still #3 man in the bullpen for some stupid reason. Just a complete lack of awareness of the current state of the pitching staff.
   58. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:34 AM (#3905120)
Ahahahhahaha now you ####### get Wheeler up in the pen? You're a grade A putz sometimes, Tito.
   59. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:34 AM (#3905121)
Agree with all the rants - see you all tomorrow - in any case I am so ####### sick of Wakefield but I sound like a cracked record ######## about him. Albers has to go down the pecking order, he looks visibly tired - it's so ####### plain to see.
   60. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:34 AM (#3905122)
And Wheeler is now warming up. WTF, Tito?
   61. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:40 AM (#3905125)
Wakefield is a perfectly acceptable back-of-the-rotation starter if you keep him on an 85-pitch leash. It means making sure you have Wheeler or Aceves ready to pitch multiple innings that night, because they'll probably be needed.

This is part of what pissed me off last night about the Miller performance. You knew he'd give you, probably, no more than about 5 innings, so they had Aceves ready to pitch multiple innings. I'm cool with that, obviously.

The problem is that the game started to pull away, and when Tito could've had Aceves pitch two innings, he had him pitch 4.2 innings - rendering him unavailable for the next two or three nights. Instead, he should've used the back of his pen for the latter innings. Then, he should have Wheeler and Aceves ready to compliment Wakefield. Let's face it - Wakefield will not be starting a playoff game, so these guys will be stretched out for long relief duty in a playoff situation. This means you don't need Wakefield on the playoff roster at all.

This stuff is too obvious.
   62. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:43 AM (#3905127)
They're seriously playing ####### match ups with a 5 run lead?
   63. Answer Guy Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:51 AM (#3905129)
Pitching Miller and Wakefield in back-to-back games is asking for trouble. Thankfully, it shouldn't happen again this season, barring yet another injury situation...
   64. Dan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:53 AM (#3905132)
Francona said today that they're giving Miller another start. So it will happen at least once more.
   65. robinred Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:56 AM (#3905134)
Yikes. Didn't realize some of the BOS guys were so pissed off.
   66. Answer Guy Posted: August 21, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3905137)
Francona said today that they're giving Miller another start. So it will happen at least once more.


I'm actually going to Fenway Friday. I didn't plan it around a Lester start, but I've never seen him pitch live before and I'll be annoyed if that ends up being Miller instead. It's also the game after a Wakefield start in Texas, so I expect the bullpen to be worked hard the previous night as it is....
   67. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 02:03 AM (#3905138)
Wow. Didn't see that coming. Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning - that lowers his ERA since his return from the DL on May 21st to 1.46. 30.2 IP, 5 ER.

Yeah - wouldn't want to pitch him when you can throw Morales, Albers, and a post-85 pitches Wakefield.

This loss is totally on Tito.
   68. Answer Guy Posted: August 21, 2011 at 02:04 AM (#3905139)
OK, that's three shitty Albers appearances out of four. Hope Tito is noticing...*sigh*
   69. Answer Guy Posted: August 21, 2011 at 02:09 AM (#3905142)
They're still close enough to be a concern.


And they're going to be a game closer. At least the Yankees are losing big in the late innings.
   70. tfbg9 Posted: August 21, 2011 at 03:46 AM (#3905175)
Nice game Wake.

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