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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Rangers (64-45) @ RedSox (55-56), Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 1:35pm

TEX:Matt Harrison (26, LHP, 13-6, 3.17)
BOS:Josh Beckett (32, RHP, 5-9, 4.54)

The Primer Chimp Posted: August 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 24 comment(s)
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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4203349)
So PeteAbe is tweeting that Valentine got "fist bumps from players after getting feisty in the pre-game press conference." No description of what he said and the comments from Valentine on the blog seem fairly standard issue.

Padilla to the DL, Mortensen called up.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4203370)
Nope, let's just keep doing the same thing over and over again. The first inning problems are coincidental, don't change a damned thing.
   3. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4203372)
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   4. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4203373)
You
   5. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4203374)
Josh
   6. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4203375)
Beckett
   7. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4203392)
Don't think either starter is going nine today.
   8. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4203394)
Have to say I'm coming around on Middlebrooks. He looks a LOT more comfortable in the field lately and I'm starting to think he's got some legitimacy as a hitter. I like that he's had a couple of slumps and bounced back to produce. Still think he's probably more of a #6 hitter than a guy you want hitting 3rd/4th on a good team but I'm a lot more bullish than I was earlier in the year.
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4203420)
I agree on Middlebrooks, although the way he was smoking the ball when he first came up was incredible. I could see him settling into a decent 285/315/480 kind of line. He's going to be light on OBP unless he can really increase his walk rate, which probably isn't going to happen, and that's more of #6 or #7 kind of guy.
   10. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM (#4203423)
Ciriaco continues to amaze.
   11. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4203441)
Looking at him, Middlebrooks is sort of a poor man's version of Adrian Beltre. Similar skill set, just basically a little worse at everything.

But of course not nearly as awesome.
   12. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4203442)
And dumber. Dumb play by Will there.
   13. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4203446)
Nevermind, thought that was a ground ball. Sorry Will.
   14. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4203502)
I could see Middlebrooks getting his OBP into the .330-.340 range if he's going to hit .280-.300. He's never going to be a great on base guy, but I think pitchers will respect his power enough that he'll get a decent number of walks in the long run. And he could always make a jump forward like Reddick has this season. Reddick's got his walk rate up to 9.5%, which isn't likely for WMB but I don't think it's out of the question either.
   15. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4203518)
It would be great it he could. His minor league BB rates aren't great, but it isn't unheard of for a player to improve his plate disciplne as his career goes on.
   16. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4203559)
One thing that strikes me about Middlebrooks is he doesn't seem to be a swing at everything guy. I don't recall a lot of times where he has done the full Francoeur and chased something in the left handed batters box, he just seems to combine swinging and missing at strikes with some infuriating takes.
   17. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4203563)
And six runs in five innings isn't enough? We're sending him out for more?
   18. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4203567)
Wow, didn't see that coming at all.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4203616)
Yeah, coming around more on Middlebrooks.
   20. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4203668)
This team really just isn't very good.
   21. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4203669)
That's a home run.
   22. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4203671)
What happened? Says sac fly on GameDay
   23. Dan Posted: August 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM (#4203673)
Also, re: 16, that's what's weird about Middlebrooks to me too. He strikes out looking or falls behind taking a ton for a guy who doesn't walk. It's just very strange. But I think with more experience seeing major league pitching his eye should get better and the willingness to take pitches should convert to some walks. He moved through the minors pretty quickly, so his batting eye might just need some more time to develop. Or this might just be who he is.
   24. Textbook Editor Posted: August 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM (#4203865)
So... When do little Josh Beckett dolls start being burned in effigy outside the park?

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