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Sunday, September 20, 2009

AP:  Royals ace Jack Greinke’s on schedule to make next start Tuesday

Greinke for Ty Young!

In case they change it, a screenshot: Jack Greinke

The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: September 20, 2009 at 01:33 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: September 20, 2009 at 01:51 PM (#3327079)
As a Red Sox fan, I am very excited to see Boston face Greinke in Kansas City Tuesday. The Sox offense is hot right now, and the rotation has rounded out very well going into the playoffs.

One thing to note about the game: Wakefield is pitching on Monday, but instead of replacing Paul Byrd in the rotation, the Red Sox are using Wakefield's return to give everybody else an extra day of rest...and to avoid Beckett facing Greinke on Tuesday. Byrd will pitch against Greinke, making the Sox heavy underdogs that evening, but lining up the rest of the series to give the Red Sox a good chance of winning the rest of the series.

Byrd's first start this year was used the same way, against Halladay a few Sundays ago. Byrd ended up vastly outpitching Halladay, and the Red Sox won the game.

When you compare how the Red Sox are reacting to the Greinke start to how most other teams would, it's like watching somebody playing checkers compared to somebody playing chess...
   2. tfbg9 Posted: September 20, 2009 at 02:31 PM (#3327099)
Byrd ended up vastly outpitching Halladay,


Eh, sort of.
   3. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: September 20, 2009 at 02:47 PM (#3327104)
12 hours later, and they haven't fixed the text. I wonder how Zack Wilson feels about this.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: September 20, 2009 at 03:16 PM (#3327113)
Byrd's first start this year was used the same way, against Halladay a few Sundays ago. Byrd ended up vastly outpitching Halladay, and the Red Sox won the game.

When you compare how the Red Sox are reacting to the Greinke start to how most other teams would, it's like watching somebody playing checkers compared to somebody playing chess...


So instead of getting to see Wake, Beckett, Bucholz, Lester.....I see Wake, Byrd, Beckett, Bucholz...

Im pretty sure dropping Lester out of the mix doesn't 'Give you a better chance of winning the rest of the series'.
   5. WillYoung Posted: September 20, 2009 at 04:06 PM (#3327130)

Im pretty sure dropping Lester out of the mix doesn't 'Give you a better chance of winning the rest of the series'.


See, that's where you're wrong. Because the Red Sox are doing it. So, therefore, it's genius.
   6. UCCF Posted: September 20, 2009 at 04:10 PM (#3327135)
A mistake and that odd apostrophe - wouldn't most headlines just say "Greinke on schedule to make next start Tuesday"? Someone was having an odd day.
   7. scotto Posted: September 20, 2009 at 04:58 PM (#3327157)
Someone was having an odd day.

This story was posted on the 19th after all.
   8. Spute Posted: September 20, 2009 at 10:52 PM (#3327327)
Byrd will pitch against Greinke, making the Sox heavy underdogs that evening


Against the Royals' offense? I'm not so sure...
   9. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: September 21, 2009 at 12:37 AM (#3327385)
To #4:

My point about making the team's chances of success better in that series is that, with the extra day off:

1)the final two games will feature extra-rested starters;
2) frankly, the Royals are so weak, and the Red Sox playing so well (23-7 in their last 30), that the Red Sox will be favored in any non-Greinke game against the Royals, so the marginal difference is small between starters;
3) more importantly, it saves Lester for the first game of the Yankees series, which may suddenly be a very important game (if the Sox win one of the three games in that series, they clinch the season series; if the AL East ends in a tie, the Red Sox get the division; the Yankees are suddenly only four up in the loss column vs. the Red Sox, and their next three games are at the Angels, while we're at the Royals. It is entirely possible that the Red Sox go into Yankee Stadium this Friday three or fewer games back in the loss column.)

If you're the Red Sox, the key is winning three of the four against KC, because it'll virtually guarantee the Yankee games mean something. Lining up the rotation this way for the KC series gives them an excellent chance of getting three in KC, and starting the Yankee series with their best starter...
   10. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: September 21, 2009 at 02:28 AM (#3327442)
The Mariners moved Felix Hernandez up from his scheduled start on Saturday to Friday. I couldn't find a direct explanation Saturday morning, but I figured it had something to do with his Cy Young chances. He avoided opposing Sabathia, getting Burnett instead, and got the possibility of getting an extra pitching on the last day of the season. Wakamatsu apparently mentioned that last start later on.

Of course, the leading contender right now is arguably Greinke, with Sabathia in the conversation as well.
   11. God Posted: September 21, 2009 at 02:39 AM (#3327453)
In other Cy-related news, did the Dodgers knock Lincecum out of the running today? (I know he still deserves to win, but...)

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