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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Rethinking the Usage of the Japanese Pitchers
Looking forward to the 2008 season, I am wondering how usage patterns for Hideki Okajima and Daisuke Matsuzaka might change from last year. In 2007, both pitchers were used quite heavily early in the season.
In a recent interview, Okajima even said that there were times when he dreaded getting the call to come into the game because he was so tired. That’s not surprising, given that he threw 62.1 IP before September started, after not topping 56 IP over the previous 5 years in Japan. I’d look ...Read More...
Friday, December 28, 2007
A Look Back on JD Drew
Sorry for the lack of entries lately. I’ve been working on some other projects lately, and frankly, there’s just not a whole lot going on with the Red Sox that interests me. No relievers signed, no backup catcher action, no ridding of Tavarez, and no big trade for Johan. To quote Lou Reed, “there’s nothing goin’ on here at all.”
One thing that I find pretty interesting this year is how J.D. Drew turned out to be exactly the opposite of what conventional wisdom said he would be. Remember what ...Read More...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Minor League Thread: Sickels Likes Sox Prospects, Not Sox Fans
Sickels has put out his top 20 list for the Red Sox. A couple highlights:
1 Clay Buchholz, RHP, Grade A
I’m a little surprised to hear John trash two big segments of his fan base:
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Who’s More Expendable: Lester or Lowrie+Masterson+?
Not much else to talk about here except the possible Johan trade. Consider these possible packages:
The first is reportedly Boston’s best offer and the second is what they simply will not do. But I suspect that the Red Sox would be better off parting with the second package. The first package means that the Sox will be sending 2 of Wake/Lester/Buc to the pen, which is really overkill. Meanwhile, they will have no middle-infield depth in the upper ...Read More...
Friday, November 30, 2007
Finally, Something to Obsess Over: The Johan Question
This offseason was shaping up as one of the most relaxing in recent history. The Red Sox were coming off of a World Championship, and unlike 2004, there weren’t a bunch of players ready to depart via free agency. The only loose ends, Curt Schilling and Mike Lowell, were quickly re-signed to reasonable deals, and the team was pretty much ready for another run in 2008. Sure, there was the question of what to do with our extra CF and adding another good arm in the pen would probably be wise, but ...Read More...
Rule 5 and the Red Sox: Bring on the Loadstone
Did you notice that the 2007 Red Sox featured no rule 5 guys on the roster? Didn’t managing the roster just seem a lot easier than in the Stern or Lenny Dinardo days? There are some interesting names our there but I hope the Red Sox don’t waste a roster spot on a guy who cannot contribute to this year’s team. I don’t see them losing anyone as none of their eligible guys seem all that interesting.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Trade Target Cabrera: How Fat Is Fat?
The Red Sox are among the teams that are at least considering acquiring Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins. The biggest question mark about Cabrera is, of course, his weight. Everyone seems to agree that he can hit and that he’s not a very good fielder at 3B (except Bill Lajoie who thinks he’s good there). His weight, everyone says, is the big problem.
But how big is he? I’ve looked around a little bit to see if I can find a picture of Cabrera that would show him to be really heavy. But so far, ...Read More...
Offseason Minor League Thread
Philly has done a very nice review of the Theo-Era Red Sox first three years of drafting over at SOSH:
Thursday, November 15, 2007
ARod to the Yanks: Not a Good Day for Sox Fans
I have to say that I am totally stunned that ARod has decided to go crawling back to the Yankees. I really thought that he would have been turned off by being booed and blamed despite playing at an all-time great level. But in the end, that seems to be what he did (although for someone crawling back he somehow managed to get a big boost to his contract). Is it about money—was no one else willing to pay that much? Is it about his family wanting to stay in NY and the Mets not making a legit ...Read More...
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Lessons Learned: Why the Red Sox Will not Give Up on Lugo
If you could have changed anything about the Red Sox in 2007, it probably would be to go with a different shortstop than Julio Lugo, right? Sure, JD Drew was a disappointment, but in the end he put up an OPS of ~800, so he wasn’t THAT bad. And yes, Pineiro and Wily Mo flopped (although neither was given much of a chance), but those guys were cheap and playing small parts. Lugo was basically a replacement-level player who is signed for 4-5 years and placed at the top of the lineup. With that in ...Read More...
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
That Other Big Question: Coco to Go?
By a show of hands, who didn’t fall in love with Jacoby Ellsbury during his brief times in the Major Leagues? Okay, yes ladies, calm down, that’s not exactly what I meant. Settle down, now. Please stop throwing your undergarments! And do I see any hands raised? Just one, who is that? Some guy wearing a “Duquette Rules, bring back Darren Lewis T-shirt”? Magnus, quit goofing around!
The emergence of Ellsbury puts the Red Sox in the rather nice position of having an extra starting-quality CF. And ...Read More...
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Terry Francona: Postseason Genius?
Terry Francona’s contract is up at the end of 2008, meaning he is likely to get an extension this offseason. His credentials are pretty impressive and he looks like he is headed for a big payday. Consider:
—He’s won 2 World Series in 4 years.
It’s that last number that I want to look at. It seems that whatever else people think about Terry Francona, they ...Read More...
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Minor League Thread: Red Sox Minor League FAs
According to BA, here are the Red Sox minor league FAs:
Do any of these names jump out at anyone?
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Elias Rankings of Sox Players
Completing cribbing this from Temple over at SOSH:
Type A: Schilling, Lowell
Type B: Gagne, Timlin, Wake
Yep, Gagne is Type B. No two picks for him, just one supplemental. The trade was a disaster in soooo many ways.
The good news is that another team wouldn’t have to worry about giving up a #1 pick to sign him.
Sidenote: Highest ranking went to Ortiz: 100.00.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Big Question: Lowell—How much for how long?
So… the offseason is upon us and there’s no point in wasting time. What do you think Mike Lowell is worth? What do you think he will cost? Would you lock him up before he hits free agency?
If the Red Sox left it up to me (and I haven’t heard that they are going to), I’d sign Lowell before free agency. Remember, there’s another team in our division that desperately needs a starting 3B. It might feel good to go out and get ARod and feel like you took him away from the Yankees, but it would be a ...Read More...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Red Sox a Mile High after Sweeping 07 World Series!
The Red Sox complete an amazing year, sweeping the World Series. Off the top of my head, the MVP of the series goes to Lowell for his great hitting and baserunning. What an amazing year!
Hey, this beer is warm!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
World Series Game 3 Reaction: Resurgent Dice K + butt-kicing offense = 1 win away
Dice K looked really good today for the first 5 innings. It was even encouraging that he didn’t seem to hit that wall that he usually seems to hit around the 5th. I wonder if the somewhat compacted balls in Colorado make it feel more like the smaller Japanese ball. Whatever the case, great game for him. Also a great game for Ellsbury, who I’ll admit I thought should not have started today. Overall, the offense is really clicking for the Sox.
Some of the managerial moves were pretty baffling. ...Read More...
Friday, October 26, 2007
World Series Game 2 Reaction: Nice Game Tito
A real nailbiter tonight. The Red Sox couldn’t get that hit to put the game away, but the pitching was so good that they held the line. Great job by Terry Francona in getting Curt Schilling out of the game at a critical juncture and sticking with Hideki Okajima just long enough but not being tempted to push him too far. Papelbon’s fun to watch.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
World Series Game 1 Reaction: Beckett
Is there anything else to say? Josh Beckett was just awesome once again, under less than ideal circumstances, and the offense was great too. The only beef I had was with Beckett going 7 IP for no discernible reason. I’d have pulled him after the long bottom of the fifth or at least after the 6th. The only reason I could think for leaving him out there was so that they could completely rest the pen. But if he was looking to rest the pen, he wouldn’t have warmed Delcarmen or used Timlin.
All ...Read More...
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
World Series Preview
It seems like it’s all been said, but I thought it would still be nice to have a Sox Therapy World Series preview thread. A couple points of interest:
—Ortiz/Youk/Lowell: Who sits in Colorado? I’m really worried about Ortiz’s knee. If it’s bothering him as much as it seems to be, they may not want to risk him in the field. Plus, having his bat ready for a super-important AB would be nice too.
—Coco/Ellsbury: Who sits? I could see Francona going with Ellsbury in Fenway and Crisp in the vast ...Read More...
Monday, October 22, 2007
Red Sox win AL Pennant; Headed to the World Series
I’ve been pretty good about taking this postseason in stride. Until today, I wasn’t living or dying with every pitch. I was happy the Sox had won the Division and I figured that any postseason success would be gravy. But when they took a 3-0 today, I finally gave in. When it got to 3-2 with Dice-K on the mound, I was screaming at the TV, hoping for him to get out of the 5th. I felt the same way as the team seemed hopeless against Westbrook for the next couple innings.
But they came through ...Read More...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
ALCS Game 6 Reactions: Drew Comes Through (and Schilling too!)
The Red Sox absolutely dismantled the Indians tonight. Throughout the series, the Indians had been the ones coming up with 2-out hits. This time, it was JD Drew blasting a HR to center with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the first. This after two very fortunate infield hits.
The game was far from over when David Ortiz grounded into a DP to end the 2nd. Trot Nixon and Casey Blake, the #8 and 9 hitters got on to start the 3rd. Curt Schilling recovered admirably and then cruised after the Red ...Read More...
Friday, October 19, 2007
ALCS Game 5 Reactions: Beckett Comes Through… Again
Josh Beckett once again comes up huge in the postseason. His 8 IP, 11 K, 1 BB 1 ER performance puts his 07 postseason totals at 23 IP, 1 BB, 26 K, 1.17 ERA. He’s been more than amazing. On the offensive side, I’ve given up on the bottom of the lineup, but if Pedroia is actually bouncing back, the Red Sox have a fighting chance.
Going back to Boston, Cleveland has an edge in game 6 with Carmona on the mound but I think it shifts the other way if we get to game 7.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
ALCS Game 4 Reactions: Panic!
Well, that was pretty lousy. I missed most of the game, so I don’t have much to say. From what I saw, the Indians outplayed the Red Sox pretty convincingly. Only a few hitters are actually doing anything for Boston and their starters are not getting the job done. Would have been nice to have two starts from Beckett in the last 4 games instead of one.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
ALCS Game 3 Reactions: Dice-OK and the big question
You know, Daisuke Matsuzaka has pitched two games during this postseason and gotten lousy results, but I still think he’s looked pretty good. A lot of balls found holes tonight. The bats went to sleep for most of the evening against a rather unimpressive-looking Jake Westbrook. Really, his stuff looked pretty hittable but the Red Sox seemed to just be missing it.
The big question now is who will pitch game four. From everything I’ve heard, it’s going to be Tim Wakefield instead of Josh ...Read More...
Sunday, October 14, 2007
ALCS Game 2 Reactions: What a Battle
As nerve-racking as it was to watch, game 2 was a game for the ages. Both teams got to the starters early and found their way into the opposing bullpens. The Red Sox managed to get to Perez pretty well but were shut down thereafter. Meanwhile, the Red Sox bullpen did a pretty good job of holding the Indians in check until the inning that shall not be mentioned.
Overall, there are a million ways you could second guess decisions or curse a bad break here or there. Should they have stuck with ...Read More...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
ALCS Game 1 Reactions: More Manny Ortez
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz combined for the following line today: 4-4 with 5 BBs and 1 HBP. They batted 10 times between them and reached base every time. Those guys are simply amazing. Meanwhile, Josh Beckett was efficient and effective, giving up just 2 runs in 6 IP. His low pitch count (80) means that he’d like be available for game 4 on 3 days rest, if needed.
Plus Gagne held them scoreless too!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sorry guys, been pretty busy so this is late and there’s not much too it. The Red Sox have a big advantage in this series in goofy facial hair, with Kevin Youkilis’s stupid goatee easily defeating Casey Blake’s Grizzly Adams beard. However, the Indians make up for that by having the most bizarre and frightening name on their roster—Fausto “deal with the devil” Carmona. Pretty evenly matched overall, but I’ll give Boston a slight edge.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Now I Really Wish They Pitched Sabathia
The victory by the Indians tonight means there will be no Yankees/Red Sox ALCS, which as I’ve expressed before, is just fine with me. Unfortunately, it also means that Cleveland will come in with CC Sabathia and Fausto Carmona will come into the series on full rest and ready to pitch games 1 and 2. Should make for a great matchup with the Red Sox as a slight favorite.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
ALDS Game 3 Reactions: Not Much of a Series
Well, that was pretty anticlimactic. The Angels had a nice regular season and they have a good team. They were banged up, the Sox were on, and the series got out of hand quickly. Early Game 3 was pretty tight but fell apart late. Sox head on to the ALCS able to rest up their injured players and line up their pitching.
Stat of the series: Ortiz was 5-7 with 6 walks and 2 HR. He’s doing well.
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