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Saturday, May 10, 2008
Farnsworth’s Suspension for Throwing Behind Manny’s Head Reduced from 3 Games to 0*
In a ridiculous decision today, an arbitrator reduced Kyle Farnsworth’s suspension from 3 games to 1 game. This was an idiotic decision on a number of levels:
First off, anyone who pays attention to baseball knows that a 1-game suspension will have almost no effect on a middle reliever. Having a reliever unavailable for one day means that he’ll be more able and ready to pitch the next day. A 3-day suspension is really the minimum suspension that has really works as a punishment for a ...Read More...
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Minor League Thread: Mike Jones
Mike Jones was a draft and follow guy out of Arizona Western JC who the Sox signed in 2005. He has been putting up an unremarkable record for the past few years, while being old for the levels he’s been playing at. He had a nice looking .340 .434 .432 line at Lowell before being promoted. But at age 22, that wasn’t all that great. This year, Jones has started the year on fire, hitting .412/.470/.588 at Greenville. must be a lot of fun to watch.
But still, Jones is a 23-year-old playing in A ...Read More...
Sunday, April 27, 2008
That Was Brilliant
Young pitcher has an excellent game through 7, up around 100 pitches. It’s debatable whether you leave him in to start the 8th. But once he puts the tying run on base, you have to pull him. He’s in uncharted territory, pitch-count wise. You’ve got your 2 best relievers warm and ready to go. But Francona wasn’t satisfied until the lead was gone. Even then, Buc stayed in for another batter, just in case his pitch count wasn’t high enough.
An extra-innings game followed by a 1-run game in the ...Read More...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Pitchers Go Down, So Pitchers Come Up
First Beckett went down. Then Dice-K. This has led to starts by David Pauley, then by Lester on 3 days rest. We also got to see a bit of Hansen, who looked reasonably promising.
The good news is that we’ll get to see Justin Masterson’s debut in tomorrow’s game. And Masterson’s certainly made a case for himself at AA: 19 IP, 14 H, 2 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, and 23 K. Also he’s got a 3.57 GO/AO ratio. Should be fun to see this promising young player join the Sox kiddie corps. ...Read More...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
What to Make of Gammo’s Coco to the Cubs Rumor
According to Gammons on Baseball Tonight last night, the Cubs are interested in acquiring Coco Crisp to play center. He says the deal could get done soon and that it would be for Gallagher + another prospect. Is there any chance that this is legit? Could it bring back golden boy Matt Murton? Is Sox Therapy back?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Preseason Minor League Thread
Hey, how about those minor leagues! They sure are interesting this time of year. What about that guy who got sent down? He should’ve stayed up! And then there was the guy who’s still up—that guy sucks. Send him down!
Consider this the TempleU-requested catch-all minor league thread.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I love that dirty water: 1-0 First place, half a game up.
Woke up at 5:15. went for a run, showered up and watched the Sox. The only thing that took away from the morning, was that they couldn’t get it done in under 3 hours as I had to head to work.
Number 3 Star:Dice - K: Gutty but ugly performance. We saw the Dice we saw a little too much of last year, a little adversity and he starts to fold. Instead of completely folding he battled, despite not having command or mph’er on his heater. His ...Read More...
Monday, March 10, 2008
It’s Alright Ma, They Were only Bleeding
I’m skeptical when I hear, after the fact, that a player only struggled because of an undisclosed injury. Players deal with nagging injuries all the time and we never hear about it. But it’s the sort of information that is often used to wipe away an off year. I have to admit that, though, I’ve had quite a different reaction to the news that both Coco Crisp and Julio Lugo have been suffering through serious ailments in their time with the Red Sox. Crisp, among other things, was hindered in his ...Read More...
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Are There Any Real Questions Going into Spring Training?
Well, spring has arrived in the baseball world, with pitchers and catchers reporting for duty. On most teams in most years, this means that at least one or two key positions, a rotation slot or two, and perhaps a few bullpen roles are up for grabs. But the 08 Red Sox are somewhat of an exception. They’ve brought back an almost identical team to last year, a year in which they won the World Series (in case you’ve forgotten). There are no likely changes in the infield. The rotation has a recent ...Read More...
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Now That We Know the Price…
Well, we now know what it would have taken to sign Johan Santana: 7/$150 mil. With that in mind, do you think he was worth Ellsbury/Masterson/Lowrie/mystery prospect? I know the rule of thumb is that when there’s a top talent available, you get him. But for me, this was beyond the price I would be willing to pay. I could have stomached a 5-year deal by just assuming that you’d be overpaying for a year of the deal. But for 7 years at premium prices, I think you pass and see what you can do with ...Read More...
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Is an Ellsbury/Coco Deal on the Horizon?
With Johan Santana apparently headed for Queens, the Red Sox no longer need to hang on to both Jacoby Elllsbury and Coco Crisp. Does this mean that one of them will soon be on the way out of town? I forget who, but someone keeps mentioning the ChiSox as a possible partner, being as they need a CF and could part with Carlos Quentin. I’m kind of stumped otherwise, although maybe the Dodgers will do something foolish. I do, however, think one of these guys will be on the move before the season ...Read More...
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tick, Tick, Tick…
Well, it’s Martin Luther King Day weekend, that time of the offseason when you perk up and say to yourself: “Hey, spring training is coming next month. Have the Red Sox done what they need to do to prepare for next season?” My general sense is that yes, they’ve done fine. They had no gaping holes once they re-signed Lowell and Schilling, and the team projects to be one of the top in the AL. Still, there are a few questions left unanswered:
1. Obviously Johan Santana is still up in the air. It ...Read More...
Monday, January 14, 2008
In Manny’s Defense
Our old friend SG* over at RLYW kept track of zone rating numbers each day of 2007, providing us with some fascinating information on Manny Ramirez’s defense. If you recall, we left off last time with me claiming that Manny’s defense was so bad that it actually destabilized the Middle East, while others felt that it was a bit closer to average. Here’s what SG found about how Manny played in Fenway vs. on the road:
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...
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