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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Is That The Trigger?

It was just one win to extend a winning streak to a mammoth two games but it is a win that felt very good indeed.  A team that has almost been what MCoA might have called the platonic ideal of a .500 team winning one, losing one, and having just one winning streak of more than two games on the young season the Sox picked up a thrilling come from behind win against the first place Cardinals to take a two game sweep of the Redbirds.

There was a lot to like in this game, most of which I watched sitting on a JetBlue flight (official airline of the Boston Red Sox) back from Naples.  I’ll just roll this stuff out there to throw down a thread before I attempt sleep;

- Rick Porcello on Wednesday, like Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday, did a nice job of battling back from early disappointment.  This was a game that was ripe to turn into a rout but Porcello battled through and then the bullpen did a terrific job to keep the Cards off the board.

- Jackie Bradley looks like a guy starting to heat up.  It’s not just that he’s hitting but where he’s hitting with several hits in recent days to center and left.  When he’s right, he goes left (oh that’s good stuff).

- On the flip side is Andrew Benintendi who hasn’t had a hit since the Bruins were still playing.  Strangely, I feel like he’s looked really good. His at bats are good and on a few occasions, including the ninth inning when Gyorko robbed him, he has deserved better.  At some point he has to produce but I see a player who is slumping and getting unlucky. I mean it is HARD for a major league hitter to go 0 for 26.  I won’t be surprised if he gets a break tomorrow night though.

- Am I insane for thinking Deven Marrero is the right guy at third base right now?  He’s actually hit a little bit and if the ball is hit to him he actually catches it and then when he throws it to first base it arrives in Mitch Moreland’s glove.  He ain’t Scott Rolen or Mike Schmidt but compared to the debacle of a disaster of a tragedy of a comedy that has been third base this year he’s their love child at least.

- Credit where it’s due from the “Last Minute Thoughts” thread just before Opening Day;

. villageidiom Posted: April 02, 2017 at 04:22 PM (#5427588)
I picture Taylor having one of those moments like Okajima earning the save against the Yankees early in the season.

Well done vi, well done.

I don’t know.  I just feel like this team has needed a trigger to put the talent that is here in motion and get an 5 or 6 game streak or an 8 out of 10, 9 out of 11 kind of thing going and this game feels like it.  Down four runs against a good team and a good pitcher on the road…back they came.  It would be nice to build on it and in celebration I am not going to note that Thursday’s pitching matchup is Hector Velazquez vs. Sonny Gray, nope not going to mention that at all.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 12:37 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM (#5458307)
Rick Porcello on Wednesday, like Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday, did a nice job of battling back from early disappointment.
I don't want to derail a thread so quickly, but let's talk about the splendid reality of Eduardo Rodriguez. Because he is real, and he is spectacular.

OK, that's hyperbole, and an excuse for a Seinfeld reference (which could be its own thread hijack if I'm not careful). Regardless, I think he's turned the corner.

Last season he had 20 MLB starts. He pitched at least six innings in just 8 of them. He pitched under five innings in 6 of them. Only once did he have consecutive starts (2) of 6+ innings. This season, those totals are 7 starts, 5 of six-plus innings, 0 under five innings. Those 5 starts of 6+ IP are his last 5 starts.

I could go into his stats & peripherals, but anyone who's been following the guy knows the above tells the story pretty simply. In the past he'd run out of gas early, or lose focus and snowball into big trouble, and we'd consider ourselves lucky if he didn't get lifted until the 6th.
   2. Dock Ellis Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5458321)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez? He's so obscure I can't even pick him up in my ESPN fantasy league yet.

David Freese would be a decent placeholder at 3B to trade for but he's owed $11M between this year and next, including his buyout.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5458330)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez? He's so obscure I can't even pick him up in my ESPN fantasy league yet.

Some dude who has been in the Mexican League. This is his first year in the US and he's been excellent, 1.55 ERA, 4.00 K:BB. Everyone said nice things about him during spring training. He's going to be the 8th starter the Sox have used this year already so I'm not exactly optimistic. At the same time I won't be shocked if he steals them a couple of decent starts by throwing strikes and keeping the ball in the ballpark (1 homer in 29 IP) before teams figure him out. If he can get through 5 with 3 runs tonight I think you take it and run.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5458332)
vi - Completely agree on Rodriguez. I think he's the real deal.
   5. Dock Ellis Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:19 AM (#5458338)
Thanks Jose. Definitely noticed his very nice ERA/WHIP, and would be nice if he could Aaron Small a win or three while he's in the rotation.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:20 AM (#5458340)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez?
The dude about to go Wakefield '95 all over the league!
   7. GGC for Sale Posted: May 18, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5458498)
MCoA liked that Platonic ideal phrase. Whatever happened to him (or Mattbert?) I know that he tired of some of the discussion here (the Mainland, not ST.) Last I saw, MC was writing for someone about the World Cup.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5458527)
MCoA spurred the move to Replacement Level Red Sox. Unfortunately for us, fortunately for him, his soccer writing took off and really took up his time.. He's pretty prolific with that stuff and seems to be making a name for himself.
   9. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5458530)
MCoA liked that Platonic ideal phrase. Whatever happened to him
Can you read Dutch?
   10. John DiFool2 Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5458622)

Teams nowadays seem much more reluctant to bring up a prospect if they deem it "too early" (yes I know all about not starting his clock too early).
   11. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5458632)
John, I just posted that same link in another thread! I've removed my comment from there and redirected here.

From TFA:
Of the 43 different 20-year-olds who’ve started their year in Double-A, only two have hit better than Devers is hitting right now. And those two spent their summer punishing major-league pitching.
"Those two" being Carlos Correa and Giancarlo Stanton.

   12. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2017 at 04:54 PM (#5459628)
Price pitches for Pawtucket tonight. If it goes well he might be pitching in the Ranger series at Fenway next week. I think Thursday would be the best day for that and that has nothing to do with the fact that I have tickets for that game.

As noted by Alex Speier today; Wright, Johnson, Kendrick and Velazquez have combined to go 2-7. Give those starts to Price and even a slight improvement makes a pretty big difference.
   13. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 20, 2017 at 07:27 PM (#5460165)
Update: No, no it was not.
   14. villageidiom Posted: May 22, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5460819)
Update: No, no it was not.
That's not a fair statement. It might have been the trigger, but the gun was pointing in a different direction.
   15. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 05:19 PM (#5461182)
Porcello is a bum. RA9 of 5.37, that's just .02 better than what he did in 2015. I don't know what you guys are on, but any credit being sent his way is grading on FAR too kind a curve.

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