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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Just A Short Update

With summer officially* upon us I wanted to take note of where the Sox stand and offer up some random observations.

* officially = not officially

1. David Price looked good in my opinion.  It wasn’t a gem of a performance but for a first start after missing time he looked more than good enough.  His command was a bit off but that is to be expected and save for the one pitch to Melky it is hard to be disappointed in that outing.  At the very least that start is an awfully big upgrade over most of what the Sox have been getting from the back end of the rotation.

2. Brian Johnson is trade bait.  Johnson has made a couple of starts this year, one was mediocre and one on Saturday was exceptional.  I couldn’t help but think of Kason Gabbard’s complete game shutout in 2007 as I watched Johnson polish things off on Saturday evening.  If the Sox elect to make a move at some point I think Johnson is pitching himself into a place where he is a guy who would be a piece in such a move.

3. Two wins = Opportunity Taken. - I suggested a few weeks ago that the upcoming stretch was an opportunity for the Sox to right the ship.  As a general rule I think the Sox have done so going 12-10 over this 24 game stretch so far.  I said at the time that a target was 14-10 so they would need to take these next two games to reach my arbitrary goal.  Since that point the AL East has quite literally been turned upside down;

Toronto 15-8
Tampa 13-11
Boston 12-10
New York 12-10
Baltimore 9-13

4. I’m in no rush to get Pablo Sandoval back. - I understand why Deven Marrero is not really a viable third base option but I’m uninspired at the thought of Sandoval.  There was a play yesterday that Marrero made ranging far to his left to record an out after Price had plunked two consecutive hitters that Sandoval never ever in a million years would have made and while Marrero isn’t hitting how confident are we that Sandoval will?

5. Rafael Devers isn’t ready. - I saw Devers up close on Saturday and he didn’t look ready to me.  The Trenton Thunder started Yefry Ramirez who was throwing high 80s but he had Devers unbalanced all afternoon striking him out twice.  Watching Devers he looked like Moncada last year, a talented guy who is not quite ready to handle decent off-speed stuff yet.

Anyway, like I said not a lot here, just a few random observations as we start to anticipate warmer temperatures.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 30, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 30, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5465311)
2. Brian Johnson is trade bait.  Johnson has made a couple of starts this year, one was mediocre and one on Saturday was exceptional.  I couldn’t help but think of Kason Gabbard’s complete game shutout in 2007 as I watched Johnson polish things off on Saturday evening.  If the Sox elect to make a move at some point I think Johnson is pitching himself into a place where he is a guy who would be a piece in such a move.


I can't dispute anything that you've said here, except for him being trade bait. For the rest of the year their "best" rotation is:

Sale
Porcello
Price
Rodriguez
Pomeranz

Johnson is the only one in the minors who I'd have confidence in. Given the length of Price's comeback, and Pomeranz occasionally looking toasty, I'd suspect we have another injury coming up in the next month or so. I don't think they can afford to trade him.

Now if they trade him for a stud pitcher, sure. But I don't see that option being available.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 30, 2017 at 12:59 PM (#5465326)
It definitely would be a gamble on health throughout the rotation but there isn't a lot else to deal. It would probably be more accurate to say that IF the Sox want to make a move Johnson is probably at the intersection in terms of guys the Sox are willing to move (i.e. not Devers or Groome) and in terms of guys other teams are interested in (i.e. not Owens or Ball). If (there's that word again) the Sox are making a move Johnson and/or Chavis is probably what is going in the other direction.
   3. villageidiom Posted: May 30, 2017 at 02:08 PM (#5465410)
Right, but I think that's a pretty good argument against them making a move.
   4. madvillain Posted: May 30, 2017 at 02:23 PM (#5465429)
I don't think Price looked very good but, but for his first start coming off the injury he looked OK. I was surprised how much junk he threw later in the game. He didn't seem to have much confidence in his fastball after the 4th inning.

The double play really saved his bacon and that ball was hit pretty hard into the hole.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 31, 2017 at 08:48 AM (#5465904)
4. I’m in no rush to get Pablo Sandoval back.


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