Monday, June 19, 2006

So What Are the Red Sox?

It seems we are seeing two different teams. I got to see Papi's walk off live and in person from the Right Field Roof. Since, they lose 4 straight including getting swept by the Twins who were only 28-34 when the Sox rolled into Minnesota. Then we see them sweep the spiraling Atlanta Braves who were 30 and 37. Two under .500 teams. Two completely different results.

We've seen inconstant pitching and a rotation that is falling apart to the point where we have to rely on a pitcher picked out of Kansas City's dumpster. Not good enough to pitch in Kansas City but good enough for us? I don't get it. Kyle Snyder has been picked up off of waivers and is getting the start for the Sox tonight against Washington. His only start this year... only two plus innings. His major league record is 2-9, 5.91 ERA in 29 games, 19 starts. Are they that desperate? Sure, he has options left but big deal. He must not be worth much if KC didn't want to use his option and keep him in their minor league system. In case you're not getting my point... KC, the worst team in all of baseball, with a 19-49 record released him. Now I may not be a baseball insider. I may be missing something, some reason why a stink hole team at the very bottom of all of the majors would be willing to release a worthy player. If there is something, I don't think I'll be able to figure it out.

Is this a desperate move? I guess we'll find out tonight. Maybe we'll also find out if we can beat another sub .500 team. I don't think we'll have a smooth season until the starting rotation stabilizes. From 7 starters this spring, we are down to 3. Right now, the other 2 spots are a question mark. We have revolving rookies and a bottom rung throw away.

Hope for the reverse lock tonight?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Rain, Rain Go Away

We have to stop playing against Texas. It rains way too much when they come to town. Has it not rained when they've been here?

The unfortunate thing is I have to rely on a 40% chance that it won't rain tonight when I make the trek up to Fenway. I got lucky once already by actually getting drawn for the opportunity to buy right field roof seats maybe I'll get lucky again. I just hope I don't have to eat soggy Fenway Franks and have my beer a little extra watered down. Plus, I'd like to get a couple good pics from up there to post.

• After last night's win and a Yankee loss, the Sox are right back to where they were before the NY serieies 0.5 ahead in the American League East standings. If they win both today they can be at least 1 game up regardless of what the Yankees do today.

• Wow, Papplebon is a machine... After giving up a run and blowing a save last night, he came back for an awesome 9th. Hopefully they won't need him this afternoon and I'll get a glimpse of him live tonight.

• Former Red Sox pitcher John "Way Back" Wasdin returns to Fenway tonight to start for Texas. Between him and Becket, I'm putting the over/under for home runs at 5. I'm hoping Becket spots his fastball better and its only Sox players hitting them out. Isn't it amazing how we can bash a pitcher who is 7-3 with a .248 Batting Average Against. Only 3 pitchers have more wins. 7 others have 7. Not too shabby.

Before I start to sound a little too much like a total "Fanboy", I'm signing off. What can I say, I'm always a little pumped when it's time to go to the park. I've been to plenty of sporting events and no other beats stepping out of the runway and seeing the inside of Fenway. I've gotten to see some great games there. Hopefully there will be one more tonight. In the off chance that there is actually someone besides a couple of my friends reading this take a look at the right field roof Table 116 row 1. You'll see at least one guy at the table there grinning from ear to ear.

-Andy

Monday, June 05, 2006

A Step in the Right Direction

With yesterday's win, Matt Clement showed that he can pitch in the Major League. I'm not getting ahead of myself here. For the most part he's been pretty funky this year. If he can string another start like that again, then we can start to (maybe) get off his back. There is still one thing that bothered me about his performance. He gave up way too many first pitch balls. It turned out well overall but starting out behind the majority of the time can wear on a pitcher. Kinda playing with fire a little. The good thing about it, he definitely had them swinging (badly) at a lot of pitches outside of the strike zone. His stuff was either really deceptive or Detroit was really undisciplined at the plate.

At least we don't have to run him out of town yet.

• Youkilis seems to have dodged a serious left forearm injury after getting hit yesterday. The X-Rays came back negative. Even though the infield corners are battered they are at least minor injuries.

• We may finally get to see one of the highly touted prospect in Boston for one of the double header games on Saturday. Rumors say that John Lester may finally get his shot. I wouldn't expect him to stay long since the Sox seem to really be trying to protect their young arms and develop them at a conservative pace but the injury to Wells and the extra game are making it a necessity to bring one more up.

• Up to now (and still), Jason Varitek has surprisingly gotten a free pass where his batting average is concerned. In seven games he has hit .321 bringing his average up to only .245. It shows you how much respect Boston fans have for him. We've crucified many other valuable players for less. If Lowell (an all star caliber gold glove) were only hitting around .250 do you think we would give him this much time to straighten it out? He would have been strung up real quick. Thankfully we all know how important Tek is to the pitching staff and how valuable he is behind the plate.

• Now we get the Yankees for 4 games. Here's a great chance to improve our position in the east. Besides, there is almost always something worth writing about during or after a Yankees series. Maybe I won't slack off for a week and a half this time.