A full quarter of the Sox’ remaining games are against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Tim Wakefield is 8-0 at Tropicana Field.
The D-Rays have lost five straight to the Yankees and Orioles, seven of their last 10 and 15 of 20. The Red Sox have won six of seven.
The Red Sox have just taken three of four from Cleveland in a potential playoff preview and re-extended their AL East lead to a comfortable 7.5 games.
Things are looking up. Let’s hope they stay that way.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 50 comments
at 7:03 pm in
Using the amazingly accurate imagery of Google Earth, the authors of Notthegamehave calculate the actual dimensions of several ML ballparks, and they’re not always as advertised.
Left Field: 318 Feet
Center Field: 408 Feet
Right Field: 314 Feet
Left Field: 308 Feet
Center Field: 404 Feet
Right Field: 308 Feet
Left Field: 310
Right Field: 302
Left Field: 305 Feet
Right Field: 300 Feet
by Ballparks · 13 comments
at 10:48 am in
With no fifth starter necessary until August, when Phil Hughes will presumably be ready to assume his rightful position in the lineup, and with Joba Chamberlain in the wings, is it possible that last night was the last we’ve seen of Iggy Igawa? That $26 million post fee just might be a sunken cost. The good news is that at 4 million a year through 2011, Igawa is cheap and might become an attractive chit if he can be show some sign that he will develop into an adequate back-of-the rotation NL starter or long man. With the emergence of Hughes, Chamberlain, and Kennedy, and with Pettitte, Wang, and Moose already signed for next year, there’s not a whole lot of room left in the back of the rotation—though we saw how well the Yankee surplus of young pitching worked out early this year. Any takers?
Update: I should note that it’s too bad Igawa hasn’t been able to find his command, because even a moderate amount of success would have made him one of the better stories of the year. The guy’s a total kook. When things are going well (for team and player), that kind of thing is great for a team, and for the fans. But when everyone’s doing poorly, what might otherwise be perceived as endearing somehow becomes just the opposite, and all of a sudden a man’s quirks are the reason he’s not performing. I hate to see that.
by General Yankees · 18 comments
at 10:17 am in
The best article of the year, from Alan Schwarz. To summarize: if Alex connects for a Big McFly in the last few innings of tonight’s resumed game in Baltimore (and he will have at least one at bat), his home run on Wednesday, previously no. 499, becomes no. 500. Also, Dr. Emmett Brown will be dropping him off at the ballpark in a Delorean.
by General Yankees · 4 comments
at 10:04 am in
Ahoyhoy. ag is back from a brief respite that proved to be quite exhausting, considering the amount of wheel time spent, and catch-up work waiting when he returned. Therefore, there’s not much of a gamer, but there’s a lot of game as the Yankees look to win for the 7th game in a row, while Kei Igawa looks to not lose for the fourth game in a row, while Alex Rodriguez hunts for number 500, while Jorge De La Rosa hopes he doesn’t end up a statistical footnote like he did on ARod’s four-hunnerdth. Comment away.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 57 comments
at 8:23 pm in
A tried and true formula.
- The pitching has returned to form.
- The hitting, last night excepted, has begun hitting in the clutch again.
- The Yankees just won six straight games, and they only gained one game in the standings.
- Kason Gabbard (four straight starts with a game score of 60+) starts tonight.
- Not pinch-hitting either Mike Lowell or Julio Lugo in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game.
- The Sox in one-run games since June 1.
- Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, three straight starts with game scores below 35.
- The Yankees have won six straight games and are back in the playoff hunt.
- Rain delays.
- Curt Schilling. Anyone else tired of that shtick yet?
- Manny Ramirez leaves Coco out to dry.
- Rumors that the Red Sox want to trade for Jermaine Dye? I’m sorry?
- Picking on J.D. Drew, who even with a recent slump is hitting .270/.364/.440 since June 1.
Let’s get back on the horse/bicycle/wagon/movable object of choice, take the series, and send the Yankee fans scurrying back into the holes from which they’ve emerged today.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 73 comments
at 6:48 pm in
Here’s a comparison of two players’ stats in late and close situations this season.
Player A is batting .348 with 5 homeruns, 18 RBI, and an OPS of 1.168 in 55 plate appearances.
Player B is batting .233 with 0 homeruns, 1 RBI, and an OPS of .689 in 50 plate appearances.
Player B has a reputation for being one of the clutchest players in the history of the game. And if there is such a thing, I’d certainly agree. Player A has a reputation as being a stat padder, unable to get the big hit when it matters most.
That’s right. You guessed it: Player A is Alex Rodriguez. Player B is David Ortiz.
Perhaps clutch is not a persistent character trait? Perhaps these numbers will be corrected by the end of the season. Perhaps, Baseball Reference is so much fun that I was bored this morning and figured I’d start some sh*t because the Yanks are within striking distance and the arrogance is returning. How ’bout them Bombers! I am reluctant to say this, but suddenly I believe again.
by General Baseball · 61 comments
at 9:32 am in
Sorry we’re late with this one, work has been the proverbial beeyotch. Anyhow, better late than never, right?
The Sox look to nail down the series, throwing Josh Beckett against Fausto Carmona, who has suddenly emerged as an ace. Makes us wonder if there is something Mephistophelean at work. Comment here.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 80 comments
at 7:16 pm in
Three-year-old Russian (tri)cyclist Sophie Ivanov (seen here blazing through the Pyrenees in Stage 16), a recent addition to team Festina, was declared winner of the Tour de France after everyone else was disqualified for doping.
Also, Phil Hughes dominated in his rehab start last night (6 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 5 ks), and top prospects Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy have been called up to AAA.
by Humor · 10 comments
at 5:11 pm in
A great pitcher’s duel continues into the 8th. Sabathia has been masterful. Daisuke has been better. The Sox lead 1-0 in a nail-biter. There’s very little left of the game, but that doesn’t mean there’s little to say. Comment on what promises to be an exciting ending here.
by General Baseball · 15 comments
at 9:33 pm in
There seemed to be some technical difficulties with Typepad and, as a result, gamers did not go up. But all is fixed now.
So what do you get when you match Scott Elarton, a pitcher with a ridiculously high ERA, against these red-hot Bombers?
Seven runs in the first two innings.
The Yanks lead 7-2 heading to the bottom of the third. Comment on all the action here.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 12 comments
at 9:27 pm in
Hard to believe we’re going to be losing our ballpark in little more than a year. Friend of YFSF Steve Lombardi, proprietor of the essential WasWatching is putting together a collection of stories about Yankee Stadium, and he’d like to hear yours.
Maybe you were there for a famous game? Or, maybe you once saw something there that you’ll always remember for some particular reason – because it was wacky or moving? Perhaps you once went to a game and that day will now always have great personal meaning to you?…Have you noticed a change in the Stadium “experience” through the years? Do you have a Yankee Stadium foul and/or homerun ball story? Have you ever been ejected from Yankee Stadium?
If you’re in the mood, send a story to author [at] baseballsamegame [dot] com.
by General Yankees · 6 comments
at 2:59 pm in
I’m not sure whether MLB umps are precluded from gambling activities that are unrelated to baseball; certainly players are permitted to participate in legal, no-baseball betting. We’ve all heard about hi-rolling athletes dropping large sums in Vegas; the press has reported on Alex Rodriguez’s poker playing in recent years. Don Zimmer made no secret of his love for the track. Joe Torre has a stake in at least one race horse; the Boss has long been involved in thoroughbred racing. Maybe it’s time baseball rethink its tolerance for gambling. High stakes gambling can lead to uncomfortable positions and unpleasant bedfellows, and there’s nothing that will undermine a sport faster than the suggestion that the games are in some way fixed. I cast no aspersions on the integrity of those mentioned here, but it’s hard not to worry that it’s only a matter of time before baseball winds up with another Pete Rose situation. And, really, doesn’t the game have enough problems?
by General Baseball · 3 comments
at 1:52 pm in
MLB: Bonds takes on Aaron
NBA: Game fixing ref
NFL: Dog fighting
Tour de France: Leader skips testing
At least its feel-good time for the Sox (Lester) and Yanks (Duncan).
by General Baseball · 2 comments
at 12:39 pm in
We shot Boston Herald beat writer Rob Bradford an email yesterday afternoon, and he was good enough to ask Josh Beckett about the mySpace site bearing his name and purporting to be created by him. He gave us a call before the game last night to fill us in.
"He said it’s a fake," Bradford relayed."He said they’re trying to take it down. … I guess it happens more often than you’d realize."
Beckett only recently became aware of the site, first informed by Red Sox public-relations director John Blake, Bradford said.
The site perpetuates what Bradford said is largely a myth — that Beckett is an angry person, a reputation gained through his fiery mound outbursts and sometimes-surly postgame press conferences.
Bradford disagreed with that perception, saying Beckett is one of his favorite interviews.
"The funny thing is I find him to be one of the most personable players," Bradford said. "Unfortunately, sometimes all that people see is when he swears at the press conferences."
So there you go. Many thanks to Rob, further cementing his status as one of Boston’s best reporters.
by General Red Sox,The Media · 11 comments
at 12:47 am in
We’ll find out tonight, but these numbers are interesting:
- ’07 AAA: 4-5, 3.89 ERA, 71.2 IP, 31 BB, 51 K, 1.14 WHIP, 3.89 BB/9, 6.40 K/9
- ’06 AAA: 3-4, 2.70 ERA, 46.2 IP, 25 BB, 43 K, 1.46 WHIP, 4.82 BB/9, 8.29 K/9
And for fairness’ sake, Julian Tavarez this season:
- 5-8, 5.17 ERA, 97.1 IP, 36 BB, 59 K, 1.54 WHIP, 3.33 BB/9, 5.46 K/9
A lot’s been made, here and elsewhere, about Lester’s poor results in Pawtucket this year, and whether that means he should be called up, traded or written off. I was surprised that his numbers are actually better this season than they were before his callup last year. The most disturbing stat is his dropping K/9 numbers, which fell far more than his BB/9 numbers. His hits/9 have dropped slightly, so fewer walks are making up the majority of that WHIP. Also, his ground balls have outnumbered fly balls this year, unlike in 2006.
So let’s have at it. It’s a great story either way. And does anyone doubt he can do better than Tavarez?
by General Red Sox · 300 comments
at 4:33 pm in