Close Quarters: Sox-Jays Gamer II

Another one run game last night. Today it is Lester for Boston and Brett Cecil for Toronto. Lineups follow, comment away.

Boston
M. Scutaro ss .272
D. Pedroia 2b .303
V. Martinez dh .260
K. Youkilis 1b .284
J.D. Drew rf .191
J. Varitek c .357
A. Beltre 3b .310
B. Hall lf .167
D. McDonald cf .286
 
Toronto
M. McCoy lf .258
A. Hill 2b .179
J. Bautista rf .234
V. Wells cf .333
L. Overbay 1b .176
A. Gonzalez ss .284
R. Ruiz dh .125
J. Molina c .211
J. McDonald 3b .214
J. Lester 6.23
B. Cecil 5.40

19 comments… add one

  • Orsillo: “There’s Geddy Lee behind home plate.”
    Remdawg: “Who’s Geddy Lee?”
    Orsillo: “…the lead singer for Rush.”
    FOR SHAME, REMDAWG.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 7:25 pm
  • Rush was the first concert my parents allowed me to attend on my own. Moving Pictures tour, 1981, Rochester War Memorial.

    attackgerbil April 28, 2010, 7:36 pm
  • I’m going to see them in DC when they go on tour in September. Should be an awesome show.
    My first concert was the Rolling Stones, at Fed Ex Field in 2003. Opening band was The Strokes. Still the best concert I’ve ever been to.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 7:46 pm
  • I’ve seen Rush a dozen times or so. They never disappoint.

    attackgerbil April 28, 2010, 7:50 pm
  • Darnell McDonald has really come up big for us. Scores the go-ahead run in the 6th, and knocks in another one in the 7th.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 9:13 pm
  • Lester with a one-hitter in seven innings, 11 K’s. Two great starts in a row… it’s almost as if this is how the team is supposed to play.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Damn, Lester. That’s one fine game.

    SF April 28, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Bard strikes out the side. Sox pitchers are really racking them up tonight.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 9:44 pm
  • .500 never felt so good.

    Atheose - SF April 28, 2010, 10:07 pm
  • Dar-nelllll!

    Clark SF April 28, 2010, 10:26 pm
  • Wow, from the highlights Lester was just filthy tonight. All three pitches were dominant – that’s fun to watch. Amazing how underrated he is – clearly the ace of the staff and for over two seasons now. The Sox are getting him cheap too.

    Paul from Waltham April 28, 2010, 10:45 pm
  • saw part of the game guys…yeah, lester and bard looked good…didn’t see who else pitched…is this a turning point?…can there be a turning point in april?…do any of you think we can catch the rays?…

    dc April 29, 2010, 7:56 am
  • PfW wrote: “Wow, from the highlights Lester was just filthy tonight. All three pitches were dominant – that’s fun to watch. Amazing how underrated he is – clearly the ace of the staff and for over two seasons now. The Sox are getting him cheap too.”
    Underated? most local and national media outlets considered him a Cy Young candidate – how is that underating someone? Glad to see he pitched like a Cy Young candidate. He actually has 4+ pitches, too.
    DC – Paps pitched the 9th – hit 97 on the radar gun (albeit he was wild with that velocity). He was using his slider, too which is nice to see.

    dw (sf) April 29, 2010, 8:27 am
  • “how is that underating someone?”
    Until he wins one, he won’t be considered the “ace” of the staff (not that Beckett has either). Lester has never gotten any CY votes or even made an All-Star team. I’d call that underrated.
    I don’t know about 4+ pitches, unless you count every pitcher throwing a knuckleball in their spare time. Lester has a legit fastball, curve, and change. As he showed last night, that’s all he needs to be utterly dominant. Great story, great kid.

    Paul from Waltham April 29, 2010, 9:07 am
  • Oh, he wasn’t recognized as the ACE last year when Francona had him start game 1 of the playoffs? Please – others have pitched better than him and gotten CY votes. All-star team selection Really? that’s your ACE criteria. I guess Wakefield is an ACE?
    Lester has 3 types of fastballs: 4 seam, cutter, 2 seam; slider, curve and changeup. That’s 4+ http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfx.aspx?playerid=4930&position=P

    dw (sf) April 29, 2010, 9:32 am
  • lester will be considered an ace by his performance, not by his trophy collection…some already consider him the ace of this staff, regardless of where he’s slotted in the pitching “lineup”…he just needs to string together some consistency, something all pitchers struggle with at times, so his slow start shouldn’t detract either…cy young as a criteria?…mussina, who never got a cy young, won 20 in his final season with the yanks and finished 6th…by most standards he was a pretty darn good consistent pitcher over his career, and an “ace” for most of that…

    dc April 29, 2010, 10:07 am
  • oh, and while i know the discussion is pitchers [aces], it is relevant to point out that jeter has never won an mvp…slacker

    dc April 29, 2010, 10:09 am
  • Somehow I thought saying a player is underrated is considered a compliment. My mistake.

    Paul from Waltham April 29, 2010, 10:19 am
  • it is a compliment…i was agreeing with you…like i said, performance matters, not the number of trophies, or votes from sportwriters, many of whom never actually see all the players they’re voting for or against…the point we disagreed on is that he would never be considered an ace “unless he wins ‘one’”…eventually he’ll make a believer out of everyone, even without cy respect…just like mussina, and even tho he’s not a pitcher, jeter…it’s important that to note that lester’s part of an experienced staff with 2 former, if not current, aces…beckett and lackey…he’s elbowing his way to the top of the list, if he hasn’t already…being considered underrated is overrated…

    dc April 29, 2010, 10:47 am

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