Predicting Randy

A lot of positive press today following the Big Unit’s performance yesterday against the Indians: 6 ip, 4 h, 9ks, no walks, no runs. Pretty damn encouraging unless you saw it happen in real time. In which case it was at times impressive, and at others a bit unnerving. Yes, he was getting strikeouts and looking, often, sharp. But there were a good number of sliders and fastballs that caught the fat of the plate. That these wound up, for the most part, in Yankee gloves was more a matter of luck than anything, and one wonders whether these pitches, when tossed to the likes of Manny and Papi (rather than Cleveland minor leaguers) will travel far and high. We’ll hope not.

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  • Sorry to change the topic, YF, but Arroyo’s just been traded to the Reds for Wily Mo Pena.
    Reaction???
    I know he’s a doofus with the confused hair and bad music covers, but he did win a lot of games for the Sox last year . . .

    rk March 20, 2006, 11:24 am
  • I love Arroyo, and he wanted to be in Boston, but this trade fills a hole (platoon partner with My-Man-Trot Nixon) and eases the logjam at starting pitcher. Sort of.
    My guess is the Sox tried to get Cincy to take Clement or Wells, but the Reds wanted Arroyo cause he’s younger and cheaper. At least Bronson’ll get to start instead of playing long man in the pen.
    RJ: He struck out a bunch of minor leaguers? Um, wow… [yawn…]

    mattymatty March 20, 2006, 11:54 am
  • Since we’re putting so much faith in ST outings, how did you guys like the Moose outing today?
    Yeah, they mean nothing.

    Brad March 20, 2006, 5:19 pm
  • Not that it really matters, spring training and all, but having watched the game on the YES network, I don’t really recall many balls being hit hard off RJ, and by the way, seven of his nine Ks came against players who’ll be in the Tribe’s starting lineup this season.
    Oh yeah, and one of the other Ks was against young stud prospect Andy Marte. That kid is going to be a star.

    whatever March 20, 2006, 9:51 pm

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