Small Sample Spectacular

And we do mean spectacular:

  • Josh Beckett: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Justin Masterson: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K 
  • Clay Buchholz: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K 
  • Jon Lester: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 
  • Daniel Bard: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K 
  • Jonathan Papelbon: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K 
  • Takashi Saito: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K 
  • Junichi Tazawa: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K 

And of course:

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka: 10 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K 

That's five potential Sox starters (Beckett, Lester, Dice, Buchholz and Masterson) with a combined line of:

  • 43 IP, 29 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 33 K, 0.84/0.86/.184 

Now if we could only get Tim Wakefield (11 ER in 13.1 IP) on board.

42 comments… add one
  • edit that:
    now, if we could only get Tim Wakefield to retire..

    Brad March 16, 2009, 9:35 am
  • Buchholz’ performances have been spectacular; his changeup and curve are really looking great, and his command is improved. Extremely excited to see him bouncing back from an atrocious 2008.
    And yeah, the Beckett-Masterson-Lester awesomeness ain’t too shabby either.

    Atheose March 16, 2009, 10:18 am
  • How does Tazawa look? What kind of stuff does he have? Does his fastball really touch 97 mph on occasion? I’ve read he has pinpoint control.

    SoxFan March 16, 2009, 12:12 pm
  • I only saw him in one outing, but his stuff seemed pretty good. As far as I could tell his control was great, he and Varitek seemed to methodically put away batters. But like I said, I only saw him for an inning.

    Atheose March 16, 2009, 1:38 pm
  • that’s not even counting daisuke’s perfect outings at the WBC

    fez March 16, 2009, 2:05 pm
  • So here’s a question: why has Masterson pitched so many innings this spring? Are they stretching him out so he can be a starter if need be, or just getting him ready to be the long-man out of the bullpen? It just seems weird to me that they would have him pitching the most out of any pitcher so far, even the starters. He just went another 3 innings today, giving up 2 runs and 6 hits.

    Atheose March 16, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • that’s not even counting daisuke’s perfect outings at the WBC
    Yes it is.
    Are they stretching him out so he can be a starter if need be, or just getting him ready to be the long-man out of the bullpen?
    Yes. ;-)

    Paul SF March 16, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • Well I would have figured that they were grooming him to be the next Julian Tavarez, but since we have such depth at pitcher (Penny, Smoltz, Buchholz, Bowden) I assumed they would focus on him being a reliever. Stretching him out this much–more so than any other pitcher on the team–seems almost reckless otherwise. They must be thinking beyond 2009, since Penny/Smoltz aren’t long-term solutions.
    I’m really impressed with Daniel Bard’s performance. Last year he had 43 K’s in 28IP at A, and 64 K’s in 49 IP at AA. His performance this spring, along with the way his walk numbers have improved dramatically, really gives me hope for the future. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him used later this season depending on how he does at AAA.

    Atheose March 16, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • All you need to know about Spring stats:
    Kei Igawa: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

    Rob March 16, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • Yep.
    Toss them all out the window if they don’t suit your needs.

    Brad March 16, 2009, 3:55 pm
  • Don’t you guys know that you can’t start a feel-good thread about how the pitchers are doing thus far this spring before the Kei Igawa comparisons come up?

    Brad March 16, 2009, 3:57 pm
  • Spring Training stats look heartening until you realize that Kei Igawa has pitched 9 scoreless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9, and Angel Berroa is batting over .400 and OPSing over 1.100. They truly mean absolutely nothing.

    AndrewYF March 16, 2009, 4:00 pm
  • see?

    Brad March 16, 2009, 4:04 pm
  • I was trying to find the two really terrible players to compare the Red Sox pitching staff to as well, but I was beat to it.

    Brad March 16, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • Well, it is easier to point out good stats from players that none of us have an emotional attachment to. After all, how would you respond if I pointed out?:
    Lars Anderson: .182/.182/.308 in 22 ABs
    Michael Bowden: 7.2 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 7K

    Rob March 16, 2009, 5:42 pm
  • Using any ST training numbers for pitchers is kind of silly, since they are all on strict throwing programs. In spring training games they are told to throw certain pitches a certain number of times, it’s nothing like real game pitching. I do like it when they do well, but pitching poorly might just be a case of one guy throwing seven sliders in a row just to make his quota.

    LocklandSF March 16, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Fantastic quote from Julian Tavarez:
    “Why did I sign with the Nationals?” Tavárez said on Sunday. “When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.”

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 6:56 am

    Brad March 17, 2009, 9:15 am
  • Brad March 17, 2009, 9:29 am
  • Wow, you guys don’t miss any A-Rod bashing. Might I suggest some alternative morning reading with actual intellectual content?
    It’s free too.

    Rob March 17, 2009, 10:13 am
  • aww. I’m sorry I pointed that out, Rob. But, come on man, that’s funny stuff.
    And, while I’d love to sit and read that link you supplied – it’s Saint Paddy’s Day!!!

    Brad March 17, 2009, 10:15 am
  • But on the flip side, A-Rod doesn’t miss an opportunity to make sure he gives us adequate material:))
    Yeah, sometimes I just look in the mirror, and I’m so in love, I kiss myself.
    hahah. Come on, man. That’s funny.

    Brad March 17, 2009, 10:18 am
  • YFSF is one of the few sites I can go to to AVOID the gloom-and-doom news that is so suffocating these days. So please spare us the whining.

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 10:19 am
  • Yup, the guy has no PR skills. Again, how is that a new(s) story? Only in a tabloid…
    Whining? Seriously? SFs who, five years and two championships later, don’t let one opportunity to bash the guy go unpassed? Yeah, but I’m the one whining. Oh no, the doom and gloom enveloping the world! Please spare us the child-like fiction of wishing reality away.
    I also see that Peter Abraham, when he’s not pretending to be above the tabloids, gets right into copying their “coverage”.

    Rob March 17, 2009, 11:11 am
  • For your childish needs, but with actual intellectual content, there’s also:

    Rob March 17, 2009, 11:14 am
  • Yeah Rob, all I hear is whining. I picture you as that Chris Crocker kid: “Leave ARod alone!”
    Yeah Brad, that quote from ARod was hilarious: “Yeah, sometimes I just look in the mirror, and I’m so in love, I kiss myself.”

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 11:21 am
  • Good to know some around here love necrophilia with a dead and rotting carcass. Keep on pumping! I understand. You need the small pleasures to get that big and scary real world out of your mind.

    Rob March 17, 2009, 11:26 am
  • It’a never going to stop Rob…ever. Pathetic as it is. Just try and ignore them.

    krueg March 17, 2009, 1:20 pm
  • Seriously guys, the best player in baseball is in a magazine kissing his reflection in a mirror. That’s funny, it just is.
    Beckett in some trouble here in the second inning, some weak hits are killing him right now.

    LocklandSF March 17, 2009, 1:42 pm
  • Geez, it’s a regular pity party on here today!
    These stupid Twins need to stop getting infield singles. Five hits this inning, and only one of them hard.

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 1:45 pm
  • What’s up Lockland, glad I’m not the only one watching. Beckett’s stuff looks really good; he’s getting plenty of swings-and-misses, and tons of weak ground balls… they’re just all turning into infield singles.
    And finally a double play ends the inning.

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 1:48 pm
  • Holy leprechauns, Varitek homers.

    Atheose March 17, 2009, 1:51 pm
  • Ortiz crushed that, two run homer, 4-3 good guys.

    LocklandSF March 17, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Jacoby goes DEEP!

    LocklandSF March 17, 2009, 2:23 pm
  • Ortiz with another hit, he just looks really comfortable, makes me feel good.

    LocklandSF March 17, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • JBAY!!!! CRUSHED to deep center, over the batter’s eye block, 2 run homer.
    8-3 good guys.

    LocklandSF March 17, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Here’s something actually interesting from a trashy men’s rag:
    Warning! Real world concerns discussed!

    Rob March 17, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • Rob-
    here’s a good article for you

    Ric March 17, 2009, 4:11 pm
  • Ya, I mean, I’m an ARod supporter all the way, but stuff like this really asks for it.. day in the park this isn’t..

    Lar March 17, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Good news abounds for the Yankees today, in order of importance:
    Rivera makes a successful 2009 debut
    Posada catches half a game, continuing his on-track recovery
    Edwar pitches another inning, seemingly over his shoulder soreness
    Matsui hit the cover off the ball
    CC pitched extremely well.
    And last but not least, A-Rod comes closer and closer to coming out of the closet. This would solve so many of his PR problems.

    AndrewYF March 17, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Fantastic walk-off win for the USA last night over Puerto Rico. There are some great celebration photos of Jeter and Youkilis tackling/jumping on Wright. Good stuff.

    Atheose March 18, 2009, 7:22 am
  • YIKEs – just saw this at baseball musings:
    La Velle E. Neal rounds up the Twins news of the day, but buried deep is speculation about Jonathan Papelbon:
    This has nothing to do with the Twins, but a National League scout who’s recently seen Jonanthan Papelbon pitch expressed concern that the Red Sox closer is battling a shoulder problem. Who knows if it’s true, but it’s worth tracking. And Papelbon may be the kind of pitcher who’s not afraid to pitch with soreness (see Huston Street).

    dw (sf) March 18, 2009, 4:19 pm

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