Sox-Jays Game III Post-Mortem

A few things, quickly.

  • Dave Pauley didn’t pitch "great" last night, as some people have said around these parts.  In fact, he didn’t even pitch "ok".  He pitched quite terribly, in fact.  11 hits, 3 walks, a hit batsman, all in 4.2 innings.  Only timely double play balls (including one spectacular play from AG and one poor call from the ump) saved him from ignominy, Sox’ errors notwithstanding.  This is the MCE, or "Matt Clement Effect", where if a starter guts it out for almost 5 innings and gets a couple of big outs we suddenly think he’s decent.
  • Van Buren and Delcarmen: very nice work, last night and in the series in general.  Tito showed faith in them, and he was rewarded.  Could this be a harbinger of a nice bullpen, or just a flash of potential amidst some more growing pains? A pretty well managed game last night, except for:
  • Youk batting 5th.  I hate it.  He’s the best OBP guy, sees the most pitches.  Why is he batting behind the guys who should be driving him in? And:
  • The Pauley slow hook.  Two batters too many.  We forgive Tito, they won.
  • The injury bug: did it bite Lowell?  What are we, the ancient, crippled, decrepit Yankees? Oy.
6 comments… add one
  • Pauley didn’t pitch very well, yes, but considering he never pitched over AA, first time in the show, I would have to say he did better than I really had expected, he had some good pitches, in fact some of his stuff was filthy, some of those hits were pretty lucky to sneak in some holes, and for the most part he kept the ball on the ground.
    I ask you this, after last night, at this point, would you rather have Clement in the game of Pauley?
    For me, I’m leaning towards Pauley.

    LocklandSF June 1, 2006, 9:19 am
  • Right. When I said “the kid did great” I didn’t mean it in the “holy crap this kid is going to be the best ever so I’m going to go buy his shirt immediately” great. Just that under the circumstances, he did alright. It certainly could have been worse. But you’re right that we’re almost conditioned to say a guy is awesome for getting out of the 5th “only” giving up 4 or 5 runs. Love your “Matt Clement Effect.” That’s comedy.

    cjf June 1, 2006, 9:25 am
  • I think this Pauley kid can eventually be as effective as Chein-Mien-Wang. Great sinker, he has great stuff, but that’s not his problem. I was watching him and he appears to get rattled. I realize it’s his big leasgue debut, but if he lets his nerves affect his pitching he’s gonna need a Xanax when he takes the mound in Yankee Stadium next week.

    bloodyank78 June 1, 2006, 11:08 am
  • “What are we, the ancient, crippled, decrepit Yankees? Oy.”

    Average age of the starting 9 hitters in the Yankees lineup last night: 30.2 years.
    Average age of the starting 9 hitters in Boston’s lineup last night: 31.0 years.
    So, umm… hmm. What was the question?
    Then again, NY sent an ancient, decrepit, 37 year old Moose to the mound whereas Boston sent a 22 year old bright-eyed young buck. Guess one must to respect one’s elders, at least some of the time. Before they get carted off to a home I suppose.

    attackgerbil June 1, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Key words there, AG: “in the Yankees line up last night”.

    airk June 1, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Airk, too true. I had to take advantage of it when I could.

    attackgerbil June 1, 2006, 4:48 pm

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