Sox-Jays Postmortem I: A Tale of Two Pens

(Apologize for the lateness of this, but thunderstorms kept me offline all last night)

Odd how this game works. The Sox completed a four-game sweep against the Devil Rays, and I felt awful. Last night, the Sox lost the first game of a road trip to a team they can’t seem to beat, and I felt pretty good. Why? Well, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to tie it in the eighth is pretty nice, and take a look at this pitching line:

3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

That’s the combined line of Jermane Van Buren and Manny Delcarmen, who weren’t lights-out but were effective in keeping a potent Toronto lineup at bay. This is the bullpen of the future, and the future looked awfully bright last night. If we can get these guys regular work so they don’t become rusty over the rest of the season, they can be incredibly valuable during the stretch run. Not so impressive last night:

4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

That’s the combined line of our pitching staff of the present — Matt Clement and David Riske, who took the loss by giving the Jays the lead right back while getting just two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Riske I think just needs to get some innings in so he can get more consistent. Clement just needs to be gotten the heck out of Boston — by any means possible. I’d be surprised if he’s allowed to make another start.

8 comments… add one

  • Paul, with Wells scratched from his next start, I am curious if Boston will bring up a starter from Pawtucket or elsewhere, especially a lefty. Alvarez, Breslow, Lester?
    I wonder if Boston has shown interest to the Marlins for Dontrelle Willis.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • I don’t think the sox have any choice but to go with of the youngsters in place of Wells Thursday. DiNardo is on the DL.
    Lester started and pitched 5+ innings on Sunday, so it seems doubtful he would get called up to start on 4 days rest. Ginter started Monday, so he’s out, too. Hansen would work out, time-wise, but has yet to go more than 4 innings in a start. My money is on Alvarez.

    airk May 30, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • I think Alvarez is the answer, at least right now. If Wells can come back, then great. If not, Alvarez is a great option until we’re ready to put Lester or Ginter in there full-time.
    If Clement is DLed, however, it seems Epstein will be desperate for a starter. It’s pretty unrealistic to expect two hastily called-up minor leaguers to be pleasant surprises. But then his situation is like the Yankees’. Other teams will know how desperate he is and ask for no less than Lester, Delcarmen, Pedroia AND another prospect (assuming a Zito/Willis return). They might anyway.

    Paul SF May 30, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • Well, Alvarez couldn’t pitch tomorrow because the Sox need to wait 10-days until they bring him back up (his 10th day would be tomorrow). They would have needed to put Wells on the DL for that 10-day rule to be waived.
    It would seem they’ve decided to go with Dave Pauley, who’s never pitched above Double-A.
    Whooo boy. Looks like it’ll be an interesting week.

    Kluv May 30, 2006, 5:07 pm
  • One “prospect” that is no longer an option is Roger Clemens. Unfortunately for YFs everywhere, the Yankees aren’t getting him either.
    Newsday has the story.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • It would definately seem that Clemens used the other three teams to get a favorable contract. Looks like the Sox are going to look at Lohse

    Rob May 30, 2006, 5:17 pm
  • I thought Clemens would stay with Houston. I’m not crazy about trading any prospects for Lohse, and it appears that something is wrong with Dontrelle. Given our current shortage of starters, I think Clement may get another start. Short term, things are grim,but with the young arms in the minors we may be better off not making any hasty moves.

    Anonymous May 30, 2006, 5:25 pm
  • I don’t know why anyone would jump for Dontrelle. He’s been awful this season, and coming to AL would only compound the problems. Granted if the price is right, it might a decent deal, but not if it means giving up half your farm system.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 5:43 pm

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