Sox-Rangers Postmortem I: Bring on The Kid!

Well, the streak had to end sometime. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save, yet still lowered his ERA and improved his winning percentage (1-1, 0.30). I guess we’ll have to start talking about someone else as the best closer in baseball, now that Paps is only saving ballgames at a 95 percent clip. Craig Hansen, however, saw his 2006 ERA begin somewhere near the troposphere, thanks to the one earned run in two-thirds of an inning.

Nevertheless, two wins in two games and a return to first place (assuming the Yankees will hurry up and lose their rain-delayed game in the Bronx) makes one giddy, and Red Sox Nation turns its pitching-starved eyes to the third member of the Holy Trinity — Jon Lester. When Lester pitches tomorrow, he’ll be the eighth rookie the Red Sox have put on the mound this year. I knew the Sox had young pitching depth, but this is ridiculous!

How have they done?

  • Jonathan Papelbon: 1-1, 30 G, 30. 1 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 31 K, 0.30 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 20 SV
  • Jermaine Van Buren: 1-0, 5 G, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 8 BB, 3 K, 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP
  • Manny Delcarmen: 0-0, 8 G, 8.1 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6.48 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
  • David Pauley: 0-1, 2 GS, 11 IP, 8 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 6.55 ERA, 2.18 WHIP
  • Lenny DiNardo: 1-2, 7 G, 5 GS, 25.1 IP, 20 ER, 12 BB, 15 K, 7.11 ERA, 2.05 WHIP
  • Abe Alvarez: 0-0, 1 G, 3 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 12.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP
  • Craig Hansen: 0-0, 1 G, 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 13.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP
  • TOTALS: 3-4, 54 G, 7 GS, 86.1 IP, 43 ER, 34 BB, 60 K, 4.48 ERA, 1.95 WHIP

(Not sure about DiNardo. He’s a rookie by IP, maybe not by days on the roster). The numbers don’t look too great. But, hey, they’re young. And we’ve actually gotten quite a bit of good out of Van Buren and Delcarmen, whose numbers are affected drastically by a small number of poor performances. And of course there’s Pauley.

A great win tonight from one rookie. Here’s hoping the other starts a doubleheader — and his career — on a winning note tomorrow.

5 comments… add one
  • Is it really eight rookies? Wow…had no idea it was that many. Guess I’ve been hearing about most of these guys for so long that I forgot they’ve barely pitched in the big show.
    Some of those numbers are brutal, but they don’t reflect the actual promise I see in some of these guys. Not everyone can jump to the majors and be like Papelbon–he’s set the bar ridiculously high. From the moment he made that spot start against the Twins last year, everyone could tell he was something special. His performance tonight after “blowing it” only hammered that point harder.
    Even if Lester gets shelled tomorrow, it’s still going to be great to see this key cog of the future pitching at Fenway. Win or lose, it’s going to be a good day for the Sox. Can’t wait.

    mouse June 10, 2006, 1:02 am
  • Odds are he gets a standing ovation before he even throws a pitch. Considering that such ovations have brought players near to tears and rattled even Coco Crisp in his first Fenway at-bat, I’m curious how Lester handles the Fenway love. If he performs even halfway decently in the first inning, it will tell us a lot.

    Paul SF June 10, 2006, 1:07 am
  • Well…I’d call the number of rookie pitchers that have thrown a few innings for the Sox both a sign of desperation and evidence of a deep farm system. Everyone in the bullpen not named Timlin or Papelbon has not lived up to their potential, and we need a 5th starter or a trusted long reliever, at least, as well as bullpen help. Clearly, they are looking for options that will work within the system. I’m all for running through a series of pitchers to find someone who can help with the workload, but I reserve judgment to think it’s so great unless one of these call-up pitchers actually helps the Red Sox to win, and consistently. I try to be optimisitic, but that’s the way I see this issue.
    (Not that I’m looking a gift Papelbon in the mouth, but it’s clear we need more pitching, one way or another, through farm system or by trade. However, what that also says is that it’s very nice we’re in first without some of the key cogs we could really use.)

    Devine June 10, 2006, 1:17 am
  • it’s a shame to see no yanks / a’s postmortem. it was a beautiful game in the bronx. there was more trash on the field than a staten island land fill. you could almost smell the urine stench of the big crapple comming through the television. two nites in a row now for the a-rod let down walk to the dugout after striking out for the 3rd out in the ninth. randy seemed to relocate his formally lost self. welcome back to 2nd place, but make sure you keep an eye out for those pesky jays. my cat is no longer acknowledgeing my curtain calls.

    sf rod June 10, 2006, 7:14 am
  • What no Post-mortem for the Yanks, thats okay none needed the pathetic swing that Bernie took to strike with men on base to come back from the deficit they were in spoke volumes. Then on the other hand its amazing they are even at the top of the standings with the line-ups Joe has had to put out there. Seems like they play better baseball when the Daddy Bombers are sitting or on the DL, the Baby Bombers were getting the job done without the huge payroll…….George must be ripping his hair out right about now. If any owner deserves to get his money’s worth, its Steinbrenner.
    So much for the return of the Captain but he has to get a pass on this night since every other night he is beyond stellar. Im sure if he is not just DH’ing, he will be earning his money.

    BlackOps June 10, 2006, 7:40 am

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