The Stopper, Inverse Edition: Jays-Sox Gamer IV

Josh Beckett three times has been called upon to stop Boston Red Sox losing streaks, and twice he has risen to the occasion with masterful performances.

Daisuke Matsuzaka today is called upon to keep going the Sox' first winning streak of 2011. Let's just say we're not confident.

We're far more confident, however, in the state of the Red Sox as a whole. The much-maligned offense is bound to start hitting better in the clutch, as we've discussed, and Carl Crawford likewise won't continue to be the worst hitter in the American League. The much-maligned pitching, meanwhile, has been improved of late. Consider these splits:

First five games (0-5 record)

  • Sox OPS: .575
  • Sox ERA: 8.32

Next five games (2-3 record)

  • Sox OPS: .772
  • Sox ERA: 6.14

Last four games (2-2 record)

  • Sox OPS: .712
  • Sox ERA: 3.00        

They're getting better, but it's hard turning the ship around when you've gotten so badly off course. Here's hoping another member of their starting rotation figures things out today. Comment away!

142 comments… add one
  • Can you explain to me why I shouldn’t think Crawford is very overrated and thus very overpaid? When I look at his career stats, and especially OBP, I see a guy who shouldn’t be paid more than JD Drew, let alone paid more than Albert Pujols.
    If you believe Cafardo, the Sox could have had Justin Upton and Pujols (as a free agent) for the same cost as Crawford and Gonzalez.

    James YF April 18, 2011, 10:59 am
  • Your mistake is believing Nick Cafardo about anything. Upton would have cost far more in personnel than Gonzalez did. And where is the guarantee that Pujols will be a free agent next season? The Cardinals can afford him.
    Crawford was essentially tied with Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder as among the top 15-20 hitters in baseball last year, and that’s before you get to talking about his defense. Among outfielders, his offensive contributions ranked behind just Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Holliday, Jayson Werth, Shin Soo Choo and Aubrey Huff. That ranks him as the fourth-best offensive outfielder in the AL for 2010.
    On defense, Crawford was the second-best outfielder in all of baseball, according to UZR, and fourth-best as rated by DRS. Put it together, and Crawford was baseball’s ninth-most valuable player in 2010 and fourth-most valuable outfielder.
    If you’re looking at his career stats and see a .335 OBP, then sure, that’s unimpressive. Of course, Crawford is also just 29, debuted at age 20, and has posted an OBP of .350 or better in his last two seasons and four of his last five. Since 2005, his OPS has been .800-.830-.820-.718-.816-.851.
    Unless the argument is that Crawford is going to have another awful year like he did in 2008, he clearly is more like a .350/.475 hitter at the plate with elite defense. That’s worth more than $20 million in today’s market.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:19 am
  • Daisuke looked good in the first. Fastball was hitting 91-93 with some good movement. Maybe the Sox should just give him a week between starts all the time…

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:20 am
  • Drew with the leadoff triple! There we go!

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:20 am
  • I think that means Drew officially eclipses Papi’s active streak of most consecutive seasons with at least one triple

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:21 am
  • Ugh. Gonzo strikes out after a Pedroia walk. Some year, we’ll see the new acquisitions start to hit the way we know they can…
    The way this season’s gone, I fully expect Youk to line into a DP.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:27 am
  • Or Youkilis will strike out, too. We have to bring in the man from third with nobody out. Good grief. Up to Papi. He’s hit Romero well, but 20 ABs of success versus many more ABs of suck against lefties? Not optimistic.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:29 am
  • Ortiz walks. Loaded up for Lowrie, the only hitter besides Pedroia who seems to realize spring training is over.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:32 am
  • LOWRIE with the two-run single!!!!

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:32 am
  • “Of course, Crawford is also just 29, debuted at age 20, and has posted an OBP of .350 or better in his last two seasons and four of his last five. Since 2005, his OPS has been .800-.830-.820-.718-.816-.851…That’s worth more than $20 million in today’s market.”
    Yeah, this is the point I don’t get. A corner OF who rarely tops a .825 OPS? And saying he’s been in the league for nine year hardly suggests he’ll be getting better anytime soon. His BABIP was also .342 last year. His “best season” was driven by luck.
    We’ll have to agree to disagree. Drew has been just about worth his contract. Time will tell if Crawford is good on his. I’ll leave you guys alone. Enjoy the game.

    James YF April 18, 2011, 11:32 am
  • I’ll wait a few more games before I pass judgment on Crawford. His body of work prior to this season is too solid for me to believe he’ll be a bust.
    And although I won’t call that at-bat a success, I’ll call it a relative positive. Seven pitches before he popped out. He hasn’t seen seven pitches too often this season. could be a sign he’s close to breaking out.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 11:40 am
  • It feels like it’s gotta be just around the corner for both him and Gonzalez, who has been better but not nearly the beast he should be.
    At the risk of jinxing him, Matsuzaka is looking really good.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:42 am
  • And saying he’s been in the league for nine year hardly suggests he’ll be getting better anytime soon.
    I meant that his career numbers are depressed by time spent in the league when he was much younger than most players.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:44 am
  • Ick. As soon as I say that, he looks wild as anything on three straight pitches and misses the corner on Ball 4.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:45 am
  • Fastball is sailing on him now. He seems to have lost whatever feel he had the first four or five batters.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:46 am
  • Hey, the Red Sox have a chance to do what the Yankees have yet to do this season – win three games in a row. Does that mean they’re better than them again? Ah, the travails of baseball in April.
    (Funnily enough, a quick definition search on ‘travails’ reveals it can mean ‘the pains of childbirth’. How fitting!)

    AndrewYF April 18, 2011, 11:47 am
  • JD Drew’s salary has zero to do with Carl Crawford’s salary. The contracts were signed in two different markets and are thus irrelevant for comparison. Utterly.
    One can question whether Crawford was worth the money (though maybe two weeks isn’t enough time to decide?) but to compare to a player signed under different circumstances in another market is fruitless.

    SF April 18, 2011, 11:48 am
  • Gets out of it with the flyout. Matsuzaka was locating better toward the end of that at bat to Encarnacion. 41 pitches through two. Looking like another five- or six-inning start.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:49 am
  • Drew draws the two-out walk. He likes Romero, apparently.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:54 am
  • Walk to JD, then Pedey with the slash through the right side of the infield, 1/2 and two down.

    SF April 18, 2011, 11:56 am
  • Gonzalez really looks like he is trying to pull everything. Both swings on this at-bat were dead pull swings. Where’s that opposite field savvy?

    SF April 18, 2011, 11:57 am
  • And then the backwards K. Not a good at-bat from AG at all.

    SF April 18, 2011, 11:58 am
  • That last swing looked like he’s a little messed up. Looked like a pitch he could have handled… And now takes strike three right on the black.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 11:58 am
  • Sox again doing what has made them frustrating so far. Lots of early noise followed by letting the pitcher off the hook twhen they have a chance to bury him.
    Arrrgh.
    (Scott Brown, he of the love-hate relationship with teabaggers, now in the Sox radio booth. Wheee! No idea where he parked his pick-up.)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:01 pm
  • The first 1-2-3 inning for Matsuzaka. Baby steps.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:05 pm
  • A couple of popouts and a strikeout. Quick inning for Dice. He’s having quite the outing thus far.
    I don’t get too mad when the Sox don’t capitalize on baserunners when they get on with two outs, though you’d like to see Gonzalez do more damage than a three-pitch strikeout. Nearly squandering Drew’s leadoff triple, on the other hand… that would have been pretty bad.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:07 pm
  • Here in Chicagoland, it’s 36 and snow is in the forecast. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
    Beats tornados.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:07 pm
  • Youks doubles off the top of the bullpen wall in right. Almost a homer.
    (Dewey woulda caught that.)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:09 pm
  • 99 degrees here in Texas today.
    Youk tags one and juuuuust misses a homer. Off the top of the bullpen wall.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:10 pm
  • Just came in. Three scoreless innings from our Japanese phenom?

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:10 pm
  • Indeed. He’s looked pretty good, too. Life on the fastball and velo back into the low 90s.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:11 pm
  • Youkilis couldn’t see the ball and doesn’t advance. Bummer.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:12 pm
  • Men’s marathon winner – a Kenyan, of course – sets course record at 2:03.02.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:12 pm
  • Ortiz drives him home with a single through the shift!

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:13 pm
  • My MLBtv conked out, and I can’t see anything. And MLB’s website is way behind. But it appears that Papi drove in Youk, so 3-0!

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:13 pm
  • It’s back and Lowrie is still on fire. A single pushes Papi to second.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:13 pm
  • Jed Lowrie – Hit Machine!!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:14 pm
  • Papi singles home Youks. 3-0. Then Lowrie singles to rise his average to .500 (14-28). Two on 1 run in, none out.
    Carl? What say you?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:14 pm
  • Apparently not through the shift. The Jays weren’t shifting with the runner at second, I guess, and Papi grounds a single past the diving 1B into right.
    And now Lowrie with ANOTHER line-drive hit. Two on, still no outs.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:14 pm
  • Crawford looking a tad lost.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:15 pm
  • Good time for Crawford to break out here. Not exactly sure what he was doing with that bunt attempt though.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:15 pm
  • #understatement

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:15 pm
  • Aaaaaand another pop-out for Carl.
    Joe Castig says he looked off-stride on a breaking pitch.
    Again.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:16 pm
  • Another popup. He is alllll kinds of messed up.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:16 pm
  • It’s gotta be all about confidence at this point.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:17 pm
  • Tek grounds out too softly for the DP. Corners with two out now for Ellsbury, who is swinging a good bat the last few games.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:18 pm
  • I agree. Crawford’s at the stage of the slump where he’s lost confidence in his mechanics, his judgment, pretty much everything. You can tell he’s totally lost at the plate.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:19 pm
  • Major job for Dave Magadan, righting Crawford.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:23 pm
  • Sox already w/ 6 LOBs, 2-9 w RISP.
    If Crawford is batting with confidence, Romero is already out of this game.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:24 pm
  • Scott Brown is such a d*uche. It’s like he’s on auto-pilot and can’t speak like a normal human being. He might as well be in a recording booth, not at Fenway.
    He’s speaking about a good cause, but his delivery is like a robot.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:24 pm
  • They should make Crawford bat righty for a few at-bats. For real. Make him forget what he does from the left side for a few swings. He’ll fail, but he might clear his brain.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:25 pm
  • Amazingly, on neither of Carl’s pop-outs did Joe Castig give us his famouos, “Swing and a pop-up.”
    He only does that when the Sox are trailing.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:25 pm
  • Meanwhile, Matsuzaka has given us four strong innings, 64 pitches. His ERA is down to 8.18. Wake the kids and call the neighbors.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:29 pm
  • Brown should send a check to Martha every month as a thanks to her for running such a horrendous campaign. …
    And another hit for Drew.
    I’m calling a Gonzo homer.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:31 pm
  • A hit for JD, and Romero is about to throw his 80th pitch (in 3+). So that’s a good result so far, in addition to the three run lead.
    Come on, Pedey!

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:31 pm
  • Drew on base three times today. Good to see him get going, too.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:31 pm
  • Exactly, IBM. I can’t see him without thinking of how amazingly awful Martha Coakley’s campaign was to let a Tea Party-supported candidate win in Massachusetts.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:32 pm
  • Pedey flies to center – looked like he wanted to hit that one to the Hancock.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:32 pm
  • Youk lucky on the non-strike call there, but pops out on the bonus pitch. One more LOB.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:35 pm
  • That’s seven LOB thru four.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:36 pm
  • Gonzo Ks.
    That’s what I get for taking a leak during his at-bat.

    Here in the Chicago burbs, we had a centrist Democratic congressman, Bill Foster (who had won Denny Hastert’s old seat when Hastert “retired” after the GOP lost the House) get his clock cleaned by a teabagger who painted Foster as a far-leftist.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:37 pm
  • I guess we understand why Drew was leading off today. So I snuck out of the office and headed to the bar to watch the game, so this might be the Stella talking, but I’m very confident in this team, despite the start.

    LocklandSF April 18, 2011, 12:38 pm
  • Randy Hultgren, a complete d*uche.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:38 pm
  • Pete Abes wrote last night that a Japanese reporter told him Matsuzaka said he was really nervous about his start today.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:40 pm
  • I like the nervous Matsusaka.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:43 pm
  • Well, down here we’ve got the guy tied for the most conservative member of the House, and the president of the local Tea Party has decided the mayor is too… nonpartisan? I don’t know. Anyway, she’s running against him because apparently we need more crazy in local government, too.
    On the other hand, Matsuzaka has retired 10 batters in a row. I’ve got to go to a meeting, so they’ll have to keep winning without me. Good chatting, guys.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 12:44 pm
  • JED.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:47 pm
  • The Hit Machine again!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:47 pm
  • Ladies and Gentlemen: JED FUCKING LOWRIE!!!
    Home run! 5-0!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:47 pm
  • Crawford at least gets a ball out of the infield. Small mercies.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:49 pm
  • Carl flies out to left. So at least he got it out of the infield.
    Almost WTP.
    Baby steps.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:49 pm
  • Carl just softly lined one towards left, and the lowered expectations now set that liner as a MAJOR improvement. Off the bat I thought it was a wallball.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:49 pm
  • MLBtv’s service is terrible today.

    SF April 18, 2011, 12:50 pm
  • Lowrie, Papi now tied for team lead w/ 9 RBI.
    Romero gone after 110 pitches. Luis Perez coming on for his second career major league appearance.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:52 pm
  • We need audio of the fuzzy little foreigner screaming “Carl!” at Carl Spackler.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:53 pm
  • Actually my expectations regarding Carl Crawford have not been lowered. I still fully expect him to have a good season.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 12:56 pm
  • Agreed, pbe.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 12:59 pm
  • Joe C just confirmed that Jayson Nix is not related to Stevie Nicks.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:00 pm
  • Great inning from Matsusaka!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:01 pm
  • Jeez, I blinked and Dice was through the sixth. Nice.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:02 pm
  • In the 6th, Matsuzaka retires the side on 5 pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:02 pm
  • I meant lowered expectations for the at-bat, not for the season. Certainly he’s not inspiring short-term confidence.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:02 pm
  • I understood that you meant the at-bat, SF. Just wanted to point out that I still have confidence in him. Slumps happen, he will get through it.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:04 pm
  • Matsuzaka’s ERA now below 7.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:05 pm
  • YOUK!!!
    That was absolutely muscled the opposite way, into the bullpen.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:09 pm
  • Youk with a two-run dinger!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:09 pm
  • YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKS!
    Opposite-field homer! 7-0!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:09 pm
  • Wow. He crushed that.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:10 pm
  • Ok, so three innings left. Besides closing out the game, all I want from the last three innings is for Crawford to do something applause-worthy so the fans give him a nice cheer and that’s his last memory heading out of town for the road trip.
    And ANOTHER hit for Jed.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:12 pm
  • ANOTHER hit for Jed!
    He’s 4-for-4.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:12 pm
  • Lowrie again! Unbelievable!!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:12 pm
  • Carl!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • Hot CARL!!!!

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • Crawford gets a standing O..

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • Wish fulfilled, SF!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • Wall ball for CARL!!!!!!
    RBI and it’s 8-0!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
  • And he gets a nice ovation!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:14 pm
  • That’s what we meant. I like seeing Crawford slap it to left.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:14 pm
  • Dotel coming in for the Sox. If you want to see something cruel, check out the sponsor banner for Dotel’s BR page.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:15 pm
  • “all I want from the last three innings is for Crawford to do something applause-worthy so the fans give him a nice cheer and that’s his last memory heading out of town for the road trip.”
    You got your wish, SF.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:15 pm
  • Meant to say coming in to face the Sox.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:16 pm
  • Is it too much to ask to see Carl steal third? (Yes, I know it’s 8-0, but the sox are 4-10.)
    Too late, Tek Ks.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:17 pm
  • Wish came true, though Carl may have another at-bat now so this may not be the last thing he does before heading out of town!

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:18 pm
  • “If you want to see something cruel, check out the sponsor banner for Dotel’s BR page.”
    Disappointing that BR would allow that.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:20 pm
  • Another easy one for Matsusaka.

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:25 pm
  • this is a one-hitter, everyone. What an absolute surprise.

    SF April 18, 2011, 1:25 pm
  • My favorite Sock finds the pen.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:31 pm
  • Jacoby slugs another home run!

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:31 pm
  • AG got a good hold of that one.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:34 pm
  • Reluctant as I am to make such proclamations so early, I will say one thing: Toronto has clearly distinguished itself as the worst team in the division.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:35 pm
  • Looks like Patterson wanted nothing to do with the fence at the pen. I understand that one.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:35 pm
  • Carl will get another at-bat.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:36 pm
  • Aceves on for Matsuzaka.
    D-Mac on for JD.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:39 pm
  • > Toronto has clearly distinguished itself as the worst team in the division
    Maybe. Give the Rays a chance to change your mind.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:39 pm
  • You could be right, gerb, if Longo has a lengthy stay on the DL.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:41 pm
  • Snider was safe, but what a great move by Lowrey to grab that ball kicking away from him on the run and make a strong throw.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:42 pm
  • I need to learn how to spell “Lowrie.” Lawrey? Luau? Lou Reed?

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:43 pm
  • Sheriff Lobo?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:45 pm
  • Lowrie Ks on 3 pitches.
    Carl? What say you?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:48 pm
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt? And then he Ks. Sorry.. didn’t mean to jinx it.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:49 pm
  • Carl grounds out up the middle on a nice play by McDonald.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:52 pm
  • Here’s Wakefield.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:52 pm
  • Today was the Patriot’s Day game? Shit, I didn’t know. Just turned it on.
    Daisuke with a one-hitter after 7? Goddamn.

    Atheose - SF April 18, 2011, 1:53 pm
  • There goes the shut-out …

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:54 pm
  • Bare-handed grab-and-throws on a full run boggle my mind. I am unable to conceive of such coordination.
    Once, I caught two beer bottles sliding off the trunk of a Buick, one in each hand. Then I retired.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:55 pm
  • So that’s what, 16 straight batters retired by Daisuke? Insane.
    And there’s a homer given up by Wake, their first baserunner since the 2nd.

    Atheose - SF April 18, 2011, 1:55 pm
  • Ball game. Congrats, Sox fans.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 1:56 pm
  • A very satisfying series even though they should have swept.
    And I guess we don’t trade Daisuke just yet, Pete? (Not that Theo would do it.)

    pale blue eyes April 18, 2011, 1:56 pm
  • Sweeeeeeeeeet, told ya I was feelin’ it on Saturday.

    Devine April 18, 2011, 1:58 pm
  • Don’t look now, folks, but your Rod Socks have a 3-game winning streak.
    Now it’s off to Oakland to face the good-pitching Athletics.
    Tomorrow it’s Anderson v. Lackey.
    Have the Sox ever beaten Anderson?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:58 pm
  • Rod Socks. Good God.
    Clearly I meant to type Rad Sex.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 1:59 pm
  • Ellsbury leads the team in homers. Ellsbury.

    Atheose - SF April 18, 2011, 1:59 pm
  • > Ellsbury
    My MFRS makes 2.4M this year, arb eligible in ’12, FA in ’14. He’s with Boras.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 2:05 pm
  • YFRS? Why?
    These home runs, while good for the team in the moment, are the worst thing for Ellsbury in my opinion. They make him think he’s a home run hitter, which he is not. His swing is not what it should be for his skillset. He swings off his back heels every time, and he doesn’t put the ball in play like he should with his legs.
    I think he could be fantastic, but he appears, to me, to be stubborn beyond belief. The homers likely reinforce his own mistaken perception of what kind of player he should be.

    SF April 18, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • Nice win, but the Sox win pct. is only .333.
    Baby steps.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 2:12 pm
  • Yes, IBM. We’ve won three in a row, the pitching has looked good, the bats came alive, we’re on a streak, and…
    we’re still five games under .500 with John Lackey taking the hill on the West Coast. Not exactly the stuff of juggernauts. Tempered enthusiasm with a healthy dose of skepticism is in order.

    SF April 18, 2011, 2:13 pm
  • I agree on Ellsbury, SF. He needs to be focusing on getting on base and then stealing bases, not hitting homers.

    Atheose - SF April 18, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • MFRS: Why?
    Because he’s an Oregon kid who played for the Beavers in Corvallis.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2011, 2:52 pm
  • From the globe this morning:
    Ellsbury, who hit two home runs in spring training, isn’t sure whether this power surge will last.
    “Just trying to square the ball up and trying to hit the ball hard,’’ he said. “Keep things simple.’’

    Doesn’t sound like a kid trying to hit home runs. The Sox have always believed Ellsbury could have Damon-esque, 20-HR power as he matured physically.

    Paul SF April 18, 2011, 3:17 pm
  • Ellsbury’s swing belies his own claims. I have watched the majority of his at-bats this season, and while his home run yesterday was majestic (he’s no Duane Kiper) he should be watching Ichiro, nobody else.
    Now my eyes could be lying, I realize this, but I liken Ellsbury’s comment to a pitcher in the eighth inning telling the manager, who takes the ball after 122 pitches, “I’m ok, skip – I ain’t tired”. I don’t believe the player. He may think he’s “just trying to square up” but the bat could be on the wrong plane entirely when it gets square. Sometimes he does well – he’s talented after all. But the philosophy, to these eyes, just looks wrong to me.

    SF April 18, 2011, 3:49 pm
  • I wish the Yankees had the same problem with Brett Gardner that you seem to have with Jacoby Ellsbury…

    IronHorse (YF) April 18, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Ellsbury hitting homers reminds me of:
    1. Corey Patterson as a Cub
    2. Willie “Mays” Hayes doing push-ups
    Slap ’em & leg ’em, Ells.
    Horse: Gardy will be fine. It’s April. I refuse to believe last year was the anomaly.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 18, 2011, 11:47 pm

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