The Worst Rotation Ever!: Sox-Royals Gamer II

Because I care that much, I want to alleve Yankee fans’ fears by pointing out the current Red Sox roation:

  1. Curt Schilling (Money)
  2. Josh Beckett (Sometimes Money)
  3. No one.
  4. Jon Lester (Money, But Only With the Bases Loaded)
  5. Kyle Snyder (‘Nuff ‘Ced)

Wakefield had a bone scan today. No word on the results yet. In case it wasn’t before, it’s officially time for Theo to finagle a miracle and get an actual quality starter, not a Livan Hernandez "innings-eater," which is really just a euphamism for "can suck for all nine innings."

Tonight, it’s the boy wonder against the Royals. If he can squirm out of 35 walks a game against the White Sox, surely he should manage a win against the Royals, right? Please, God, let it be so.

Comment away!

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  • It is go time for Lester. We need a good game from him, 7 innings would be nice. No heart attacks or self induced pain by getting the bases loaded to pull his best Houdini impressions tonight.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • Pena and Van Buren up, Harris and Javy Lopez down. We could use a couple Pena bombs to forget that Bronson Arroyo trade.

    NeffSox July 18, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • Exactly. We finally have a power hitter we can tap into. Granted that there is much difference in his strike out performances to that of his power shots. We finally have a big bat to put in the 5 spot at times to try and protect Manny better than he has been.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:05 pm
  • Shee-it. I will be out at dinner tonight so have to monitor the game via blackberry. Two in a row would be nice…

    SF July 18, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • I also like Van Buren. He has had some rough innings, but he is another of our good young arms.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • Underway baby!

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Groundout to start

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Alright Lester. A four pitch walk to the second hitter does not make me feel warm.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • Strike out to Grud(whatever the hell)alanek.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Brown goes down on strikes. Lester pitches good that inning except for the 2nd hitter.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Youk grounds out to 1st to start us off. Maybe, just maybe he needs to head down the batting order for a few games to clear his head. This slump is hurting the offense.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • I feel better about Wily Mo and Jermaine being here — particularly since it’s at the cost of Lopez and Harris.
    The strikeout of Thome will be one of those end-of-season top moments for the Red Sox season, but Lopez didn’t do much for us otherwise. I think Riske would have been better…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Loretta goes down looking at strike three go over the plate.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • It’s clear the Sox are a different team without a productive Youk at the top. Really shows how good a leadoff man he’s been…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Didn’t Riske get clobbered when he came in from the bullpen? I know it was early in the season, but we screwed up letting Myers walk.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Duckworth has an oponenents BA of .341 and an ERA of 5.40. I really hope we are not going to make another scrub look like Cy tonight.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • Riske was injured, got hit hard his first appearance back, then settled in… He was doing pretty well, such as the sample size would allow, when he was traded. The Sox did beat him up when they faced him before the break, but I remember seeing his numbers before that appearance and being impressed — and chagrined…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • And Ortiz strikes out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • I really didi not see to much of him, so I do not remember other than I think his first appearance where he got bruised.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • And Sidney “fat a**” Ponson is getting hit already. Yanks down 3-0.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Another crappy pitcher with a 5+ ERA, another 1-2-3, 2 K inning from the Sox offense. There’s been a lot of that going on this year. Me no likey…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Sidney Ponson is the best thing that’s happened to the Red Sox season thus far (well, maybe not, but you get the point). Only thing better would be if the Yanks keep him around for another three or four starts…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • This is just amazing. it is like we wake up around the 7th inning and go sh**, we’re losing and need to do something about this.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • I agree, I could only hope he remains with them the rest of the season. I really hope he has to make two starts in our five game series.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • There goes Lester’s no-hitter. Damn…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Did you honestly think that was going to happen?

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • No way Torre would allow that to happen. The managers adjust their lineups for series like that. And I think we can all agree that THAT is an important series, certainly much more than a similar series in May…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • True. We could only hope that a rare fever breaks out in the Yanks clubhouse. Similar to the Toronto issue of late.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • lol, No. That’s why I said it…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • 40 pitches for two for Lester. At this rate, he might actually go 6! Imagine that!

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Lester with 3k’s and has lowered his ERA to 2.75

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Imay have to go to and get some mojo going prior to the series. Something along the lines of:
    “May the fleas of 1000 camels infest your jockstrap.”

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Ramirez strikes out. Seems to be a trend growing.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Whew. No runs for Ponson in the second. Take that, haters. I smell a big comeback for Sidney after his mistake in the first. Or at least I smell something…

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • ooooh, we got a hit. Way to go Trot.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Lowell flies out to right.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Trading barbs it is. I really do not like Andy Phillips. Take that. Wait. What?

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • tek grounds out into a FC.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Off to dinner, will return at home with my brand new DSL connection!! :-D
    Let’s hope the Sox remember that they were the league leaders in offense not too long ago, and that the Royals are the league leaders in suckitude. Four strikeouts to the first five batters? Give me a friggin break…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • 2 down for Lester…both of groundouts.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • 3rd out recorded on another ground out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Congrats, Paul! Now you can be depressed at the lack of offense and sketchy starting pitching at many times the speed of dial-up! :)

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Crisp and Gonzo down almost immediately.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • AFLAC: Who was the last Royal to win a GG?
    I’m at a loss.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Saberhagen?

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • I believe so. I do not really recall another pitcher they had worth a crap except Appier.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • They didn’t limit it to pitchers in the question. He’s the only name I could pull out of my foggy head.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Graff walked….Lester still pitching pretty good though.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Sox out of the T4. Lester gives up to walks, but one is gunned down stealing and the other goes down on the inning ending FC.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Saberhagen and Boone both won in 1989. They turned away from the Sox game here so I didn’t see the answer on TV. Did you see it, Rob?

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • No…didn’t see anything. being here in NC I am not seeing to many games unless it is on Fox South or the ESPN/2.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Ortiz down on his second K of the night.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Ramirez flies out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • I talked them into turning NESN on to the tv next to the SEA/NYY game. Now I’m watching four games. Sweet.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Nixon grounds out. Another highly productive inning from the Sox offense.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Rob – just found the answer, it’s Jermaine Dye in 2000.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • lester through 5…67 pitches.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Dye?

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Gold glove…For some reason I thought you typed CG. Duh.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Lowell grounds out. The hit clinic continues!!

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Tek with a double off the monster.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Tek with a double!! Let’s drive him in and have a lead early for the first time in a long time.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Coco strikes out swinging.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • AGon missed that sinker by a lot to K.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Oops.. Coco rather.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • I forgot Dye was a Royal. Before him, it was Saberhagen/Boone.

    attackgerbil July 18, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • A Gon works an 8 pitch AB to single up the middle and drive Tek in. Sox up 1-0. Finally someone delivers tonight.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Duckworth up to 86 pitches.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Youk flies out to center to end the inning.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Nice for Tek there…now swing the bat

    Brad July 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Lester through the 6th…80 pitches. Should be able to pitch another inning.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Papi to the plate. He needs to quit the crap he is doing tonight and make Duckworth his punk.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • his changeup is making Ortiz look silly

    Brad July 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Papi flies out to left. At least he made contact.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Ramirez doubles to left with 2 out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • dejesus is good

    Brad July 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Nixon is drawing an IBB.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Lowell to the plate…make them pay.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • well that worked…

    Brad July 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Lowell flies out to right. 2 runners stranded.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • maybe the Yankees should sign Duckworth, and every other sorry pitcher that has looked good against the Sox in the past week, instead of Ponson.

    Brad July 18, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • I would think that is all for Duckworth. Up to 105 pitches, they should be turning it over to the pen.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • I agree….maybe it is some plan we are trying.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Short leash for Lester. Do not allow this to get out of hand.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Graf walks for KC.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Hansen warming up in the bullpen.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Lester forces Teahan to into inning ending DP.
    Lester 7IP, 1H, 4BB, 4Ks
    very good night for the rook.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Sisco pitching for KC. Strike out Tek on 4 pitches.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Great game from Lester — which, really, it’s the Royals, so that’d be disappointing if it weren’t… Still, those walks are troubling. Gotta bring those down man…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Coco grounds out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • yeah, i think he’s just scared of giving up that big hit, he needs to relax, keep the ball down and let them hit it on the ground to his all star defense behind him

    Brad July 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Gonzo also grounds out… Another hit though… He might be trying to hit .300 this year, just for the heck of it…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Lester pulled his usual. He walked the batters, but wiggled out of it. One caught stealing…get others to hit into DP’s. The one thing about lester is he knows how to induce DP’s.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Lester back out to start the 8th. Not sure if this is wise decision.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Lester back for the 8th?? Wow. Playing with fire here…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • He gets Berroa to fly out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • I missed how Gathright ended up in KC… Was he released or traded or what?

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Gathright tries to bunt and grounds out to third…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Gathright bunts out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Ok, here’s your question:
    Lester’s at 100 pitches even through 8. He has a one-hitter going. Give him a short leash (one baserunner) with Paps warming in the ninth?
    I say yes.

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Buck flies out. The kid sails through the 8th. Do not get stupid Tito.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • He’s also allowed just one baserunner since the 4th, and he’s retired 13 of his previous 13 batters, thanks to the DP…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Unsure…depends on what we do here in the bottom half.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Youk gets it started with the single… 2 for 4 tonight. Maybe he’s coming back around…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • I hope. If we could just drive a run around I would feel better about having Lester head back out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • A long wait with 1 or zero runs, and I lift him… But 2 or 3 runs here (or a quick zero) I think is worth giving him that short leash…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Good move by Loretta to move Youk into scoring position.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Papi getting the IBB. Manny needs to hurt someone’s feelings.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • M-Lor bunts, and the Royals intentionally walk Ortiz to face Manny…
    At what point is Manny gonna get pissd enough to start hitting home runs in these situations? Thus far, he’s been rewarding teams who pull this crap against him? I’ve never heard of a team intentionally walking someone to face a HOF hitter and one of the best RBI men of all time…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Manny has no one hitting behind him to change the pitches he sees. Really is frustarting for him I am sure….and he grounds into a DP.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • But instead, he grounds into the double play. Exactly the worst possible outcome of sending a .300 hitter/contact guy up to bunt with no one out and Papi on deck… You get one out, and open the base for a walk and a potential double play…
    Will it be Lester?

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Nope, GameCast says Papelbon. Can’t fault that decision at all — although how cool would it have been for the kid to pitch a CG 1-hitter in his sixth start?

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Gamecast is showing Paps headed in.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • I agree, some of the choices of late are not smart. We have only 6 hits tonight. The offense is sucking pretty bad lately.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Papelbon gets the K, 1 down!

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Paps rings the first one up.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • 2 down on a ground out.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Matt Stairs, first pitch swinging, grounds to first… Two down…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Paps closes it out on a ground out. in the process he lowers his ERA to a respectable 0.55.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Game!! Awesome!
    Fantastic performance from Lesterbon — 1 hit, 5 Ks. Our offense should do better than that, but winning a 1-0 game is quite exhilerating…

    Paul SF July 18, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • 2 SO’s in one week. No real offense in week. Not sure if I liked the earlier method, give up runs, score more than them. Or this crap. No offense.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Game took about 2 hours and 25 minutes. Game went really fast considering some of the drawn out games we have had lately. Bullpen with the exception of Paps gets the night off.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Lester improves to 5-0 with a very good performance. The kid is acting like a seasoned pitcher.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • yeah, he looked pretty good. Better each time I think.

    Brad July 18, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Perhaps Tito should have Lester give Clement heart and gut-check classes in the bullpen in between starts.

    Rob July 18, 2006, 9:43 pm

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