They’re Going Streakin’!

The Yanks are on a major roll, the Sox (despite last night’s barftastic effort) have done a pretty decent job fending them off.  Both teams have leads tonight against lesser opponents (though Papelbon’s in a minor jam in the 4th at the moment).  Treat this as your Tuesday night game thread.  And keep it clean.  Sort of.

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  • Sox offense regressing to the mean…

    SF August 16, 2005, 8:55 pm
  • Check that. Below the mean.

    SF August 16, 2005, 8:56 pm
  • That’s the eleventh straight game the Sox bullpen has given up a run. Wow.
    Luckily, Alan Trammel is an idiot, and helps keep the Sox in the game by taking out Robertson.

    Earl August 16, 2005, 9:17 pm
  • How long before Remlinger is DFA’d? Any guesses?

    Sox Fan in VT August 17, 2005, 3:20 am
  • He’s already DOA. Just have to change one letter, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Not Theo’s best acquisition.

    SF August 17, 2005, 6:43 am
  • What a swing of events, though! Never turn off the telly when Papi walks up to the plate. Or at least don’t let Tivo automatically switch it to the scheduled recording of the “Real World”. Lesson learned. Nice win, especially when coupled with the calamity down in Tampa. We can ignore Remlinger’s mop-up job to be honest, since he’s gone by tomorrow, I predict.
    The award for “Best Props to a Lesser Opponent” goes to Mike Kay and Ken Singleton, who talked about Eduardo Perez after the game like he was the second coming of Hank Aaron, a guy you just cannot make the slightest error when pitching to.

    SF August 17, 2005, 6:50 am
  • I was watching the game with my sister last night, and she actually got up and left the room when Remlinger came on. I had never SEEN him pitch before, but I have to say I was not impressed. Friend of Clement’s or not, He is definitely out the door.
    Also out the door may be our good friend Mark Bellhorn. Maybe Theo can work out a waiver deal with someone for a left handed reliever who is actually good at getting outs?

    Bosoxfan August 17, 2005, 8:50 am
  • Theo’s good, but he’s not that good. Who in their right mind would give him a quality lefty reliever for Bellhorn? He’s got no leverage and the Sox are a first place club. Not gonna happen.

    SF August 17, 2005, 9:23 am
  • Someone please explain to me why RJ couldn’t have pitched one more inning before Gordon pitched the 9th? And what about F Rodriguez? Why do the Yanks need to lean on Mo (who’s starting to be overused) for two nights in a row to beat the Devil Rays? Is there really no one in the organization who can close a game out against the second-worst team in the AL??
    We’ve all seen what happens when Mo is overused in the regular season – he has no gas left in the tank come October.
    And the less said about double-agent Embree and No-Location Proctor, the better. What an absolute joke. They don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

    Sam August 17, 2005, 9:55 am
  • And Torre rolled some dice, he was man enough to admit, by intentionally loading the bases in the 11th, with 2 down! I wonder if Baseball Prospectus has some sort of database showing how many times managers have intentionally loaded the bases, putting a game-ender at third, and have had this end in a loss via a wild pitch or forced-in run. In my mind it’s a highly questionable move, even with a guy like Huff coming up. It just puts that much more pressure on a guy like Proctor. Personally, I wouldn’t do it. But I wonder about the actual statistical analysis, as my gut could be counter to the “correct” play.

    SF August 17, 2005, 10:03 am
  • My thoughts exactly, SF. The decision to load the bases was especially dubious given Proctor’s problems with control. And in general the move seems to backfire more often than not. I wonder what the statistical analysis is as well.
    I agree with Sam. Torre, as he did last year, continues to be very uncreative in his use of the pen. The truly unforgiveable decisions come in 3 and 4 run games, when Torre,for reasons unknown, decides to put Gordon or Sturtze in the game.Most famously was his decision last year to throw Gordon into game 3 against the Sox. I still am wondering what that was about.
    Sam, you forgot to bring up Torre’s misuse of Womack, that is the fact that Giambi did not bat once in a game that went to 11 innings, while Woemack wasted away key at bats. Womack shouldn’t be playing at the major league level. If he does, he should be used only as a pinch runner.

    Nick August 17, 2005, 10:33 am
  • Good point, Nick. Womack is a free out. Worse, he doesn’t even look like he cares too much. Another example (along with K Brown) of The Cashman getting a free pass for his appalling decisions.
    As for loading the bases: what makes it worse is that Proctor is not only inexperienced, but he’s notorious for having location problems even at the best of times. While he was busy walking Huff, Jim Kaat said that the plan could backfire because, having walked two players in a row, Proctor might have problem finding the strike zone again. And so it came to pass…
    A manager should really bear that sort of thing in mind.
    After last night, the Yanks could/should have been 2.5 games back, and .5 behind the A’s. Instead, Big Papi comes through, the bullpen implodes, and we’re back where we started.

    Sam August 17, 2005, 11:04 am
  • I think I’m dreaming… Mike Remlinger just had a 1-2-3 inning! Of course, i still don’t think he should have been putin the game, but I trust Tito (sometimes).

    Laura August 17, 2005, 3:37 pm
  • I think I’m dreaming… Mike Remlinger just had a 1-2-3 inning! Of course, I still don’t think he should have been put in the game, but I trust Tito (sometimes).

    Laura August 17, 2005, 3:38 pm
  • Oops. Sorry. I really, really hate my computer.

    Laura August 17, 2005, 3:38 pm
  • Blech. The Sox should have been swept. By the Tigers. A terrible start to the road trip, and it doesn’t get any easier with the Angels. Then it’s the Royals, who are, shall we say, due? Thank god for last night’s big pendulum job. The Sox are playing terrible baseball again, and at a really bad time.

    SF August 17, 2005, 4:09 pm
  • Big Joe took a gamble and lost. I think he was trying to give Proctor confidence so that he could use him later in the year in big situations. But in the end what a lousy loss.
    However, Joe has been a great manager for us, and he has led this team to many more victories than losses. They feed off him.
    But last night, starting in the second Sterling and Waldman kept on saying, The Yankees are going to pay for not driving in those runs and putting the game away. They were right.
    Re Womack: Yes, he’s had a terrible year, but let’s not act like Sox fans, making him a worthless reprobate just because he’s had a bad year. If he doesn’t belong in the major leagues, how did he beat us in the World Series?

    john yf August 17, 2005, 4:24 pm
  • Tigers 6 Red Sox 5
    Boomer gives up 5 in the first.
    Boomer’s had a very good year. That’s not surprising. But I still think he’s going to have a physical meltdown. He refuses to take care of himself and is just lucky that he was blessed with a great arm.
    If he does, is Schilling going to be able to step into the rotation? I don’t watch Sox games, but I don’t see how pitching one inning a game is building up his arm for starting, and his era is mediocre.
    Why is his era so high? Did the Sox not give him enough time to come back? Is he getting better? And how is Foulke doing?
    These are real questions.

    john yf August 17, 2005, 4:36 pm
  • John yf — you’re absolutely right those are real questions. Assuming they make it to the playoffs (hardly a given), Sox can’t expect to get anywhere without Schilling and Foulke being at at least 80%. At last check they were nowhere close. I don’t think there are many Sox fans out there in denial about this.
    And the Yankees’ problems are pretty enormous as well. A patchwork bullpen with only three reliable pitchers, all of whom are showing serious signs of fatigue; a starting rotation plagued by injuries; and some gaping holes in the lineup.
    Pretty amazing that the 1-2 teams in the AL East, and moreover the 1-2 teams in payroll in all of MLB, have so many obvious issues. Good for baseball, I suppose?

    Earl August 17, 2005, 10:56 pm

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