To Catch A Thief: WalkerFree-Runner Texas Rangers-Sox Gamer II

Matt Harrison faces the Sox while Josh Beckett takes the mound against Texas.  Comment away.

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  • Just to seal off the essential uselessness of UZR over small samples – as a team, Boston is a “plus”, near the top actually, and the Yankees are near the bottom.
    Sorry, but UZR is an extremely silly statistic, and hopefully it will soon be replaced by something that’s actually useful.

    AndrewYF April 21, 2010, 7:43 pm
  • I should also say that UZR’s formula has been “updated”, and as it turns out, Jason Bay was actually a plus in the field last year, and Ellsbury was actually a -10 instead of a -18.
    So any past valuations on these players, such as WAR, have been pretty much invalidated.
    Hooray for relying on extremely suspect statistics for definitive valuation! I’m looking at you, WAR.

    AndrewYF April 21, 2010, 7:47 pm
  • Beckett – 3 hits, 4 walks thru 2. Yeah, it’s the catcher.
    Please. This team sucks eggs on every level right now.

    SF April 21, 2010, 7:49 pm
  • Anyone else using mlb.tv? My feed keeps going out. I’m getting the “Game is temporarily unavailable” error on my PC, though my iPhone is streaming it through mlb.tv just fine.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:04 pm
  • “Yeah, it’s the catcher.”
    Nice strawman. The bit you’re missing is the Sox pitching has a lot room to improve. The Sox catching doesn’t.
    Speaking of UZR, those adjustments also show that Varitek somehow lost 2.2 wins since 2003. Gotta love highly variable numbers. Who would be so silly to build a team around them?
    Hey, look at that. JD Drew is alive!

    Paul from Waltham April 21, 2010, 8:12 pm
  • JD picked a nice time to get his average up to .149!

    SF April 21, 2010, 8:15 pm
  • By the way, I used to shudder when the Yankees had two DHs. The Sox now have three. The only question is how long they let VMart keep catching.

    Paul from Waltham April 21, 2010, 8:15 pm
  • Oh hey I walk away and we take the lead. I approve!

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:15 pm
  • 120 pitches already thrown in this game. Ugly.

    SF April 21, 2010, 8:16 pm
  • Yet another stolen base.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:23 pm
  • Darnell McDonald does it all! Throws out the runner at home. Love this guy already.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:25 pm
  • Seriously, what the hell is going on with Darnell?!
    Folk hero of the moment.

    SF April 21, 2010, 8:25 pm
  • Oh my god another McDonald homer. Sign this guy to a 10 year ARod-like contract.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:28 pm
  • Jesus.
    I mean, “Darnell”.

    SF April 21, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • AB #1: Game-tying homer
    AB #2: Walk-off hit
    AB #3: Lead-off walk which started a big rally
    AB #4: Home run
    And he threw out the tying run at home.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • I wonder how long we have until the Darnell 50 game suspension!?!?!

    SF April 21, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • What a great story this McDowell kid is.

    Paul from Waltham April 21, 2010, 8:36 pm
  • “I wonder how long we have until the Darnell 50 game suspension”
    I was going to make that joke but thought it inappropriate.

    Paul from Waltham April 21, 2010, 8:38 pm
  • The only performance enhancements McDonald is using are whole milk, full-nude yoga and American apple pie.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 8:44 pm
  • Any chance they actually release Ortiz? Lowell is clearly the better hitter at this point. It’s not even close. The sad part is they could have wrung platoon duty from him if they had treated him that way over the last two years.

    Paul from Waltham April 21, 2010, 8:54 pm
  • Nice return to form by Beckett. A couple of extra runs would be nice though. Need 2-3 innings from the pen…

    SF April 21, 2010, 9:02 pm
  • Beckett has retired 8 straight and is at 94 pitches, I say definitely send him out for the 7th.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:03 pm
  • McDonald with another walk. Kid has yet to make an out.
    That walk also lowered his OPS from 4.500 to 4.000

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:09 pm
  • Where’d that pitch miss, blue?

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:16 pm
  • dammit

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:22 pm
  • oh no

    Clark SF April 21, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • uh oh – did Ath jump out the window?

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:25 pm
  • Bad pitching. Worse managing.

    SF April 21, 2010, 9:25 pm
  • I went to make a sandwich. Ugh.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:25 pm
  • 115 pitches in April. Now instead of a nice comeback and a possible/probable win
    Beckett is stretched out, somewhat unnecessarily, and is saddled with a shit sandwich.

    SF April 21, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • No more sandwiches for you, Ath.

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:27 pm
  • But it’s delicious and I’m hungry

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:28 pm
  • Where was anyone in the Sox’s bullpen? When was the last time Dan Bard even pitched?

    AndrewYF April 21, 2010, 9:28 pm
  • This is all just setting the plate so McDonald can hit another walk-off.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:30 pm
  • I’m you you Ath, Dar-nelllll!

    Clark SF April 21, 2010, 9:32 pm
  • Do you suppose McDonald could take care of this in the 8th? Just to shorten the evening for all of us?

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:33 pm
  • McDonald works in mysterious ways, RBF. We should trust his omniscient judgement.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:34 pm
  • At this point he can do whatever he wants. Maybe the old guys will get inspired.

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:39 pm
  • Well it certainly lit a fire under JD Drew to fight for his outfield spot.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:40 pm
  • WEEI announcer “Arias can run so you want to keep him off the bases”. Ha! anyone can run on the Sox.

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:42 pm
  • More than one inning for Bard? I guess I don’t disagree too much.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 9:55 pm
  • Well, Darnell can’t save it at this point so it’s either one of the regulars or extra innings….

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 9:58 pm
  • 101 on the radar from Feliz. Goddamn.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:02 pm
  • 99, 101, 101, 99, 100, 100, 101
    Yowzer.

    SF April 21, 2010, 10:04 pm
  • 102, 100. Scutaro called out on a pitch that, by gameday, looked well outside.

    SF April 21, 2010, 10:05 pm
  • free baseball!

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 10:06 pm
  • Why did the strikezone get really big for Feliz but shrank again with Paps on the mound?

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:10 pm
  • That double play is when I wish I were watching instead of just listening….

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 10:11 pm
  • Great sinking fastball to induce the double play.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:12 pm
  • 5 pitch inning. Excellent.
    LET’S WIN THIS ONE!

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:13 pm
  • Pedroia with some warning track power on a 99mph fastball.
    If it were 101 it would have gone over the wall.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:16 pm
  • Surely at 100 mph, this kid is getting tired.

    rootbeerfloat April 21, 2010, 10:17 pm
  • 102mph. What an arm.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:18 pm
  • McDonald in the hole…

    Clark SF April 21, 2010, 10:26 pm
  • McDonald up. Crowd going fucking nuts.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:33 pm
  • McDonald down, crowd goes silent.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:34 pm
  • Are there rules against Hermida and Victor pinch hitting?

    SF April 21, 2010, 10:35 pm
  • Bruins win in overtime.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:41 pm
  • krueg is going to be heartbroken.

    SF April 21, 2010, 10:45 pm
  • Hughes has a no hitter through 2.0, 5 strikeouts.
    Thought I’d go ahead and get that out of the way now.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:47 pm
  • Finally a hit. That was 18 straight retired by the Rangers.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:50 pm
  • Great baserunning by Scutaro to get to 2nd there. Risky, but it worked so we’ll give him the pat on the back.
    Pedro IBB’d to get to Youk.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:56 pm
  • YOUKILIS HITS A WALK-OFF DOUBLE! YEAH!

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 10:59 pm
  • What a win!

    Clark SF April 21, 2010, 10:59 pm
  • Yay!

    SF April 21, 2010, 11:00 pm
  • WIN STREAK

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 11:07 pm
  • Ah, two Fenway-created walkoffs in a row. Congrats SFs. That’s 6 straight losses for Texas, whose record was 5-4 before touring the AL East. Poor Ron Washington.

    AndrewYF April 21, 2010, 11:10 pm
  • It’s a shame because that Rangers team is very good. Solid offense, and a rotation that has performed very well so far.

    Atheose - SF April 21, 2010, 11:14 pm
  • “two Fenway created walkoffs”
    that is a stupid, acid comment.

    SF April 21, 2010, 11:27 pm
  • i think he meant you can only have a walkoff at home sf… ;) …or, maybe not…
    and yes since you brought it up, it is the catching…catching is your long term weak spot, since as i pointed out on a previous thread, you should expect your pitching, hitting, and defense to come around to the norm for them…but right now, your catching duo is doing the best you’ll see them do, defensively that is…allowing that many stolen bases will take some games out of the win column over time…it was fortunate to say the least to come away with a w in that 9 steal game…it helps to be at home, and it helps that the rangers are a very pathetic team right now…but heck i’d celebrate too…a win’s a win, and april can be cruel…

    dc April 22, 2010, 7:24 am
  • I’ve seen no highlights and only boxscores, but seems like these past two games have been a blast for you SFs. One of the best treats in baseball is to see up-and-coming homegrown talent actually come through in huge spots and spark the veterans. I felt like Melky did some of that a few years back, Cervelli played that role in the end-June Atlanta series last year, and Gardner has been doing it since he came up and certainly this year. And then there is the very much hated (by other teams) Shelley Duncan and Joba Chamberlain infusions of energy in years past. Congratulations.
    On the catcher-talk, with the perfect storm of underperformance you’ve had to put up with in virtually all aspects of the game so far in this young season, I would agree that it probably is nowhere near the biggest issue right now.
    At the same time, as dc notes, it may be more long-term troubling given that I think we’d all expect all those other things (starting pitching, bullpen, defense, and bats) to pick up markedly. They simply are too good a team in each of these areas to play so poorly. Not sure the same can be said of their catchers’ skills in managing the opponent’s running game.
    Given that the two teams they’ll be battling for a post-season spot have very legit running games (almsot can’t believe I can say this about the Yankees but it’s actually true!), it would seem a relatively serious issue for them. But regardless, two walk-offs in a row is fun stuff and perhaps signals that the bats and pen are waking up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2010, 9:53 am
  • There’s nothing up and coming about McDowell. He’s 31.

    Paul from Waltham April 22, 2010, 11:27 am
  • “There’s nothing up and coming about McDowell (sic)…”
    I bet there was two nights ago, if he was willing and out on the high-on-victory town…

    Devine April 22, 2010, 11:53 am
  • score one for devine. And I take the point re: McDowell. I frankly know absolutely nothing about him.

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2010, 11:55 am
  • well, McDowell was a pitcher at some point, right? McDonald is the new Boston folk-lore hero. :)

    dw (sf) April 22, 2010, 12:09 pm
  • “well, McDowell was a pitcher at some point, right? McDonald is the new Boston folk-lore hero. :)”
    See. I told you I know nothing about him. :o)

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2010, 12:19 pm

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