At Long Last: Rox-Sox Gamer I

For the first time all season, the Red Sox’ lineup is the story, and not just the footnote to something bigger:

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Coco Crisp, CF
8. Doug Mirabelli, C
9. Julio Lugo, SS

That’s right. The Sox improved their on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot by 120 points just by flipping two positions. Dustin Pedroia, who actually is everything David Eckstein is hyped up to be, will lead off. Sure, he doesn’t have speed. But he actually gets on base, which is the No. 1 goal of the leadoff man.

With Kevin Youkilis back in his customary spot, the Sox now have a combined OPS+ of 279 at the top of their order, versus the Lugo-Crisp combo of 110. Sure, the bottom third of the lineup is still a black hole (Lugo, Crisp and Mirabelli combined do not equal the production of David Ortiz, as measured by OPS+), but putting bodies on the basepaths for what seems to be a rejuvenated combo of Ortiz-Ramirez-Drew is certainly a promising sign heading into a series with the pitching-poor Rockies.

The Rockies are masquerading as a .500 team, but they’re really not. They’re 12th in the National League in runs scored and 12th in ERA. They score 4.25 runs per game. They allow 4.87. Here’s hoping the Rockies are the cure to whatever has illed the Red Sox over the last 10 games. I would like nothing more than to make early June nothing but a laugh point a couple weeks from now.

Lineups, courtesy the Globe with a stats assist from Baseball-Reference, after the jump.

BOSTON

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B — .316/..399/.441, 122 OPS+
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B — .336/.423/.524, 149
3. David Ortiz, DH —  .330/.444/.599, 172
4. Manny Ramirez, LF — .291/.389/.466, 125
5. J.D Drew, RF — .244/.353/.364, 90
6. Mike Lowell, 3B — .312/.372/.549, 139
7. Coco Crisp, CF — .224/.281/.300, 54
8. Doug Mirabelli, C — .204/.246/.333, 51
9. Julio Lugo, SS — .213/.274/.318, 56

As a team, the Red Sox have a .295/.376/.463 line at home, with an OPS 80 points higher than on the road. Their ERA is 1.45 higher at home than on the road.

SP: Tim Wakefield — 5-7, 4.22, 106 ERA+

COLORADO

1. Willy Taveras, CF — .321/.372/.370, 95
2. Kaz Matsui, 2B — .324/.355/.480, 115
3. Matt Holliday, LF — .352/.390/.586, 150
4. Todd Helton, 1B — .332/.447/.502, 147
5. Garrett Atkins, 3B — .237/.320/..362, 78
6. Brad Hawpe, RF — .297/.397/.505, 134
7. Ryan Spilborghs, DH — .325/.349/.575, 136
8. Troy Tulowitzki, SS — .265/.337/.377, 86
9. Yorvit Torreabla, 2B — .226/.289/.299, 54

The Rockies’ team line on the road is .256/.331/.365, with an OPS 80 points lower than at home. Their road ERA is more than a run lower than at home.

SP: Aaron Cook — 4-2, 4.54, 98 ERA+

162 comments… add one
  • Can we trade Coco and Lugo for Tavares and Tulowitzky?

    jp-sf June 12, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • Hawpe? Spilborghs? Tulowitzki?
    Not exactly household names.
    Thank you Tito for shaking things up. Hopefully the production out of our new-and-improved top o’ the lineup will more than make up for the black hole that is 7-9.
    If Coco doesn’t dramatically improve at the dish in the next three- four weeks, he’s gone by July 31. I’m just sayin’…

    Nate=Soxfan June 12, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • it just occurred to me:
    Major league managers arrange their line-ups like little league managers do. Generally, if you’re smaller (regardless of speed), you’re put lead-off. If you’re bigger, you get clean-up.
    After all these years!

    Nick-YF June 12, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Good point, Paul re: Pedroia as the correctly-hyped version of Eckstein.
    At 3-1, pop-up for the first out.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Whoa…was that fastball honestly 80?

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Good snag by Youk on the high throw from Lugo.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • No Devine, to save electricity, they just add up all the fastballs thrown in the inning and present the sum.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Via the highly scientific method of “looking out my window”, I have determined that perhaps the Yankees will be rain delayed, rained out?

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out weakly (I only caught the tail end of the play, though).
    THE LINEUP SHAKE-UP ISN’T WORKING!!! BLOW UP THE TEAM!!!

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Much more likely than that the fastball really was that fast, gerb, I agree.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Wow, Youk’s expression and vocalization on that dribbler were priceless. What’s more, with Aaron Cook pitching, it almost looks like Youk is throwing to himself.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • That would be two straight weak-ass groundouts to the pitcher. Ortiz at 2-1.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Wow, great stab by Helton on that foul grounder from Ortiz.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Nice at bat from Ortiz there.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Long fight ends in a single for Ortiz.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • manny being chippy. He sure didn’t like that first strike.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • pay attention to tulowitzki. he was unreal in the cape league. another dirtbag i can’t help but love.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • 3 assits from the pitcher in the first. uhg.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Close on the 0-2 pitch, but ball 1. More evidently a ball next pitch, low and away for ball 2. Chopper to the pitcher. Inning ends. 3 assists by the pitcher that inning.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • In my fantasy league, I just traded Todd Helton, Brad Penny and Luis Gonzales for Manny, Dice-K and Sexson. I think I’m going to win the whole thing now. And I think I might have to become a Sox fan.

    Nick-YF June 12, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • In the Northeast corridor we have Cook, Wang and Webb pitching tonight. If Lowe was pitching for the Sox, we’d have the four groudiest pitchers in the league today.

    Nick-YF June 12, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Wake is making short work of the Rocks.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • wake throwing more first pitch fastballs (75mph) than i’ve seen him throw in awhile.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Those outs were quick. To the bottom of the 2nd.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Yick. The pitch count is the only decent news (39).

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • not that we don’t love having you guy’s here but….yankee rain delay update: tarp on, still raining, baseball expected soon though. and my9 might possibly be the worst channel ever.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Leadoff single past Lowell, but then a double play. 2 down.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Not much going on thus far offensively…the two teams have a hit each and Wakefield has faced the minimum through 3 on 31 pitches.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Mirabelli Ks.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • lugo might have listened to the message.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Senor El Vacio says “Void this!”

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Lugo auto-swipes, Youk auto-doubles. Sox lead 1-0.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • youk with fight off sprayer to right to cash in lugo’s double. thank you julio. that was more than i expected.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • All right! Youk doubles Lugo home.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • re: auto-swipe.. he would have scored anyway, but nice running.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • And Ortiz walks on 4 pitches. Let’s go Manny.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • i guess youk dosen’t have a problem with guy’s running while he has two strikes on him. he’s a pretty good hitter.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Re: Manny the lazy f***er…Manny has had two games off this year.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Auto doubles. Auto swipes. LOL.
    This line-up shake up is interesting.

    Rain SF June 12, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Manny really not being Manny, swinging at a ball away in the dirt for strike 3.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I like that Aaron Cook is already over 60 pitches after just three innings. But I sure would like more than one run to show for it.

    Paul SF June 12, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • This guy Cook looks pretty solid. Good movement, nice smooth motion. He does this weird thing where he slides the ball in his hand up the webbing of the glove during his delivery. I wonder if you can see it from home plate, it’s clearly visible from the centerfield camera.
    I ask everyone to refrain from using this one game as any indication of how the new lineup will do, either positive or negative. I like it, and I hope Tito gives it a few weeks.

    SF June 12, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Nice easy inning for Wake there.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Wakefield great through 4. 1 baserunner, 43 pitches, 12 batters.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • i wanna rush to judgement. sweetest lineup everrrr. everythings fixed.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • One out rally, two singles by Lowell and Crisp. Here comes Doug “concrete shoes” Mirabelli.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Get home from work to see that things are running smoothly. Tito got a guest visit from SF and his Psychic friends and moved Lugo out of the leadoff spot.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • F*ck me with the sooth. Can we bat ‘Belli 10th? He totally sucks at the plate.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • I conveniently forget Mirabelli is in the lineup till he’s up.
    He demonstrates why. Double play. Inning.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Which means…El Vacio leads off next inning!

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • And hits into a DP on the 1ST PITCH…way to go nimrod!!

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • This is shaping up to be one of those “Sox get 11 hits, score one run, Wake gives up three hits but one of them lands on the Pike and the Sox lose” type games.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Love that MLB scheduler. The Sox go on a brutal 6 game west coast road trip after a Sunday nighter, come home for a quick homestand, then GO BACK TO THE WEST COAST again.
    Thanks, asshole.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Wakefield close to issuing his first walk, 3-1.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • I love it when Tim Wakefield walks a guy…on a 57 mph fastball. How can he not get that over the plate?

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Strikeout. 2 down, man on 1st.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Two down on a wicked set of knucklers, striking out someone I haven’t heard of. Great replay on NESN showing ZERO rotation on the ball.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • What was wrong with that 1-0 pitch? Ump fooled on a fastball.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Eh, who cares, the next pitch is grounded to Lowell who forces someone I haven’t heard of at second for the third out.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • 59 through 5. Wakefield murdering them.
    I’m gonna be so mad if the offense loses this for him.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Wak gets through the inning.
    Not sure how a 57 mph pitch cannot be strike moving that slow.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I believe that most of the Rockies are all in the Witness Protection Program.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Extremely excellent news, your name (and mine) is (probably) not Spilborghs.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • El Vacio leads off. God, I don’t like typing that.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • wake talked to candiotti about the knuckler during the az weekend series. that’s like johan santana talking to esteban yan about his changeup.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Is it really possible for Lugo to be batting .217 with 30 runs and 34 RBI? Just doesn’t make much sense.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Lugo gets a horrible call from the ump on 1-1, who calls a ball up and in a strike. He gronds the next pitch weakly to second. El Vacio is back after a brief disappearance!

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • It means that he’s scoring like EVERY time he gets on base, or close to. It’s luck. Just imagine what kind of production the Sox would have if his OBP was in the mid .300s.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Two quick grounders. Pedroia hits one softly to Tulowitzki.
    COME ON OFFENSE. This one run lead is not going to stand. It’s WAKE.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Sox’ bats just as sh*tty as ever. Quick inning for Cook, who certainly has something to do with it: he looks very good.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Where has d1 been lately? We need his pessimism back – it was working reverse magic.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Runner at 2nd, 1 out.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • and tyrel has been mia too.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • D1 has been missing. You are right about his pessimism.
    Meanwhile Ny has gone up 3-0 on the Snakes.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Wake gives up a laser off the wall to Torrealba, then Manny bobbles the carom, allowing the double.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Runner at 3rd, 2 out.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Lugo with 52 hits and 30 runs. That is almost 1 for 1.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • It’s been mentioned on TV and here…but LOTS of fastballs from Wake, including for strike 2 there.
    Strike 3, inning over.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Kaz whiffs with the tying run at third, Wake through six unscathed.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Wake gets out of the jam

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Well, half-inning. Good luck, folks. I gotta get home.

    Devine June 12, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • wake strands the runner at third with the k. would be nice for the big bats to produce third time through the lineup.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Ok, 3-4-5 coming up. A little bingo, please?

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • I see MLB.com has hired Harold Reynolds. Goodfor them. Baseball Tonite has sucked since he left ESPN.

    Tom sf June 12, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Baseball Tonite has sucked since he left ESPN.
    But apparently none of the female PAs over there have.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • agreed tom. he’s been on xm’s mlb channel alot lately. i always thought he was tolerable.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • ooww SF…

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Papi holds up his end of the deal, singling through a tiny hole between first and second. Here’s Manny.
    First two pitches are balls. Third pitch is low, 3-0. Manny takes for 3-1. Hitter’s count here, and Manny takes ball four. Drew up with something cooking here.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Lately it would seem that Kruk is trying to pick fights with Steve Phillips. Maybe ole Lumpy will clean his clock before the season is over.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • cooks lost it. nothing close right now.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • not this again.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Drew GIDPs. F*ck. Nice chuck by Tulowitzki, what a gun.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Come on Lowell, at least get us one here.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Horrid call on the first pitch, well outside but Cook gets it again.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Cook over 100 pitches now.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Just effin great…Lowell K’s.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Lowell whiffs. This is shaping up to be a total disaster.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Nice play by Lowell to pick the grounder, nice pick by Youk to save Lowell another error. One down.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Justin Verlander tossing a no-no late in Detroit.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Another nice grab by Crisp, sliding on his back in control to catch a soft liner. Wake through seven, 1-0 Sox.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • wake: 85-53 through 7. good stuff.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Crisp lamely grounds to second. The more things change…

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • verlander: 7ip 0h 3bb 10k (90-57)

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • On to the eighth, I suppose.
    I mean, there’s only one out, but it’s Belli then El Vacio. Why not just head back out into the field, stop the put-on?

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • ‘Belli puts every ounce of his spare tire into one, and pops out to short right field.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • El Vacio does the same as Belli, but to CF.
    What a pathetic inning, truly awful. Keep playing like this, we’ll be lucky to have a five game lead come Sunday.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • What would Wake’s record be with a non-Belli catcher out there, someone who can hit more than .190? Belli is a truly terrible hitter at this point, the only reason he’s probably still playing professional baseball at this level is because of the supposed value he brings with his big-ass catcher’s mitt.
    Here comes the meltdown, leadoff double. This is so F*CKING PREDICTABLE.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Poor Wake, he’s pitching his bum-bum off. No run support, that’s bupkis.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 12, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • hawpe doubles to lead off the 8th. trouble. wake will have to earn his money here.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Fly ball to right advances man to third, 1 down. Troy Tulowitzki up.
    Wake sticking around, though a wild pitch scores the tying run.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • High strike call – good call by the ump, staying consistent as before. Next pitch flied to Drew, it’s shallow, and the runner holds. Big out.
    A bigger out is the next one.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • good job wake, a decent fly/pop-up to hold the runner at third.
    One more out to go.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 12, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Base hit ties the game. That’s just terrible. The #9 hitter with the damage. Worst knuckler of the night at the worst possible time. That run is on Wake, entirely.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • crap…damn…They should all be ashamed of themselves for putting Wake in this position.

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • I am not one to crap on a pitcher who has gotten pathetic run support from his offense, who has given up only one run through 7.2, but with the #9 hitter up how do you make such a terrible pitch?

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • verlander through 8.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • SF- it was just a knuckler that didn’t knuckle. Wake’s thrown that pitch all night, the guy just hit it. It happens.

    Ayuh - SF June 12, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Taveras grounds out, sort of, tapping one in front of Belli who puts the tag on.
    Going to the bottom of the eighth, all square. The Sox need to buck up here, get a run, get to Papelbon. Enough with giving games away to crappier teams, particularly when your starter does a tremendous job.
    Enough of this crap already.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Cook still pitching. The Sox’ offense should be ashamed.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Cook hangs one to Pedroia, who is aghast that it was called a strike. Maybe one should be swinging at hangers, Dustin, instead of watching them.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Boy, the Sox have been making me very angry as of late.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • pedrioa singles through the left. cora runs for dustin.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Chickenhawk with a leadoff single

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Droid squibs one to left for a single. Not solid, but it worked. Youk coming up.
    Does Tito bunt here?!

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • looked like youk got more of that than he did. cook done.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Way to go Youk…swing at the first pitch and not advance the runner

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Tito smartly pinch runs Cora, but Youk laces one to the gap in center/left that Taveras tracks down. Well struck, but well fielded. Cora still at first with Ortiz coming up.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Some posters at SoSH complaining that this game is on Francona for not pulling Wake. What are they smoking? Wake had the #9 hitter up with one out to go to get to Papelbon. What did Tito do wrong?

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Crap. Youk kills it, but it gets caught.
    I think it’s a good move to let Youk swing. He’s had a hot bat, makes good contact almost everytime, and a sacrifice just leads to an intentional walk to Papi.
    If Youk hits that ball 10 feet left, it’s at least 2nd and 3rd.

    Ayuh - SF June 12, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Yanks now up 3-1

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • has “the noid” ever been mentioned as a possible nickname? with the void around it might be inevitable.
    verlander out for the 9th.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Verlander on in the ninth, Counsell up.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • JESUS, Ortiz just missed a homer by about 3″. Terrible break, Cora gets to third.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • papi 2 feet from making it 3-1 sox. instead second and third, 1 down.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Manny up with first base open, he’ll likely be walked for Drew.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • rod, that was about 5″, not two feet.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • two down for verlander.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • You know what I love (depending on where guys are standing)? Squeeze plays. I love squeeze plays.
    Does Tito have Paps warming?

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Please JD…please deliver here

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Both teams blessed tonight getting to see some “Future Stars.” Kind of jealous that you guys get Tulo and Iannetta, but we get Young, Quentin, Drew and Reynolds. Either way pretty good night to watch baseball here at YFSF.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • verlander is hitting 101 mph in the ninth. and gets the no hitter on a flyout from hardy.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Verlander facing Hardy with two down in the ninth.
    First pitch is a strike.
    Second pitch is a strike, foul ball.
    Third pitch is fouled off.
    Fourth pitch is hit to Ordonez, NONO for Verlander!!!

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Drew!
    Flyout to center scores Cora. Great hitting by Drew, he drives an outside fastball to Taveras to drive in the go-ahead run. Professional at-bat there.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Ok, Paps coming in with 2-3-4 coming up, a one run lead. We know how this worked out last time, maybe we can do something different this effort. This would be a big, much-needed win. Fingers crossed here.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Mix your pitches Paps!

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • papelbon hitting 97 mph. 1 down.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Yeah, mix awesome with more awesome.

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Just hit 98.

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • arm looks live tonite. 2 down.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Two down.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Two strikes to Helton.
    Papelbon throwing some gas here.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • game. i truly hate 1-0 and 2-1 ballgames. i’d prefer a laugher every time.

    sf rod June 12, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Nasty.
    Dirty water.

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Full count to Helton, and the K!!!
    Game, Sox. Big win. Super pitching again, and the lineup works out, with Pedroia scoring a run, starting the 8th inning rally. Small sample, so nothing to hang a hat on, but a good start. The offense is still troubling, but a win is a win.
    Now, come on, D-Backs!

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • game

    Rob June 12, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • I’m disgusted how happy I am, this should have been 10-0 Red Sox, or 8-1, or 11-2, or 13-3, or 6-0, anything but 2-1.

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • And now we’ve got Schill and Beckett going, so a good chance tomorrow and a good chance Thursday. Get tomorrow first, no looking too far ahead. Can’t do anything if the Yankees rattle of 12 out of 13 or something, more power to them if they do, just have to keep winning our own matchups.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Can we multiply the OPS+ instead of adding them? It’s driving me crazy!
    Just got home – looks like the Sox and Yanks both won. And Verland threw a no hitter. So everything stayed the same, pretty much..

    Lar June 12, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Yeesh, they can’t even hit Wakefield? And they let him go 8 innings?
    I’m expecting Tavarez to pitch a complete-game shutout tomorrow.

    AndrewYF June 12, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • It’d be amazing if he (Tavarez) could do that from the bench, Andrew.
    And you’re underestimating the impact that unfamiliarity can have on the knuckleball, especially when it works as well as it did most of the time tonight: of the entire Rockies’ roster, only Helton has seen Wake at all (1 PA, did not reach).

    QuoSF June 13, 2007, 3:19 am
  • I thought Tavarez comes after Wakefield? Shows how much I know about teams other than the Yankees.
    And you’re probably right, Quo. It’s probably also why Wakefield just doesn’t baffle the Yankees anymore like he used to.

    AndrewYF June 13, 2007, 9:25 am
  • Usually he does, Andrew, but rainouts and the desire to have Schilling and Beckett going in the Yankee series, flip-flopped the order.

    Paul SF June 13, 2007, 9:29 am

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