Let’s Try This Again: Sox-Rangers Gamer III

Two horrible losses to the Rangers and a sub-.500 record aside, things could be worse. After all, it was my YF friend Jared who asked me this morning as we discussed Matsuzaka’s performance: "What’s it like to have at least one starter you can count on?"

Curt Schilling tries to regain his status as such a pitcher tonight. The Boston Herald, in a twist, provides some perspective by noting that his poor Opening Day performance raised Schilling’s career ERA from 3.44 to a whopping 3.45.

It’s worth noting, too, that although Schilling pitched just four innings in a start for the first time in 10 years, the five earned runs was a total he matched or exceeded seven times in 2006 and four times in his 21-win season of 2004. He’s had stinkers in April of each of the last four seasons — giving up seven runs on April 22, 2004; five earned runs on April 15, 2005; and five earned runs on April 25, 2006. In each case, he gave up three earned runs or less in his next outing, winning two and receiving a no decision.

Here’s hoping for a solid seven from the ace. Lineups follow.

Boston Red Sox

SS Julio Lugo
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
LF Manny Ramirez
RF JD Drew
3B Mike Lowell
C Jason Varitek
CF Covelli Crisp
2B Alex Cora
(RHP Curt Schilling)

Texas Rangers

CF Kenny Lofton
DH Frank Catalanotto
SS Michael Young
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Sammy Sosa
3B Hank Blalock
LF Brad Wilkerson
C Gerald Laird
2B Ian Kinsler
(RHP Vicente Padilla)

181 comments… add one
  • This is great, from today’s AP story on the Yanks/O’s game:
    Millar hit a two-run homer in the second to start Baltimore’s comeback and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh that made it 6-3 after second baseman Robinson Cano dropped a popup — New York’s AL-leading eighth error.
    Still booed by Yankees fans from his days playing for Boston, Millar was 1-for-14 this year with no RBIs before he homered. Last year, three of his 15 home runs were against New York.
    ”Love it. Love it. How do you not hear them?” he said of the jeers and then smiled. ”They have a problem with my highlights

    Isn’t this SF territory, this kind of lingering grudge against a secondary role player?! I mean, it’s Kevin Millar.

    SF April 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Haha, I’m surprised confused YFs don’t boo Minky every time he comes to bat. Then again, he’ll probably start getting his share of boos solely based on merit soon enough.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Any other SFs around? I made it out of the tv-less, internet-less boondocks of Columbia County in time to catch the game, something I did not expect. Go Sox!

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Julio Lugo: instant out.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Papi! Tater to right field! 1-0 Sox. Finally, Papi hits one on the screws.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Wow…Miller and Morgan…For once, oddly prescient.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Padilla caught a little too much of the plate. According to ESPN pitchtrack, ALL of it. Horrid pitch.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Padilla caught a little too much of the plate. According to ESPN pitchtrack, ALL of it. Horrid pitch.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Manny drills one to left field, caught for the final out.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • I’ll be in and out…I’ve got work to do and other TV shows to watch; namely the return of Entourage.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Nice to see Papi belt one, and that ball by Manny was well hit. Some left fielders may not have gotten to it.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • I’ll tell ya right now – Arlington is a great park for homeruns.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • just tuning in to see michael young crack one opposiute field. and i see schills has given up a lead. positively rasner-esque.

    YF April 8, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Schill is sharpER, but not quite what I want to be seeign yet

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Inning over.. tioem for us to score some more runs and Schilling not to give them back.. please?

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • yfsf frequent commenter sam, who’s not available, asked to have this posted to this thread:
    Schilling and Padilla’s lines so far this season (1 outing each) are virtually identical:
    0-1 record
    11.25 ERA
    4.0 IP
    8 hits
    5 runs
    5 ER
    89 pitches
    55 strikes
    0-1 record
    11.57 ERA
    4.2 IP
    9 hits
    6 runs
    6 ER
    93 pitches
    54 strikes
    [so far, they’re still about equal–yf]

    YF April 8, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Coco misses a hanger. Unimpressive.

    SF April 8, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Despite drawing a walk, I don’t think Tek seemed comfortable at the plate. Also, Crisp needs to get hitting or he wont be in Boston long

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • 38 actually looking not bad. he’s throwing strikes and missing bats. may not be dominant schilling of old, but he looks like he’ll be fine.

    YF April 8, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Those were two bea-u-ti-ful Ks there

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • happy easter guy’s. just getting home from the festivities. i’m 40 mins behind in tivo-land, so i’ll catch up soon.

    sf rod April 8, 2007, 8:48 pm

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:53 pm

    TJ April 8, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Well…guess I got worried too soon. And the weather gets the assist for knocking down Manny’s bid.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • padilla throwing bp out there.

    YF April 8, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Manny and Papi are both smokin’ the ball. Two HRs for Papi, and one barely caught liner and another hit that came just shy of another homerun

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • in that case Padilla would fit well in the Yanks rotation :)

    TJ April 8, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Two Papi homers… YES!!!!
    Incessent playing of Mellencamp Chevy ad … BOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    (Manny pulls that one a bit and it’s 4-1.)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • ESPN stat o’day: ERA of Yankees starters is 9.97.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • And Brad knows that I’m happy Ortiz and Manny are swinging well.. ;) Now let’s hope they lose 12-10 or something! ;)

    Lar April 8, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • I can’t help but notice a couple of things. First, it sure seems like the Sox are all swinging for the fences (not Lugo, who got inexplicable fistbumps from his teammates in the dugout for a failed drag bunt that was called a sacrifice by Miller). So it’s all or nothing, and lots of flyouts. Second, Kevin Youkilis’ facial hair looks ridiculous, like he bobbed for rubber cement and then rolled around on a barbershop floor. It’s gotta go. Lastly, Schilling is not impressive. Though he K’d a couple of guys in the second inning, I disagree with YF: he looks poor.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • That ball-2 was a strike two innings ago. So was ball 3.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Boneheaded baserunning by Lofton, thank you very much.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Bad baserunning on Loftons part to end a less commandfilled inning for Schill. THough the ump may have been squeezing him alittle

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Nice grab by Coco on the run, he doubles Lofton off first, as Lofton had almost reached third. Apparently he assumed Coco fields as badly as he hits.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • SF I think bad facial hair is this years theme. Liek 2004’s crazy head hair.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • D1, Joe Morgan disagrees so much he’d come over and tell you so himself.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Thanks for that Kenny. That was about as dumb as it gets.
    I don’t think Schilling’s throwing badly. Still doesn’t have the control he usually does, but this is a huge improvement over where he was five days ago…not saying much, I know, but I think he looks alright.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Vicente Padilla looks like he’s wearing permanent clown makeup.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Love that hustle, JD.

    Tyrel SF April 8, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • d1:
    To me Curt’s good stuff looks really good, but I don’t have a clue if he’s going to throw it. So perhaps he’s better than on Opening Day, but to me the work isn’t totally confidence inspiring.
    Meanwhile, Lowell GIDPs. This offense is anemic, completely anemic.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I guess if Lowell hadn’t done that, Tek woulda?

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Wait.. am I D1?

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • d1 = desturbd1

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • And if I am.. sicne when do we listen to Joe Morgan?

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Tek hits one solidly the other way, to the deepest gap of the ballpark. What would have been a Fenway double is a flyout in Arlington.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • You’re Wino, Dionysus. Heh.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Sosa’s legs actually look kind of skinny. His lower body looks much leaner.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • “Sosa, late on the fastball.”
    Attention, Department of Redundancy Department! What makes them think he is anything else but done?

    Michael Webb April 8, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Curt looking better this inning. Very nice splitter to start against Blalock, and then a foul ball. The third pitch is a waste fastball up high, but it’s way too high to be useful. Curt follows with a good looking fastball on the outside corner but doesn’t get the call. Blalock then pokes a decent splitter that catches just a little more of the plate than that first one for a single to center. Nice piece of hitting.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Great AB by Blalock. Hit a great pitch.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Pitch count starting to rise – Blalock’s nice at-bat cost Schilling here, instead of fifty-something pitches thru four he’s probably heading to the dugout at almost seventy. Credit the Rangers hitters for spoiling some good pitches, but Curt isn’t putting them away. This extra work may cost the Sox’ bullpen an inning.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • I think that ESPN should put some sort of vibrometer in Ron Washington’s mouth, to measure the frequency with which he gnashes his jaw to crush sunflower seeds. He’s like some sort of machine.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • .. Doth my eyes deceive me.. or are the Red Sox playign some small ball?

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Why wasn’t that a foul ball?
    OK, it was. Correct call by the umpires.
    (and what in God’s name is Joe Morgan talking about?!)

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Dave Magadan is the Sox’ new hitting coach. He appears to have almost no influence, as the Sox are exhibiting almost no Magadaneque tendencies whatsoever. It’s more like Ron Kittle is their hitting coach.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Very poor AB by Lugo.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Agreed, Bill. Atrocious effort – Lugo’s trying to crush the ball when he needs to get the ball in play. Youkilis follows with a monster swing on a slider that he misses by about 18 inches. What is with the Sox?!
    Papa Jack, you are definitely missed.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Hoe Morgan informs us (again) that its hot in Florida. I think I want to hurt him.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Youk weakly flies to Sosa. I think the Sox’ approach at the plate is visibly awful. It’s not like they are pounding the ball and having bad luck. They really look like they are all trying to pull the ball as hard as possible (save for Varitek’s deep flyball out). I don’t like what I see.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Similar signs to first two games of the series: leadoff batter gets on base, only to be stranded.
    Not working the count at all.
    I’m very disappointed in the lack of plate discipline thus far by the Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Joe Morgan informs us (again) that its hot in Florida. I think I want to hurt him.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Wow sorry about that wierd delayed doubel post.. I think I need to restart IE

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Joe Morgan has been talking all night (in the pregame, during the game) about Schilling’s armspeed, how that’s the key. Can the naked eye detect the difference between normal armspeed and sub-normal armspeed? I know you can see arm slot, but speed? This seems dubious to me.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • 3-2 pitch to Laird is a nice fastball, well-located, low and inside but on the plate. Laird flies to Drew. Nice bit of pitching from Schill. That pitch was all about location.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Excellent inning from Curt there. My early criticism is being rendered moot. Thankfully.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Maybe tommorrows off day will help our offense figure out how to work the count and get hits.
    Meanwhile Schilling continues to look good.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Anyone else wonder why Kenny Lofton still has a job in MLB?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • For those keeping count (and those not), pitch count through 5 is Padilla 79, Schill 79.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Crap, Ortiz. Two great ABs for HRs, and then he wings at the first pitch, an inside fastball, for an out. Come on. Patience. …
    And Manny has three deep flyouts tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Manny with another track shot out.

    TJ April 8, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Ortiz first-pitch hacking, weak tapper to first. I know he’s got two jacks, but come on, this is the time to really work Padilla and get him out of the game. Manny does the same frigging thing, flying out to deep center on the first pitch. COME ON.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Manny’s 2nd allllmost homerun.
    A month from now thats GONE

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • And Boston works the seven pitch inning late in the game. Craptacular.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • 7 pitch inning for Padilla. Refer to my post at 9:36 p.m.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • “Anyone else wonder why Kenny Lofton still has a job in MLB?”
    I’m a fan. The man can play.
    Manny has been getting some good swings tonite, even if they’re all outs. I could see him getting into the “being Manny” zone very soon.

    Tyrel SF April 8, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Reqally SF, your criticism of Manny’s battign is misplaced. He really should have two homeruns right now if it wasn’t artic weather out there.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • No Bill, he seems like a capable center-fielder. And hey, “he knows how to play the game.” Aren’t a lot of folks like that. Plus, he’s a winner. Not like those other losers who just lose all the time.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • The rest of the Sox though… DO need to take some freakin’ pitches

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • OK, I stand along on that one.
    I just remember watching him suck for the Cubs here a few years ago.
    On the other hand, Schill’s ERA down to 6.0. I’d love to see him get two more innings before he calls it a night.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • I despise Frank Catalanatto. I mean not as a person, just as someone who seems to only play his best against Boston pitching. Single-handedly making sure Schilling won’t be out for the seventh.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Tyrel SF April 8, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Big couple of batters here for Curt. Young promptly lines out to Cora. 2 down.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Big couple of batters here for Curt. Young promptly lines out to Cora. 2 down.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Well, Young and Teix made things easier. Maybe he can go a 7th.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Excellent inning from Schill.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Sounded to me like broken bats on those last two outs. Anyone else?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Another fine inning, with the exception of a long at bat that DOES end in an out, for Curt.
    There’s a fan in right that has a net similar to what Stewart O’Nan talks about using in his and Stephen King’s Red Sox journal/book. I’m sure thats where he got the idea.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Jeezus F-ING you-know-who. Lowell swings at the first pitch. This is totally infuriating. I predict the Sox pushing Ron Jackson out will be an issue before not too long. Their approach at the plate is brutal.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Ouch. Toast not looking too hot. Sox (minus Ortiz and Manny) are making it easy for Padilla.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • What a weak-ass swing by Tek on strike 3.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • The bottom of the lineup is looking like a real vampire, likely to suck the life out of plenty of innings down the road.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Nice play by Blalock, but a 12-pitch inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • If I were Theo, I’d be getting Papelbon ready to pitch two innings, because it doesn’t look like this lineup wants to score anymore runs. I know the shoulder’s a concern, but closers have much less value if the rest of the pen blows it before they come in.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • I am not sure why everyone thinks that the Sox are an offensive juggernaut: Morgan and Miller are now spouting about what a feat it is to hold the Sox to three runs. Can they see the Sox’ approach? Do they see Crisp, Cora, Varitek all at the bottom of the lineup? Do they have any clue what these guys did last year? Do they understand that Lugo is not exactly the kind of guy who should be setting the table? Do they realize that 7-8-9 is death in the box?
    Apparently not.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Donnelly warming in the pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Great three innings by Schill.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Ok, NOW I’m with you all on this offensive suckfest.
    At least Schilling is looking fantastic, but we needs bats dammit.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • 8 pitches from Curt. Does he start the 8th? Why not, right?

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • 102 pitches, I doubt it.
    If it’s not Schill or Paps in the eights, who would you like to see?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Let him start the inning, short leash. That’s my position, and I am sticking to it.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Is there any tangible reason why Pedroia didn’t bat for Cora against the lefty? Anyone? Bueller?

    QuoSF April 8, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Lugo’s ABs/outs tonight: 2 pitch, 2 pitch, 4 pitch, 1 pitch.
    Can I pine for Johnny Damon now?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Schilling done for the night. Can’t argue with that. Pineiro coming in?

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Great game by Schilling, let’s see if Donnelly fights off his 3-year decline and becomes a reliable setup man.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Seven picthes …. oh, crap. Why even bother bringing it up?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Is there any tangible reason why Pedroia didn’t bat for Cora against the lefty? Anyone? Bueller?
    Probably because he wants Cora in for defense anyhow, and the Sox have a lead as it is.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Pineiro comes in and immediately starts not throwing strikes. Great.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • True, but are you comfortable with a 2-run lead in Texas and Papelbon not yet on the hill?

    QuoSF April 8, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • True, but are you comfortable with a 2-run lead in Texas and Papelbon not yet on the hill?
    Not entirely. But I understand the position.
    Meanwhile, Pineiro walks GERALD LAIRD to start the inning.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Jeez, what was wrong with that 1-0 pitch!?

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Huh. I guess the Sox have more faith in Pineiro than any other team in baseball. I’d think Donnelly’s done more in recent years to deserve the setup role than Pineiro, who’s done nothing but suck during that timespan.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Come on, SF, more then a little melodrama here. And for all the sh*t people here keep throwing Lugo’s way, our alternative leadoff man isn’t exactly lighting things up right now. Really think Youk in the leadoff spot would have made a bigger difference the last couple days? After a scorching spring, he’s been absolutely abysmal, and has done nothing to prove himself the rightful leadoff guy. Until one of them seperates himself from the other, I’m withholding judgment.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Pineiro has thrown 10 pitches to the #8 and #9 hitters, 7 for balls. That’s just terrible.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Piniero needs to throw strikes to the bottom of the order, fer crying out loud.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • This is some brutal work by Pineiro so far.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • The Sox need a DP here in the biggest way.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • I’m really, really, really trying to sustain my joy. I’m so sorry. Papelbon time.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • OK, all that crap I said about Lofton, I just ate it on a sandwich.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Where was Cora at first? So much for the good defense.
    Here comes Javier Lopez in an impossible situation. This is a disaster in the making.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Ugh, Lofton bunts safely. Bags loaded, no outs, with the very dangerous part of the Texas order coming up.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Lopez.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Javier Lopez in!

    Lar April 8, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • I’m gonna vomit now

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • I think I need to wash my hands now.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Or not. Jeez. You’d think if you need a strikeout and a doubleplay your best chance is Paps. Oh well, Lopez was reasonably effective in a small sample size this season and last, but this is a huge task. It’d be an Easter Miracle if the Sox hold onto the lead.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Pulling Schill was completely defensible, but this is why I would have brought him out for the #8 and #9 hitters. After his efficient last three innings, what was he downside to putting him back on the hill for six or seven more pitches?

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • And it continues. Youk’s just off to a fantastic start.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Ugh, that’s a fielder’s choice, but it should have been a lineout. I call that an error, frankly, even though it cannot be called such. Youkilis HAS to catch that.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Here we go. Shutdown time.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Texas gets a run in on a grounder to Youkilis, 1st and 3rd, just one out.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Papelbon in.
    I note that Donnelly has pitched just one inning this year so far.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Texas gets a run in on a grounder to Youkilis, 1st and 3rd, just one out.
    Are you following on Gameday? That was a line drive that hit Youk in the glove, and he dropped it. He then threw to second for the forceout. So instead of 1 out, bases loaded, 2 run lead, it’s a 1 run lead with men on 1st/3rd. Not a good play by Youk.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Actually, I think that if he’d caught it, they’d have doubled up Lofton and there’d be 2 outs, bases loaded, 2 run lead.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Yes, maybe Andrew. So it’s an even worse play in that scenario. No matter what, it was botched.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • No wild pitches/passed balls please.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Okay, so now imagine if Papelbon wasn’t the closer.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Young whiffs, Paps looking tough. One more big out to go.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Texeira pop up. TREMENDOUS work from Papelbon. Does he come out for the ninth?

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • PAPS!

    TJ April 8, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • That was frickin awesome.

    Tyrel SF April 8, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • I’m in awe. Freakin’ AWE.

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • There’s Paps being Paps: putting the fire out with just 5 pitches.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Andrew:
    Remember who started for the Sox last night? Now imagine if Papelbon had thrown 6 or 7 innings and only given up three runs. It cuts both ways.
    That being said, I am glad he came in tonight. But you can’t ignore Tavarez’ effort last night in the discussion.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Jon Miller just said, “Who’s going to pitch the ninth for Boston?”
    Jon, are you freakin’ kidding me?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • if he dont come out for the 9th tito gets fired 5 mins after the bullpen bloews it in the 9th :p

    TJ April 8, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • I still wish he were a starter…
    That only took 5 pitches. I bet he finishes things up, but may not be available for tomorrow’s game. Which is fine by me; they need to win tonight and hope the trip home wakes up the offense.
    F*cking Gold Glover…Ortiz looks good.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • I think Miller has a point. I think Papelbon will be back (the mere five pitches iced that), but he’s going on what the Sox said about Papelbon’s usage. He talked about what Francona told him about leveraging Papelbon. It’s unfair to jump on Miller for that comment. It’s not that silly an issue.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Sox have tomorrow off, d1, I believe, so Paps will be available opening day anyhow, I think.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • True SF: but he didn’t start last night. He closed tonight and completely saved the game.
    I heard reports out of ST that Papelbon’s velocity dropped significantly after the 4th inning. I’m not really too sure he’d be able to go 6 or 7 innings all that often.
    Sox starters aren’t all going to pitch complete games, and you’ve seen what happens when the bullpen takes over. Without Papelbon, this game would be done. Who knows what he could’ve given yesterday, but all I know is what he gave today.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Nobody warming for the Sox. It’s Papelbon’s game from here on out.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Yeah, SF, I’m forced to “watch” on Gameday because it’s blacked out on MLB.tv tonight (national broadcast or somesuch).

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Rip by Drew to right. Good, balanced swing.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Lowell gets the infield hit on a squibber to Blalock. Here comes Toast! Men on 1st/2nd, 2 down.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • i need a hit or walk from tek for my obp category in fantasy COME ON TEK

    TJ April 8, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • DUMB baserunning by Drew, trying take third on a pitch that got away from Laird by about three feet. Bonehead. End of inning.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • damn u DREW

    TJ April 8, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • I thought the Sox and Paps already contradicted the one-inning rule a few days ago in public statements.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Heh Lowell gets lucky. That’s one of those times when if I were a Texas fan, I’d be throwing stuff and cussing; cheap little bloops and bleeders infuriate me when the other team gets lucky.
    But it doesn’t matter, because J.D. Drew gets greedy on a pitch in the dirt. How many outs have they thrown away so far this season on baserunning mistakes? Lot of pressing to try and make things happen…

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • There’s so little to gain by taking third with two outs – what’s Drew hoping, to come home on a second wild pitch? Stupid, low-return play.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Sosa pops to Youk. One down.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Papelbon gets Sosa on two pitches (popout).

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Joe Morgan just said something that I am not sure I can even do justice.
    Meanwhile, the new phrase is “dead red”, meaning hard fastball. Morgan and Miller have trotted it out several times already. It’s annoying.
    And Morgan says it again.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Ks Blalock. Brutal!

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • BIG fastball gets Blalock on 2-2. Two outs.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • 15 pitches, 5 outs, second save in two tries for Paps.
    It’s almost unfair how efficient and merciless he is as a closer. I’ll take it, though.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • 2 strikes on two hard fastballs. The third pitch is a straight fastball painting the corner!
    Game over, Sox win!
    Not pretty again from the O, but two dingers from Ortiz works fine and Schill and Paps do their thing. Good win coming home. Beckett up next, then Daisuke’s home debut.
    Good night, all.

    SF April 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Paps missed location on the strikeout pitch to Blalock and the first strike to Wilkerson. But it just doesn’t make a difference with that velocity…
    Of course, the Young and Wilkerson K’s were absolutely perfect and unhittable in every way. Good win…kinda. Everyone in that lineup needs to spend some time in the video room tomorrow.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • That was a good night.
    Schill works 7 strong, Papi hits 2, Paps works a great save, and my 5-year-old son falls asleep on my lap.
    I’ll take it.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 8, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Drew just needs to work on his mentality on baserunning. I liked his approach to every AB, aside from the backwards K, which I didn’t get to watch on TV.

    QuoSF April 8, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • God I love Jon Papelbon.

    Steve April 8, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Pap makes em look like they’ve never held a bat before. Unbelievable.
    He’s in his element. Closer for life!

    Kazz April 8, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Scanning over this entire log here, will you offense doomsayers FREAKING CHILL?
    Can we at least get a month or two in and some warmer weather before you declare us as having the same offensive capability as the Nationals? Jesus. If it’s 65 degrees out every day instead of 25, the team has over 3x as many dingers as they do right now, and guys probably aren’t rushing their ABs.
    On a slightly different note, I HATE Joe Morgan. I cringe every time ESPN broadcasts a game instead of NESN and I have to listen to Morgan say the same completely idiotic thing 45 times in two minutes while Miller tries to change the subject only to have Morgan cut him off and bring up whatever rubbish he’s pushing for the 46th time. I swear, if I hear Joe say “arm speed” one more time I’m going to put a brick through my freaking TV. ESPN needs to fire him in the worst kind of way.

    Steve April 8, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • Hehe, the Nationals will likely take a full season to score as many runs as the Yanks will before the break. And that’s not an exaggeration.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • i dont think scoring is gonna be the issue for washington. Kearns and Zimmerman are good and the others should do enough to help.
    The problem for the Nats is going to be pitching. They are going to give up over 1000 runs this season.

    TJ April 9, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Unfortunately for the Nats, you’re both right. But I think their pitching is the worst in baseball, so in that respect I’m siding with TJ.

    mattymatty April 9, 2007, 12:17 am
  • The whole team is a trainwreck, for sure. I think you’re overestimating the “others” a bit…Dimitri Young appears to be the third best hitter, and he looks like Mo Vaughn did near the end of his career…if Mo Vaughn had just eaten Dustin Pedroia and David Eckstein.
    Zimmerman’s an above-average offensive 3rd-baseman. Kearns is an alright hitter, but he’s probably just average in terms of RF’s. And absolutely everyone else on the roster is below average at their respective positions. On both sides of the ball, they could be historically bad. Heh, kinda sad that no team in baseball looks, on paper, worse at scoring, defending, or pitching.

    desturbd1 April 9, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Look. There’s nothing wrong with observing that the team has a horrible approach right now, that there are a couple of major question marks who haven’t gotten off to a decent enough start to mollify anyone. That’s different than doomsaying, asserting that the team will never produce anything.
    But right now, the problem spots that existed coming into the season are still there, perhaps even worse than expected. Crisp and Varitek look as bad (if not worse!) as before, and Lugo doesn’t seem well-suited for the leadoff spot, as many have thought all along. Add in a very slow start for Lowell and well, there’s room for criticism. When the team starts swinging at the first and second pitches right as a hurler is in what should be the protracted end of his start, the frustration builds. There’s no reason to sugarcoat anything.

    SF April 9, 2007, 6:30 am
  • sox mgmt “duh” move of the season: replacing closer wannabe piniero with papelbon…
    and morgan’s wrong about it being hot in florida…it’s 50 degrees right now…the low last night was 43…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:07 am
  • I was among those criticizing the offense last night, and I stand by my points. I’m not suggesting that an awful season is in the making, nor do I believe that these issues will be long-term trends. I’m merely pointing out things I see as problematic thus far:
    * Lack of patience at the plate (can be fixed)
    * Lugo’s failure to work the count (can be fixed)
    * Black hole at the bottom of the lineup (can be fixed)
    The FO wants players who take pitches and work the count. We’re not seeing that through 6 games.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 11:32 am
  • //Look. There’s nothing wrong with observing that the team has a horrible approach right now, that there are a couple of major question marks who haven’t gotten off to a decent enough start to mollify anyone. That’s different than doomsaying, asserting that the team will never produce anything.//
    No, it’s not any different than doomsaying. 6 games in, and people are consistently bitching and moaning about the offense, before the team has even played one game at home. IT’S SIX GAMES. If the team still isn’t producing halfway into May, then, AND ONLY THEN, will a complaint be valid, but even then, that’s only a fraction of the overall season.
    If there’s one thing that pisses me off about Sox fans, it’s the immediate knee-jerk reactions to any little thing that happens. If a player goes on a 1-20 slump in the beginning of August, hardly anyone notices, but a 1-20 slump to begin the season and all of a sudden people are talking about trade possibilities, if the player’s injured, mental issues, backups in AAA, value of contracts, is the player over the hill, etc etc etc. Give it a break.
    Lowell has looked OK. Coco’s put up hits in three straight games. Varitek’s been making solid contact to all fields, and has taken a couple walks. Pedroia’s arguably been making the most solid contact on the team so far. Lugo’s been getting on base at an OK clip.
    People were ready to anoint Youks as the MVP after his spring, and now people are close to throwing him under the bus because he’s sputtering a little. Ortiz was a legitimate worry three days ago, now he’s the savior and the only positive on the entire team because he hit yesterday. People are complaining about Manny’s “slow start”, but yesterday he jacked three balls to the deepest part of Arlington yesterday and only missed homers by about 15 feet each time.
    Sit back, WAIT, and chill the hell out before “voicing your concerns”. Are you going to be worried about the bullpen because Romero and Pineiro were bad in their last appearances?
    We don’t have a large enough sample size on ANYBODY yet to form any sort of an educated projection on their season. Period.

    Steve April 9, 2007, 7:19 pm

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