Monday Night Letdown? Sox-Twins Gamer

Boston hopped a plane last night after the exciting comeback win over the Yankees at Fenway and now find themselves in the Twin Cities facing Minnesota, and down 3-1 in the third, with Wakefield on the mound and Salty having all kinds of trouble with the knuckle.   The Sox drew first blood in the second off of Scott Baker.  This game is on ESPN, as was last night’s game.

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  • Letdown? No, Tim Wakefield is pitching so it’s just straight up dogshit. I am a broken record but I am completely sick of seeing this shitbag keep getting starts. I hate that he is still on the Sox. Completely sick of it.

    SF August 8, 2011, 8:08 pm
  • Wow, Baker having a lot of problems the third time through the line-up and now it’s tied. Nice.

    stuck_working August 8, 2011, 8:38 pm
  • That Pedroia DP was a great example of why Crawford’s bunt was a bad idea.

    stuck_working August 8, 2011, 9:08 pm
  • Clearly SF doesn’t like Wakefield anymore, but I’d bet that his numbers make him an above-average #5. I could be wrong.

    Nick-YF August 8, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Wakefield often performs counter to how I describe him as a pitcher, and his 4.80ish ERA is effectively better since the Sox score so many runs, rendering him somewhat useful as a #5. But I detest watching him pitch, I just can’t stand it. So that inspired reaction gets the better of reason. I can’t say I am proud of how much I dislike the fact that Wake gets trotted out every fifth day at this point, but I can’t hide this fact. It’s infuriating to me and I wish it would end.
    Though if that means Andrew Miller gets the ball every fifth day then I think I’d stick with Wake. It’s a dilemma.

    SF August 9, 2011, 9:17 am
  • Last night Wakefield went 7 giving up just 3 earned runs, I’d consider that a quality start for a 3, 4 or 5 starter. Although I haven’t gone back and looked at all his starts this year, it seems to me that he performs close to this more often then not.
    I understand how you would be frustrated watching him but I still enjoy watching him simply because it’s fun to watch a knuckleballer and will miss the day that it is no longer part of the game.

    Michael Myett August 9, 2011, 9:58 am
  • Wakefield has pitched three straight quality starts. He’s not amazing, but I still think he has value as a #5. In games he starts, he has 9 quality starts and 7 non-quality starts.

    Atheose - SF August 9, 2011, 1:09 pm
  • I have come to the understanding that a “quality start” doesn’t mean a “high quality” start. It means even less with Wake since runs scored on passed balls aren’t counted as earned runs.
    Anyway, my reaction to Wake is admittedly a little too emotional rather than statistical, but last night notwithstanding I still don’t find him that interesting, or good. But I have no choice but to keep watching!

    SF August 9, 2011, 1:51 pm