For however long (or short) I’m posting here, I want to try out a periodic post-game thread, where we can discuss thoughts about the game or whatever. It’s really just so I can ramble about what I liked/didn’t like about what just happened without hijacking somebody else’s post.
Red Sox 5, Phillies 3
1. David Ortiz, who ultimately provided the margin of victory (because, you know, he’s clutch) with his two-run blast, is quietly putting together a season even better than last year’s (thanks to Dave Pinto’s Day-by-Day Database):
2004 through May 19: .266, 10 HR, 30 RBI
2005 through May 19: .273, 10 HR, 29 RBI
2006 through May 19: .268, 14 HR 37 RBI
He’s no Albert Pujols, sure. But he will easily hit the 50/150 mark even if he simply hits to his average the rest of the season.
2. Mike Lowell and Mark Loretta combined are hitting .378 in the month of May, with a .417 OBP. These are the guys hitting around Papi and Manny. If Tito will ever move Lowell to fifth in the lineup, it could vastly improve the types of pitches Ramirez sees.
3. Matt Clement is the most frustrating pitcher. Ever. At least with a guy like Seanez, we know what we’re getting (bad). I can’t stand this constant feeling that maybe this start was the one where Clement put it together. (Which of course is exactly what I’m thinking now).
4. Scott Proctor is turning into a good pitcher with the Yankees (ERA after tonight’s game is about 1.90). Yet his ERA is still nearly half a run higher than Mike Timlin’s and Jonathan Papelbon’s combined. Timlin is one or two more scoreless innings away from having an ERA below 1.00, and he and Paps have essentially turned any close Red Sox lead into a seven-inning game. Who else in baseball has a 1-2 in the back of the pen as good as that? And what fountain of youth has the camo-wearing, middle-aged, looks-like-he-wouldn’t-lose-sleep-after-snapping-your-neck reliever found?
Discuss your own observations, insights, etc here. Or don’t. Either way, the Sox are in first for at least today and tomorrow, and I can go to bed happy.
(Edited to correct Proctor’s ERA)