Notes from the Game

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)

18 comments… add one
  • Clement is frustrating, and I can’t help but feel that pitching against the NL helps him out quite a bit, but whenever I get upset, honestly, I think of the guy who we were aiming for before we signed Clement.
    I mean at least Clement you know, is healthy enough to pitch. I just look at Clement that he’s a fourth starter at best, and if he can keep us in games, that’s all we need to expect from him. Although, seriously, I wish we could get back that pitcher we had before the All-Star Break last year. What ever happened to THAT guy?

    Hunter May 19, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Yankee injury rolls just keep expanding.
    Torre broke the news on Mike & the Mad Dog this afternoon that Pavano needs surgery on a bone chip above his pitching elbow.
    Crosby’s on the 15-day DL.
    And Posada left the game early tonight with some kind of back tightness. (Any word on that?)
    It couldn’t happen to a richer team.

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • P.S. Pedro vs. Mussina is a heckuva matchup.
    (Will the Bombers’ fans trot out the tired “who’s your daddy” chant?)

    Hudson May 19, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • Hudson:
    Yes, yes they will. I hope Martinez makes them pay for it. It’s a good pitching matchup, but I hope Pedro reminds Mussina and the Yankees why exactly he’s going to the Hall of Fame and Mussina’s going to the Hall of the Very Good.

    Hunter May 19, 2006, 11:38 pm
  • I’m encouraged by Clement’s start today going into his start vs the Yankees next week. When I first saw that Clement and DiNardo would be facing the Yanks, I was a little pissed off.
    But Clement is definitely capable of the occasional great game. It’s too bad that we are paying him $9 mill, as if he were a #2 starter. If he was making a more sane salary, I think I would be more sympathetic to him.

    airk May 20, 2006, 12:01 am
  • I was at the Sox game tonight. Clement had it going on. If Foulke had managed to get Utley (or was it Burrell?) in the 7th then Clement would have gotten away with 6.2 innings of one run ball.
    Anyone care to speculate on the relative ineffectiveness of Mariano Rivera? Seems he’s been much more hitable this year than last, or really anytime ever.

    mattymatty May 20, 2006, 12:16 am
  • matty, It was Utley. Yeah, I think Clement could have gotten him. I didn’t see the hits, but it seemed ticky-tack (word of the week what with that other sport’s playoffs) to pull him that quickly. But he’s had problems melting down late in the past, so I can see both sides there.
    The Yankees fans will indeed break out that tired chant, as silly now as it was the last time Pedro pitched in Yankee Stadium and showed them who was whom’s daddy.
    What happened to Crosby? I missed that one…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 12:42 am
  • Crosby hurt his leg, pulled something. I heard Bernie hurt himself somehow too. Any news on that?

    mattymatty May 20, 2006, 12:54 am
  • Please, never mention Rudy Seanez again. Just the sound of his name makes me want to curl up into a little ball and sob.
    Clement. Yeah, he’s frustrating. Yeah, he’s maddeningly inconsistent. However, he has some wicked stuff when he’s on. I’m not giving up on him yet.
    Albert Pujols and David Ortiz. There are basically two groups of players in baseball today. Pujols and everyone else. But I love Papi. He’s having a nice year again and if there was ever proof that a clutch ability exists, he’s it. In fact, with the game on the line, I’d take him over anyone else on the planet including Pujols.
    Timlin. I love him . . . as long as he doesn’t inherit runners. This isn’t a new issue with him. He was shaky last year too when he inherited. Otherwise, he’s pretty much lights out in the 7th and 8th innings.
    I’m not sure what’s up with Mo Rivera. Maybe his age is showing. As a Sox fan, I kind of relish that as he’s bedeviled us all for such a long time. As a baseball fan I hate to see it. Rivera in his prime was a god in the 9th inning.

    Craig May 20, 2006, 6:44 am
  • According to the NY Post, “Williams suffered a tight buttocks muscle”.
    I don’t even have a joke for that line.

    Tom sf May 20, 2006, 10:43 am
  • airk, Dinardo’s pitching against the Phillies tomorrow, not against the Yanks. It’s Schill, Wake, and Clement against the Yanks.
    Anyway, Clement makes me want to scream. Even when he’s going great, I find myself speculating on whether or not he will just totally implode over the next three batters. It’s almost painful to watch sometimes.
    And when you’re talking about the bullpen, don’t forget Foulkey, who has turned out to be a very effective set-up man. Sure, he gave up that hit to Utley last night, but I generally have confidence in him late in games. At any rate, we’ve already gotten more out of him than we did last year.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 11:16 am
  • Clement’s inconsistancy is from pitch to pitch. I’ve never seen a guy miss the strikezone by two feet with one pitch and then throw something absolutely filthy on the next pitch like he does.
    That pitch that Papi crushed was not a bad pitch. Lieber got inside on him, but I guess it was once too many times. He’d been busting him inside all game. This wasn’t far enough.
    Foulke came in last night and gave up a homer and a double. The homer was foul by inches, so it didn’t affect the game, but the double allowed two inherited runners to score. I keep hoping Foulke will get on a hot streak. He’s been a decent pitcher this year, and I love the way Francona is using him, but he’s not the pitcher he was in ’04 yet.

    mattymatty May 20, 2006, 11:51 am
  • “If Tito will ever move Lowell to fifth in the lineup, it could vastly improve the types of pitches Ramirez sees.”
    While I agree with that, check this…
    Lowell:
    From 7 spot-.441 (30 for 68)
    From 6 spot-.246 (14 for 57)
    From 5 spot-.000 (0 for 14)
    Once Coco returns, I see this:
    Coco
    Loretta
    Ortiz
    Manny
    Trot
    Tek
    Lowell
    Youk
    AGon
    Works for me.

    Mayday Malone May 20, 2006, 12:16 pm
  • It could just be me, but aren’t just about all of Clements’ struggles traceable back to that liner he took of the noggin last July? He went from 90% good starts to about 50% nightmares after that.

    jeremiah May 20, 2006, 12:51 pm
  • Mayday, I saw those stats in the Globe, as well, but I think that’s a product of sample size more than anything else. Lowell was hitting sixth last night and went 3-for-3, so I don’t put much stock in those numbers…
    Laura, I think you mean Schill, Wake and Beckett against the MFY. That’s the last I heard…
    ESPN reported last night that Farnsworth also “felt pain” after the game. Don’t know what that’s about, and I haven’t gotten a chance yet to do my daily reading…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • Ahh, but Beckett is starting today, so it does make it Clement vs the Yankees. That’s kinda scary…

    PaulSF May 20, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • If Beckett is pitching against the Yanks, it would be on short rest.
    Sat–Beckett
    Sun–Dinardo
    Mon–Schill
    Tues–Wake
    Wed–Clement
    That’s how I thought it was scheduled. Maybe it has changed since I last heard, though. Beckett is pitching tonight in Philly, though.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 5:01 pm
  • Oops, Paul, totally missed your last post. i just kind of skipped over it.

    Laura May 20, 2006, 5:02 pm

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