Rudy, Toot-Toot?

So Craig Hansen has one rung left on the ladder, and this could spell the end of the Rudy Seanez era.  Interestingly, he is scheduled to pitch 3 innings, which might indicate that the Sox are beginning to stretch him out.  Could he be the 5th starter on everyone’s mind?  Or does his herky-jerky motion bode poorly for his future ability to throw 180+ innings?

14 comments… add one
  • Is there an out-clause in Seanez’s contract?

    NickYF April 27, 2006, 1:12 pm
  • You mean, besides when Theo says “get out”?

    SF April 27, 2006, 1:16 pm
  • no, I mean is his contract really cheap and incentive-laden? How much would the Sox be eating?

    NickYF April 27, 2006, 1:23 pm
  • 1.9M base according to ESPN. It doesn’t look like he’s going to hit any incentives.

    SF April 27, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • In Rudy’s defense the Red Sox are a terrible team to play for.
    But seriously folks, if you take away that second appearence by Seanez he’s been better than alot of middle relief around the league.

    walein April 27, 2006, 1:26 pm
  • Relievers in general and middle relievers in particular get no respect.
    I bet by the end of the year, we’re praising the awesome job either Seanez or Riske has done this year and how we might not have won the East without them…
    It’s just the way it goes.

    Paul A. April 27, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • hansen’s been working on a changeup too…which is strange b/c most typical ‘closers’ don’t need one. a situation that bears watching IMO.

    T April 27, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • While adding a change-up to his arsenal does give more creedence to the idea that the Sox are looking at him as a starter, I’m thinking it’s something else. Didn’t Gossage and Sutter (before my time, guys, do please correct me if I’m wrong)pitch 2-3 innings. Perhaps, the Sox are refashioning the dominant closer role by returning to the 70’s. Hansen could be that type of reliever.

    NickYF April 27, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • It has nothing to do with respect, Paul. In fact, quite the opposite. It has to do with performance. Middle/late game relievers are incredibly important, as you seem to understand.
    Apparently the Sox are stretching Hansen out to keep him as a reliever; they believe that if he comes in for just an inning he’ll rely on a fastball to blow guys away, developing nothing else of substance. In the majors, that’s not really enough, even to close.

    SF April 27, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Well, and if he develops the capability to be a three-inning reliever/closer, man, what an addition to the bullpen, especially because it allows the Sox to put Papelbon in the rotation next year without giving up a Papelbon-esque arm at the end of the games.

    Anonymous April 27, 2006, 4:47 pm
  • Guys – I’ve seen him throw on more than one occasion. He trows harder than Pap, has a better slider than Pap, is taller and bigger than Pap. With a changeup, he’s the ultimate closer. If he throws 97 with a great changeup, he’s nearly unhittable, and when you factor in the slider, it’s just rediculous. His stats so far this year are off the scale great (an indication of the level he’s on compared to where he’s pitching), and my guess is that he gets a couple weeks (maybe less) in Pawtucket, and is on the big team. They will try him in pressure situations, and if it works, you know what he’s going to do after that.
    FWIW, the guy has been a closer his entire life, never has he started a game unless maybe high school. He’s taking that job, and Pap is slowly going back into that rotation.

    Brad April 27, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • Besides, why let him cook for three innings when Papelbon can already do that?

    Brad April 27, 2006, 5:12 pm
  • Things are sounding rather spooky in RSN right now.
    You guys have Paul Bunyan in your farm system?

    walein April 27, 2006, 5:41 pm
  • Man – this is great stuff:
    Check this out, guys.

    Brad April 27, 2006, 5:57 pm

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