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Small Sample Spectacular

And we do mean spectacular:

  • Josh Beckett: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Justin Masterson: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K 
  • Clay Buchholz: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K 
  • Jon Lester: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 
  • Daniel Bard: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K 
  • Jonathan Papelbon: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K 
  • Takashi Saito: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K 
  • Junichi Tazawa: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K 

And of course:

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka: 10 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K 

That's five potential Sox starters (Beckett, Lester, Dice, Buchholz and Masterson) with a combined line of:

  • 43 IP, 29 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 33 K, 0.84/0.86/.184 

Now if we could only get Tim Wakefield (11 ER in 13.1 IP) on board.

42 replies on “Small Sample Spectacular”

Buchholz’ performances have been spectacular; his changeup and curve are really looking great, and his command is improved. Extremely excited to see him bouncing back from an atrocious 2008.
And yeah, the Beckett-Masterson-Lester awesomeness ain’t too shabby either.

How does Tazawa look? What kind of stuff does he have? Does his fastball really touch 97 mph on occasion? I’ve read he has pinpoint control.

I only saw him in one outing, but his stuff seemed pretty good. As far as I could tell his control was great, he and Varitek seemed to methodically put away batters. But like I said, I only saw him for an inning.

So here’s a question: why has Masterson pitched so many innings this spring? Are they stretching him out so he can be a starter if need be, or just getting him ready to be the long-man out of the bullpen? It just seems weird to me that they would have him pitching the most out of any pitcher so far, even the starters. He just went another 3 innings today, giving up 2 runs and 6 hits.

that’s not even counting daisuke’s perfect outings at the WBC
Yes it is.
Are they stretching him out so he can be a starter if need be, or just getting him ready to be the long-man out of the bullpen?
Yes. ;-)

Well I would have figured that they were grooming him to be the next Julian Tavarez, but since we have such depth at pitcher (Penny, Smoltz, Buchholz, Bowden) I assumed they would focus on him being a reliever. Stretching him out this much–more so than any other pitcher on the team–seems almost reckless otherwise. They must be thinking beyond 2009, since Penny/Smoltz aren’t long-term solutions.
I’m really impressed with Daniel Bard’s performance. Last year he had 43 K’s in 28IP at A, and 64 K’s in 49 IP at AA. His performance this spring, along with the way his walk numbers have improved dramatically, really gives me hope for the future. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him used later this season depending on how he does at AAA.

Don’t you guys know that you can’t start a feel-good thread about how the pitchers are doing thus far this spring before the Kei Igawa comparisons come up?

Spring Training stats look heartening until you realize that Kei Igawa has pitched 9 scoreless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9, and Angel Berroa is batting over .400 and OPSing over 1.100. They truly mean absolutely nothing.

I was trying to find the two really terrible players to compare the Red Sox pitching staff to as well, but I was beat to it.

Well, it is easier to point out good stats from players that none of us have an emotional attachment to. After all, how would you respond if I pointed out?:
Lars Anderson: .182/.182/.308 in 22 ABs
Michael Bowden: 7.2 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 7K

Using any ST training numbers for pitchers is kind of silly, since they are all on strict throwing programs. In spring training games they are told to throw certain pitches a certain number of times, it’s nothing like real game pitching. I do like it when they do well, but pitching poorly might just be a case of one guy throwing seven sliders in a row just to make his quota.

Fantastic quote from Julian Tavarez:
“Why did I sign with the Nationals?” Tavárez said on Sunday. “When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.”

aww. I’m sorry I pointed that out, Rob. But, come on man, that’s funny stuff.
And, while I’d love to sit and read that link you supplied – it’s Saint Paddy’s Day!!!

But on the flip side, A-Rod doesn’t miss an opportunity to make sure he gives us adequate material:))
Yeah, sometimes I just look in the mirror, and I’m so in love, I kiss myself.
hahah. Come on, man. That’s funny.

YFSF is one of the few sites I can go to to AVOID the gloom-and-doom news that is so suffocating these days. So please spare us the whining.

Yup, the guy has no PR skills. Again, how is that a new(s) story? Only in a tabloid…
Whining? Seriously? SFs who, five years and two championships later, don’t let one opportunity to bash the guy go unpassed? Yeah, but I’m the one whining. Oh no, the doom and gloom enveloping the world! Please spare us the child-like fiction of wishing reality away.
I also see that Peter Abraham, when he’s not pretending to be above the tabloids, gets right into copying their “coverage”.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Yeah Rob, all I hear is whining. I picture you as that Chris Crocker kid: “Leave ARod alone!”
Yeah Brad, that quote from ARod was hilarious: “Yeah, sometimes I just look in the mirror, and I’m so in love, I kiss myself.”

Good to know some around here love necrophilia with a dead and rotting carcass. Keep on pumping! I understand. You need the small pleasures to get that big and scary real world out of your mind.

Seriously guys, the best player in baseball is in a magazine kissing his reflection in a mirror. That’s funny, it just is.
Beckett in some trouble here in the second inning, some weak hits are killing him right now.

Geez, it’s a regular pity party on here today!
These stupid Twins need to stop getting infield singles. Five hits this inning, and only one of them hard.

What’s up Lockland, glad I’m not the only one watching. Beckett’s stuff looks really good; he’s getting plenty of swings-and-misses, and tons of weak ground balls… they’re just all turning into infield singles.
And finally a double play ends the inning.

Ya, I mean, I’m an ARod supporter all the way, but stuff like this really asks for it.. day in the park this isn’t..

Good news abounds for the Yankees today, in order of importance:
Rivera makes a successful 2009 debut
Posada catches half a game, continuing his on-track recovery
Edwar pitches another inning, seemingly over his shoulder soreness
Matsui hit the cover off the ball
CC pitched extremely well.
And last but not least, A-Rod comes closer and closer to coming out of the closet. This would solve so many of his PR problems.

Fantastic walk-off win for the USA last night over Puerto Rico. There are some great celebration photos of Jeter and Youkilis tackling/jumping on Wright. Good stuff.

YIKEs – just saw this at baseball musings:
La Velle E. Neal rounds up the Twins news of the day, but buried deep is speculation about Jonathan Papelbon:
This has nothing to do with the Twins, but a National League scout who’s recently seen Jonanthan Papelbon pitch expressed concern that the Red Sox closer is battling a shoulder problem. Who knows if it’s true, but it’s worth tracking. And Papelbon may be the kind of pitcher who’s not afraid to pitch with soreness (see Huston Street).

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