The 12th Man

The Herald reports the Sox have established their Opening Day bullpen, choosing Javier Lopez over Manny Delcarmen. Lopez had a good spring, but so did Delcarmen. The Sox will have three lefties — Okajima, Romero and Lopez — in the pen. That seems a bit much, and given the two, I’d rather have Delcarmen in there.

15 comments… add one
  • perhaps Lopez is out of options?

    Nick-YF March 27, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Lopez is most likely gone once Timlin comes back

    T-sf March 27, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • I think Lopez has one year of options left, but I’m not sure–I keep hearing conflicting reports.
    The Sox play 20 games in 20 days nearly right out of the chute this year, so they’re going to need some arms. I don’t see the harm in carrying three lefties, and Delcarmen will likely be back soon enough.

    mouse - SF March 27, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • and delcarmen takes over the bus seat fromally occupied by youk, and before him, lou merloni. there’s not much to see driving back and forth on the 95, so do all you can do to get north and stay there.

    sf rod March 27, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • I don’t disagree with the move. Lopez did well last year with the Sox (though 10 walks in 16 innings is a little disconcerting), it’s worth seeing if can perform at a higher level. Delcarmen’s still young, and starting off in AAA could allow him more mental stability to build off a strong spring. If he were in Boston, he might put too much pressure on himself, knowing that unless he was dyno-mite he’d be demoted when Timlin returns in a couple weeks.

    Tyrel SF March 27, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Lopez isn’t a bad choice for the roster if we’re facing a lefty-heavy lineup soon, like, say, oh, geez, I dunno… can’t think of one off hand, but I bet there’s one somewhere in the AL East.

    Kazz March 27, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • I think the Rangers have four lefties in their lineup – Blalock, Lofton, Wilkerson and Catalanotto.

    Tyrel SF March 27, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Err, Kazz, the Yankees are very lefty-heavy. Cano, Abreu, Giambi, Damon, Matsui…their only right-handed power bat is A-Rod (which isn’t really so bad, Yankee Stadium kills right-handed power, another reason why A-Rod’s 2005 was so gosh darn amazing). Those lefties will come in useful when the Sox play the Yankees six times in April.
    Unless you were being sarcastic?

    Andrew March 27, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Now I feel dumb. My sarcasm meter is broken.

    Andrew March 27, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • Man, you walked right into that one.

    Kazz March 27, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • Reading through the numbers from a (non) objective perspective, I think that looks like a might fine rotation and pen. Period.

    attackgerbil March 27, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Yes, “might fine” was genuine.

    attackgerbil March 27, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Timlin should be back for the Rangers series that leaves Lopez up for the Royals series with a number of the Royals key batters being left handed its a wise move

    Anonymous March 27, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • It’s only spring, but I was pretty encouraged by Donnelly’s and Okajima’s performances, and Romero until the other day. The pen might work out OK after all for the Sox. We can always hope.

    Paul SF March 27, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • A fun note from Bradford’s blog oday:
    “Another noteworthy announcement was that top prospect Clay Buchholz will start for the Red Sox Thursday at City of Palms Park against Tampa Bay.”
    How cool.

    Paul SF March 27, 2007, 10:22 pm

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