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[Jul. 15th, 2005|01:09 pm]


Alex trots the bases after his 2-Run Game Winning HR.

Being a Red Sox fan and watching the game last night felt a lot like "The Old Days". From a fans point of view I knew that it was going to be a high scoring affair. For the first five innings or so the umpire’s strike zone was about the size of a grapefruit and with the talented hitters on both side of the ball you knew that runs were going to be had.

With the Sox losing it was the same story different game. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, 6 runs should be more then enough to give us a win. I don't like seeing us in these slugfests, however they happen, esp. this year against the Yankees.

This all being said I'm not on the Tobin. This is one game, and we're still in first. Chad Bradford showed how valuable he may end up being for us, and our hitting is still there. We have some backend problems with our pitching yes, however I think the Yankees starting pitching is more of a problem for them. They almost need their offense to be scoring a lot of runs this year to get wins. So I'm not too worried yet, this is the Yankees though, and anyone who thought they'd go down without a fight just hasn't been paying attention to baseball the last decade.

Curt Schilling lost in possibly the worse way possible. People at the bar I was in were cheering when he came out...I was pacing. It's only one game, and if he's never the same again that's huge, but was worth it for the ring. The Sox face off against Redding tonight who they should be able to handle fine. We'll see which David Wells shows up tonight; Last time he threw a gem of a game in the stadium.

Millar still needs to go, or play less. That play at first last night was pathetic, and Bellhorn…*sigh* Don’t really know what to say there. I understand pitches seen per plate appearance and walks are good. And I also understand that BA is an overrated statistic, however when you’re near the Mendoza line, striking out a lot, and not hitting for power…something needs to be done.

[User Picture]From: mdyesowitch
2005-07-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, what was that about Millar?
Personally, I don't think he had a bad night last night. Defensively, I think Mueller should have held the ball and protected the run, or try to tag the runner, or throw to Rentaria who was moving to back up third, although I still don't think he would have got the runner.
Offensively, he got two hits and two walks, which is entirely respectable.
I'm not turning into a Millar fan, but I would have said last night's performance was atypically good.

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[User Picture]From: bosawk
2005-07-15 06:34 pm (UTC)
If you watch the replay of that throw the ball should have been caught, or at the worst he could have come off of the bag to block the ball down. That was a pivotal part of the game there. Mueller made a great play and the throw wasn't a forced one. if Millar caught the ball that's an out.

I don't hate Millar, however, I think that we can get better all around production with Olerud in the game. Millar had a good night at the plate last night no doubt. But his statistics just don't lie this year. An OPS of 0.728% is not what you want your 1B to have. He gets on base and makes a pitcher work and he's a good guy. Those are his huge pluses but...

He's near the middle to bottom in all offense categories this year for AL 1B, and he's an average 1B at best defensively. I think with him being in his contract year and the Sox searching to band-aid their pen, he could be attractive to deal to someone. Have Youk and Olerud platoon at first and you don't lose too much, or if anything, we'll gain.

I hope he makes me eat my words and turns it around, I really do. That would make my friend Rog esp. happy! Like I said before you shouldn't have to wait for 1/2 the year for a player to hit their stride every year. We've had enough of a sample set to understand him and his numbers. And he's as streaky as they come. He's great personality to the team when he's playing well, but can be vocal when he's not. I don't know this is a tough one and he usually starts to turn it around against the MFY so maybe this series will jump start him. And in fairness, he has been picking it up offensively I just have serious doubts with him and think the Sox may become a better team without him.
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