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(no subject) [Jun. 17th, 2005|01:43 pm]

Draft Analysis, Michael Bowden

I was listening to Baseball Prospectus Radio today and they were talking about the draft. Speaking of which, it's really nice to find any coverage on this because, as they stated, it's not as "sexy" as some of the other drafts. One thing that really stood out to me was them talking about one of the "shrewdest" picks in the draft, and the team that made it? Your Boston Red Sox. They believe that Michael Bowden could be one of the best picks in the draft because of, get this, he pitched in a cold weather state, and ecsp. Illinois. Apparently there's been studies that show Illinois is one of the most looked over states when scouting and recruiting high school players.

The Sox landed him in the first round supplemental draft with their 47th pick. You can read a fun article on his experiance HERE. He's an All American ballplayer and according to Baseball America he has one of the best breaking balls among high school pitchers. This is promising since this is usually a skill developed later in careers. Take a look at these stats:

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That is just sick. This shows incredible control and an ability to shut down aluminum bats. It will be interesting to see how they progress with his development.
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2005|11:32 am]

Sweep Emotion

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The Sox have been in fine tune as of late, winning 4 in a row.

"When your offense scores you 6 runs two days in a row you should have two victories underneath your belt." - This Blog only 4 days ago after disappointing losses in Chicago.

Wow, apparently it wasn't the Sox hitters who were missing Fenway but our pitchers. Bronson Arroyo finally got out of his slump last night and looked much like the pitcher who started the year for us. Arroyo pitched another solid 7 innings for the Sox yielding only one run while K-ing eight. Awesome showing by our starters over the past four games. I don't care if these last three were against a struggling Reds team either, the Sox need these wins to gain confidence and to keep that Fenway Vibe rolling.

And how about our bullpen the last few days. Mike Timlin and Keith "No longer do I like to choke" Foulke pitched two innings for a combined 5 K's. Can't type anymore on Foulke due to fear that I may jinx him.

Another guy who likes playing in Fenway, and Yankee Stadium, and Camden Yards, and...well...the park doesn't really matter, is David "Big Papi" Ortiz. David was 2/4 with 3 RBI and two key doubles last night to continue his hot swinging ways. And lets all stand up and give a strong hand for one of my personal fav. players in the league, Bill "The Professional Hitter" Mueller. This guy's hotter then Paris in that new Bently car wash commercial. All he did in the Cincy series was hit .333 with 6 RBI and 2 BB. Solid, solid, solid production from your #8 hitter. Keep it up Bill-Boe. The Sox outscored the Reds 23-4, take that Joe Morgan you hack of an announcer.

Wade Miller looks to keep our pitching splooge-fest rolling tonight as the Sox try not to get commandeered by the Pitsburg Pirates.

Would like to give a quick shot out to loyal reader, Chicago resident, and great Twin fan Bob Lam. Thanks for reading! And what's up with The Giants doubling your boys up!?? Ha hah!
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(no subject) [Jun. 15th, 2005|01:30 pm]

Wish we had Pedro?

I'm writing this article for a couple of different reasons which I will explain. One is that I just finished reading Alan Schwarz's 'Numbers Game' and it's inspired me to question the way I listen and view baseball games once again. Also, with all of the nationally televised games that have been on T.V. recently (The Yankee series & interleague play) I've heard some of the announcers try and explain why the Sox don't have a better record then they currently owned. Without fail almost everytime they mention this they state that our pitching is to "blame". I agree 100% with that statement (Since as of today we're #1 in the AL in Runs Scored), however, where I do disagree is with what comes out of either Buck, Morgan, McCarver, or whoever's mouth next. And that's that it's not just our pitching, but it's because we don't have Pedro or D-Lowe anymore. So basically what they're saying is:

Boston Red Sox Pedro/D.Lowe > Boston Red Sox Clement/Wells/W.Miller

On the instant I hear these words I get frustrated and disagree, and there are numerous ways to look at this. I believe we made the right moves instinctively because:
a) I trust in our management 100% in making the right decisions for us. (I know this is blind)
b) Just simply looking at their salaries for the year makes it a great deal for the Sox:

Matt Clement$6,500,000
David Wells $4,075,000
Wade Miller $1,500,000
Total $12,075,000
Avg. $4,025,000

Pedro Martinez $10,875,000
Derek Lowe $7,000,000
Total $17,875,000
Avg. $8,937,500

Now on money alone I believe that the Sox have done better for the team as a whole. I hope Pedro does win the NL Cy Young, I'm pulling for him to do it. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should have kept him. By looking at the above salaries Pedro's contract is almost as big this year as all three of the pitchers we got to replace him. Is Pedro better then those three combined? I don't think so.

Lets take a look at what each pitcher has done thus far this year:

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Now we all know that both W.Miller & D.Wells have spent stints on the DL so that is one of the first things I take into account looking at these stats. The second thing I notice is that Pedro is carrying D.Lowe (imagine that). And the third thing I'll point out is that both Ex-Sox are facing a much less deadly NL and are out of the potent AL East. Not bad then huh? I'll take Wells over D.Lowe, and Clement has the same record as Pedro. Pedro's Pedro and you can't get a new 1999 Pedro, but dang, Clement's finally getting the run support he lacked last year with the Cubs and it's showing. Then you throw Wade Miller in the mix and it just shocks me that someone who gets paid to only follow baseball (Someday...) can say such a blanket statement. Lets look at each pitchers recent outings now that it's warmer, they're not injured, and they're more comfortable.

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Ah, now (to me at least) it all seems to come much more into view. We're getting more innings for less money and they're quality starts at that. This frees up money for other concerns while not weakening the core of our staff. Oh yeah, some guy named Curt Schilling has basically been out all year. Once we get him back we'll have the beautiful problem of having too many good starting pitchers (which I've been talking about since Spring Training).
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(no subject) [Jun. 15th, 2005|08:13 am]

Wells One-Hit Gem

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David Wells during his gem of a game last night.

Last night was a perfect marrige of what the Sox would like to see everyday on the diamond. Great pitching, and great hitting. David Wells, Mike TImlin, and Keith Foulke combined to throw the Sox first 1-Hitter since 1990. Yes...even Keith Foulke looked good, these are scary times. Result: Sox win third in a row, 7-0.

David Wells was simply on point last night with pin-point accuaracy and great pitch selections. This was his second strait solid start and is a very welcome site to the Fenway Faithful. Boomer may be able to fill that dominant LH role the Sox have been missing for quite some time. On related pitching news Schilling was supposed to throw down in Arizona yesterday and is slated to possibly be back before the All*Star break. If we can get Schilling at 80% of what he was last year then the O's may soon be checking out the back of our jerseys. More on thestate of our "new" pitchers later today.

On the other side of the ball the Sox bats are smiling being back in Fenway and even Millar has been looking like the Millar people like again. Manny hit his third HR (a blast for Stubby) in three games and Professional Hitter had another clutch hitting game. ER & Ortiz were the only starters not to have a hit last night. We're getting solid hits with 2 out maximising our production potential, and our outs are even "good" ones. I remember 4 or 5 outs last night on sharply hit line drives.

Sox look for the series sweep tonight as Arroyo looks to get a solid start underneath his belt.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2005|09:18 am]

Sox Win Game 8

Carlton Fisk looks down onto the field next to the newly annoited Fisk Pole

"Home, home again.
I like to be here when I can.
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire.
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells."

Pink Floyd - Breathe (reprise)

Ah, home again is right. It felt good to be back in the Fens on a muggy 88 degree night. The Red Sox faced off against the Cincinnati Reds for the first time in 30 years last night and erected a little revenge for their 1975 World Series loss. The game was preceded by a recap of Game 6 of the '75 World Series, which has been said to be one of the greatest games ever played in October, or any month for that matter. After a video recap (which gave me chills) Fisk came out on the Monster as they officially named the left field foul pole, 'The Fisk Pole'. I still think 'Pudges Pole' has a better ring to it, but whatever. Carlton then threw the first pitch to fellow battery mate, Luis Tiant (El Tiante) to get the game started. Click HERE to view some scenes from '75.

And what a game we had. Matt Clement rebounded beautifully from his previous outing and threw a great game with a much needed 8 innings pitched. The "struggling" Manny Ramirez had a solid game with a four bagger and a double, as he continues to be productive. W.W.J.D.D had another great night with a 3/4 showing that raised his BA to .349.

This could be just what the doctor ordered. I really think that the Sox are going to go on a little run now. They have a six game home stand against teams that are struggling a bit, the weather's getting warmer, and s***, did I mention they're home? I'm hoping for 5/6 on this home stand, and to see us gain a couple of games on the O's. Right now this team just needs to be concerned with wins, you win games, and usually the rest will fall into place.

Boomer takes the mound tonight in hopes of getting the Sox their 3rd win in a row.

Edit: I almost forgot. During the traditional playing of 'Sweet Caroline' yesterday, they announced that Jason and Karen Varitek had a child they named Caroline Morgan Varitek earlier in the morning. It was probably the most enthusiastic singing of the song I've ever heard at Fenway with the announcement on the scoreboard, the Sox winning easily, and with all the beer consumption to stay cool. It was pretty neat to be there. Congrats Teks!

Edit #2: I just went to http://www.redsox.com and spotted myself in the stands, pretty funny :-)
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2005|04:29 pm]

Cubs Clubbed

Wakefield of Dreams slides into home, a rare sight.

Well, well, imagine this, the Sox played in yet another game that wasn't close. I'm not saying I wish they were playing in a plethora of one run games, however, it just seems most games they play is a blowout for someone. This shows me a basic lack of consistency on both sides of the ball.

Lets look at some good things the Sox have going for them now. They're playing at home now! I almost forget what the home whites look like, but I'll be there live in effect tonight right next to the Pesky Pole to see Pudge get a certain Left Field pole named after him. More on that tomorrow though.

Last nights game went very well, and it looks like Mirabelli being out effected Wake a little more then everyone thought. Hopefully Timmy will be able to shake himself out of that funk he was in and get some more solid innings underneath his belt. And how 'bout his hustle around the bases? When he was waved around I held my collective breath in utter fear though, good job Tim. Youk continued to fight for a spot in the line-up being "only" a 3B away from the cycle. Speaking of cycles, Damon was a single away from the cycle and this is after he got Rob Based in the first inning. Johhny continues to be the best leadoff man in baseball and I hope he can "sneak" onto the All*Star team.

Since we're on the cycle subject this brings me to why


So during all this cycle talk he was asked if he ever hit for the cycle and he said, and this is for real, "I don't know."

What?!?? That's like someone asking me if I slept with Eva Longoria and me being like...Maybe...I'm not too sure though." Give me a break Joe, 1975 is over, no need to hate on the Sox anymore.

*Sigh* 20 min. and I'm out.
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(no subject) [Jun. 12th, 2005|06:15 pm]


Why didn't Tito pinch hit me again

A day after getting hammered by the cubbies 14-6, the Sox blew a 4-0 lead and lost their second in a row 7-6. This was just an utterly frustrating game to watch. Wade let them back in by allowing 5 singles in a row (you'd think the bullpen would be warming up here. To boot with two on and one out in the seventh (I think) they let the 2/2 Wade Miller hit again! Horrible, horrible, horrible managing. Wouldn't you rather have Olerud, Millar, Youk, or Payton hitting here?!? Miller didn't get his 3 hit (IMAGINE THAT) and to boot, Damon struck out looking. They made a comeback but it was too little too late. I'm used to losing games after being down huge early, but giving up the 4 run lead like we did is unexcusable. When your offense scores you 6 runs two days in a row you should have two victories underneath your belt.

Within the next two week expect some major shake-ups with this team, Adios Millar.
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(no subject) [Jun. 9th, 2005|04:41 pm]

The Tale of Two Cities

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(no subject) [Jun. 9th, 2005|10:32 am]

Well Done

David Wells get some well earned congratulations from his fellow teammates

The Boston Red Sox avoided being swept last night behind a very strong outing by David Wells with a 4-0 win. Boomer has been pitching fairly well as of late and last night was no exception. He easily could have pitched his second complete game of the year, however, it was probably smart for Tito to take him out, we want him to be throwing those type of games in August, September, & October. I'm glad we won't have to face this talented Cards team again, unless there's a certain October date that wants to be repeated...

This weekend should be a very fun series with us going into Chicago to play the Cubbies. This will be the first time these two clubs have faced off since the 1918 World Series, and we all know how that turned out. Those games weren't even played at Wrigley because they wanted to have more room, so they played at nearby Comiskey Park (The Old Comiskey).

I'll be slightly torn because I've adopted the Cubbies as my NL team, and due to the fans passion, history, and heartache, these two franchises have been linked together for awhile now. Should be fun to see my boys in Wrigley, I just wish I could be there!

Here's to a good weekend.
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2005|04:42 pm]

Boo Birds

I honestly can't comment too much on last nights game becuase I had a 9:00pm softball game in Medford, however, I do know that the Sox had the same amount of hits as the Cards, however, in the end, they took another beating from the NL Champs.

Also if you look at the AL East in general no one's doing too well as of late. No one's above .500 over the past 10 games and all 5 teams have some sort of losing streak under the way right now. Not too sure exactly what this means, except for the fact that if the Sox have won a few more game they could have gained/distanced themselves.

Clement looked human last night and took his first loss of the season on some mental lapses. This happens, and I'd take 6/7 every time. We look to avoid getting swept for the second time this year tonight. (Interesting fact: This years Boston Red Sox are the only MLB team not to get shut-out thus far.)

Blood Feud Book Review

Last week I finally picked up one of the many post Sox WS books and I deceded upon Bill Nowlin & Jim Prime's Blood Feud : The Red Sox, the Yankees, and the Struggle of Good versus Evil. I started reading this right before theweekend series and breezed through it in about a week. First off, this is a book written for Red Sox fans. They write like fans, however, they did a lot of research and include a lot of great facts about the two teams history with each other. They have a lot of Sox background and both have written numerous books on them and Ted Williams.

There really wasn't anything new here, and there was no real behind the scenes stuff. However due to its coverage of the entire history it's a keeper. I may check out Tony M's book on the 2004 season next and would love to hear any suggestions.

I would suggest this book to the Sox fan who would like to know a little more on the history of these two great franchises (from a little skewed angle be it) from the begining to now. Johhny Pesky's afterward and Bill Lee's Froeward are complete opposites, yet highlights of the book. Bill Lee is a Yankee hater true and through, while Pesky is very respectful and dosn't write one even remote bad thing about his lifetime rivals.

I'm reading Numbers game now and will post a review when done with it. (Let mwe know if this should be behind a cut)
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