Bad enough we get swept.
Categories: Casey Kotchman Francisco Rodriguez Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels Seattle Mariners Tim Wakefield
just because his numbers were good in the minors doesn't guarantee big league succes, a lot of players have teared up the minors but have failed at the major league level.
I'd like to see Tito try something different, lineup-wise, during the Seattle series. Specifically, I'd go with the following on Monday night:
1. Crisp, CF
2. Drew, RF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Ramirez, LF
5. Youkilis, 1B
6. Lowell, 3B
7. Casey, DH
8. Lowrie, SS
9. Varitek, C
Now, I realize, it would take hypnosis by aliens for Tito to put that exact lineup out for Monday's game, but I think it's worth a try. (For those wondering, I have Coco in the leadoff spot because he's 10-for-21 lifetime against Washburn.) Ellsbury, when he's in there, needs to be hitting ninth until he snaps out of the slump.
That said, the seemingly inevitable implosion in the late-innings of every close game on the road has got to stop. I honestly believe that all the pieces are in place in the bullpen, but if it takes a significant addition to give the group more confidence, Theo needs to make the deal ASAP.
at what point of the season do we stop calling Ellsbury inability to hit a "slump" instead of him being just what he is, and that's a 4th outfielder with good defense and no stick overhyped as a big time prospect by the boston pr machine. Seriously, the guy has looked completely overmatched the past 2 months.
when ortiz return i want to see this:
Wow, down on Jacoby.
Re: pulling Wakefield earlier… I would point out that, after giving up the two HRs, Wake had allowed two singles and retired 18 hitters entering the eighth inning. His pitch count was still low. He was cruising.
He gets into the 8th and gives up two doubles, and then Delcarmen gets the call. Why would you expect Tito to pull Wakefield any earlier than he did? If there has to be a goat for that game, it's Delcarmen, not Tito.
And the offense, for managing four singles and two doubles off the likes of Jon Garland and Darren Oliver. Yeesh.
Hard to say that Ellsbury is a 4th outfielder with no bat, his minor league numbers show that he's a pretty good hitter. I think he's just in a slump, it happens. I think that in the next month you'll see him start to make some more contact and cause problems with his speed.
No, but the peripherals were there too, lots of good players have also looked lost for extended stretches. He'll be fine, he's certainly better than the alternative (Crisp, bleah)
What worries me about Ellsbury is his sudden increase in strikeouts. A hallmark of his entire career has been very low SO ratios, including last year and the early part of this year at MLB level. This is something new, and could indicate any number of issues, including vision or residual problems from his injury, or just rookie fatigue.
I had wished Buchholz and him back to Pawtucket for a month in April, (remember he was in AA just last year) but all the Sox injuries prevented that, so he is trying to finish figuring things out at Fenway, while he plays different positions on a bad road team.
Jacoby had moved his average back into the acceptable .270's until this road trip, during which most of the team had similar drops. Jacoby is smart, talented, athletic, driven, and will figure it out.
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