The Advanced Scout tried to choke down some lutefisk while analyzing the Minnesota Twins
Scott Candage predicts what the Red Sox will do at the Winter Meetings
Leading up to the trade deadline, all signs point to the Red Sox being buyers. It’s obvious what the team needs most: starting pitching. With Josh Beckett and Jon Lester not pitching up to snuff, the rotation has been in shambles all season long. Felix Doubront is having a typical rookie up-and-down season that you [...]
While Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves have stepped up big-time filling in for John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, we have to be realistic about our expectations for their future performance. Wakefield hasn’t posted an ERA or FIP under 4.50 since 2008 and it’s hard to predict how effective his knuckler will be from game-to-game. As [...]
For three years, Jon Lester has been among the most productive and most dominating pitchers in the American League. With excellent command, swing-and-miss stuff, and ground ball tendencies, few pitchers can match Lester’s rare mix.
There is little doubt that Lester is among the five or ten best American League starters, but just how good is he? It’s time he was placed side-by-side with the AL’s best!
The Sox lineup, as always, is a meat grinder. They have four players in the top 20 in the American League in pitches seen per plate appearance (P/PA) and Pedroia ranks seventh at 4.27 (behind Youkilis who is fourth at 4.36) through 217 plate appearances (Victor Martinez is 11th at 4.12, J.D. Drew 13th at 4.11 while Marco Scutaro is 33rd at 3.92). Pedroia is also second in the league in total plate appearances at 217, behind only Denard Span of the Twins at 218, and leads the league in total pitches seen. Factoring in the entire majors, Youkilis ranks ninth and Pedroia 19th in P/PA.
Sitting in the No. 2 hole in the Sox lineup, Pedroia pesky plate appearances have a ripple down effect. Take for instance last Thursday when Boston beat Minnesota 6-2 on the strength of Jon Lester’s nine-strikeout complete game. Pedroia was 0-3 with a walk and a run against the Twins and Francisco Liriano and was instrumental in knocking Minnesota’s wily lefty out of the game after 4.2 innings with five earned runs on five hits and three walks. Pedroia was in the midst of a 4 for 39 slump at the time that spanned from May 12 to 23 before putting up three hits against the Rays on Monday.
Francisco Liriano has been red hot for the Minnesota Twins this year, but the Boston Red Sox will have to cool him down if they want to widen their winning record.
After setting the Twins in their place yeterday, veteran Tim Wakefield takes the hill as the Boston Red Sox try to take the series rubber match.
J.D. Drew and David Ortiz get the holiday off against LHP Francisco Liriano as the 1st place Boston Red Sox look to make their reign at the top a long one.