Are the Red Sox turning a new leaf, or is this just a minor victory on the long, slow, inexorable march towards the AL East cellar?
An in-depth look at the constantly evolving and tenacious, Jake Peavy. He’s not just a warrior, but also, a craftsman.
While the Boston Red Sox are struggling to break .500 as the season rolls along, there’s plenty of optimism looking past this season into the near future. That feeling of optimism is in large part to two young catchers, Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Now before we get into breaking down any statistics, let’s run […]
Catcher-turned-pitcher Robert Coello made his Triple-A debut with the Pawtucket Red Sox on April 19, 2009 against Lehigh Valley.
Coello blanked the Iron Pigs for 1 1/3 innings and then was sent to Class-A Salem where he was 5-3 with two saves, a 2.05 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 66 innings.
Looking back on Coello’s debut with Pawtucket, one thought stuck in the mind of pitching coach Rich Sauveur.
“If you had asked me a year ago after he pitched that one inning, I would have said ‘Good luck. I hope you have a good education,’” related Sauveur. “But the strides he’s made in the last year are outstanding.
“He very much wants to learn this game of pitching. Ask me now and I’d say the kid has an opportunity because he throws strikes and he’s got velocity on his fastball. He gets a lot of swings and misses with his fastball.
“I’m very hopeful this kid will stay here,” added Sauveur, “and help our team win.”
During his first three outings (one start and two relief appearances) with the PawSox, the 25-year-old right-hander has given every indication he’ll do exactly that – since he was 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA, replete with only five hits plus 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
In retrospect, those stats are a microcosm of his performance with Portland, where he began the season.
After avoiding a New York Yankees sweep last night on ESPN, the Boston Red Sox will look to regain some ground in the AL East as the Toronto Blue Jays will send Brandon Morrow to the hill to face John Lackey.
Fact: As a catcher, Victor Martinez makes a good first baseman – and a D.H.
Fact: Jason Varitek, at 38, is on the down side of a once brilliant career.
Fact: Both players’ contracts expire after the 2010 season.
Question: Who will comprise the next generation of Red Sox catchers?
Will it be either Pawtucket catcher Mark Wagner or Dusty Brown, each of whom is on Boston’s 40-man roster?
Or will it be one – or both – of Boston’s very best catcher prospects, Luis Exposito or Tim Federowicz?
GAME NOTES Just hours after the Boston Red Sox, coughed up a second straight loss to the struggling Orioles, the boys from Beantown will take the field one last time in Camden Yards to try to pull a win out of the series and avoid the sweep. Josh Beckett will need to improve on the sub-par performance of Daisuke Matsuzaka during last night’s loss, as the O’s send Kevin Millwood to the hill.
Jon Lester was finally able to turn his shaky start to the season around last week. Tonight, Lester looks to lead he Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays in the last game in the Rogers Centre.