Results for tag: Boston Red Sox
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 19, 2010 at 03:14:03 PM

THAMES GIVETH, THAMES TAKETH AWAY, THAMES SENDS FLOWERS
I know I’ve been kvetching about the composition of the Yankees’ roster for awhile now, but it remains an important issue, something that Tuesday night’s game amply demonstrated. With 13 pitchers and two injured regulars on the bench, Joe Girardi had absolutely no flexibility in the crucial ninth inning. Could he put in a defensive substitute for Marcus Thames in the top of the inning? Pinch-hit for Francisco Cervelli, Thames, Juan Miranda, or Randy Winn in the bottom of the inning? The answer to all of the above was no. What he could do, and did, was pinch-run with Ramiro Pena and enjoy the company of Mark Melancon, who wasn’t used, and Boone Logan, who is left-handed and therefore gets to stay on the club without

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 18, 2010 at 09:35:01 AM

I am a connoisseur of irony, so I can appreciate it when, the same day that I wrote that Marcus Thames was overmatched as a regular, that he hit a ball to the moon to give the Yankees a walk-off win over their arch-rivals. When I opine for a living, you’re going to get hoisted by your own petard every now and again. Last night it was my turn, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Having said that, I stand by my original point. I’m a Marcus Thames booster from way back, having been writing about what was at the time a dark-horse campaign for a Major League career when the former 30th-round pick out of Mississippi hit a completely unexpected .321/.410/.598 season as a Double-A repeater back in 2001. Despite a dramatic fall back to earth in 2002, I campaigned in this space for the Yankees

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 19, 2010 at 10:25:13 PM

I come to you today from a hospital in central New Jersey, where my father is being treated after suddenly being taken ill. I am told that this may or may not be a mortal situation; the next 24 hours will tell.  While I am certain that my masters at YES would give me a pass on today’s entry  based on the circumstances, I’m not doing much besides waiting and worrying, and the distraction provided  by baseball is more than welcome. Thus, let us go on to the day’s business.

Parenthetically, there is a largish television in this waiting room, but it is currently tuned to a show I don’t recognize but is something along the lines of “Dancing with the Socially Maladjusted.” A rather burly fellow is watching and giggling and I think my chances of

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 2, 2010 at 10:34:31 AM

As we enjoy this final Friday before the start of the 2010 season, you can make picks for every race with a reasonable degree of confidence, if not certainty, but the AL East remains very difficult to call.

Over at Baseball Prospectus, the PECOTA system calls for the Red Sox to go 95-67, the Rays to go 92-70, and the Yankees to go 91-71. On the surface, it seems as if the system is suggesting that the Yankees will miss the playoffs. However, it is important to understand that the differences between those three projections are so narrow as to be within the margin of error. All three teams have, as presently constructed, the potential to reach the postseason.

The Red Sox are six starters deep, three of them very good, one, Daisuke Matsuzaka (who won’t be out very long into the regular

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