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Papelbon?

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mearls
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
He's been erratic all year. Far too many shaky performances that don't show up in the overall stat line, but they're there. This team just didn't feel like a championship caliber squad. Too many hitting droughts, too few break out performances.
heliograph
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
That's why they play the games.

He's had a good year up until this point, but he was walking a lot more people... his WHIP (Walks + Hits / Innings pitched) was way up too, leading to a lot more people on getting on base, which always makes you nervous with a closer.

If you didn't see the game, Papelbon came on in the 8th with two men on, and allowed both to score. His only out in the 8th was a pickoff. Then in the 9th, pop out, fly out, single, walk, double (RBI), intentional walk, single (2 RBI), and the he got yanked after losing the lead and allowing five RBIs.

Tito usually has a quick hook, but you could argue that's what got him into trouble in the 8th. With hindsight you could argue he should have pulled him after the walk or maybe the double, but your options at that point weren't super appealing: Okajima was the best available (and he went in after Papelbon was yanked), but in that situation Paps is usually money. Alas.

They lost because they've been pretty terrible at away games. I blame their new-this-year away uniforms, which look too much like the Yankees away unis. People laughed at my theory at the beginning of the season, but all I can say is: look at the results.

I'm pretty sure the established pattern is that the Red Sox win every THREE years, so take out a mortgage and bet it on the Sox for 2010. Their pitching for next year looks to be really solid when everybody comes back healthy. Lester, Becks, Buch, Dice-K, Wake, with Okajima, Paps, and Bard in the bullpen make for a great potential pitching staff, and hitting and wins should pick up with a full year of Victor Martinez, a healthy Lowell, and a more-to-form Ortiz, along with the plenty good already Drew, Youk, Pedroia, and Tacoby Bellsbury. I hope they resign Bay and Gonzo, too, but they might not. If they do, I really like their chances.

And they need to get more red into that away uni. Then everything will be AOK.

I'm sure Fox is hoping for Yankees/Dodgers, but they'll probably get a freeway series, which is sure to be a ratings disaster.
gbsteve
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure the uniform was to blame but the away form has been bad. Also, I don't know if Dice-K is ever going to be a reliable pitcher. Even when fit, he never really seems in control. That said, on paper it's an excellent squad that should be able to challenge the Yankees a bit more, like when we were 7-0 against them early in the season.
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