March 14th, 2007
I really like the pitcher formerly known as the Kansas City Cast-off–Kyle Snyder…He just pitches with so much heart–and his success in Spring Training continued with 3 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball. Giving up 2 walks, but striking out 2, Kyle threw 47 pitches, 27 for strikes. Marshmallows for everyone!
Since he is out of minor league options, if he does not make the 25 man roster, he would have to clear waivers before he could go to Pawtucket–and the way he has been pitching, there is no way in hell that would happen…Fortunately, the Sox seem to be learning from their mistakes from last year, when, feeling they had “too much” starting pitching (yeah, like that is even possible), so they traded Bronson Arroyo–and everything well to hell in a hand basket… The Sox are looking to have Kyle return to Boston as a long-reliever/spot starter. And that is perfectly OK with Kyle: “My value is my versatility,” Snyder said. “I feel I have an upside. I feel I’m a starter, but I’ll do what ever I have to do.”
After spending the day in New Jersey, attending the funeral of his mentor, John Vukovich, Curt Schilling threw 81 pitches in 5 innings in a simulated game Tuesday night. Having only Jason Varitek to catch him, and minor leaguers to (try to) hit him, Schilling continued his work on his changeup and other off-speed pitches: “I feel good,” he said. “All four of my breaking balls got better today, and that’s a nice thing at this point. The changeup is coming. It’s getting better. I’m really pitching with almost reverse mentality right now. I’m pitching trying to get contact early in the count. Get contact, and that’s the opposite of everything I’ve ever done.”
Curt’s current record in 3 Spring Training starts (all against the Twins–how weird is that?) is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA. Because he does not like to pitch to teams in the AL East in Spring Training, his next start will be in a minor league game on Sunday.
Can the quest for a closer be…close? Timlin: Too Hurt; Pineiro: Too hittable; Tavarez: Too..JULIAN; Hansen: Too Green..but Brendan Donnelly?
With a mouth like a truck drive (he never met an expletive he didn’t like) and the guts and heart to match, he certainly has the mentality to close: “Itâ€™s up to you to get those final three outs. The rest of the team has done its job to get you the lead…Thereâ€™s no one left to come in and save you. Youâ€™re either leaving the field high-fiving or getting (bleep) thrown at you.” But Brendan is not without his own issues: He is 35, his velocity has fallen a few miles per hour to the low 90’s, and he walked a career high 28 batters last year.
Is he Jonathan Papelbon? NO–but when all is said and done–he may be our best bet, unless Theo can pry another closer from another team.
Funky Bits: Despite the fact that yesterday’s game was the 2nd time this spring the Red Sox did not get any runs, in the last 5 games, the Sox have hit .326, and driven in 28 runs.
Not looking super wonderful for Mike Timlin, who is still has a day or two left on his 7 day no throwing moratorium, trying to heal the left oblique strain which has been plaguing him all Spring Training. He will then be re-evaluated by the staff, and if he is ready, will start throwing again.
Wouldn’t be nice if it actually meant something?: As of today, Red Sox Starters have a combined 2.92 ERA, only counting games played against other major league teams. This is the average of Daisuke, Jonathan Papelbon, Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett.
Grapefruit League record as of yesterday’s loss: Red Sox 7-7-1
So, in the regular season, if the Sox hit at a .326 clip, and pitched with an ERA of under 3, think we could do some damage?
Today: Kason Gabbard will get the nod against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at “home”, with Julian Tavarez taking some inning after that–like a start–but in the 3rd or 4th inning…Guess what time???? 1:05…