April 1st, 2009
Bringing their Grapefruit record (with 2 more games to go) to 6 games over .500, the Sox were lucky for the late innings surge that gave them this victory…cause Clay Buchholz gave ’em nuthin in this one, giving up 6 runs over 5 1/3 innings, including 9 hits (2 of them home runs) while striking out 4 and walking 1…
And he was then promptly sent to Pawtucket–although not because of his bad start. Since Brad Penny is healthy enough to go, he will be the 5th starter. Of course, if another starter is needed at any point (and you know it will happen) I am sure Buchholz will be the guy they call up to get the start…So, for now, I am breathing a sigh of relief.
Let’s just hope that Brad Penny has recovered from whatever ailed him, (physically AND mentally) and can get it done….He has 1 more grapefruit start (tomorrow, against the Twins) and will then get the ball for the April 12th start against Anaheim.
Looks like Nick Green and Chris Carter will be the final 2 utility players that will be joining the Sox in Boston when the team breaks camp this week. Carter will fill in until Mark Kotsay is recovered from his back surgery (around May 1st) and Nick Green will fill in for the injured Julio Lugo, who should be back from his knee surgery in a couple of weeks (UGH)
In a shocking move, the Tigers have released Gary Sheffield. Citing “A way to get more versatility out of the DH Role” The Tigers have decided not to have a designated DH–but to rotate players through that position, giving them a break from having to play defense. One run shy of 500, Sheffield now needs to find another place to play…Unless he is miraculously signed this week, this will be the 1st time since 1989 that he will not be on an Opening Day Roster…
And for those of you who are thinking–Maybe the Red Sox could….NO! STOP! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
A couple days ago, someone asked me for my thoughts with regard to Pedro Martinez and the Sox taking another look at the pitcher. Pedro was one of the greatest pitchers the Boston Red Sox have ever had–and in the late 90’s/early 00’s, it was pure magic watching him pitch (Sort of like what I think watching Cy Young/Babe Ruth would have felt like) But, at the end of the 2004 season, when his contract was up, it was time for him to move on. Not only was his injuries and small body for a pitcher starting to catch up with him, but his insistence on a long-term, very expensive contract, (he got the Mets to go with 4 years and $53 million) not to mention his complete unwillingness to work with the Sox on contingencies in case of injury, made him much more of a liability that Theo was willing to deal with. And with his almost constant injuries during his contract with the Mets, especially the last 3 years, shows that Theo’s instincts were correct. So, now we fast forward to 2009–and the injuries continue, and even some surgeries have happened. And Pedro, no longer wanted by the Mets, had his agent start asking the Sox if they were interested in exploring a possible reuniting–with the Sox quickly indicating a total lack of interest. Of course, the Sox are filled to the gills with starting pitching, so adding another one, who would insist on being a starter, and no be in the bullpen, or go to the minors, would offer them no flexibility. Let him stay in the NL–its easier…for everyone. Sometimes you just CAN’T go home…
Coming up: The penultimate Grapefruit League game, and the final start for Ace Josh Beckett before he takes the mound at Fenway on Opening Day (NEXT MONDAY–FIVE…MORE…DAYS…) The Sox head to Bradenton to play Pittsburgh again. Also pitching today will be Jonathan Papelbon, MDC, and Javier Lopez…1st pitch 1:05pm
And, for those of you who were wondering–Yes, I got my “Hanging Sox” tattoo last Friday–pictures will be forthcoming soon–juts have to find the time to actually take the pictures, and post them. Suffice it to say, it’s a great tat, and I am very happy with it!