04 May 2005

Brandon Moss Update- 5.4.05

Well, as the Brandon Moss Update continues, so do his struggles. His line as of this evening:

.215/ .261/ .304, 79 AB, 17 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 26 SO, 2 SB

An improvement from last update, but he's still striking out way too often, isn't walking anough, and is entirely bereft of power. It's getting to the point of where you have to start to worry a bit, though sending him down is probably a reaction not worth making just yet.

Box for May 1st, 2005- Port. 10, Norw. 9
2-for-4, RBI, BB, RS

Box for April 27, 2005- Port. 2, Bing. 3
1-for-4, 2B, RS

Box for April 26, 2005- Port. 10, Bing. 13
2-for-7, RS

Box for April 22, 2005- Port. 3, Harr. 4
2-for-6, 2B, RS

Box for April 20, 2005- Port. 5, Bing. 6
1-for-3, BB, RBI, RS

Two more with New Britain and a three game series with Norwich upcoming. Keep your fingers crossed for Brandon.

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  • Looking at the organizational standouts...

    Hanley Ramirez
    .276/ .330/ .425, 87 AB, 24 H, 3 2B, 5 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 15 SO, 6 SB

    4th May, 5-0 over New Britain: 3-for-5, RBI, RS
    21 April, 5-4 W over Harrisburg: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, RS
    on his recent leg injury:
    April 27th Portland Press Herald
    But that wasn't the worst news for the Sea Dogs, who lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez to a left calf injury. Ramirez, the top prospect for the Boston Red Sox, was limping after grounding to second in the ninth inning and was replaced by Raul Nieves.

    "We'll find out more (today)," Sea Dogs Manager Todd Claus said. "He had a little tightness in the calf. We couldn't take a chance at him injuring it more."

    April 28th Portland Press Herald:
    NOTES: Ramirez, the top-rated prospect in the Red Sox system, came out of Tuesday night's 13-inning marathon loss after tweaking his right calf. His condition isn't as bad as first thought, and he should be ready to return any day.

    "He'll be fine," Claus said. "He just had a little tightness in his calf. We'll see how he's doing (today) and make a pregame decision." . . .

    April 30th Portland Press Herald
    NOTES: Sea Dogs shortstop Hanley Ramirez showed no ill-effects from the strained calf that had shelved him for the previous two games against Binghamton. . . .

    Dustin Pedroia
    .337/ .426/ .500, 86 AB, 29 H, 8 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 12 BB, 9 SO, 3 SB

    4th May, 5-0 over New Britain: 3-for-5, RBI
    3rd May, 3-5 L to New Britain: 3-for-4, RBI, RS
    26th April, 10-13 L to Binghamton: 2-for-7, 2B, HR, 2 RS, 3 RBI

    Pedroia edged out for ASU athletics award
    The now-Oakland Raiders quarterback, fresh off his first pro minicamp, received ASU Male Athlete of the Year honors at the second annual Sparky Awards at Wells Fargo Arena. Voting was by his peers, more than 500 ASU athletes in 22 sports, who chose Walter over 2004 winner Ike Diogu and Dustin Pedroia.
    Walter finished as the ASU career leader in passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns and total offense, and broke John Elway's 22-year-old Pac-10 career touchdown record. Diogu is the Pac-10 men's basketball Player of the Year and All-America second team. Pedroia, who finished at ASU in 2004 and now is in the Boston Red Sox system, was a Golden Spikes Award finalist for national baseball Player of the Year.

    Meanwhile, in the pitching department...

    Jon Lester
    1-0, 4.50 ERA, 26 IP, 13 ER, 8 BB, 26 K, 27 H, 3 HR

    2nd May, 4-1 over New Britain (ND): 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

    Cla Meredith, meanwhile, after maintaining his 0.00 ERA through his first 15 IP in relief, was promoted to Pawtucket.

    Portland, Maine- The Boston Red Sox have announced that right-handed relief pitcher Cla Meredith has been transferred from the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs to Triple-A Pawtucket. In addition, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Sheldon Fulse on the disabled list with a sore left wrist.

    Meredith, 21 years-old, has appeared in 12 games with the Sea Dogs this season and has recorded a 1-0 record with an Eastern League leading nine saves and a 0.00 ERA. In 15 innings of work he has not allowed a run on five hits; he has walked three and struck out 12.

    I'm going to look at Anibal Sanchez, Abe Alvarez and Kelly Shoppach next week.

    So, miss the Kay content? Well far be it from not to give the people what they want.

    The Yankees defense is the worst in the majors right now. Do you think it is the effect of the batting and pitching taking time to come alive, or do you think the players on the team are simply mediocre defensively? This is just my opinion but I have never considered a good team a good team with poor defense.
    Victor Fujita — New York

    KAY: Victor,
    I disagree with your premise that this is the worst defense in the majors. A-Rod is a solid third baseman, Jeter a Gold Glove winner, Martinez is outstanding at first and Womack is slightly above average at second. Matsui is very good in left, Sheffield very good in right and Bernie Williams is the only one below average in center. Not to mention, Posada does a solid job behind the plate. How is that the worst in the majors?

    Kay's Kooky Mailbag Korner

    That is an absolutely fantastic bit of delusion, isn't it? He disagrees with the premise that the Yankees are the worst defensive team in the MLB. Fine- I can't think of anyone worse, but there easily could be. BUT-

    A-Rod is a solid third baseman, Jeter a Gold Glove winner

    Jeter a Gold Glove winner, huh? No. Not likely. In fa-

    Oh right, he did win last year despite being one of the worst full time defensive SS in baseball these past 7 seasons. Rodriguez was actually more than "solid," though.

    Martinez is outstanding at first

    Does he mean Constantino Martinez? The 37 year old? Eh. He's slightly above average.

    Womack is slightly above average at second

    Womack's not. Yeesh, this is the "repeat it enough times that it becomes true" variety. I just think broadcasters have a tough time imagining someone as fast as Womack with that body type being flat out awful defensively. Tony's defense has been routinely below league average for a few years now. In fact last year in St. Louis was probably Womack's best year with regards to Defensive Win Shares in his career, and he still was 15th in the ML among 2B.

    Matsui is very good in left

    No he's not.

    Sheffield is very good in right

    No he's not.

    Bernie Williams is the only one below average in center

    Well, that's one (very charitable) way of putting it.

    Maybe the Yankees aren't the worst defensively in the majors (it could be the Phillies, the Rockies, the Royals...), but they're not far off enough to take umbrage with the suggestion. For a team with a pitching staff that, with one exception, isn't striking batters out with any regularity, a defense that includes an almost historically bad OF (in particular, until recently, in CF) and a terrible range IF (especially when Giambi is at 1B), the question is very, very valid. I can tell you there aren't many team defenses I'd take the Yankees over.

    Of course, this is the same Kay now hedging his bets over Bernie after spending an early season inning on a YES broadcast chastising the people claiming Bernie had lost a step in CF, calling him "still a very capable, average CFer." That's like calling Adolf Hitler "kind of a dickhead."

    Here's me, on 43rd and Park: "Hey, Mr. McShane!"

    Here's Ian: "Hello!"

    ...and then here's me: "Hey, I love your work!"

    ...and then here's Ian: "Well thank you!"


    I gotta say, as the Red Sox plug away in Detroit, and as MLB Extra Innings has decided to give equal play by doing the home broadcasts in every game instead of blanket NESN, I really really like the Detroit guys. Rod Allen, the color guy, is really fantastic. Easygoing, funny, pretty knowledgeable, and a really good sense of when to just shut up. He and the play-by-play guy (Mario Something) are total homers, but that doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I always kinda liked it when they say stuff like, "I'm just hoping Manny waits on hitting those HRs [to get to 400 career] until like... Friday." It shows they're not taking themselves and their opinions too seriously, and acknowledging the great players on the other team. I'd love to watch a baseball game with Rod Allen, and I wouldn't say that about 99.999% of humanity.

    Ok, all these rumors and setbacks and delays on Season 3 of Chapelle's Show are starting to freak me out. If he's some braindead crackhead now, I'm going to be so fucking pissed.

    Wouldn't that be weird if Comedy Central was guarding the fact that Chapelle had a debilitating stroke or something, sort of like the US did with Woodrow Wilson? Like they didn't want to tip the hand that their $25 million dollar investment wasn't going to make his shows?

    In all seriousness, I hope nothing's wrong, and it's just writer's block or something. I love Dave Chapelle more than I love my big toes.

    I just want to point out to my Mom now, unfortunately for her, I'm going to have to watch the Sox game on Sunday (Mother's Day). I know the attention should be on her, and largely it will, but with Wade Miller making his first start as a Red Sox, I might as well just come out and tell you about it now, Mom. That way you're not too disappointed.

    Speaking of disappointment, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the PS2 game coming out tomorrow, better not disappoint me like Star Wars Battlefront did, a game that should have a HUGE disclaimer on it saying "IF YOU DON'T HAVE PS2 ONLINE, DON'T FUCKING BUY THIS, BECAUSE YOUR PLAYING IT EFFECTS THE OUTCOME NOT AT ALL. WITHOUT EXAGERRATION."

    I also think I'm going to turn in Tony Hawk Underground 2 and just get a used copy of the original THUG. The new one flat out sucked. Meanwhile, having Sonic the Hedgehog on PS2 is a tremendous thing.

    Damn, I wish I was rich.

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