03 May 2005

Jon Papelbon Update- 5.3.05

Seeing as Jon missed his start a couple times due to illness, I skipped last week. Papelbon has continued his success in the past two weeks though.

2-1, 2.78, 22 IP, 20 H, 7 ER, 5 HR, 2 BB, 24 K

Missing his starts caused his IP to be on the short end when compared to the rest of the Eastern League, and his counting stats- Ks, IP, W- haven't pushed him very high up on the relative list.

But that being said, 9.82 K/9IP, 12:1 K/BB ratio and a 2.78 ERA are all putting him at the top of the Eastern League performance-wise. He actually hasn't given up a HR- nor an ER- in the two weeks since my last update. Of course, due to said illness and a lot of rainouts, that's encompassed all of one start.

Box from 4.28.05 (ND)
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

A very good start- his first walks of the season, but he kept the ball in the yard and held Binghamton scoreless through 6 IP.

BaseballAmerica.com has a blurb in a recent "Daily Dish" about Jon:

Double-A Portland righthander Jon Papelbon and Binghamton righthander Brian Bannister both had solid outings last night, though neither figured into the decision in a 2-1 Sea Dogs win. Both went six innings, struck out six and gave up no earned runs. Papelbon, the Red Sox' fourth-round pick in 2003 out of Mississippi State, is 2-1, 2.73 in 23 innings. Bannister, the Mets' seventh-rounder out of Southern California, is 4-0, 0.33 in 27 innings.

Here's a recent article regarding Portland's pitching prospects from TheDay.com (reg. req.- go to BugMeNot.com):

So check out these stacked Sea Dogs this season. Durbin, 23, an underrated outfielder recently removed from the disabled list, is off to hot start, batting .373 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Moss, an outfielder, is rated as the organization's second-best prospect. Jon Lester, a left-hander, and right-hander Jonathan Papelbon, who already has 24 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings, are ranked No. 3 and No. 4. Manny Delcarmen, a righty from Hyde Park, Mass., is a member of Boston's 40-man roster.

Papelbon's next start looks to be May 5th at New Britain

  • Papelbon Update, 4.19.05

  • Papelbon Update, 4.12.05

  • Papelbon Update, 3.29.05

  • Petey and Mientkiewicz got their rings tonight, having a ceremony in the New York clubhouse with Tom Werner, who delivered the rings himself.

    The ring is nice. It's nice that he brought it down here. But what makes me happier is what we did for all the people who supported us for all those years. A long time from now, we'll be known as the team that won it after 86 years. I take a lot of pride and satisfaction in what we were able to do.

    The Red Sox signed John Olerud to a minor league deal over the weekend, a smart move to replace David McCarty as the backup (defensive) 1B, if for no other reason than he can defend more ably even than McCarty, and can actually hit. Olerud is still rehabbing the broken foot he incurred during last year's ALCS when he fouled a pitch off his foot while playing for the Yankees.

    Of course, there is the tremendous opportunity of seeing Olerud in his batting helmet on the field routine as a Red Sox, something I think we, as fans, have gone far too long without enjoying. I actually can't wait to see his first team photos featuring- needlessly, of course- the helmet.

    In all seriousness though, I've always really really liked Olerud for some reason. He's got a real nice, fluid swing, and is one of the greatest defensive 1B of all time. I loved the story that he used to ride the 7 train to Shea every day during his stay with the Mets, and was part of one of the greatest defensive infields of all time in 1999 with the Mets: 1B John Olerud, 2B Edgardo Alfonzo (4.47 RF, 1999), 3B Robin Ventura (2.77 RF), SS Rey Ordonez (4.13 RF). Go check the league RFs for each of those positions in 1999. Unreal.

    The Wade Miller Era Begins... Sunday. Miller threw 94 pitches in 5 2/3 IP, and while reports have his fastball sitting only in the high 80s/ low 90s, with some command issues, his breaking pitches looked strong, and Theo Epstein is ready to turn him loose this Sunday at home against Seattle.

    "[Boston general manager] Theo [Epstein] said everything looked good. He said, 'Way to go with your rehab. Be ready to go Sunday.'"


    "I felt fine ... didn't feel anything bad," he said. "Everything was pretty decent. I think it's about time to move forward."

    I'm sorry I wasn't around, baby. I'm sorry I've been asleep at the blogging wheel. I'm back though, don't sweat it. I'm back, and all is well.

    As far as excuses, I'll point to Mike. Grease kicked ass, and he was the best and most age-appropriate Sonny Latieri I've ever seen. Plus, he's a simply fantastic dancer. Anyway, my excuse is that I was home in CT for the play and couldn't really get myself up off the couch and torn away from the Boy Meets World reruns to contribute. Again, clearly Mike's fault. Mike will actually be throwing us a Notes from the Broseph... soon on a very interesting and candid conversation he had with some Yankee fans.

    First game(s) of the season- next week, May 10 (monster seats) and 11 (LF grandstand) against Oakland. Then, it's on to Cleveland in June.

    Also, even though I don't really get much more than like, a quarter when I sell one, you should totally check out the Bullshit Memorial shirts, cos I sat around last weekend making them on Microsoft Paint and Google. I predict you'll be totally impressed, and unable to keep your money in pocket.

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