01 May 2006

Sox Beat Yanks, mL Roundup...

First off- now that's a fucking win, tonight. Kay was in rare form, but I've decided to curb the Kay talk this season. He's just so stupid it's not worth it. You all get it- he sucks. Not going to belabor a really played point all season any more.

They were trumpeting Mike Myers when he came in- a mediocre career LOOGY, mind you- as the guy they got to "get Ortiz out." So in he came in a crucial spot, went to a full count with two on... and Ortiz hit an epic HR right into the hard wind to put the game away. That's what Ortiz does. Why he threw a fastball down the middle of the plate is his business, I guess.

Also, Dougie's back. Stud, no bombs tonight.

I knew people were curious about whether Sox fans would boo Damon or not, but I had no idea how fucking obsessed everyone was- the YES crew spent more words breaking down the boos/ claps in each AB than they did the actual game.

I'm sorry, but shit like this is for people who relate more to this circus, gladiator atmosphere that permeates the entire culture and emphasizes the rivalry over the actual baseball. This is why the Yankees/ Red Sox rivalry has become like Church on Christmas for baseball fans- and why it's such a turnoff overall for me. It's stupid shit, plain and simple, and just really gets under my skin. Either way, I thought, it was pretty much 50/50 on plus minus for Damon- boos are louders than claps- but I was pretty embarassed at how many Red Sox fans booed. I just think it was a really lame thing to do, and was more than a little childish, all the events leading up to it considered. Not surprising though. I'll be honest- I don't think a lot seperates Red Sox fans from Yankee fans, unfortunately. Thought it was cool of him to tip his cap to the people that were appreciating him, but like the ad, people are just going to invent reasons for it not to be "worthy" or whatever. Stupid all over, if you ask me. There. End of topic.

Overall great game today. Chacon/ Beckett tomorrow. Let's go git 'em.

OK, well, it's the start of the month, so I'm going to update the minor league numbers and some odds and ends that may arise...

All stats courtesy of MiLB.com


So right off the bat we can see that Hee Seop Choi is already dominating AAA pitching coming off an injury. He's obviously too advanced for this level, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to find a spot in Boston. Hopefully he will, soon.

Ron Calloway has gotten off to a fantastic start as well, sporting a gaudy 443 OBP. Dustin Pedroia, in his first 12 games after the pre-season injury, has been making a slow, steady bit of progress so far. The walk rate is there, but he's still working on putting a sting on tha ball. He's looked good enough to feel optimistic about this. He's not striking out, either, which is a good sign at this point.

Pawtucket's "ace" is Abe Alvarez, who's started the year off pretty nicely. He's walked a few more batters than he's used to, but his hit rate has been pretty low. That's probably not going to sustain, so he'll need to cut down on his walk rate- which he is a good bet to do. In many ways, though at a higher ERA, Matt Ginter has pitched better. In the same 29.0 IP, Ginter has allowed only 3 BBs and a lone HR to Alvarez's 4. He's struck out 19 to Alvarez's 14. But, he's not been as lucky- he's allowed ten more hits. Ginter was rumored to be the next guy out of the chute should DiNardo falter.

Manny Delcarmen threw 10 innings of runless ball before getting called up, and Jermain Van Buren had an appearance for the Sox before being sent back to his perfect AAA record in 2006. Craig Hansen was called up on April 27th and has thrown 2.1 IP allowing only 2 BBs. The other big prospect, Jon Lester, obviously, hasn't been very good (though he had a decent outing tonight, as I'll update tomorrow). Lester's big problem seems to be walk rate and HR allowed. Pretty simple, huh? At the very least, though, he's striking out hitters at a decent rate. He simply hasn't regained his command after it being poor in Spring Training.

Marc Deschenes has been excellent in the rotation as well.


As you can see, life with the bats for the Portland Sea Dogs has been poor. The team's leading qualifier in OPS is Luis Jiminez- at .792. The other prospects in Portland- Brandon Moss, David Murphy, and very marginally, Chris Durbin- have done nearly nothing. Murphy at least has had some punch (9 XBH, .425 SLG), but he's been a big time letdown after what seemed like a nice late season surge in 2005. Brandon Moss looks really overmatched now in AA after a full season of it last year. It's getting a lot tougher to call him a prospect at this point.

In such an offense-poor league, while the offense will look anemic, the pitching will naturally look a bit stronger. David Pauley, Chris Smith, and Barry Hertzler all have had very, very good starts. Craig Hansen did his best work of the season before his callup in Portland- 11 IP, 12 K, 4 H.


Wilmington's got a lot of really promising guys from last year's draft- Ellsbury, Corsaletti, Lowrie. John Otness and even Ian Bladergroen (acquired from NYM for Mientkiewicz) have shown flashes as "prospects." Ellsbury and Jeff Corsaletti have both gotten off to strong starts- Ellsbury currently being on the DL with a leg strain. Bladergroen has had some nice power hitting, but is having some clera contact issues, striking out 21 times in 75 ABs. Not great news. Lowrie as well has struggled in nearly every facet of his game. He's a better player than this, so hopefully this is simply an adjustment issue. That said, it has to start clicking for him. A guy drafted out of college can't struggle this long.

Wilmington's pitching staff has been strong out of the gate, especially Tommy Hottovy, Kyle Jackson and Luis Mendoza. Hottovy leads the team in IP, WHIP, and has the low ERA on the starting staff. Pretty self-explanatory here. Great start.


Jeff Natale is channeling Joe Morgan to start the season, leading the team in SLG, OBP, and OPS. Luis Soto had a really nice start to the year, but he's recently been put on the DL with a strained wrist. Chris Turner doing some mashing, too.

The Drive pitching is centered around 2005 draft picks Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden, as well as bonus baby Mike Rozier and injury returnee Phil Seibel. Buchholz had a fantastic start to the year before straining an oblique- he's still on th DL. Bowden started really slow, but has a couple very good starts in a row- including a 10K performance earlier this evening (not reflected on these stats). Rozier continues to be a huge disappointment.

I'll be doing these little roundups once monthly.

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