May 12, 2006

MELKING DOWN:

Sox come up ’huge’ -- Loretta caps big win over Yanks (Jeff Horrigan, May 12, 2006, Boston Herald)

For much of last night’s game, Yankee Stadium took on the feel of Southie on St. Patrick’s Day due to the number of Bostonians left loaded in public.

Thankfully for the visitors, Mark Loretta was up to being a designated driver.

After seeing his team leave the bases loaded three times in the first six innings, the second baseman produced a two-run infield single that sent the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Loretta went 4-for-6 with three RBI to propel the division-leading Red Sox to their third victory in four games against New York this season. [...]

“This is huge,” Papelbon said. “It showed what we’re made of, coming back in the later part of the ball game and coming through with clutch hits and preserving the lead. From top to bottom, we laid our hearts out on the line and everything paid off.”


They'd have swept had Francona started Wily Mo in the middle game. Meanwhile, the Yanks are left patching and filling what was exposed as an elderly and fragile -- boh physically and emotionally -- squad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2006 7:35 AM
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They'd have swept if Shilling hadn't thrown a couple of meatballs in the middle game.

The Sox penchant for leaving guys on base isn't a good sign. The Yanks may be struggle (especially with Johnson not pitching well and now Matsui out) but Toronto looks like the real deal this year.

Posted by: AWW at May 12, 2006 8:11 AM

The Yankee defense is awful. Their defense is so bad, it makes all their pitchers worse.

Posted by: John Thacker at May 12, 2006 8:16 AM

A team that starts Jeter over Arod at ss doesn't care about defense.

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2006 8:40 AM

AWW - Leaving men on base will decrease once Coco is back and a few guys (Varitek, Loretta, AGon) start hitting close to their career averages). Loretta's done it the past week, bringing a couple victories. Varitek apparently is playing with a leg injury. AGon, who knows.

The Red Sox along with the White Sox have the best-constructed teams in the AL - they have the fewest holes, so the talent they have meshes better. Should be a competitive year, but the two Soxes will be fighting it out in the end.

Posted by: pj at May 12, 2006 8:56 AM

Varitek is the most over-rated player in baseball and they catch him way too much--as he showed when he was useless the last six weeks of the season last year. Gonzalez will hit 15 homers but with an OB% under .300 he's a liability except in the field. They should just go get Orlando Cabrera back--the Angels have two young ss's ready to contribute.

The White Sox have already started breaking down from Ozzie overextending the starters.

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2006 9:03 AM

Would have swept? That's nothing. Sox would have won the Series in '86 if they pitched the Can.

Posted by: Matt C at May 12, 2006 11:35 AM

Matt:

Ah, you near Damascus....

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2006 1:26 PM

Oil Can Boyd is to oj as Ditka is to Bill Swerski.

Posted by: b at May 12, 2006 1:52 PM

Oh dear. Even without Sheff and Matsui the Yanks offense is far superior to the Sawx.


The Yanks pitching was exposed? In what series? It's better than the Sawx so far this year, and will remain so.

I love it when Sawx fans get all excited in May.

Before the season's over y'all be looking up in the standings not only at the Yanks, but at the Jays as well. And then the knives will come out for Theo and Francona.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 12, 2006 2:13 PM

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 12, 2006 3:59 PM

White Sox break down? Wishful thinking my man.

Best pitching staff stats in the majors combined with stingy defense and the fourth or fifth best hitting team in baseball.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at May 12, 2006 4:05 PM

I'll add that the not only is the Sawx pitching far worse than the Yanks -- 3.91 era vs 4.48 and .682 ops against vs .752 fro example -- but for a team w/ pretensions to a championship they are absolutely anemic up the middle.

Varitek (now that he's (clearly) off the juice, Loretta, Gonzalez, and whomever they're throwing into cf these days. Jeez. This is a well-constructed ball-club? OPS's in order:

.663, .695, .625, and in center take your pick of .390, .406 and finally some folks above replacement level at .843 and .894, (and the last of these will come down to earth soon since he's only got 77 abs). Wow.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 13, 2006 12:26 AM

I'll add that the not only is the Sawx pitching far worse than the Yanks -- 3.91 era vs 4.48 and .682 ops against vs .752 fro example -- but for a team w/ pretensions to a championship they are absolutely anemic up the middle.

Varitek (now that he's (clearly) off the juice, Loretta, Gonzalez, and whomever they're throwing into cf these days. Jeez. This is a well-constructed ball-club? OPS's in order:

.663, .695, .625, and in center take your pick of .390, .406 and finally some folks above replacement level at .843 and .894, (and the last of these will come down to earth soon since he's only got 77 abs). Wow.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 13, 2006 12:27 AM

The Yankees are riding their easy schedule--the West Coast trip in particular--to some artificial numbers right now. It'll all come out in the wash.

Posted by: oj at May 13, 2006 9:01 AM

Wait, are you seriously arguing that the Yankees west coast start was part of their "easy" schedule?

The Yanks played two team that might well both be in the playoffs, on the road. The Sawx meanwhile played 4 games at home against the worst team in that division (and 2nd worst in the AL at this pt), Seattle, instead of on the road agains the 2 best.

Minn and Cleveland are a wash as their records are virtually the same. While the Yanks have already played KC, the harder schedule against the west at least makes up for that.

You've also played the two worst teams in the East more, which makes up for playing 3 more games vs Toronto.

The point is, you're reaching. Neither the Yankees nor the Sawx have played a particularly difficult schedule at this pt. If I were you I'd be worried about the Jays, against whom you're 3-5 (Yanks are 3-2). They have played a tough schedule, and have a better team than you, as the head to head is already showing.

This is the worst line-up that the Sawx have assembled in the new century, and the pitching is only slightly better.

In virtually every batting and pitching category the Sawx are mediocre -- 6,7,8 in the AL.

Meanwhile the Yanks are in the top three in everything.

Have fun in 3rd.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 13, 2006 12:12 PM

Typical Sawx hitting performance last night btw. (And typical stellar outing from the Yanks starting pitching).

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 13, 2006 12:13 PM

The West Coast teams have no offense, as witness last night.

Posted by: oj at May 13, 2006 12:21 PM
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