September 16, 2006

WILL NO ONE RID ME OF THIS TROUBLESOME CATCHER?

Nice to see Josh Beckett demonstrate on a national stage today that his only problems this year have come from rotten batterymates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2006 3:59 PM
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You Sawx fans will look for a silver lining anywhere eh?

Took the dude 112 pitches to get 18 outs. 10 baserunner through 6, including 5 bbs and a hit batter. So that's a 5/4 bb/k ratio, to go along with that poor whip.

I'd hardly be bragging about a performance like that. The Yanks just couldn't hit with risp today.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 16, 2006 4:36 PM

15-10 and all ten losses with Varitek or Lopez catching him. A good season that's a catching change away from Cy Young territory.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2006 5:03 PM

As A Yankee fan I accept it when Lidle or Wright put up the numbers that Beckett put up today.

Your man pitches like a 5th starter. No matter who catches him.

The security guards would stop him at the door if he ever tries even to attend the Cy Young award presentation.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 16, 2006 5:38 PM

He just beat the best team in baseball rather easily, which is what you expect. Mr. Wang couldn't contain a decimated Sox squad, which is why they're a dubious playoff team.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2006 5:42 PM

They were already posing in the New York papers this morning that Torre might hold out all his starters from the Sunday night ESPN game because he dislikes the network and the starters might be drunk after clinching the AL East by winning the first three games, so I don't think this series is pulsing with electricity right now if the manic-depressive NYC tabloid writers are looking three games into the future.

ESPN will get the starters on Sunday night, thanks to Beckett's win, but the game's still going to get massacred in the ratings by Cowboys-Redskins on NBC.

Posted by: John at September 16, 2006 7:48 PM

Mirabelli's early 30s and hitting below 200. In fact at his current rate he will set a record for the lowest Sox batting average for someone with at least 150 at bats for the past 25 years or so. And if Varitek is so bad how come the other pitchers prefer him to Mirabelli?

Listening to Boston sports radio today the sports writers covering the Sox were almost unanimous that trading Merideth and Bard to get Mirabelli back was the biggest blunder of the year by the Sox.

Posted by: AWW at September 16, 2006 9:49 PM

Hah. I'd hardly call letting on almost 2 baserunners an inning, and taking well over 100 pitches to get thru 6 innings, "easy".

The Sawx are the only team Wang has trouble with. And it's not a secret why. The Sawx hitters, smartly, go up taking at least a strike, and therefore lay off the sinker, which, by its nature, usually ends up outside the zone low.

Fortunately for the Yanks, no other team does this. And so Wang should do fine in the playoffs.

Sure, the Yanks have their holes, but those of the Twins, Tigers, A's and Mets are bigger.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 16, 2006 10:06 PM

Have to agree with Jim. The Yanks have some big holes but can certainly get by As, Detroit/Twins/ChiSox to get to the Series. And given the domination of the NL by the AL in interleague play this year you have to figure the AL Champ will win the World Series.

Posted by: AWW at September 16, 2006 10:25 PM

AWW:

Yes, Bard or Shoppach would be better than Mirabelli--but Varitek is the worst option.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2006 11:39 PM
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