I love Koji Uehara and apparently so does Shane Victorino. Check out his goofy grin after Uehara whacks him for not paying attention.
Here is some food for thought:
- The Sox have two guys in the AL top 10 in strikeouts – Mike Napoli is second with 66 and Will Middlebrooks is ninth with 54. Chris Carter leads the league with 70.
- The Sox have two players in the top ten in OBP – Dustin Pedroia is tied for 3rd at .417 and Daniel Nava is 9th at .400. Neither, ahem, bat lead off.
- As a left handed batter in 2013 against right handed pitching, Salty is hitting at a .303/.374/.562 clip. He does not get enough love from Sox nation. He compares favorably with two other AL switch hitting catchers in the same data set:
- Carlos Santana – .293/.440/.533
- Matt Weiters – .212/.276/.398
- The Sox (437) trail only the Tigers (438) in pitching strikeouts. They led the AL in strikeouts in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010.
- Since his disastrous outing for the Sox on May 8, Allen Webster has made two starts for the Pawsox, winning both. He’s missing bats, but struggling a bit with his control:
- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 5 SO
- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 7 SO
- The Sox have used kid gloves with Rubby De La Rosa. His starts have slowly increased from 2 innings to 3 and now 4. His last three four inning starts:
- 4 IP, 3H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 SO
- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 SO
- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 3 SO
- Our old crazy drinking buddy, Alfredo Aceves, has made 4 starts in Pawtucket. He is 3-1 with 23 IP, 22 H, 11 BB, 21 SO. Not sure that’s worth much in trade value.
- I’ve been espousing Daniel Nava as lead off batter. No one seems to be listening. Ellsbury and his pathetic .317 OBP still tops the order. Okay, maybe the Sox need a new suggestion. This is one they might actually pay attention to – recall Jackie Bradley Jr. and bat him lead off. In his last ten games he is hitting at a .300/.391/.475 clip. He is in the midst of an 8 game hit streak. I doubt the Sox will make this move, they have too many outfielders as is.
- Will Middlebrooks (5th round in ’07 – just ahead of Anthony Rizzo), Ryan Lavarnway (6th round in ’08), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1st round supplemental in ’11) and Alex Wilson (2nd round in ’09) are the only Sox draftees since 2007 to get time with the big club.
- The above is not all that unusual. The Rays have only had Price and Moore reach the bigs since 2007. The Yankees have only had David Phelps and Adam Warren make any big league impact. That just goes to show how much time players spend in the minors and how little return on investment there is. We are nearly six years out from the ’07 draft and not tons of impact felt by many teams – keep in mind top level first round picks don’t end up with the Sox or Yankees, or even the Rays in the past three years. You want an impact player? Stink, so you can draft high. See the Washington Nationals.
Between all the expected rain drops, the Sox need some wins this weekend. It is hard to believe, but I am comforted by the fact we have Lackey on the mound tonight. He has pitched pretty well so far this season. Masterson, though, has been on fire. Last year in his only start at Fenway, he lasted six innings and gave up six runs. He seems, however, to be a different pitcher this year. We can only hope he doesn’t like tossing in the rain.
Then on Sunday we need Lester to do his usual and Scott “Rock the” Kazmir to be the pumpkin he is.