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A Knuckleball Worth a Thousand Pennies

Posted By Jarred Coxford On Apr 23 2009 @ 6:50 am In Boston Red Sox | 1 Comment

Firstly, I want to apologize for my lack of blogging. The Sox are a storied franchise and people NEED their Sox news. I’ve just been having some computer issues that will hopefully be fixed in the near future. I guess we’ll see if this blog gets posted or not. My fingers are crossed.

Now to baseball. Jed Lowrie had surgery on his wrist and he’s recovering nicely, but who else was concerned when he went down? The fact is that the Sox need the infielders on reserve incase Mike Lowell’s hip falls out onto the field and some other freak accident happens at any point. Ever. But good ol’ Nick Green isn’t doing to bad for himself. Okay, so he had 2 errors against the Twins on Wednesday night, giving him 4 on the season, but he’s hitting almost .300 on the season. He had 3 RBIs with a homerun on Wednesday – exactly what Lowell had. Coincidence? I think not. Let’s just hope Green’s hip holds out as well. And look at Mr. Lowell leading the team in RBIs on the season. Not bad for an old man.

The pitching is another story. A story that seems to be going smoothly in somewhat unexpected areas. The unpredictable Josh Beckett likes throwing inside pitches and sits on a decent record of 2-1. Tied with him for wins? The knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, with an ERA of almost a point and half better than Beckett. And who’s Brad Penny? Was he a good pickup during the off-season? So far, I’d say yes. I was excited to see him in Sox uniform at the beginning of the year. Everyone deserves a second chance to return their glory years. Even if his ERA currently sits over seven, he’s 2-0. Maybe not a Cy Young winner, but it’s nice to see a guy in his spot in the rotation pick up some wins.

Now the bullpen. Papelbon might not look fantastic for your fantasy league (especially if your playing with a salary cap), but he’s saved the game in all four opportunities. He’s doing what he has to do. But I was never worried about the closing spot. I was a little worried about the rest of the guys in the bullpen, even if I said that I was confident in my first post of the season. Maybe I was more confident that their percussion skills would be up to par, as opposed to their pitching. But low and behold, I am a fan (who can wear his Sox hat with pride now that the Boston hockey team – who will remained unnamed – is not playing my home team – who will also remain unnamed). Delcarmen has an ERA of 0 through 8.1 innings in 6 games and Ramon Ramirez has no earned runs through 9.1 innings and 7 games. Can you ask for anything more?

Maybe Dice-K’s time on the DL will let him get back in the game a little bit. Besides the fact that his stats are nothing to write home about, he looked a little slow on the mound. Not a normal Dice-K. For a pitcher who tends to throw high in the zone, he was letting the hitter see the ball come out of his hand. He needs to work on a quicker release, which was effective for him last year. Let him relax and get back into game mode.

So far our boys don’t look so bad, but the division is tight. I know we’re only fifteen games into the season and anything could happen, so I won’t dwell.

I don’t like games being postponed, although you do kind of have to accept the facts at this time of year in the northeast, but I do like doubleheaders. I wouldn’t mind a few more in the near future. Wouldn’t that be something.


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