Monday, May 22, 2006
Lenny DiNardo is a hole in our rotation. It needs to be filled. He went 2 innings allowing 4 earned runs yesterday as part of a 10-5 loss to Philadelphia. Against bad teams like Tampa, Seattle and Baltimore, he can go 5 and keep the other team's offense at beatable levels. However, against good teams like Philly and Toronto, he has no chance to even give you 5 innings.
So what is the solution? David Wells is a possibility. He allowed 2 runs off 4 hits and a walk with AAA Pawtucket on Saturday. He threw 5 innings. But I don't think the Sox should activate him until he has another outing in AAA. Granted, his next scheduled start would be against the D-Rays, but as we have witnessed in games against Tampa this season, they aren't pushovers anymore.
Abe Alvarez is another possibility. He's been lights out in AAA, but yesterday in a relief appearance he didn't look too sharp. However, if he knows he's going to start and can thoroughly prepare himself for a start, he might be able to go. Another possibility would be Jon Lester, who is 2-4 with a 3.34 ERA in Pawtucket. Matt Ginter is another possibility, he is 2-4 with a 2.95 ERA.
It looks like we're stuck with no real solution until Wells comes back, or another old, former Yankee, former Blue Jay, pitcher possibly comes out of retirement and miraculously decides to pitch for us.
The Man of the Game for Sunday's loss is Bobby Abreu who went 3 for 3 with a single, a triple, and a homer. He knocked in 5 runs, and scored 2. He also walked twice.
Here is the B*tch-Goat:
DiNardo: 0.7 - 2 IP, 4 ER
Alvarez: 0.3 - 3 IP, 4 ER
Schilling vs. Wang tonight in Yankee Stadium.
Speaking of Boston and New York, I've just been made aware of a new t-shirt site that allows Sox fans to represent Red Sox Nation from Boston AND New York. Soon, they will have shirts that allow Sox fans to do it from Florida and California. Speaking as a Red Sox fan living within the confines of The Evil Empire, I can say that being able to rub my Red Sox Nationality in the faces of New Yorkers is one of the most pleasurable things one can do with one's clothes on. Here is a link to the site:
Fenway Faithful Tees