Wednesday, April 11, 2007
ONE HIT?? THAT'S ALL WE GOT WAS ONE LOUSY HIT?
Can you see why they call Felix Hernandez "King"?
This loss was just the Sox running into the wrong pitcher on the wrong night. Just tip the cap to Hernandez, thank JD Drew for breaking up an embarrassing no-hitter, and move on to tomorrow's game, which will probably be snowed out.
Daisuke looked solid against a good hitting team. He wasn't great, but unless he also pitched a one-hitter, he would have been outpitched by Hernandez anyway.
The Sox pen didn't allow a run. HOORAY!
Has anybody else seen a middle infielder as bad at relaying the ball as Julio Lugo? He takes forever to get rid of it, and the throws are always off. Someone in the ESPN booth made a great point, bad throws from an infielder aren't an arm problem, they're a foot problem. Lugo has horrible foot placement on quick throws. But we should get used to it, I guess.
Varitek looks simply outmatched at the plate. I know everyone did against Hernandez, but Tek should really be hitting 9th, not 7th. Crisp is also a candidate for the 9 hole. I think a case can be made for Pedroia to move up in the lineup. I can tell you this much, though, regarding Crisp and Varitek: The Red Sox brass will be watching Kotteras and Ellsbury very carefully this season.
The only Sox starter over .300 right now is Drew. Next highest is Julio Lugo at .276. That's got to change. Youk is 3rd at .258. Everyone of the other starting 9 are below .250.
I know I'll be bitching a lot about the bottom of the order this season, but Manny and Ortiz need to start hitting SOON. I don't doubt they will, but we are not going to have any offense unless they're hitting. Manny's been hitting line drives and hasn't had much hitter's luck, but Ortiz seems to be trying to hit the ball to the 2nd baseman in the overshift, like it was an infield hitting drill or something.
Man of the Game is, um, maybe Felix Hernandez. 9 inning complete game shutout, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 17 groundouts, totally PWN3D us.
Matsuzaka: 0.2 - 3 ER
Lugo: 0.3 - 0 for 3, 1 LOB, Error, two horrible relays
Ortiz: 0.1 - 0 for 3
Ramirez: 0.1 - 0 for 3, K
Lowell: 0.1 - 0 for 3
Varitek: 0.1 - 0 for 3, K, 1 LOB
Crisp: 0.1 - 0 for 3, 2 K
Kenjo Johjima: 2/3, 2 2B, BB
Snow in the forecast tomorrow. If a game gets in, Wakefield vs. Washburn. Which W will get the W? Good Lord, I'm corny.