In my last post, I looked at a quote from Carlos Silva, in which he attributed some of his success to the abnormally high run support he had been receiving. I thought that was pretty cool, so I’ve decided to do this more often. I’ll take a quote from a player, reporter, coach, or whoever and try to prove them right or wrong using statistics. I hereby dub this group of posts “That’s What He Said” (sorry ladies, I promise there will be a “That’s What She Said” when Eri Yoshida makes it).
“David’s fine. He’s one of our teammates. It could have been me who hit into a double play. It happens to everybody. He’s had 60 at-bats. A couple of years ago I had 60 at-bats and I was hitting .170 and everybody was ready to kill me too. What happened? Laser show.”
Everything seems to be clicking for this team right now. The starting pitching has been exceptional of late, and quite simply, the team is doing what it needs to do to get the job done. With Ortiz out for a few games and Manny in a semi-slump, Kevin Youkilis picks up the slack and takes his game to the next level. That’s the sign of a good team and the sign of a team that’s going to win a serious amount of ball games this year.
About Daisuke so far this year- you can’t really complain about a guy with no losses, especially when the team seems to win every single time he goes out there. But there are some things you can’t ignore even in light of his success. 27 walks at this point in the season is a lot, and to have 8 come in one game? Over 5 innings? And it was a game that he was otherwise dominant in, only allowing 2 hits, so you can’t say it was a bad night. His high strikeout total (33) masks the number of walks somewhat, but if he doesn’t figure out what is wrong with his control soon, he will have problems in the future. And if he does… then the rest of the American League better watch out because he will have solidified himself as one of the most talented pitchers in baseball.
The ties are going strong- strong enough to overcome what I thought could be a fatal error when I accidentally put on an extra swipe of deodorant Sunday morning. In fact, I was able to go to the game on Sunday after completing the 20 mile walk for hunger. It was a great game to be at; the rain held off just long enough to get the game in. Kazmir made his first start of the season and got roughed up a bit, and Youk had a monster game as I touched on before.
In Detroit again tonight. What’s wrong with this team? They looked so dominant entering the season and yet we have walked all over them thus far. We’ll see if Wakefield can keep the momentum going.
One more thing- I found this story and thought it was hilarious. Just thought I would pass it along…
What a frustrating loss today. Elite prospect Justin Masterson is rushed up from AA to make an emergency start and goes above and beyond expectations. 6 innings of 2 hit ball – you can’t ask for more than that. He leaves the game with the lead and then just like that the bullpen gives it all back. Neither Lopez nor Delcarmen could record an out, each allowing 2 earned runs. Maybe Delcarmen hadn’t fully recovered from the flu.
In any event, there were some bright spots. Ortiz’s average continues to rise as he is now at .189 after hitting his 4th HR and picking up RBI number 19 and 20. Crisp had a great game, going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, although he did make his first error of the year. It was good to see Youkilis back, but Varitek was still missing and Ellsbury got the start in right over Drew. Word is Lowell will be back tomorrow, which is great news for the club but could mean a demotion for Jed Lowrie, who has been outstanding so far while playing second, third, and shortstop.
From a superstitious stand point, there wasn’t too much I could do about this one. I was starting a new streak and therefore a new tie, I simply picked the wrong one. Also, I was in school during the game so I couldn’t even watch it. I’ll try a different one tomorrow and hopefully we can get back on track in Tampa.