Chat with Gordon Edes
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes stops by to take your MLB questions.
Edes, who joined ESPNBoston.com in Nov. 2009, has covered MLB for more than 25 years. He spent 12 years covering the Sox for the Boston Globe.
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Gordon Edes (12:01 PM)
Afternoon, fellow chatters. I've got the shades drawn, the doors locked, and my insurance fully paid up, just in case the same injury epidemic that has swept through the Sox decides to invade the pressbox, too. Anyway, on to the questions
betty boop (va. beach)
do our red soxs still have a chance ?
Gordon Edes (12:03 PM)
How could I resist starting my chat with a question from Betty Boop? I assume the extra Sox was just a slip on the keyboard, Ms. Boop. But not to worry, the lame, the halt and the afflicted will eventually return, and your Red Soxs will still have a chance
Gavin (County Court)
Theo seems to be lurking in silence....when will he make even a minor move to sure up some of these injury issues as this seems to be a buyers market for those willing to take on salary.
Gordon Edes (12:06 PM)
Gavin, Theo has done a regular Curly Shuffle when it's come to making minor moves to keep this club afloat, the most recent being the deal that brought Kevin Cash to catch until Victor Martinez comes off the DL. I suspect he looks upon getting back Beckett and Ellsbury as the equivalent of a major trading deadline deal, although Theo will try to make a move for a reliever and possibly add some infield help as well to tide the team over till Pedroia gets back.
A Son of Sam Horn (Massachusetts)
How mad was Francona when the media asked him about not pinch hitting Cameron last night? It seems like a miserable decision to be afraid of losing the DH when you are down to your final out with the tying run on 3rd base.
Gordon Edes (12:10 PM)
i can assure you Tito was pretty annoyed when I followed up a question from John Tomase of the Herald with several of my own on the topic. As I explained in my column this morning, I don't think Tito wanted to come right out and say that a hurting Cameron probably had less of a chance to deliver a hit in that situation than Romero, and that by stealing a bag as a pinch runner for Ortiz, Cameron might have given the Sox a better chance of winning the game with his legs than with his bat. I really don't buy the explanation he gave as the real reason for doing what he did.
Ryan (Portsmouth NH)
Tito got pretty heated when asked about pinch running for Ortiz rather than pinch hitting for Niuman. I understand that he didn't want to lose the DH but don't you have to cross that bridge when you get to it? hindsight being 20/20 Niuman wasn't the guy for the job but shouldn't Tito have known that the important run was the tying run to extend the game NOT ortiz
Gordon Edes (12:12 PM)
Ryan, I honestly think that Tito would agree with that philosophically. He'll be on the radio later, I'll be interested to see if he'll offer the same reasons for his decision as he did last night. It just doesn't make much sense that he was worried about the DH spot an inning or two later.
Gordon, thanks for all the great info so far. Looking towards the 2nd half, I feel pretty optimistic if the team can get healthy at some point. With a strong offense and two (so far) top of the rotation guys, do you feel we can make a run at the division or maybe slow down a bit with a look at the wildcard and potential rest (assuming of course that the Rays don't make that too hard)?
Gordon Edes (12:15 PM)
Slappy, I think a healthy Beckett gives you three potentially dominating starters at the top of your rotation, which gives any team a chance to be playing in October. The one thing the Sox want to avoid is going belly up in the next couple of weeks, before they get some bodies back, and allow the Yanks and Rays to open up some serious space between them.
In all your years covering baseball have you ever seen anything like all these injuries?
Gordon Edes (12:17 PM)
Rick, not even close, not in such a short span of time. Remember in '05, when Nixon, Wakefield and varitek all went down within 10 days or so of each other, if I remember correctly. But the Sox have an All-Star team on the DL now: Beckett and Buchholz, Varitek, Martinez, Pedroia, Lowell all 'Stars at one time or another. And you seldom see an injury to a position player have such an obvious connection to a loss as Youkilis going down last night, which took the bat out of Ortiz's hands.
Do you think there's any way Cameron makes it through the season?
Gordon Edes (12:20 PM)
Bill, that's a great question. i have my doubts. he's played in back-to-back games just once in the last eight games or so, and only four overall in that span. He has knocked in a run in only five (!) games this season, which is unbelievable. I admire his sacrifice in trying to play through the injury, but you have to wonder if they're forced to shut him down, at least for awhile, perhaps when Ellsbury gets back.
Smitty (Boynton Beach FL)
Gordon where are you???? One question at 12:07 and no answer yet You still with us?
Gordon Edes (12:21 PM)
Smitty, I'm here. Check out the transcript. Your watch running fast?
Hi Gordon, I am concerned about DiceK especially after watching him the other night in the game with the Rays. Although I don't think the play on the bunt lost the game I think he is struggling mentally during games which is costing us. Your thoughts?
Gordon Edes (12:26 PM)
Wayne, I think there are reasons for concern, and I think they may be more physical than mental. I talked with a scout last night who watched Daisuke and is convinced he is having back or shoulder problems, that he is not following through on his delivery and hardly using his lower body at all. I'm no expert on pitching mechanics, but I respect his opinion, and he says that he's surprised that Daisuke can be even as effective as he has been. I also talked with Orestes Destrade, the former big leaguer who was a big-time slugger in Japan and has known Daisuke since he was 18. He, like so many fans, finds Daisuke's constant nibbling to be maddening, and wants him to simplify his approach, rely on three pitches and challenge hitters more. He also believes that Daisuke gets frustrated when he doesn't get calls that would have automatically gone in his favor in Japan.
Any chance we see Rich Hill up in Boston?
Gordon Edes (12:27 PM)
jason, That's up to Rich. The Sox are giving him a chance to resurrect his career, and it's been pretty vividly demonstrated that if you perform in Pawtucket the Sox will summon you when help is required
Paul (Danbury, Ct.)
As I was watching the game on MLB network last night, the announcers stated that the Red Sox bullpen was statistically the worst in the AL. I know the bullpen has blown a lot of games, but are they really that bad? Also what do you think Theo will do about this?
Gordon Edes (12:31 PM)
Paul, I just checked the stats, and the numbers don't lie. Sox bullpen is last in ERA in AL with a 4.84 ERA, and 28th overall in the major leagues. that really shouldn't surprise you, given the problems Oki has had, Delcarmen's meltdown before he went on the DL, the rogues gallery of arms the Sox auditioned--bonser, Nelson, Schoeneweis et al-Papelbon's two notable blowups, in New York and Colorado. That's why the Sox have moved Michael Bowden to the pen in Pawtucket, and why they're actively searching
Zac (San Diego)
With Bowden now being prepped for bullpen help, any chance we see Doubront doing the same thing?
Gordon Edes (12:33 PM)
Zac, Tito just said on the radio that Doubront would be kept here, primarily as insurance if Buchholz needs more time, but I could see him being used as bullpen help. The curveball was terrific at times last night
Heard Sox are linked to Scott Downs or (gulp) Kerry Wood. Aside from the irony of trying to solve our injury problems with Kerry Wood, do you think this is a possibility or is the price tag too high for a temporary patch?
Gordon Edes (12:35 PM)
Jeff, I expect the Sox are looking more for help from the left side, which is why Downs make sense and perhaps someone like Will Ohman of the Orioles or Sean Marshall of the Cubs. I can certainly see the Indians wanting to move Wood, but would he prove as useful as Eric Gagne was a couple years ago? I'd be hesitant to make that move
Scott (Boston, MA)
After 2 reasonably good spot starts from Felix Doubront, what's his future? Trade fodder, or continued use as a spot starter?
Gordon Edes (12:37 PM)
Scott, I don't think the Sox would be eager to part with Doubront, but yes, I think he's certainly a guy that would make sense as a trading piece, maybe this winter when the Sox renew their pursuit of Adrian Gonzalez
Cameron had to have been too hurt to swing the bat last night and that's why Francona stuck with Romero right? Francona is just protecting his players instead of turning into Grady Little before our very eyes right?
Gordon Edes (12:38 PM)
That's my take, Pete. He could have swung the bat, but it wouldn't have been pretty
How fed up is Red Sox management with Dice-k? Enough to move him after the season?
Gordon Edes (12:39 PM)
JR, I think they're pretty frustrated, too. Daisuke has no-trade language in his contract, so that would be an issue, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they looked to move him. But how big a market exists for him? Ask yourself that.
KO (Pittsfield, MA)
Do Buchholz and Victor need rehab assignments or will they jump right back into the injury riddled ship after the "break"?
Gordon Edes (12:40 PM)
KO, I don't see where Buchholz would need one. It depends on how quickly Victor comes back. Francona said yesterday it's too early to say. If he goes much beyond 15 days, he might need a short tuneup.
when can we expect to see casey kelly and micheal bowden why we never called any of our top prospects every team but us does it
Gordon Edes (12:44 PM)
Zaavon, The Red Sox have good prospects, but not many that are major-league ready. Kelly has been struggling big-time in Portland, so that's not happening, and Bowden got off to a slow start before putting it together in recent weeks. He'll be up if he gets people out from the pen. Reddick got a callup, Kalish isn't ready yet, Doubront was called up, and the Navas and McDonalds have held the fort.
Josh S. (Philly)
Whose team injury problems are more worrysome the phillies or red sox?
Gordon Edes (12:46 PM)
I think by sheer numbers, the Sox have more issues, but the Phillies are dealing with big-time losses in Polanco, Utley and Ruiz as well.
Luke (Aurora, CO.)
What do you think of that Rockies-Cardinals game yesterday? Colorado is the first team in MLB history to win a game in the bottom of the ninth scoring nine runs. Game Of The Year.
Gordon Edes (12:48 PM)
Luke, it was an amazing game, even trumping the comeback the Rockies made against the Sox a couple of weeks ago, the one in which Giambi homered in the ninth off Papelbon. You sure about your facts, though? I remember a Dodgers-Phillies game on national TV in which the Phillies were down by a ton in the ninth, and wasn't there a Mariners-Indians game, too? If I wasn't in midchat, I'd check.
Neil (Storrs, CT)
I see all these injuries taking a toll not only on those hurt, obviously, but possibly even more so on guys like Ortiz, Youkilis, Beltre, and Scutaro, the only remaining (healthy) regulars. Do you think perhaps they're more likely to underperform or get hurt themselves because they are now forced to try and carry the team offensively, and it's just too much to handle?
Gordon Edes (12:50 PM)
Neil, I wouldn't worry about that so much. Their production will almost certainly suffer because with so many productive hitters out, the line won't keep moving the same way, as Tito likes to say. But I don't see them being overextended physically.
How bad is Pedroia's injury? I thought the initial 6 weeks out sounded aggressive. Is his 2010 over?
Gordon Edes (12:51 PM)
Don, from my research six weeks is the normal range of recovery for a broken foot like the one Pedroia has. If anything, he might beat that timetable. But it'll certainly be more than the two weeks he vowed it would take to come back.
Luke (Aurora, CO.)
Gordon, that comeback in the Dodgers-Phillies game you're referring to occurred in the top of the ninth, not the bottom. STATS, Inc. even confirmed that the amount of runs the Rockies scored in their comeback in the bottom of the ninth was the most ever.
Gordon Edes (12:53 PM)
Luke, thanks for doing the research for me. I'll take your word for it. Unbelievable game, by any reckoning. Got to think Tony La Russa was out walking the streets of Denver early this a.m.
Ethan (Berkshire County)
Do you think the Sox will let Papi go no matter how well he performs for the remainder of the season? Seems like Theo has learned his lesson on extending/signing veterans on the decline regardless of popularity.
Gordon Edes (12:55 PM)
Ethan, Ortiz has at least given himself a fighting chance at having his option for next season picked up. I can assure you, though, that the decision will be based on production, not popularity. His bat may well be worth keeping for another year unless you're certain of replacing it. And I don't see any certainty yet.
Andy (Sudbury, MA)
Which would you prioritize for the Sox to acquire before the trading deadline: Starting Pitcher, Catcher, Infielder?
Gordon Edes (12:57 PM)
Me, I wouldn't be looking to add another starter or catcher, unless I found out Victor will be out loonger than expected. An infielder, maybe. Bullpen, bullpen, bullpen. Did I mention bullpen?
Sean (Boston, MA)
My ONLY LeBron question, how would you feel if we had a superstar on the Celtics (don't get me wrong, Big 3 are great players but they no longer average 30 ppg.) announce his Free Agency decision live on national television?
Gordon Edes (12:58 PM)
Sean, I'd be rolling my eyes, which I suspect is exactly what you're doing. And if he goes on national TV to tell Cleveland it's no longer good enough, even worse.
Gordon Edes (12:59 PM)
On that note, we'll close shop for this week. Thanks for all your questions, and we'll chat next week.