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What should we make of the Braves current 9 game losing streak? Is this team done or can it bounce back and still compete this year?
Hey, everyone. we'll start this Red Sox-centric chat with a curveball, by starting with Phillip's question from China, where the Braves look as bad on that side planet as this one. Phillip, the Braves just finished their worst road trip in 61 years (0-7), which must make Bobby Cox damn glad he came back for one last season. They can't hit--a .227 team average, a .337 slugging percentage--and went eight games without a home run until the kid, Heyward, hit one. Chipper is a shadow of himself, the new guys, Glaus and Cabrera, have been busts, and now Jurrjens has a hammy and Escobar is hurt. They're in trouble, especially as the only team in the NL East right now with a losing record. too soon to play Taps, but it will be a long uphill climb.
Which of these is wrong for Sox 2012 lineup: Exposito/Ibarra C, Rizzo 1B, Pedroia 2B, Iglesias SS, Youk 3B, Kalish LF, Lin CF, Reddick RF, Lars DH?
Mark, Pretty good, but we both know that as promising as prospects are, they don't all pan out. I might contemplate a Gonzalez/Fielder somewhere in there, it's an open question if Youkilis goes back to third at that point in his career, although he'll only be 33, and I wouldn't bet the house that Ellsbury is a goner. but those are always fun exercises, I agree
Are the Mets for real? If Beltran comes back healthy they may just be a pitcher short. What do you think?
Eric, at least they're not playing as badly as everyone said they would coming out of camp, and Jerry Manuel has bought himself a couple more weeks before the Fire Manuel talk begins anew. I'm not sure I'm as confident about their pitching as you are. Pelfrey is off to a fantastic start and gives Santana some help, but Perez and Niese are still very iffy and Maine is a mess right now.
Random question about baseball rules: If a batter reaches first base on a fielder's choice (the out he created NOT being the third out), does that help his on-base percentage or hurt it?Thanks!
hurts it. you reach have to reach base via hit, walk, HBP. Fielder's choice is still an out
What Do you think of the DH used in the All-Star Game even if the All-Star Game was at a National League Stadium?
I love it. Never made sense to me that in an exhibition they didn't use the DH on both sides. But it also underscores why this game shouldn't be used to decide home-field advantage in the World Series. This just increases the 'exhibition' aspect of the game
Papelbon for Wilson Ramos, who blinks?
considering Ramos is hitting a buck 88 in Rochester right now, that might give Red Sox pause. Ramos, for those maybe not quite as much in the know, is Minnesota's highly regarded catching prospect. But the Twins would never take on papelbon's contract, not with Nathan back next season and them getting good results (7 saves, 1.80 ERA) with Rauch right now. So I guess I see a lot of blinks
Yankees LFer next year... Jayson Werth, Carl Crawford, other?
I think most everybody is fitting CC for pinstripes right now.
Any truth to the release Papi rumors? Seems overly premature rumorspeak...
Alan, I agree with you. Fifty seven plate appearances is not enough time to make that decision. I think they'll go at least till the end of May before doing something that drastic
I know the Red Sox are still very interested in me. What's a realistic trade offer considering the team friendly contract I just signed?
Chris, I was shocked to see you sent back to the minors. What gives? After seeing you shine in the World Baseball Classic, I thought you were on to big things, and I wouldn't count you out just yet. And as a Rhody guy, i can imagine you'd love to play here, but I don't see them making a move for another catcher just yet. Creates too much of a logjam.
Hey Gordo, Has there been any talk of a possible injury to Beckett. On bad outtings he is generally steaming mad in the dugout, this passed game he looked worried.
Jason, I haven't heard a whiff of that. I'd be worried, too, if I was getting raked all over the yard. I thought the Red Sox would slot Daisuke there and give Beckett an extra day's rest--he's 10-0 with a sub 2.50 era with an extra day over the last two seasons--but they didn't want to push everyone else back, especially with an off-day. I find it really weird that Beckett's numbers have been almost exactly the same the last two Aprils. He ripped off 12 wins in his next 18 starts last season, so Sox could use a similar bounceback now.
What are the expectations for Dice-K's first start tomorrow and how do you think Wakefield will adjust to the bullpen?
for Daisuke, it's like, 'What have you been waiting for?' I'm sure he expected to get a turn in Toronto after making three rehab starts for Pawtucket. The Red Sox were worried about his stuff in spring training--velocity was down, command was lacking--but he looked sharp in his last couple of outings. To me, the Sox are wondering if they'll see again the pitcher Daisuke was in '07 and '08--they'll start to find out tomorrow. You can be sure they'll be looking for six good innings. As for Wake, he's done it before, he'll shoulder what I'm sure he considers an unpleasant burden again. The traditional objections to a knuckleballer in the pen still apply--in a close game, passed ball, wild pitch, stolen bases, can be fatal.
Gordon:The Red Sox haven't proven they can beat a good team. Outside of Pedroia and Youklis, the team consists of 23 J.D. Drews. A player with a spark of life might help don't you think?
Steven, I don't know how you measure a spark of life--throwing your helmet, looking mad when you don't perform? McDonald certainly provided a spark when he arrived from Pawtucket, but that's because of what he did at the dish--the results. And this team has guy who have proven to put up results in the past, especially a Victor Martinez. Two-thirds of the starting outfield is out, Papi is a mess, J.D. is off to a slow start, and Beltre isn't showing any power--those are admittedly concerns, but I don't think it's for lack of effort.
Does the promotion of Lars Anderson to AAA herald either his promotion to the big league club (to DH) or his being part of a package to entice SD to trade Gonzalez? btw, sad to be thinking of David Ortiz as not being able to get it done anymore.
That's a good question, and for those who missed it, 1B Lars Anderson was just promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket from Portland, where he was hitting over .300 with 5 home runs, i believe. first of all, it may be neither of the scenarios you suggest. Lars was promoted last season to Pawtucket and struggled; the hope was that he'd be ready to go this year, but he went 0-fer in big-league training camp and they started him at the lower level. Triple A is where they want him to be. they're not going to make a move with say Ortiz or Lowell with the idea that Anderson is a replacement, although they'd love to see him force his way into the conversation. and yes, any team interested in trading for him will want to see how he performs at the higher level
Boston fans clamoring for 'Gonzo' (Adrian Gonzalez) must realize that in order to attain said player, Casey Kelly would almost certainly be gonzo (as in gone to SD) as part of any package, right?
Matthew, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod in san Diego know the Sox system as well as anyone, so yes, i would imagine Kelly will be the top of their list. And we can't forget that other teams can package prospects together that might make an even more enticing offer.
When can we see Strasburg come up to the pros?
All in due time, Tyler, all in due time. The Nats are being very careful with their prize, and unless you think they can make a run at the division this year, there's no rush. I have a feeling we may be looking at a September callup...anything earlier is certainly tempting, but all of that will depend on workload, too. I'm sure he's on a tight innings restriction
We know Robinson Cano cannot keep up this pace all year, but he is good, real good, can he ever be a legit MVP candidate playing with jeter, Arod, Teixeira??
Yeah, Matt, I don't think Cano will be the first since Ted to hit for .400, but I think the Yankees always thought he belonged at the top of the elite class of second basemen, which is why they were so bummed by his regression in '08. But he had an excellent year last season and yes, while it's still too early to be handing out any hardware, he can be an MVP candidate, even surrounded by the talent he has on his team
Why do you offer so little coverage of Jewish athletes?
I assume this question is asked in jest, but every time I type Kevin Youkilis' name, I am writing about a Jewish athlete. And he was just named Jewish player of the decade earlier this spring.
.407/.444/.790...What? He's completely out of control. Is it wrong to hope this stays for the whole year.
ok, folks, let's identify the man by the stat line (and the Jersey address). Yep, it's Robinson Cano, and no, he won't keep that up all year, but he's in the prime of his career and he could indeed have a monster season.
i think all pitchers should bat .
Short and to the point, Heath. I take it you're a traditionalist.
Right now my rays are the best in baseball but do you see my rays as the "BEST" in baseball?
Mike, if they're 'your' Rays, I suggest you start inviting a few more of your friends to the game. it's really distressing to see how poorly the Rays are drawing, even though they're playing fantastic baseball and have a young, exciting team. if the pitching holds up, and so far it's been terrific, they are no worse than one of the three best teams in the game. But c'mon, leave your boats and Ybor City and spend some more time at The Trop.
who ends up having the better season based on the stats as of today... Cano or Pedroia? Yes I am a Yankees fan so Boston Nation can boo me all they want!
Based on the stats right now, it's not even close. Yes, Dustin has 5 HRs, but Cano is hitting over 100 percentage points higher. The power will always give Cano an edge, but you can be sure that Cano's hot start will give Pedroia an even bigger chip on his shoulder to show who's better.
The Reds are on a 4 game win streak coming into tonight against the Cardinals as i see it this series is very important for the Reds. What do you see in the future do you see us winning the division or a possible wild card or falling under .500 and missing the playoffs again?
Kori, well the Reds finally showed they could beat Oswalt last night, which is encouraging, but they lave a long way to go before they show they can contend in the division. Too many holes, especially offensively
Hey Gordon! Is Hafner done?not even in against lefties now....
Breaks the hearts of "Pronk" fans everywhere, but it sure looks like it, doesn't it? huge disappointment for the Tribe.
Will the Red Sox or any other team trade for me before June so the White Sox can call up Tyler Flowers?
c'mon, A.J>, we can't take you seriously until you learn to spell your name right. I can't see you going somewhere that soon, but you might want to have your bags packed at the deadline. But really, should the Red Sox really consider you that much of an upgrade behind the dish?
Tim Wakefield...solid trade value? Seems like a guy the Sox could get nice value from, but would they be better suited to keep him as a longman/6th starter in case of injury or Daisuke being Daisuke?
Pat, Wake has little or no trade value, which is different from saying he has value as a player. What could the Red Sox possibly get for a guy who turns 44 in august, had off-season back surgery, and is likely to break down in some fashion by the end of the year?
Need pitching in a H2H league. Kemp and Matusz for Wainwright and Jered Weaver. Fair trade?
anyone asking me for fantasy advice does so at his own risk, but yeah, I'd do it. Don't blame me though if kemp turns it around and has a monster year.
Hey Gordon! Sox fan stuck in NY; why could everyone see the holes on the Sox lineup coming into this year but management could not. Yanks dont have a great defense, they won it with hitting last year. Your thoughts?
Jay, I think the Sox were well aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They just didn't expect their strengths--starting pitching, defense--to look like weaknesses coming out of the chute. They're confident that will turn around.
hey, i've got to run, but thanks for all your questions, and we'll chat again soon