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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Burnin' Holz' OR Red Sox & Red Heads...


Hey, friends. Just thought I'd drop some Red Sox notes on ya. Ya know, since I'd rather let Lindsay Lohan put cigarettes out on me than watch the NBA or NHL playoffs. No, seriously. I mean, that statement was originally intended to serve as some sort of hyperbole. But that kind of sounds like a good time. Freakin' Lindsay Lohan. And you know she's gonna need a place to put out all her cigs, too...

So here we go...




Boston Red Sox
Record: 9-12 (3.5 games back in AL East)

*It's one thing if Clay Buchholz isn't going to pitch a lot of innings (career high of 189 in 2012). We're used to that. But we're also used to him being rather dominant if and when he's actually healthy enough to take the mound. This year? Yeah, not so much. ERA of more than 7, WHIP of nearly 2, and opposing hitters are hitting a rather Teddish (Williams, of course) .375 against him. Not to mention that they're OPS (on base + slugging) is at nearly 1.000. More or less meaning that if those players were to only bat against Buchholz for the entire season, that they'd make for the best MVP race in modern sports history...

I'm still expecting the typical "he'd been hurt, but we hadn't said anything publicly" type of DL trip in his near future to get him straightened out. But something's gotta change. That much we know. Because without Buchholz (or someone filling his spot with his usual dominance), it's going to hard for this team to contend in the AL East. let alone the American League as a whole...


*I love me some Grady Sizemore, but I can't say I;'m a fan of his #s through the first 8th of the season:

BA: .213
OBP: .269
HR: 2
RBI: 5
SB: 2

Yeah. Not exactly ripping the cover off the ball. And while I'm all for baseball being a marathon, and this being an extremely talented guy. But at some point the Red Sox are going to have to realize what they have in Sizemore. And while he still has plenty of time to right the ship, I'm beginning to come around to the thinking of some that he's just a "good 4th outfielder". Still something you'd love to have. Just not something you necessarily want atop your lineup on a nightly basis...

I hope he starts to flash that potential. But, yeah. Please hurry back, Mr. Victorino...

Oh, and as for all of you out there that may be clamoring for Ellsbury. Especially after last night's great performance in his return to Fenway. I still think it was a wise move for the Red Sox not to pony up the cash Jacoby that signing Jacoby would have required. Granted, it looks bad right now. But letting Pedro go looked bad for a year, too. And how did that work out? Different situations, I know. But these deals can't be judged in the short term. And I'm enough a fan of Jackie Bradley Jr. to continue thinking that letting Ellsbury walk will eventually prove to have been good for business...

A place to extinguish your cigarette, Ms. Hendricks?
*The Sox are still near the top of the league with 13 quality starts. Which is obviously great. Especially considering the grease fueled dumpster fires that have been the starts of one, Clay Buchholz (probably a good Popeyes or Bojangles joke to be made there). But they're also 20th in MLB in total runs, and only 21st in total OPS. OPS basically being the best offensive catch-all stat that the baseball nerds have been able to wrangle. And that's just no good. Not for the obvious reason that they're merely poorly ranked despite a higher than average payroll. But mostly because the lack of production can't be blamed on injury. AKA the hitters that they're paying to hit, just aren't hitting. Granted, the sample size is still very small. But it's not like they can depend on getting quality starts in 75% of their games for the rest of the season, either. So, yeah...

And that's the thing with this year's Red Sox. Timing. Last year they had it, and this year, things just don't seem to want to gel. Or more importantly, the ebbs and flows just don't seem to be syncing up in a way that's translating into wins. That's not to say all is lost. Anyone saying that at this point of the season is merely looking for attention or has no idea what they're doing. But it is to say that the overall chemistry that proved so important in their World Series run a year ago, seems to be more than a little elusive in the early going...

It would be sacrilege to ask Kate to go red, right?
But, yeah. It's a long season, and the talent is still there for this team to contend. So there's no need to fret. And, Hell. If they don't up up contending, it'll just force me to come up with more quirky themes to keep you Teds interested. Like getting burned by busty red heads...

So stay tuned for that, friends. And, per usual. Keep your eyes pinned to Twitter. That's where the real action is. Not the scarring people with cigs action. But there are more than a few red hot sports takes. And they could burn ya. Not literally, of course. But you already knew that...

OK, Teds. Catch you next week...


#BAGSMUNMAN

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