Thursday, July 06, 2006

It wasn't a game winner, but still clutch...

The game just got over and Big Papi hits a Grand Blast to open the game up in the eighth, and what is Shields trying to fool Manny with an off speed pitch? Come on...this is Manny, the man who sets up pitchers. Wake comes through again and acts as the stopper again, his fifth win after a Sox lose this season. I'd hate to see the rant from AA if they'd been swept by the D-Rays. Definately a rated R rant at best.
A Gon hitting 272 with a triple last night, I won't make fun of Mirabelli scoring from first on that one, as I can sympathize with the need for oxygen!!!
Let's hope this gets them righted, so they can go into the All-Star break in a high note.
To close out, I know Zeb doesn't care, and that's mainly why I bring this up, but Nomar got the last spot on the NL All-Star roster. Go NOMAR!!!!! I for one think it's great he's having such a good year.

8 comments:

AA said...

Sorry to spare you the rant, dude. However I feel so good right now it's hard to imagine what I would have said. I'm sure I could have come up with something, though.
Another nice outing from Wakefield. He gave up the long ball, but he ended up with a 4-hitter into the 6th. Not bad considering how the TB offense ate us alive in most of the other games. Nice hit and run in the 8th, a killer minimal-pitch inning for Timlin in cool response to his previous meltdown, the Mirabelli Express, the aforementioned Papi and Ortiz hammering the ball... all good stuff, and most welcome going into Chi-town. It's going to be a tough series - nasty matchups. Schilling/Contreras on Sunday - it's almost guaranteed to be a nail-biter.

By the way, does Manny not have the sweetest swing you've ever seen? When he's seeing the ball, his cuts are nearly perfect. Tonights bomb? Textbook shit. I still love watching him hit.

LittleCuz said...

They were talking about Ortiz and Manny this morning on XM Homeplate, how could you ignore a performance like last night, Papi with 6 RBI, 2 homeruns, one a grand slam, and Manny with a dinger of his own. What they were talking about was Manny's swing. Orestes Destrada was sayng he uses Manny's swing as the textbook in his clinics. Buck Martinez was saying he's only seen a handful of hitters with the power to center that Ortiz has, one other was Manny. This is something special we've had for the last four seasons. Is there a better 3, 4 punch in the history of baseball? Well I guess the '27 Yankees with Ruth hitting in the 3 hole and Gehrig in the clean up spot. Which presents an interesting question, would Ruth have hit the number of HRs with out that line up? How often would he have been pitched around or walked with out Gehrig hitting behind him?

Zebster said...

Hey Cuz, I did say Nomar deserved it. W/out going back to Teddy, Griffey has the sweetest swing (lefty bias) but Manny's is right there, especially in my opinion when he's going to the opposite field.
Kudos to how well the kids (except Lopez) pitched last night.

AA said...

Good question. My initial inkling is no, but that's only based on looking at it from a modern day perspective. For example, I don't know if the intentional walk was as strategically employed then as it is now. Much like the advanced role of the closer in recent years, I wonder if the whole "pitch around" mentality became more of a strategy as the game evolved. Do you guys know?

Zebster said...

Obviously that era is even beyond my memory. The make-someone-else beat you theory has been around forever (escalated with Bonds, just look at the walk ratio)

But I think overall pitching around guys is done more than in the past. When I was a kid and teen, the Palmers and Gibsons, et al would almost always go right at guys.

LittleCuz said...

Good points AA and Zeb, the game has evolved a lot since then. Those things are hard to measure, but maybe Zeb has the best way look at the walk ratios.

AA said...

Ruminations: Post game poop.

One of the more interesting games of the year. In a deceptively effective start, Lester got into a couple of loaded-base jams only to extricate himself with merely two runs scored - the only two the Chi-Sox plated in the game. Both times involved the dangerous Jermaine Dye at the plate, puncuating Lester's effectiveness when it counted. (I don't think bases loaded situations usually go unpunished with Dye at the plate, especially if you pitched poorly enough to be responsible for the situation in the first place.) What the hell - he outpitched Mark Buehrle for crissakes. With that lineup, not bad at all. DelCarmen pitched a great 7th, and Timlin came in for a 1-2-3 8th. His oppenents? Thome, Konerko, and Dye. Welcome back, Mike. Lord help me, even Tavarez actually looked okay in the 9th. I like the fact that Francona has the confidence in the kid-wonders enough to call on them in tight situations. (I think I saw Seanez on a milk-carton tonight.) Here's hoping he hangs on to that philosophy.
As for the hitting, the big guy does it again - an absolute laser. (Can you believe he's on pace for 160+ RBIs even though his average has suffered due to the wide adoption of the shift tactic? It's scary to think what he could have if the league-wide defense hadn't smartened up.) And I was particularly pleased that the unexpected Lowell and Crisp both went deep.
I'm glad we took the first one - a matchup that I was frankly dreading. Lester showed that he has ice-cold stones, and the team as a whole churned it out. It was a good win, with the added bonus of a late burst of fireworks. Josh... it's your turn.

Zebster said...

I just hope that the kid's tendency to play with fire diminishes before it blows up in his face more than a couple of times. Josh is due for a dominating outing. DelCarmen comes right after hitters. He's been talking to Timlin.