October 2, 2007

Sox Announce ALDS Roster

The ALDS roster includes only 10 pitchers. The extra player a third catcher, Kevin Cash, not Brandon Moss.

Tim Wakefield was left off the roster; Jon Lester replaces him.

The bench: Hinske, Cora, Ellsbury, Kielty, Mirabelli and Cash.

The seven-man pen: Papelbon, Okajima, Timlin, Gagne, Delcarmen, Lester and Lopez.

Francona discusses the Wakefield decision here.

21 comments:

redsock said...

In the MVP post, zenslinger asked:

And what's with the third catcher? Wouldn't Moss be of more bench utility than Cash?

Maybe they are worried that Mirabelli will pull something and they'll need Cash as backup for the backup.

Though with Wakefield out, why do they need Mirabelli at all? He's useless dead weight. So's Cash, pretty much (... and Hinske).

Hmmmm. Great bench we got there.

In a five-game series (tops), Moss and Cash won't see much, if any, action anyway. Unless a game goes 20 innings.

redsock said...

A SoSHer quotes from the PC:

"Tito ... Terry"
"Please call me Terry"
"Sorry"
"It's better than asshole I guess"


and remarks: "Good ole live TV."

:>)

Zenslinger said...

Yeah. I don't feel bad about our bench, though, apart from Dougie. Keilty's shown his experience and worth vs. lefties, especially when he had just joined the team, and Hinske's had his moments. Cora's solid. Ellsbury's the shit. What's not to like?

I don't know if I can go so far as to predict Slugo for MVP, but one of our downtrodden -- Lugo, Drew, or Gagne -- will come through.

redsock said...

How about this?

LBJ runs for Tek in the 7th or 8th, then Belli goes into catch. If the game goes into extras, you can still PH for the Stud and have Cash at C.

I might have preferred Corey or Lips over Belli or Cash, but I'm not going to pull my hair out.

I do wanna see Tito in Playoff Manager Mode as he promised, however.

redsock said...

I forgot that Lester and Ellsbury are taking the places of Donnelly and Clement on the eligible roster, so Corey would not be eligible if both of those guys went.

And I like Lester over Corey. Hopefully, in a short 1-2 inning stint, his control will be fine.

redsock said...

I don't know if I can go so far as to predict Slugo for MVP, but one of our downtrodden -- Lugo, Drew, or Gagne -- will come through.

No awards in the DS, but I'm hoping Drew and Dimmer shut up the idiots.

I'm sticking with Slügö for ALCS MVP!

ish said...

And I like Lester over Corey. Hopefully, in a short 1-2 inning stint, his control will be fine.

I think Lester could be a long man, if necessary. Coupled with Timlin, Lopez, Delcarmen, they could combine to get through a long game if necessary.

Francona on three catchers:

"In the five-game series, I think we're comfortable going 10 pitchers as long as there was health," Terry Francona said. "So we try to maximize everybody on thre roster by having the third catcher. We want [Jacoby] Ellsbury to be able to impact the game, if needed, and that can mean running for a number of different people.

"Now we have a catcher that we're comfortable with. We actually have two catchers we're comfortable with, but they have a little bit different skill set, so hopefully we can use both and just maximize the strengths of our players."

Zenslinger said...

Playoff Manager Mode = what, exactly?

nixon33 said...

the suspense is killing me...

redsock said...

Playoff Manager Mode = what, exactly?

SoSHers reported that he explicitly said that he will manage different in the playoffs and will have a much shorter hook on pitchers. He was aggressive in 2004 and I look forward to seeing it again this week (and beyond).

Zenslinger said...

Boston Herald's apparently saying ocoC is expecting to be traded on the offseason in favor of LBJ.

redsock said...

Boston Herald's apparently saying ocoC is expecting to be traded on the offseason in favor of LBJ.

Not unexpected.

redsock said...

Former Herald writer Howard Bryant has a stupendous feature on Slappy here.

Zenslinger said...

Stupendous? It seemed a little overblown to me. But I didn't read it carefully.

redsock said...

Way better and more insightful than most features. Nicely written as well.

nixon33 said...

does anyone think that the indians have a chance in hell?
i dont.

redsock said...

does anyone think that the indians have a chance in hell?

I do. Their Pitching > MFY Hitting.

Cleveland in 5 (maybe even 4).

Devine said...

Yes, I think Cleveland can beat the Yankees. That requires at least one good game from Sabathia, though.

And if the Yankees do get past the Indians, they'll be facing one of their two mortal enemies.

9casey said...

The 3 catchers is stupid.i am not sure if Tito has pinch ran for Varitek all season why would he now....You would have thought they would need a long guy like Tavarez or Snyder....

s1c said...

I do. Their Pitching > MFY Hitting

The problem will be if they have to bring C.C. and Carmona back three days rest. What the Indians need to do is win the first two games. That then allows them the luxury of the full 4 days rest of C.C..

Should be an interesting series though.

As for Lowell and the MVP, I think that most of that is driven by the fact that when Manny and David were not producing RBI's at their usual rate, Lowell stepped up and led the team. Writers and Fans tend to get wrapped up in the RBI figures without giving any consideration to the fact that runs scored and RBI's are a function of the team.

Personally I thouth the Mas's grades in most cases where ridiculous. How can you give Coco a D. Plus if you are giving Drew, Lugo, Gagne and Coco below average grades there is no way you can give Theo a B+.

nixon33 said...

i'd be suprised, VERY suprised if the indians win that series. the yanks lineup is too good.