May 22, 2008

G50: Red Sox 11, Royals 8

Royals  - 100 020 230 -  8  13  1
Red Sox - 041 006 00x - 11 14 0
Dice again walked a small army of batters (5.2-6-2-6-7, 118), but wriggled out of several jams and stranded eight Royals over five innings.

J.D. Drew hit a grand slam to left in the second (after three straight singles to start the inning) and Mike Lowell did the same in the sixth (after Manny Ramirez was walked intentionally).

It was the first time two Red Sox hitters hit salami dongs since May 2, 1995 (John Valentin and Mo Vaughn, in consecutive innings, at New York).

Craig Hansen and David Aardsma pitched poorly in the seventh and eighth and Kansas City -- down 11-3 after six innings -- actually brought the tying run to the plate against Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.

But Boston held on and finished up a perfect 7-0 homestand. The Red Sox are now a major-league best 31-19 - no other team has more than 28 victories.

On to Oakland ...

***

Brian Bannister (4.29, 99 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.15, 199 ERA+)

The Red Sox -- with the best record in baseball -- will try to finish up a 7-0 homestand. They are 20-5 at Fenway so far this season.

***

Rob Neyer and Jonah Keri look at five teams -- the Tigers, Rockies, Padres, Mariners and Yankees -- and discuss their chances of contending. ... Michael Salfino, SNY.tv: "[I]t's alarmingly easy to envision a scenario where this 2008 Yankees team is analogous to the 1964 club that ended a 15-year dynasty."

Manny's mouthguard ... Mel Parnell recalls his 1956 no-hitter ...
Three new Red Sox wines: Captain's Cabernet, Vintage Papi and Sauvignyoouuk Blanc. ... The Mindy McCready documentary (due out in July) will include "her side of the Roger Clemens story".

197 comments:

redsock said...

WEEI:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Kevin Cash, C
Julio Lugo, SS

Possibility of scattered showers.

phil said...

Any word on why Tek's getting two days off?

ish said...

Possibility of dongs being let outside, too.

Zenslinger said...

Possibility of seven in a row!

Pepe Lepew said...

Sweep. Sweep!
I work with a Royals fan who has been giving me a huge silent treatment all week, so it's no fun even giving him a hard time.
Which begs the question: How can you possibly be a Royals fan and not have any sense of humour about the Royals? I don't get it.

phil said...

Anyone have any hard numbers on this (still young) season's streaks versus last year's? It feels like we've had longer winning and losing streaks in a third the time as last year. (I'm pretty sure we never had a six-game winning streak, for instance.)

redsock said...

we have. at least one streak on both sides of 3-4-5 games, i think.

redsock said...

royals feed on EI (so much for the home team gets the feed), but rogers sportsnet has nesn!

ish said...

!!!llab yalP

L-girl said...

ish in the mirror?

ish said...

It took me like, 3 minutes to write play ball backwards.

phil said...

Man, if Matsusaka could keep his current form and Beckett could return to 2007 form....

L-girl said...

It took me nearly as long to read it. :)

redsock said...

don says HH making a rehab start in paw on sunday

ish said...

So, I was able to figure out how to adjust the vertical size of my TV, and be able to move it from side to side. I went through every serviceman option and none of it could help out with the horizontal side, or the crookedness. Also have problems with the picture being a bit trapezoidal.

So, I'm not sure there's anything else I can do. Except live with it or switch to my old TV.

L-girl said...

"Man, if Matsusaka could keep his current form and Beckett could return to 2007 form...."

It's entirely possible that will happen.

ish said...

don says HH making a rehab start in paw on sunday

Brandon Moss is on a "rehab assignment" as well in Pawtucket. Though, I don't see him coming back up here very soon.

ish said...

Cash isn't used to catching balls at more than 75 mph.

Zenslinger said...

Shit.

ish said...

Lester will be on ESPN's "Sunday Conversation" this week.

redsock said...

maybe squeezed a tad on ball 4 to teahen, but jesus fuck dice - strikes!!

ish said...

Dice: Home plate is that way.

ish said...

That's better.

34 pitches, though.

redsock said...

did nesn join that kid's lineup at drew/7th?

i hope not.

ish said...

I remember the last time they did the kids reading the lineups, there was a late change to the Red Sox lineup, so they weren't able to play the tape. But... they did anyway.

phil said...

Is Pedroia having an epic twenty-pitch at-bat? I'm at work, where GDGD doesn't load, so I'm watching on fangraphs.com which only updates after the outcome is complete.

And there it is. 8 pitches.

ish said...

Nibbling.

redsock said...

throwing balls to these hackers is highly annoying.

walksuzaka.

Zenslinger said...

Last year, Dice had a 1.32 WHIP to go with a 4.40 ERA. He started today with a 1.23 WHIP to go with a 2.15 ERA. Last year's batting average against him was .246; today he started at .183.

One way to look at it is that walks are his only problem. Another is that, overall, he's been lucky so far.

phil said...

Runs, please.

redsock said...

Dice BABIP

2007 - .301
2008 - .217

A bit of luck and some Houdini moves have helped his ERA.

L-girl said...

infield hit for being!

phil said...

Hey, Manny got a hit. I miss those.

L-girl said...

quarter dong for mikey

(i just posted that on the wrong blog and had to delete it and repost it here)

ish said...

I like me some full sacs.

redsock said...

just looked at threadsox for last night -- after my first post, 9 more. slow night!!!

ish said...

Blogger ish said...

Possibility of dongs being let outside, too.

Thu May 22, 12:46:00 PM



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

ON FIRE!!!

GRAND ON FIRE!!!!

redsock said...

ON FIRE -- ALWAYS ON FIRE

Zenslinger said...

Did Drew just drive ball three for a Dongus Maximus?

phil said...

Holy shit.

ish said...

I really need to pay more attention to the game. Took me until NOW to realize that was a grand slam.

L-girl said...

lyndon will show slugo how to do it

ish said...

Bases stealing showdown. Lugo, Ellsbury. Who ya got?


Ooops. Game over before it began. And Lugo doesn't help his own cause by getting caught.

ish said...

Surprised Lyndon hasn't gone yet.

ish said...

Damn! Right when Ellsbury DOES go, and has the base stolen no doubt... Pedroia grounds out.

Zenslinger said...

The pitch count evens up between Matsuzaka and Bannister at 49.

ish said...

The pitch count evens up between Matsuzaka and Bannister at 49.

For entirely different reasons...

ish said...

At this rate, Dice would be lucky to make it through 5 innings.

redsock said...

i'm a little shocked remy doesn't sell pajamas on his website.

ish said...

i'm a little shocked remy doesn't sell pajamas on his website.

Give him a week.

Zenslinger said...

I'm wondering whether Dice-K as escape artist is just a phenonmeon we need to accept.

K/BB ratio:

Japanese career: 2.70
US career (incl. through 3IP today): 2.15
2008 (also incl. today): 1.35

Conclusion? I have no idea. We can definitely say he's been lucky this year in every way. Although we can't count on his luck holding, I still think there's hope his control will improve.

ish said...

Dr. Doubles strikes again.

ish said...

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Zenslinger said...

RYI!

(Run Youked In)

Zenslinger said...

RYI!

(Run Youked In)

ish said...

Some good wood is being swung by Mr. On Fire.

phil said...

It'll be crazy if we get a shorter outing from Matsusaka than Colon.

Maybe "crazy" is the wrong word. "Disappointing"?

That RBI ties Youk for 4th in the AL.

ish said...

I wonder if Cash has anything to do with these 5 walks.

redsock said...

Well, I saw Dice walk 8 in Detroit with Tek, so maybe $ is actually keeping the total down!

phil said...

He walks people with Tek behind the plate too. It's what he does.

phil said...

Gload's one of the few folks with a lower ISOP than Lugo.

L-girl said...

What he said. Phil saving me the typing.

L-girl said...

I am wasted. We were out late-ish last night. These days I am just destroyed the next day.

phil said...

Joey Gathright, Red Sox killer?

L-girl said...

^^^ re "what he said", that was on dice-k's walks, not gload.

phil said...

Can't be agreeing with me too much. That'd be unseemly.

redsock said...

in light of what remy was saying about scoring on hits from second at fenway, i suggest that the phrase "scoring position" be retired forever.

phil said...

What was he saying?

L-girl said...

i will try not to seem unseemly.

L-girl said...

who's boy is that? :)

redsock said...

mentioned gathright trying to steal third, because often at fenway, being on second ("scoring position") doesn't guarantee you can score on a single, esp. one to left, because manny plays shallow, the ball might hit the jut, etc.

i hate the term "scoring position" since it can apply to any base or the at-bat guy, and it would confuse new fans when the guy does not score ...

so since there is so many times that a guy in "scoring position" does not score, the empty phrase should be abolished.

phil said...

A double steal here would be hilarious but probably tragic.

ish said...

- LaTroy Hawkins gets a 3-game suspension for throwing at Luke Scott's head...

- Eric Gagne is being shutdown for shoulder tightness...

- MLB might test out instant-replay in the Arizona Fall League this year.


...and this just in: Lugo sucks at baserunning.

phil said...

Manny time?

ish said...

Umpire Brian Knight needs a new pair of shorts.

phil said...

Guess not.

ish said...

Dice-BB

Zenslinger said...

ISOP = ?

Wild pitches...one way to let the other team's runners get closer to scoring position.

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phil said...

ISOP = ISO = SLG-AVG

ish said...

Dice-BB's last season in Japan... He issued only 34 walks all season.

phil said...

He might exceed that this game.

Well, he'll get pulled with a high pitch count, but almost.

redsock said...

pen is getting active only now??? come on.

aaaaardsma

ish said...

Dice-BB is making me want to go to sleep.

Aardsma's warming quickly.

phil said...

Maybe Tavarez bequeathed him his stash of crack before heading down I95.

redsock said...

ISO is Isolated Power. Extra-bases per at-bat, the "true power of a hitter". Invented by Branch Rickey and Allan Roth in the 1950s.

phil said...

106 pitches through five.

ish said...

Feels like the Red Sox are losing.

Zenslinger said...

With Dice-K not at his best and back out in the sixth, I'm hoping that feeling doesn't become any more concrete.

phil said...

Why is he still pitching?

ish said...

Current headline on Royals.com:


"Gordon, Guillen strike Dice-K repeatedly at Fenway"

redsock said...

Why is he still pitching?

Tito wants him to set a new club record for most BB by a Sox starter?

phil said...

Clearly someone's also been striking Tito repeatedly in the head.

Organic brain damage is sad.

ish said...

Hey guess who's the 1st base coach for the Royals...


Rusty Kuntz.

redsock said...

tito trying to squeeze a few more outs out of dice (who would like to throw more pitches anyway) to set up his pen better for the 7-8-9.

speaking of BBs, LOWGY in.

ish said...

Lopez has only allowed one inherited runner (out of 17) to score.

phil said...

Wow.

Rusty was a pretty shitty player too.

redsock said...

sorry javy. LOKGY!!

Zenslinger said...

Dice comes within one out of the most labored quality starts ever.

Well, I know the expression "giving the team a chance to win" is woefully overused, but, here we are. Despite the walks, he did keep us in the game.

redsock said...

$!

ish said...

££££££££££££££££££££££££

redsock said...

101 = me!

ish said...

Does that count double posts and deleted comments, etc?

Heh. 101.

ish said...

Just heard this commercial on the radio...

"Wise. The official potato chip and cheese doodle of the Boston Red Sox."

redsock said...

nah, 101s are worthless (as are 301s, etc.)

official cheese doodle!

bannister: 12 hits, 1 BB = 13
matsuzaka: 6 hits, 6 B = 12

redsock said...

i guess gobble was not an innings eater.

phil said...

More runs, please.

phil said...

Maybe Ellsbury could steal from first to third with Cash standing on second.

redsock said...

FY banging it off the "30" wins on the standings!!

ish said...

FY!

phil said...

Yes, runs like those.

phil said...

Jacoby didn't score from first?

redsock said...

Time for the Dr. to go all Rx on these a-holes.

ish said...

DOCTOR SLAM!!!

redsock said...

BAD MEDICINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil said...

Manny IBBed? Don't they know how he's playing at the moment?

s1c said...

Ah, it looks like for the first time the Sox will win 7 in a row since, I don't know

Dr. double grand dong!!!

L-girl said...

when's the last time we saw two gs in one game?

ish said...

Heh. It hit off of the 498 sign.

Zenslinger said...

Doctor Dong.

Now here we go: last time there were two Granny Dongs in a game?

ish said...

Youk is crazy. Gets insanely pissed when he strikes out with an 8 run lead.

phil said...

Hilarious. Fangraphs gives us a 100% win expectancy in the 6th inning. I don't think I've ever seen it above 99% for a game in progress.

ish said...

We let the dongs outside like no others.

redsock said...

the pro hit 2 himself in one game, right?

L-girl said...

re 2 gs in one game, i wasn't really asking. i was just saying "wow".

****

youk o'neill

redsock said...

GDGD has aaaarsdma in, but it's hansen

redsock said...

100% -- gotta be a typo.

there IS a chance the sox can lose, so it's maybe 99.7% or something

phil said...

Mueller (7/29/03)
Nomah (5/10/1999)

Still looking for multiples across players.

ish said...

No team in history has ever hit 3 grand slams in one game, by the way.

phil said...

Happened in 1995 at least.

ish said...

Still looking for multiples across players. Try 1995

phil said...

Cloninger almost had a shot, though, and he was the pitcher.

ish said...

Delino DeShields
Jason Tyner
Nick Markakis
Alberto Callaspo



...What do these four players have in common?

Amy said...

Hi all. We are on the Cape, and it took about 4 hours with Comcast to get our Internet going. Argghh.

I turned on the game, the score was 11-3, went to get the laptop and the score was 11-5. WTF?

How did Dice do?

L-girl said...

I wonder what Fangraphs said the chances of the Sox winning the 2004 ALCS was at one point. Must have been 1% or less.

Amy said...

How did we score all those runs? I see lots of discussion of grand slams?

ish said...

How did Dice do?

I'm calling him Dice-BB now.

ish said...

How did we score all those runs? I see lots of discussion of grand slams?

Two grand slams: One by Drew in the 2nd, and one by Lowell in the 6th.

phil said...

2-grandslam Sox games:

05-13-1934, 07-04-1939, 07-27-1946, 05-10-1960, 06-10-1987, 05-02-1995, 05-10-1999, 07-29-2003.

Amy said...

WOW, thanks, Ish. That's amazing.

So Dice's control was bad....seems to be a continuing problem. Lucky for him he gets lots of run support.

Now I am really mad that Comcast was so incompetent.

ish said...

Interesting pitch speeds by Yabuta...

1: 75
2: 88
3: 77
4: 93

ish said...

And all of Yabuta's pitches look pretty straight.

Zenslinger said...

...What do these four players have in common?

Small packages?

ish said...

Probably, but I cannot confirm that.

ish said...

Mark Grudzielanek was the league's best hitter... until he arrived in Boston.

Since then, he's been 0 for 16. That's why he's being pinch-hit for, I'm sure.

L-girl said...

so what do they have in common?

(small packages? first-hand knowledge?)

redsock said...

german actually replaced him in the field last inning.

cora in for slugo, btw

ish said...

Cora showing his defensive prowess right there.

redsock said...

lugo could of done that.

ish said...

german actually replaced him in the field last inning.

gotcha.

so what do they have in common?

Final batters in the last four Red Sox no-hitters.

DeShields (Nomo)
Tyner (Lowe)
Markakis (Buchholz
Callaspo (Lester)

nick said...

...What do these four players have in common?

Who are four people who have never been in my kitchen?

phil said...

So what you're saying is they didn't sack up and break up the no-hitters?

Small packages.

ish said...

Ooops. Save situation now.

Amy said...

Sheesh. Can't we just finish this game easily?

L-girl said...

fucking middle relief! you'd think we'd have no problem holding an 8-run lead. but no.

redsock said...

fangraphs still at 100%?

Zenslinger said...

Just think, Shannon Stewart (Schilling) almost joined that shameful bunch.

Zenslinger said...

Um...don't look now but we are back to a save situation kind of situation.

phil said...

Nah, it went back down in the 7th. It's at 97% currently.

Zenslinger said...

Need another grand slam to keep Papelbon from having to come in.

Jack Marshall said...

THIS is why Sexy Lips thought it was a good percentage play to go down to Pawtucket rather than hook up with another team. The middle relief has gor to stabilize or something has to be done. Giving 8 runs to KC is ridiculous.

L-girl said...

Ridiculous, but also not the norm. We haven't been doing this game after game. Although our middle relief needs shoring up.

redsock said...

bot.

also ococ in CF and lbj now in LF

redsock said...

okay so we don't have a perfect team.

but we have the best record in MLB and today's win will be #31. no other team has more than 28.

lips also could have said no to FA because a trade is pending or he wanted the sox contract over what another team would pay him.

phil said...

Hey look, the tying run's at the plate.

s1c said...

Hey look, the tying run's at the plate.

Yep, and it is the guy during all the games that have caused problems.

c'mon bot!!!

L-girl said...

the water has been very dirty lately. much fun.

Amy said...

Well, thank goodness. I saw this go from 11-3 to 11-8 in no time. So bizarre.

ish said...

The water is dirty.

A very dirty homestand!

redsock said...

hey look, the water is dirty.

yet again.

7-0 homestand.

s1c said...

dirty!!!
Water!!!

Also happy daughter, brought her home a ball from batting practice last night :). For once dad is a hero!!!

L-girl said...

a perfect home stand!

now a stupid west coast swing, causing me to miss most of the games. see you all soon.

Zenslinger said...

Bizarre game.

I will gladly take the W, though. Here's the MFY failing to get any traction this evening.

phil said...

Water. Someone tossed a live toaster in it, but it's water.

L-girl said...

"Well, thank goodness. I saw this go from 11-3 to 11-8 in no time. So bizarre."

it also went from 5-3 to 11-3 on our side even faster!

L-girl said...

s1c, good job on the batting practice ball! my only ML baseball is from BP too.

s1c said...

L-girl, thanks, its good to be a hero in the daughters eyes once in a while :)

s1c said...

From Joe Posnanski's blog:

Banny Log: Reader’s Digest Version
2nd inning:

Manny Ramirez: Soft infield single up the middle.*
Mike Lowell: Soft singled in the hole between short and third.*
Kevin Youkilis: Hard single between short and third.
J.D. Drew: Grand slam.

*Both of these might have been fielded by shortstop Tony Pena. Unfortunately, shortstop Tony Pena is hitting .162 and was replaced in the lineup by Alberto Callaspo, who can hit better but has the range of the Pesky Pole. Let’s be honest, it ain’t easy putting together the Kansas City Royals lineup every day.

Fun Fenway fact: Did you know that there is not a Citgo station within 12 miles of the famous Citgo Sign behind the Green Monster?

Fun Fenway fact II: J.D. Drew’s home run did not hit the Citgo sign.

redsock said...

Pena's OBP - .185

OPS+ - 7

7!

He makes Lugo look like Honus Wagner.

s1c said...

He makes Lugo look like Honus Wagner

Am glad I am not a Royals fan!!!

redsock said...

Off to the do(n)g run with the do(n)gs.

Jack Marshall said...

Redsock: I was being facetious about Taveras's motives for staying, but if he isn't traded, he may yet prove useful at some point. I cannot remember the Sox ever having so much pitching depth in the minors---amazing. It will be even more amazing if they can't find a solid middle relief corps with so many good arms.

Again I say: the fact the Sox are this much better than the league even with the problems they've had shows me that the team will absolute wow us before the season is over.

redsock said...

Your reason maybe valid. He may really like the Sox, know he could fit later in the summer, and prefer that -- as opposed to toiling for a loser. Just saying that there are other reasons too.

phil said...

Jones single and Bynum triple, with one out.

BAL - 001
MFY - 00

Jere said...

Saw two grand dongs today at Fenway. Sweeeeet.

1-1 O's/LPYs after 5.

redsock said...

1-1 in the 7th. Chocolate Rain warming.

redsock said...

That 1995 Valentin-Vaughn dongathon was also Vaughn Eshelman's major league debut!

9casey said...

The Sox are great at Fenway.....But need to pick it up on the road....Need to win at least 4 on the West Coast.....

I just paid $90.00 to fill up my Mini-Van , My friggin Mini-Van...I know pay more for gas a month then my car payment....I thought that would help to get that off my chest..It didn't.....

Jack Marshall said...

Incidentally, I don't get that quote about the 1964 Yankees at ALL. The Yanks went to the World Series in 1964. They fell apart in 1965. 2008 will be like '64 in their dreams....

phil said...

Yeah, the 1964 MFYs won 99 games. Somehow I'm just not feeling it this year.

In 1965, they went 77-85. That's a little more like it.

Jere said...

Yeah--I didn't even click the link, but that didn't seem right to me, either, just because the Yanks "current" dynasty ended seven years ago.

Pepe Lepew said...

So, does anyone know this, but I'm just guessing that Dice-K is probably leading MLB in walks allowed.

redsock said...

Yes, he is.

Matsuzaka-BOS 38
Bonderman-DET 35
Carmona-CLE 35
Gorzelanny-PIT 35
Cain-SFG 32
Batista-SEA 31
Jimenez-COL 31
Lester-BOS 31
Sanchez-SFG 30
Volquez-CIN 30
Young-SDP 30

ish said...

Some interesting names on that list. Carmona, Volquez (without having seen him pitch a full game, he reminds me a lot of a young Pedro Martinez), and Young. Remember last year when Chris Young absolutely baffled the Red Sox in San Diego? He was so tall, and threw his pitches so straight, and they weren't even at 90 mph, and he was still dominant. I hadn't heard too much about him this year, until he took a ball to the nose off the bat of Albert Pujols. He ended up taking out Young and his catcher Josh Bard in the same inning.

I wonder if there's ever been a player who's caused a trip to the DL for a pitcher and his catcher in the same inning.

ish said...

In that game in San Diego, here was Young's line:

7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K in 110/74 pitches.

andy said...

I blame that loss in San Diego last year on Wakefield not on the Padres pitching.