September 30, 2008

Lowell, Drew Both Upbeat, Hope To Play

Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew both took "lavish cuts" in batting practice at Fenway Park yesterday and seemed pleased with the results.

Drew (lower back strain) "sent balls screaming into the Fenway stands" and Terry Francona "seemed optimistic about his progress".

Lowell (partially torn labrum in right hip) was also upbeat:
It's never really bothered me to swing, so today was kind of just to get into the flow of the game. Tomorrow [Tuesday] will be a big day, because I'll be taking ground balls and seeing how that goes.
Francona is first Red Sox manager to last five consecutive years in 61 years and only the third in franchise history (Jimmy Collins, 1901-05; Joe Cronin, 1935-47). The Playoff Assassin loves October.
These games are so much fun. There's anxiety, there's nervousness, there's some tension. But I love it. ... I like who I'm doing it with. ... Trying to win with this group is fun for me.
David Ortiz:
Tito gives me tons of confidence. There's not one day I don't feel like playing for Tito. I can be dying, and when I come [talk] to Tito, all I think about is, "I've got to play for this guy, no matter what." He fills you with that.
The ProJo has a lot of quotes from Tito's Monday press conference.

Justin Masterson (2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings, with 29 strikeouts) has anchored the bullpen. Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, and Hideki Okajima have combined to allow only three earned runs in their last 48 innings (0.56 ERA).

Beckett has a 1.73 ERA in 10 post-season games (72.2 innings). He will play catch today and throw a side session on Thursday. He is scheduled to pitch Game 3 on Sunday.

Tito:
We love what Beckett can do -- we respect what Beckett can do. I think we're starting to get the same feeling about Lester.
For the second time in three months, Lester was named AL Pitcher of the Month. He won the award in July and was announced as the winner for September (2.14 ERA in five starts).

ESPN Picks: Six of 10 pick the Angels. Everyone expects the series to go at least four games, with eight of the ten writers saying it'll go five. ... Fox's Ken Rosenthal says he was ready to pick the Red Sox until the Beckett oblique story broke. Now he says Angels in 5.

Boston does not have to submit its ALDS roster until 10 AM (West Coast time) on Wednesday, but we know that David Aardsma will not be on it. He will work out in Fort Myers in case he's needed for the ALCS. ... The Globe has posted hit and pitch zones and spray charts from Inside Edge.

17 comments:

L-girl said...

I can't wait!!!!!

ish said...

I'm glad there's going to be baseball tonight so I can at least bridge the gap a little more comfortably. It's like withdrawl. I don't want to go through baseball DTs.

nixon33 said...

I can't wait!!!!!

NO SHIT!! TWENTY TWENTY TWENTY-FOUR HOURS TO GO-OH-OH!

andy said...

Tito is filling his players with "something"

Same thing i am trying to fill em up with?

Jere said...

Going to ALCS game 4 and 5!

(IF the Red Sox make it. Let's be very clear about that, baseball deities. I hope you're not the type of deities who just read the first line and skip the rest. That's so...human.)

(One game limit, but I got through and my mom got through.) Hope the rest of you had good luck calling today.

Zenslinger said...

"A scenario in which Lowell starts at designated hitter and David Ortiz plays first base is also in play."

- Kilgore on Extra Bases

As I mentioned in the last thread, I think Ortiz is OK at 1B. Not great, but not exactly a huge liability.

CHB said in his chat published today that Casey is worse than Ortiz at first, and that may be why he hasn't PH more. That I don't know, but, still, I don't find that much reason not to play Ortiz at first.

ish said...

Cashman signs a 3-year extension with the Yankees...

nixon33 said...

im in the ALCS (if they win, see jere) for home game 1!

A Conformer said...

Cashman signs a 3-year extension with the Yankees...

Now that's fucking interesting.

Zenslinger said...

Now Terry says (latest Extra Bases interview) that Ortiz will definitely DH.

andy said...

so Manny in pinstripes you think?

Jere said...

"im in the ALCS (if they win, see jere) for home game 1!"

Between the two of us I think we have every possible Fenway playoff game covered up to the World Series.

tim said...

Lookin for what series Orsillo is doing and i found this...

no effing way

9casey said...

tim said...
Lookin for what series Orsillo is doing and i found this...

no effing way



How bored does someone have to be to make a myspace for Don Orsillo then tell you Don has nothing to do with it...

ish said...

That Twins/White Sox game was amazing! Danks and Blackburn matched each other pitch for pitch. Griffey threw out Michael Cuddyer at home in the 5th on a sacrifice fly attempt. Cuddyer bulldozed his way over Pierzynski but A.J. kept the ball.

That proved to be as big a difference in the game as Jim Thome's BOMB to center field for the only run of the game.

Such a huge game for Danks. 8 innings and only 2 hits and 3 walks! Then Brian Anderson, playing CF for Griffey in the 9th, made a diving catch to end the game, immediately after Ozzie frantically gestured for the outfielders to play more shallow.

What a game.

Unfortunately, though, Joe Mauer didn't have enough at-bats to sink his batting average enough to fall below FY, so Mauer wins the batting title, with a final average of .328.

ish said...

So... Both Los Angeles teams and both Chicago teams go to the playoffs. New York? Not so much.

tim said...

How bored does someone have to be to make a myspace for Don Orsillo then tell you Don has nothing to do with it...

Didn't even see that disclaimer before. Now, I don't know what to think.

Actually, I did just come to the conclusion that its even funnier now.