March 31, 2009

Lineup & Roster News

L - Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
R - Dustin Pedroia, 2B
L - David Ortiz, DH
R - Kevin Youkilis, 1B
L - J.D. Drew, RF
R - Mike Lowell, 3B
R - Jason Bay, LF
Terry Francona spoke about his preferred lineup to start the season:
I think having the left-handed hitter [fifth] is somewhat useful. For me, right now, J.D. is healthy, we have Mikey Lowell and Bay who we can hit sixth and seventh. In my opinion, neither one is a typical [No. 7] hitter, but somebody is going to have to. We'll figure it out. We have a chance for a pretty balanced, good lineup.
What is a typical #7 hitter? ... I guess the only question now is whether Jason Varitek will hit 8th or 9th? Speaking of which, Varitek leads the team with 12 RBIs!

Sean McAdam, Herald:
Nick Green and Chris Carter have been told that they have made the Red Sox Opening Day roster, with the understanding that things could change if the Sox make a last minute deal or waiver claim.
Is this a joke? Tito, on Lowell's recovery:
The only thing for me right now that he's lacking is some speed. ... There's only so much you can simulate in Spring Training. When the season starts and all of a sudden you're trying to go first to third and score ... we'll keep an eye on him.
Monday pitching: Daisuke Matuszaka threw 75 pitches over five innings against Atlanta yesterday, allowing two hits and two runs (one earned). He walked three and struck out two. ... Tim Wakefield pitched in a minor league: 5 IP, 5 H (3 HR), 5 R, 94 pitches.

Clay Buchholz makes his final Grapefruit League start today against our hated divisional rivals -- the Rays (1 PM).

44 comments:

accudart said...

Tek is going to surpise this summer. I stand by my .340 OBA!

nick said...

I'll stand by it too and gape in wonderment.

a bit off topic, but for those of you with iphones, MLB has released the 2009 app and there's some goodies there. What as $4.99 last year is now the "Lite" version. It's free and includes real time gameday (well, as real as GDGD is anyhow). Pretty sweet. If you buy the app for $9.99 you get gameday audio with the choice of which team's feed you want to listen to. I guess it's like the PC version, but it's in yr pocket (and $5 cheaper). OK, no more consumerism from me.

Patrick said...

I had to change my pants after seeing that lineup.

J-Bay batting seventh?!?! With Lowrie and Tek 8th and 9th?!?

My god. I'm going to seizure I'm so excited.

nick said...

I too got a bit excited in various parts when spying that lineup. I'm ready!

Benjamin said...

That's pretty much today's lineup too, with Lowell and Bay swapped.

Benjamin said...

Maybe we can get Canada's House of Commons to vote on a nonbinding resolution urging this lineup.

L-girl said...

The thing about those non-binding resolutions... you gotta watch out for that non-binding part.

Thanks Benjamin :)

Jere said...

Rays up 1-0 after 3.

Rays announcer mentioned that Castig & co are there in the booth next to them, even though they're not calling the game today. Isn't that funny? Joe just goes and hangs out in there on days he doesn't work.

Jere said...

2-run dong by them off HH, 3-0 TB. Guy got on base on a ball Bay lost in the sun.

Jere said...

Now Drew makes somewhat of a misplay and another guy's on second. So, please note, one guy got a dong but the other two could have been easy outs.

Jere said...

But now another dong by Gabe Gross to dead center. 5-0. Runs scoring fast and fur.

Jere said...

Ellsbury double, Pedroia double. 5-1.

Jere said...

Papelbon's dad has been on with this announcer for a while--he's the director of the Ted Williams museum.

We're finally getting to Sonnanstine. One in, bases loaded. Now a deep sac fly, 5-2.

Jere said...

So funny hearing the son in the father's voice. 5-2 after 4.

Jere said...

2-run dong off Mastadon, 7-2.

Zenslinger said...

What is the, The Day of the Two-Run Homer for Undistinguished Tampa Players?

redsock said...

Isn't that funny? Joe just goes and hangs out in there on days he doesn't work.

I've been down there. There ain't fuck all to do. So why not?

Jere said...

Why doesn't he just sit in a normal seat, though?

Varitek 3-r dong, 7-5.

Jere said...

Nice OTT 8th for Master of his Domainson.

Zenslinger said...

Feel th' Varitek POWER.

Where can we find spring stats? I mean, if he has 15 RBI, what pace would that put him on for the regular season?

I'm going to Vegas this weekend. Wonder if one can find odds on a 100-RBI year for Jason.

Or does this just mean he's going to hit under .200?

Jere said...

Rays announcer says "the guy on deck is not David Ortiz, we'll tell you who it is when we find out..."

Then he goes, "I knew that guy looked familiar, it's Rocco Baldelli."

Rocco moves up the runner. Man on 3rd, bot 8th, down by 2.

Jere said...

Just go to the stats section of redsox.com and click 2009 Spring Training stats on the drop down.

Jere said...

He's at 1 RBI per game right now, but of course he's not playing full games.

So he should get a good 200 RBI this year.

Zenslinger said...

Right, thanks.

1 HR every 10 at bats or so.

And a 1.130 OPS from Jed!

Jere said...

yeah! Nick Green 2-run triple!!!! Tied up in the 8th, 2 outs.

Benjamin said...

I hope Francona doesn't have a nickname for Kristopher Negron.

Jere said...

Red Sox lead! 8-7 on a run-scoring single by Chavez.

Zenslinger said...

Yeah. Yeah! YEAH! Go go Nick Green!

I'm getting kind of excited!

Maybe I should get tickets to see the Sox @ the A's on April 13!

Goddam!

Jere said...

I love a comeback anytime. Especially when it's the underdog Sox against America's Hated AL champs.

Zenslinger said...

And I appreciate the updates...the MLB Boxscore still doesn't reflect the runs in the eighth.

Jere said...

Ram-ram in for the ninth. Goes 3-2 on first hitter....long at bat....gets a groundout.

Jere said...

Ram-Ram Meulens gives up a hit, tying run on, 1 out, 9th.

Jere said...

Webber steals 2nd, even though ball beat him. Much booing on the call.

Jere said...

Walk. First and sec, one out. I can totally hear Carl Beane in the background.

Jere said...

Fly out to Nick Green, first and third, two out.

Jere said...

2 ER on 5 H and 3 BB for Joba today in 6.3 repeating innings.

Jere said...

Red Sox win!

Benjamin said...

That's a lot of stranded baserunners.

Zenslinger said...

6.3 repeating innings

Hunh?

Joba won a lot this spring and had a decent 3.60 ERA, but his WHIP is around 1.4.

Jere said...

number of innings = six point three repeating

Benjamin said...

He only pitched five and a third, though.

dj1480 said...

Nick Green and Chris Carter have been told that they have made the Red Sox Opening Day roster, with the understanding that things could change if the Sox make a last minute deal or waiver claim.

"Waiver claim" = Gary Sheffield?
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/news/story?id=4029706&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

redsock said...

"Waiver claim" = Gary Sheffield?

Oh, please no.

I'll take my chances with Carter and Gumball, or someone else who (a) isn't a 'roid user, (b) did not admit he'd be willing to throw games, or (c) isn't an asshole.

Jere said...

Whoops. Five point three repeating.

If we got Shef, it would be funny to see if someone in the Monster Seats would have the guts to throw back his 500th home run ball.