May 14, 2011

G39: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0

Red Sox - 000 020 400 - 6 11  0
Yankees - 000 000 000 - 0  7  0
Beckett was on (6-4-0-2-9, 105) and Sabathia (6.2-7-6-3-6, 116) was not. The Red Sox were relentless in the seventh inning, finally driving CC from the hill when Adrian Gonzalez put the game on ice with (yep) a three-run home run to right-center.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, when singles by Jed Lowrie and Carl Crawford and a four-pitch walk to Jason Varitek loaded the bases with one out. Jacoby Ellsbury cracked a double to the gap in left-center, where Brett Gardner got burned by playing too shallow and had to chase the ball to the base of the wall.

Dustin Pedroia showed signs of coming out of his slump, going 3-for-4. Varitek singled in a run in the seventh before Gonzalez hit his ninth home run of the season (his eighth since May 3 and his fifth in the last four games).

And re what I said below about Beckett's high number of no-decisions, here is Evan Drellich from tonight's MLB.com game story:
[Beckett] also has a scoreless innings streak of 18 1/3 innings that stretches to April, and his ERA is 1.75, second best in the American League -- though he has just three wins to show for it.
Example
Josh Beckett / CC Sabathia

Beckett (1.99 ERA, 1.56 since his first start) has not allowed a run in his last 13 innings. In his seven starts this year, he has allowed two or fewer runs five times.

Since April 21, Beckett has made four starts -- 25.1 innings, 17 hits, 6 walks, 17 strikeouts, 2.13 -- but since he received neither a win nor a loss in each of those starts, he has, as the media often tells us, "nothing to show for it" (except for, you know, the results that I just mentioned and the positive value he gave to the team towards winning baseball games).

Sabathia has allowed nine runs (seven earned) in his last two starts.
            ERA    FIP   xFIP
Beckett    1.99   2.98   3.29 
Sabathia   2.89   2.86   3.46

What is FIP? Glad you asked. Fangraphs' Dave Cameron explains that FIP stands for:
Fielding Independent Pitching, which calculates a pitcher's responsibility for the runs he allows based on his walks, strikeouts, and home runs allowed. ...

[T]here are so many extra variables that go into a pitcher's ERA that the pitcher himself simply doesn't have control over. ... Using ERA or RA simply adds too many non-pitcher factors into the equation to the point that we're no longer just evaluating the pitcher.

FIP removes defense from the equation by only looking at three factors that a pitcher has demonstrable control over – walks, strikeouts, and home runs allowed. By using FIP, we're isolating the pitcher's core abilities and evaluating him based on those skills. Now, we're not claiming that FIP captures everything a pitcher is responsible for. ... But when confronted with a choice of including way too many non-pitcher inputs or leaving out a few minor actual pitcher inputs, the latter was the better choice. You will get more accurate win values for a pitcher using FIP than you will ERA or RA.
And:
xFIP is the same thing as FIP, but it sets everyone's HR/FB% to league average ... [which] basically shows the value of getting groundballs as a pitcher.
AL East: Orioles/Rays and Blue Jays/Twins at 4 PM.

104 comments:

allan said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Cameron, RF
Crawford, LF
Varitek, C

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
Rodriguez, 3B
Cano, 2B
Martin, C
Gardner, LF
Swisher, RF
Posada, DH

Rasputin said...

So basically what you're saying here is that Jeter's defense sucks.

allan said...

That is the subtext of about 60% of the things I say, yes.

allan said...

Red Sox/Yankees A-ball brawl

allan said...

O's beat the Rays and shot back into 3rd; Sox and Jays tied for 4th.

allan said...

mlbtv not connecting to this game for me yet.

Dr. Jeff said...

It's ON!

Dr. Jeff said...

Watching on FOX with Buck/McCarver, Whoa, hit him!

allan said...

AG's nightly HR would be good right here.

Dr. Jeff said...

Yeah, quick dong in the 1st to demoralize the locals.

Dr. Jeff said...

I bought my wife Tina Fey's memoir and I noticed that there is a DFW reference in it.

Dr. Jeff said...

So brutal with the high heat.

Maxwell Horse said...

The Sox are swinging at pitches that seem WAY too high.

allan said...

Dumbo is a proud man.

Dr. Jeff said...

Basehit down 3rd baseline?

Dr. Jeff said...

Or flailing swing on a ball in the dirt?

nick said...

Oh man, it's on basic cable. There goes my plans for a productive work evening.

allan said...

okay josh - your turn to K the side

allan said...

there is 1.

nick said...

Now for an easy DP. That would be nice.

allan said...

mcmoron goes into a LONG rambling story about why the runners will not go with the pitch, then they go with the pitch!!!!

meunier said...

I just bought a new Buchholz

meunier said...

Watching the ESPN gamecast due to the Boston postseason game going on today.

allan said...

fuck yeah!

Dr. Jeff said...

Both pitchers dodge bullets.

allan said...

CC is too wide to dodge many more.

allan said...

Fox mentions some unbreakable records, includes Ripken's consecutive games. (Of course, Gehrig's streak was always on the list of unbreakable records.)

nick said...

Aren't asterixes usually bad? Mentioned on Nolan's records and then dropped.

nick said...

I know it's crapfood and not fair to the Immokalee farmworkers, but these Taco Bell ads are working on me right now.

allan said...

i have never eaten their food, but i have been been curious a couple of times.

allan said...

buck: thanks to brian cashman, who has been so forthrght this year.

mccarver: all his life!

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did i hear that right?!?!?!?



(god, the dumbo worship is off the fuckin charts)

meunier said...

What a knob

nick said...

I can say without reservation that Taco Bell is crapfood, but it's one of those junk foods whose cravings make themselves known in my being.

allan said...

cashman supposedly due to make an announcement re this whole posada pulling himself out of lineup. ... now listening to weei, i'd say it sounds like he's retiring, but (a) why do it during a game and (b) castig says dumbo still thinks he can catch, but girardi does not agree

Maxwell Horse said...

I wonder if it's technically possible to shoot something digitally that doesn't look like it was passed through the "antisepctic rubbing alcohol" lens. I wish someone out there would investigate that.

allan said...

Posada went into Cashman's office at 6 PM (not Girardi's) and took himself out of the lineup. No reason apparently given.

Castig and OB guessing maybe it's because he was pissed at hitting #9.

allan said...

Maybe he failed a drug test.

MFY writer tweet: not retiring, but had a 'clash' with the team.

(what a team player, deciding to not play. will he get the manny media treatment?)

nick said...

@JackCurryYES: According to person briefed, Posada told mgr he was "insulted" abt hitting 9th, "threw a hissy fit."

nick said...

Not that I'm being a gossip, mind you.

Maxwell Horse said...

Beckett struck out A-rod like 3 times in that at bat. (First pitch looked like a strike as well.)

nick said...

If it weren't for Buckminster Fuller, we'd all be stinky sweaters.

Dr. Jeff said...

Drinking game: everytime they show Posada on the screen, take a drink.

nick said...

@ErolBal
#Posada with Jorge throwing a hissy fit , one has to seriously question the leadership role of Jeter. #yanks

allan said...

gdgd has that strike 3 lower than ball 2

nick said...

Sarah Silverman is a Sox fan... Awesome!

Dr. Jeff said...

Wow, how did they get the censorship going on Sarah? Masshole not allowed?

Dr. Jeff said...

Hilarious bringing up the Doc Ellis incident!

nick said...

Sarah pushing endorsement of pitchers taking LSD. "as a treat."

allan said...

she is from new hampshire, i think.

allan said...

it doesn't say anything about jeter. dumbo is a big boy who knows how to behave.

when manny acted up, did tek get shit for it? i don't think he did.

nick said...

I could be wrong, but I took it as a joke.

allan said...

was it a tweet? then maybe, yeah. if it was on tv, then i'd say they were serious. (but there have been similar comments in the tabs, that jetes was not doing enough to keep things smooth re: slappy)

meunier said...

LET"S GO!

Maxwell Horse said...

Okay, bases loaded. Ellsbury up. After the game, this will be looked back on as the best chance the Sox had all night to score. Will they be looking back on this moment fondly, or with regret?

allan said...

i like that.

nick said...

LBJ!

Jake of All Trades said...

Yes!

Maxwell Horse said...

So, fondly it is.

allan said...

yep, playing too shallow, got burned big time!

allan said...

you wanna face the evil one?

allan said...

time for a big salami dong.

meunier said...

YES

allan said...

feck

nick said...

Wasn't expecting that IBB, but.... There ya go.

Maxwell Horse said...

That was not quite as good as a grand slam.

allan said...

no, not quite.

RedSoxDiehard said...

If Posada get released, I will say "Hip, hip, Jorge!"

allan said...

though since he is at .165, maybe they should be forced to play him every day.

Dr. Jeff said...

Are you seeing some strange ball calls from this home plate ump? that 2nd pitch to jeter looked dead center middle to me.

allan said...

i have some work, so i am not watching too closely.

RedSoxDiehard said...

though since he is at .165, maybe they should be forced to play him every day.

True, and they should have to continue to pay him too.

Maxwell Horse said...

I wish we could see the Amica pitch zone on some of these "balls" that Beckett is throwing.

Maxwell Horse said...

That was the first time I ever saw a team go down on 2 pitches.

nick said...

Youk!

allan said...

martin paying homage to dumbo ...

allan said...

CACTUS!

Maxwell Horse said...

Wow. The ump didn't call that last strike to Varitek and it comes back to hurt Sabathia.

Dr. Jeff said...

Bogar didn't send Tek???

RedSoxDiehard said...

Swishballa...

Dr. Jeff said...

Nightly dong time!

Benjamin said...

Swisher!

allan said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

take that, fat ass!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Jeff said...

Called it!!!

Benjamin said...

This is fun.

RedSoxDiehard said...

YES!!!!!!

Jake of All Trades said...

I like this Evil Burt guy.

nick said...

That's some padding. Whoop!

Maxwell Horse said...

Ho-hum. Just Gonzalez's nightly homerun.

Amy said...

Just getting back to our cottage, two cosmos in, and the Sox are ahead. What could be better?

allan said...

what could be better?

3 cosmos in?

Amy said...

Nah, then I wouldn't be able to feel the joy of schadenfreude!

meunier said...

I know no lead is safe in the Toliet but this looks good.

nick said...

“@jasoncollette: Posada may indeed have back stiffness -- could have strained his back turning it on his teammates tonight”

“@keithlaw: Breaking: Yankees to place Jorge Posada on DL with bruised ego”

allan said...

me thinks the freude will be good tomorrow.

Kathryn said...

Just dropping in during graduation festivities to say...
YIPEE!!!

allan said...

NY Post:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with reporters during the second inning, but did not say much.

"At 6 o’clock he came into Joe’s office and asked him to remove him from the DH slot and ninth hole," Cashman said. "There is no injury."

Cashman would not comment when asked if this was insubordination.

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allan said...

bah - hoping for more fireworks.

allan said...

Is it Mr. 27?

Jere said...

mr 27

allan said...

27!!!!!!!!!!!!

Benjamin said...

Water.

laura k said...

Just dropped in to say: Don't drink the water!

Dirty water vs nyy PLUS the end of the co-worker from hell!!!! WHOO-HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tim said...

love that dirty water again!!!!! the nightly dong from EB is always appreciated.

saw your fb post, L - YAY! bad co-workers leaving is always a MAJOR stress relief! celebrate duly.

johngoldfine said...

A broom would be nice....