Thursday, September 14, 2006

Four games against the Yankees, One MLB pitcher

My goodness, just barely one month out of 1st place and the NOT playoff-bound Red Sox are about to go into a 4-game weekend series with the Yankees without hardly any major league capable/quality pitchers!

Josh Beckett is up first.

Julian Tavarez (a relief pitcher) will start the 1st game of Saturday's double-header
- my, my won't that bode well for our bullpen? Tavarez has pitched well in the spot-starter role recently, but can we continue to expect so much from him now going into Yankees stadium?

Then the Sox will have Royals' cast-off Kyle Snyder going in the 2nd game Saturday. I like Snyder, but he's more suited for long-relief (4 innings max) than being a starter for the Sox.

For Sunday's night game, the starter is apparently yet to be determined.
According to the Providence Journal: "If Kason Gabbard can pitch with his strained lat, he'll be the choice. Otherwise, journeyman Kevin Jarvis or someone off the Portland (AA) roster will get the assignment. The (AA) SeaDogs are in the finals of the Eastern League playoffs..."

What an embarrassment!

Curt Schilling might pitch the 2nd game of the series with the Twins next week, but he hasn't pitched since Aug. 30 due to soreness (a strained lat).

Theo: I hope you are putting that guerrilla suit back on

Theo: I hope you are putting that guerrilla suit back on this October.

What a waste... to go to the end of July in first place for most of the year just to have the season unravel in front of our eyes (you and me and a million other fans) !

Yes, there was plenty that happened TO you as the GM: Injuries, diseases and other health ailments can't be avoided, but as a statistician you certainly knew that before the season started.

Yet, blaming the too-early end of the season on any health ailments is not fair to do... Lester wasn't a major league starter at the beginning of this season anyway, and David Ortiz didn't ultimately miss too many games... nor did Jason Varitek for that matter... neither certainly missed as many games as most of the Yankees outfield did!

You also can NOT honestly admit that you really believed you get through the season with David Wells as a season-long reliable pitcher along with Matt Clement and without any backups (like the trustworthy Arroyo).?

It seems to me that Brian Cashman one-upped you by having an actual and substantial backup plan in place! Besides his “central” center plan of stealing Johnny Damon from you, he also was willing to make some (any, please, anything? Really, please, anything at all?) moves to bolster the teams forces at the trade deadline.

I should have known this would be the result of our season when back early in the season your first move to add support to the rotation was to pick up a starting pitcher that the lowly Kansas City Royals had cast off.

Meanwhile: Bronson Arroyo, Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Freddy Sanchez and, yes, even Edgar Renteria all went on to have All-Star type career years. Here at home Josh Beckett pitches to a 5+ ERA.

The future is not so bright anymore. Too bad you spent the off-season thinking about yourself and not the good of the team.

Why is it acceptable that the Yankees are, yet again for the umpteenth time, going to win the AL EAST. Sure, they have a huge salary sum, but is supposed to have the smarts. Is Cashman that wise of an over-sender or did the replacements at the helm this winter goof the job by letting Damon go and creating holes too big to fill?

Just give us some answers? An apology maybe? The team (themselves and the fans) had its hopes up all year long, while in 1st place, and you have let us down. Please explain yourself.

I don't want to hear that you are going to be happ to get a head start on the trading and FA season this year because you won't have to watch the playoffs, instead we loyal supporters deserve an explanation.