Fireman

How hard was tonight’s save by Jonathan Papelbon? Enough to leave a Hall of Fame candidate marveling at it.

“The way it finished was frickin awesome. That was just
an unbelievable job. That’s the definition of a tough save. One out, Michael
Young at the plate, runner on third, very few guys can get that result He’s
one of them.”

The author of those words, of course, is Curt Schilling, who has a win next to his name because of an almost superhuman job by Paps tonight.

Wow, how about that 96-MPH pitch on the black that baffled Michael Young. It’s hard to picture what type of state the Red Sox would be in now had not Papelbon gone back to the closer’s role. It stabilizes the entire team having such a dominant closer.

And Terry Francona is not going to let Papelbon sit in the bullpen in the eighth inning when the most important outs in the game are on the line.

A good night all-around for the Sox. Schilling rebounds. Ortiz gets his homer stroke going. And now they come back to Fenway.

Later,

Ian.

 

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Papelbon was unreal tonight and none of the Texas batters looked comfortable stepping in against him.

My favorite at-bat was in the 9th against Blalock: Paps kept throwing splitters until he had 2 strikes on Hank, then absolutely blew him away with high heat that Blalock had no shot at.

Also, Wilkerson (the last batter of the game) was completely overmatched. I actually felt bad. He waved at two fastballs before getting frozen by a 4-seamer on the outside corner for strike 3.

I now officially feel confident in Papelbon coming in for any situation, regardless of how hopeless it may seem. His raw stuff coupled with his poise and confidence make him the ideal make-up for a closer.

Wow! What a great game! Its only the first week of the season, but my adrenaline was pumping. Unbelievable how Papelbon was able to go all Superman on the Rangers and pull that game from the ashes. And to do that against the meat of a very impressive order (save Sammy) only makes it better. That was one of, if not the, most dominant performances of Pap’s career. We talk about Dice-K’s ability to put every pitch on the black. How about Pap’s ability to throw a 96 mph fastball on the black at will?! Papelbon showed tonight how much the Sox’s bullpen needs him in there. Naysayers will say he pithced one and two thirds, even though Francona said that the eighth was off limits, but Pap was so dominant he only threw 15 pitches. Still the Sox cannot use him like that consistently, lest they burnout his arm again like last year. Speaking of which, it looks like the shoulder injury from last year isn’t going to effect his success. I said it last year and I’ll say it again this year: Papelbon = Superman.

We all knew Ortiz would come around. It was only a matter of time. There shouldn’t be a doubt that the other marquee bats will come around sooner than later as well. If you’ve seen it guys like Manny are hitting it right on the barrel, but can’t find any luck and the ball isn’t carrying due to the cold front.

Do you honestly think Schilling would have a bad start two times in a row? He pitched awesome and it looks like he should continue to give a consistent 6 to 7 inning start like he has throughout his hall of fame(?) career.

All in all a disapointing series in Texas was salvaged and the Sox now have some momentum going into the homestand. The 3-3 start is fine considering that the bats have yet to warm up and all of the games were on the road. Nice to see that the starting rotation lived up to its billing for the first week of the year. Can’t wait opener at Fenway this week!

“A good night all-around for the Sox. Schilling rebounds. Ortiz gets his homer stroke going. And now they come back to Fenway.”

Couldn’t have said it better, Ian. A so-so road trip ends on a very high note.

Wholly agree! I said in another post after Shills last outing that weather had more to do with gripping the ball than anything to do with the big Shills ability. I rest my case there.
Shill was the usual thrill! Papi is back, this I am certain!

Killer Paps wiped any notion of residual effects of is arm woes last year. Now if the bats get crankin’ clear the road ahead, the express is coming through!

Just thought that I would compare the Yankees and Red Sox: Starting Rotation(Sox):

Curt Schilling (2006):

G: 31 W:15 L:7 ERA: 3.97 IP: 204 BB: 28 K: 183 WHIP: 1.22 OBA: .303

Josh Beckett (2006):

G: 33 W:16 L:11 ERA: 5.01

IP: 204.2 BB: 74 K: 158

WHIP: 1.29 OBA: .317

Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japan 06):

G: 25 W: 17 L: 5 ERA: 2.13

IP: 186.1 BB: 34 K: 200 WHIP: O.92

Tim Wakefield (2006):

G: 23 W: 7 L: 11 ERA: 4.63

IP: 140 BB: 51 K: 90 WHIP: 1.33 OBA: .322

Julian Tavarez (2006):

G: 58 W: 5 L: 4 ERA: 4.47

IP: 98.2 BB: 44 K: 66

WHIP: 1.56 OBA: .374

Disabled List:

Jon Lester (2006):

G: 15 W: 7 L: 2 ERA: 4.76

IP: 81.1 BB: 43 K: 60

WHIP: 1.65 OBA: .381

Matt Clement (2005):

G: 32 W: 13 L: 6 ERA: 4.57

IP: 191 BB: 68 K: 146

WHIP: 1.36 OBA: .333

Starting Rotation(Yanks):

Carl Pavano (2004):

G: 31 W: 18 L: 8 ERA: 3.00 IP: 222.1 BB: 49 K: 139

WHIP: 1.17 OBA: .302

Andy Pettitte (2006):

G: 36 W: 14 L: 13 Era: 4.20

IP: 214.2 BB: 70 K: 178

WHIP: 1.44 OBA: .339

Mike Mussina: (2006):

G: 32 W: 15 L: 7 ERA: 3.51

IP: 197.1 BB: 35 K: 172

WHIP: 1.11 OBA: .279

Kei Igawa (Japan 2006):

G: 29 W: 14 L: 9 ERA: 2.97

IP: 209 BB: 49 K: 194

Darrel Rasner (2006):

G: 6 W: 3 L:1 ERA: 4.43

IP: 20.1 BB: 5 K: 11

WHIP: 1.11 OBA: .293

Disabled List:

Jeff Karstens (2006):

G: 8 W: 2 L: 1 ERA: 3.80

IP: 42.2 BB: 11 K: 16

WHIP: 1.20 OBA: .291

Chein-Ming Wang (2006):

G: 33 W: 19 L: 6 ERA: 3.63

IP: 218.1 BB: 52 K: 76

WHIP: 1.31 OBA: .320

Compare to your liking, whos got the better rotation?

All stats are baseed on last year healthy, not affecteed by transition to America, Major leagues or age.

So much for my “Move Papelbon back to the rotation” campaign. Our bullpen without Papelbon would have absolutely blown that game last night. How about moving Donnelly up a little in the bullpen rotation. He has been pretty solid for years. Pineiro sure looks lousy. Why go to him with a big game on the line?

I’m only really just parroting what I’ve heard from “experts,” but as was pointed out last night by John Miller, Papelbon is pretty much a two-pitch guy, fastball and splitter. Tough to get through three times around the order on that arsenal of pitches. I think putting him back into the closer’s role was a good idea.

As for Schilling, it was great to see him perform as well as he did, but I have to wonder if the adrenaline rush we all felt in the eighth could have been avoided if Schilling had stuck with his off-season conditioning routine instead of concentrating on his video game company this past winter. By his own admission, he’s had to “pitch himself into shape.” If he was in the kind of shape he has been at the beginnings of years past, he very well might have been able to go back out for the eighth. Hindsight is 20-20, and I’m ecstatic for the win. But I’m really anxious for Timlin to get back, and I hope to heaven that Theo is doing what he can to find some more bullpen help. Pineiro looked terrified out there.

Manny hit the ball REALLY hard last night. In a slightly smaller ballpark or in warmer weather, the score would not have been as close as it was. Great to see a couple more parts of the offense (his and Papi’s) coming around.

wow francona’s gonna have paps shoulder destroyed by july with that attitude…when did papelbon become iron man…??????

It was great to see Schill get back to his old form again and if it weren’t for his “little” mistake that yielded a HR, the game would have had a whole different feel to it.

As for Papelbon, it’s not that he’s just a 2-pitch guy. John Miller was saying how Papelbon’s two BEST pitches were the splitter and fastball. As as a closer, he can rely on those more cause he’d only have a total of 3 outs on average to make.

As for Papelbon being out there early, this outing should count as your average save. Correct me if I’m wrong, but he only needed 5 pitches to get through the 8th inning everything else was just cake for him. Once Timlin is back, I severely doubt Papelbon will have any shoulder issues come mid-to-late summer.

I think a lot of us seem to forget that Papelbon was groomed as a starter and he was shut down last season early enough to get his shoulder strength up and beyond what it was.

Besides, if Jon Lester finishes his pitching and treatment program with flying colors (and it sure seems that way), I imagine him being our 5th starter come the summer and Tavarez back in the bullpen. And at that point Pineiro (who looked like a deer in headlights), will either be gone or in the minors.

Although I have no idea why Tito went to him for the 8th. Honestly, I would have thrown anybody else but him in there. Heck, if it weren’t for the 2 men that were on, Lopez might have gotten through that inning with no issues.

//wow francona’s gonna have paps shoulder destroyed by july with that attitude…when did papelbon become iron man…??????//

Papelbon had pitched ONCE in the prior week. He threw 15 pitches last night. Today’s an off day. Using him for five outs is going to “destroy” his shoulder? He’s a strong young man, not a hothouse flower.

//Pineiro sure looks lousy. Why go to him with a big game on the line?//

In his two previous outings, Piniero gave up one infield hit, walked none and struck out three in two innings.

I agreed with Tito’s decision to bring in Piniero in the 8th, he had been throwing the ball well in his previous outings. But my question is where was Donnelly? Is he injured or something?

I have vivid memories of the Angels bringing him in vs. the Sox in relief and Donnelly almost always getting the job done. He seems way too good to not even have warming up with only a 2-run lead.

man i love games like that. Almost got a noise violation in my dorm, i was so excited.

i also love when people say silly things, and someone comes in and completely shuts them down. nice work ‘hacaro’, i applaud you and your baseball knowledge.

looking forward to a strong fenway homestand!

Hi, All. Haven’t commented in awhile since I’m busy with Sox and Pinstripes, but I caught up on the last couple posts here, and wanted to add a few comments:

– Papelbon would develop into a top-tier starting pitcher, but with the multitude of top starting pitching prospects the Sox have, plus lesser heralded guys like Devern Hansack and Kason Gabbard (who would start right now for many MLB teams), Papelbon’s most valuable role is as closer. The guy is just plain nasty.

– Relax about Julian Tavarez, J.C. Romero and Joel Pineiro. Remember, this is just the first week of the season. Over the course of his career, Tavarez has pitched poorly in Texas. And as far as Romero and Pineiro, middle relievers are going to have subpar outings every now and then. If it becomes a regular occurrence, then complaints are justified. I think Romero and Pineiro will post decent numbers as the season progresses.

– Concern about Jason Varitek’s bat is understandable. He just doesn’t look comfortable at the plate. Coco Crisp has shown signs of breaking out of his slump, but I would still like to see Wily Mo Pena play center for a few games. Pena is adequate in center field (much better than he is in right field), and he needs some at-bats.

– To the poster who is criticizing Dustin Pedroia, saying he should platoon with Alex Cora, have you watched any of the Sox games this season? Pedroia is hitting and fielding well. Did you expect him to last the entire season without an error?

– To the poster who criticized the Sox rotation and bullpen, again, what games are you watching? The rotation is one of the best in baseball, and the bullpen overall is effective. Both wil be strengths all season long. Just because Julian Tavarez has a poor outing does not mean he is not effective. There will be nights when Sox starters just don’t have their stuff. Fortunately, it looks like that will happen much less frequently than it did last season.

Jeff

http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

Pepelbon was just amazinmg last night. I’m glad that he was very resourceful and used only 15 pitches. However, why was Pinero pitching the eight inning? I would have used Donnelly instead. Also, did you guys notice that Ortiz changed his stance slightly? When he was in KC, Ortiz was standing up more and did not crouch when he was batting. However, when he was hitting against Texas, he crouched more, just like the way he did in 2006. I think that Big Papi just needs to keep hitting in a more crouch-like stance. Anyways, this was a terrific game and the sox finally come home to Fenway!!!!

I agree with Jeff. One outing is not enough to gauge performance for the whole season.

Tavarez did retire the side in the first inning of his debut. He’s got the stuff, he just has to stick with it. I also think that this was just one bad outing for Pineiro. He was pitching fine up until now. I think a lot of it has to do with the cold and less with his stuff. I’ll wait a few more outings before I pass judgement on them.

I think everyone, offense and pitching, will be fine once it gets warmer.

Oh, and I tip my cap to Papelbon. What a way to salvage the series and get some momentum going home. Boom!! Young had no chance!

Just thought that I would compare the Yankees and Red Sox:

Starting Rotation(Sox):

Curt Schilling (2006):

G: 31 W:15 L:7 ERA: 3.97 IP: 204 BB: 28 K: 183 WHIP: 1.22 OBA: .303

Josh Beckett (2006):

G: 33 W:16 L:11 ERA: 5.01

IP: 204.2 BB: 74 K: 158

WHIP: 1.29 OBA: .317

Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japan 06):

G: 25 W: 17 L: 5 ERA: 2.13

IP: 186.1 BB: 34 K: 200 WHIP: O.92

Tim Wakefield (2006):

G: 23 W: 7 L: 11 ERA: 4.63

IP: 140 BB: 51 K: 90 WHIP: 1.33 OBA: .322

Julian Tavarez (2006):

G: 58 W: 5 L: 4 ERA: 4.47

IP: 98.2 BB: 44 K: 66

WHIP: 1.56 OBA: .374

Disabled List:

Jon Lester (2006):

G: 15 W: 7 L: 2 ERA: 4.76

IP: 81.1 BB: 43 K: 60

WHIP: 1.65 OBA: .381

Matt Clement (2005):

G: 32 W: 13 L: 6 ERA: 4.57

IP: 191 BB: 68 K: 146

WHIP: 1.36 OBA: .333

Starting Rotation(Yanks):

Carl Pavano (2004):

G: 31 W: 18 L: 8 ERA: 3.00 IP: 222.1 BB: 49 K: 139

WHIP: 1.17 OBA: .302

Andy Pettitte (2006):

G: 36 W: 14 L: 13 Era: 4.20

IP: 214.2 BB: 70 K: 178

WHIP: 1.44 OBA: .339

Mike Mussina: (2006):

G: 32 W: 15 L: 7 ERA: 3.51

IP: 197.1 BB: 35 K: 172

WHIP: 1.11 OBA: .279

Kei Igawa (Japan 2006):

G: 29 W: 14 L: 9 ERA: 2.97

IP: 209 BB: 49 K: 194

Darrel Rasner (2006):

G: 6 W: 3 L:1 ERA: 4.43

IP: 20.1 BB: 5 K: 11

WHIP: 1.11 OBA: .293

Disabled List:

Jeff Karstens (2006):

G: 8 W: 2 L: 1 ERA: 3.80

IP: 42.2 BB: 11 K: 16

WHIP: 1.20 OBA: .291

Chein-Ming Wang (2006):

G: 33 W: 19 L: 6 ERA: 3.63

IP: 218.1 BB: 52 K: 76

WHIP: 1.31 OBA: .320

Compare to your liking, whos got the better rotation?

we are all well aware of the red sox and yankees pitching rotations. why you posted that, twice, i dont know

sorry my friend wanted to play a practical joke, he said it was a belated Aprils fools one.

Who cares about the yankees rotation, lets focus on ours. So far so good, with the exception of a blip by Schilling and Tavarez. One bad outing from Peniero and Romero, the balance has been good. When the bats come to life I’m sure we will start doing some butt kicking! I’ll worry about the Yanks later on…if I need to worry about the Yanks…maybe it will be the Blue Jays we need to worry about. Way to go Paps, that was one for the ages!

P.S. – Whats with the annoucers wondering who would pitch the Sox 9th after Paps closed out the 8th?????? I was watching Sunday Night Baseball with whomever and Morgan. I was thinking DUH??? Bob Stanley!

d_reinbold, i heard the same thing. That’s because Tito (or was it Farrel ?) said before the game that if needed, they got no problem using Pap in the 8th and, depending on the pitch count, let someone else take care of outs number 2 and 3 in the 9th. Morgan and Miller must ‘ve added 2 and 2 …

You can compare the past stats all you want, but RIGHT NOW the Sox rotation is better. And really, comparing stats is a fun way to pass the time during the winter but gets to be meaningless once the season starts. What the pitchers do this year will count, not what they did in the past.

Wrong target, buddy. I’m rsox_34. The stats guy is rsjones.

Good game last night! I thoroughly enjoyed the game. However, if I have to listen to Joe Morgan and Jon Miller run their mouths the entire freakin’ game one more time, I’m going to puke. They really just talk to hear themselves talk. My mute button gets worn out when they’re on the TV.

Okay, you know just about a day ago you guys were lighting it up with Vince over whos rotation is better. My wrong timing, but it is not fair that you flame me for every comment that is not in the conversation, or is disagreeable. No bad blood, I just don’t appreciate the critizim at every twist and turn.

On another note how about a friendly conversation about the Beckett v. Weaver matchup at Fenway. Besides the totally idiotic signing of Jeff “One-Hit Wonder” Weaver, we’ve got the advantage with the M’s delayed for the past 3-4 days because of the feakish weather in Cleveland the team will be off balance, Home opener GO SOX!!!

Didn’t flame you at all.

As for the game, Josh will be fired up and there’s no way Weaver could keep the pace with him.

Plus, i’m looking forward to see Manny explode. He’s getting closer to the fence at each AB ( except for that last AB ). GO SOX ! And GO my new favorite Sox player, PAP !

I wasn’t acussing to you rsox_34, more to d_reinbold and arnieschmo, sorry for the misunderstanding. Ditto on Manny some of his fly balls went preety far into the outfield at Arlington, as for my favorite player, the big man with the deuce on Sunday, Pap with an i.

rsjones, I have no problem with you. Don’t take it personally. My thought is that we can now compare this year’s stats. That’s the beauty of the baseball season, it’s current! True, the season is young and therefore the current stats are skewed one way or another, but it’s still better than December!
And you are right; I think Beckett, Manny and the boys will be glad to be home and will put on a show for us! C’mon Sox. GO!

Not a bad choice.

What do you think the 34 in my username mean ? But as i said on Jeff’s blog, my next Sox jersey will show number 58. He was majestic last night. And this time, it wasn’t against some obscure Royals hitters.

The sad thing is we don’t get to see him day in and day out, as oppose to the Papi man. On the days we don’t need him, it’s like having a Ferrari in the garage ! Still, that was the right decision to make.

Hoping for 7 innings from Josh, 1 from Donnely ( they’ll have to use him someday !! ) and 1 from ….. well, you know.

Carl Pavano officially has a better ERA and higher winning percentage than Curt Schilling and Julian Tavarez, Jeff, wouldn’t that make him your 3 starter?

hahaha, sorry, had to get that out there after all that Hansack gibberish in the offseason.

Pineiro should be held to his ERA his last 2 years until he proves otherwise in a nice, safe situation (mop up time). That would be 6.36 and 5.62. When I see those numbers, I think of Jason Johnson. Maybe Donnelly wasn’t feeling it? In any case, we really need Timlin back.

Can anyone possibly explain how Sidney Ponson still has a job?

I wouldn’t call talk about Hansack being part of the Yankees rotation gibberish. He is better than Carl Pavano right now, and Kei Igawa. The only reason he isn’t in the sox rotation right now is because of the depth and talent already there. I would much rather have Hansack and Gabbard than Igawa and Pavano. I know you’re excited because the Yankees finally had a starter last more than five innings, but this is just one start. The turth is, the Yankees rotation is mediocre at best. There wiull be far many more poor starts than performances like Pavano’s tonight.

Jeff

http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

Good point about the stats being obsolete, however how can you compare rotation and teams in genral when six games have been played, espically in outlandishly cold conditions.

The Yankee rotation is medicore, with mussina aging, Wang on the DL, Pavano coming from the DL, and the transition for Pettitte to the AL East again (who’s bats are even bigger than years ago) Also Clemens wouldn’t help a bit in NY, when thr Rocket pitched there he had some of his highest ERA’s . . . ( same situation as Pettitte)

Sidney POnson only has a job because the Twins don’t have depth in their rotation. POnson dug himself into this ditch by not keeping himself in shape, and having legal trouble in his home country of Aruba.

If anything is unclear in my last post please inform me with another post.

Well, it’s early yet, bottom 2nd inning, but looks like we were right. The sox’ bats woke up and Beckett looks good. No place like home, eh?

Lot of positives here, V-tek and Crispy got hits, Lowell’s getting his doubles and everybody is getting a good workout running the bases!

Another good day for RS Nation!!! Everyone starting to look really good! Becketts’ command has been great! Go SOX!!

I’m really happy for Tek. What a day he has so far ! 3 H, 3 RBI. Takes a thousand pounds off his shoulders. Also good to see Coco batting in 2 runs and J.D. getting his first HR with the team.

And Josh is rollin’. Man, it feels good.

Beckett’s putting on a clinic. His curve is nasty today. He’s really got it going.

JOSH B-E-C-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-T!!

HITS ALL AROUND!!!

14 RUNS ON 14 HITS!!!

GREAT TO SEE TIMLIN

Sorry, no offense intended rsjones. Didnt read the ealier chat, my bad. Was just sick of all the yankees bosox arguement that seemed to dominate last year. Thought it was a tad early to get into it again. Although I did like the Jeff blast on yankee pitching…lol. I stick by my comment on the Blue Jays being the ones we have to watch out for. Awesome game today, tomorrow looks promising too. Nice to see V-Tek have a big game, tomorrow im hoping for a Manny dinger!

Accepted, I hate those arguements too. Hope Jays lose that ties us for first(unlikely against KC though).
Offense is exploding, pitching is developing, JB is hot, indicated by the 3 K’s on Ichiro. This is baseball, and this is thhe RED SOX!

On MLB.TV the annoucers on NESN were showing a clip of Ichiro and Dice-K’s first face-off back in the land of the Rising Sun in ’99. K for the Dice Man. Hope for results like that the whole game and season.

Let me get this straight, Ponson is the excuse for the Yankees bombing Minn, but WEAVER PITCHING has no bearing on why the sox lit the M’s up today?

Vince, yes Ponson scerwed up allowing the Yanks to “bomb Minn”, but so did Weaver, and none of us on the blog said that he didn’t, no disrespect.

Weaver only gave up half the runs. Plus, Ian’s blog does not have to be unbiased just to please you. Weaver was very, very good to the Sox, but we are not obligated to state that in every post to make you feel better. No disrespect implied or intended.

It was implied with the Ponson should not be in a major league rotation comment….I didn’t ask anybody to be objective, but a lack of it just reflects poorly on your own knowledge.

I wasn’t asking for a comment on how poor weaver was, but if you’re going to belittle starters the Yankees are facing, or worse, trash on the Yankees rotation yet ignore legitimate reasons for early poor performances (btw closing in on 2 runs in the last 12 innings for starters) then you certainly have to do the same when your inconsistant offense faces jokes for starters. See, you cannot point out a team’s current flaw, and then cover your own up by ignoring where the success came from. If that makes sense.

Why can’t we ignore whatever we want? I re-read Ian’s intro to his blog and I couldn’t find the “objectivity” rule in there. Why do we have to give equal time? We are not fans to be detatched at this time of year. We can, and will, enjoy our team as we see fit. That’s my point. There is NO objective reason to be a baseball fan, it’s essentially a waste of time. We could be working part-time and making a little spare cash(actually, I’m working right now, but since I own the business I can do this). This is entertainment and nothing more, so if it entertains us to be biased, so be it. By the way, I never mentioned Ponson, I just want to keep the blog interesting and argue for my fellow sox fans. I could not care less if it was Sydney Poitier pitching, although that would be a bigger story.

You can ignore whatever you want, so it shouldn’t bother you if I call you on your own lack of objectivity with that state of mind then, should it?

I’m getting really sick of saying sorry. Vince if you didn’t want me to answer don’t put a “?” at the end of a sentence. Lets forget about it and enjoy baseball.

I have no pretense of being objective. Type up whatever you like.
But, Vince, a thought occurred to me as I was cooking an order of sopapillas a moment ago. You are studying to be a sports journalist, no? So you have more invested in being knowledgeable and objective(as well as you can while still being fan yourself) than I do. If you were to give me your recipe for, say, Tournedos Rosini, I can imagine cringing. “No, no ketchup!” I might say. And you may well reply,”Why not, that’s how I like it.” You have less to lose if your Chile Verde is not up to professional standards, but I would have my livelihood at stake. I think I understand now. But I won’t be any more objective, well, maybe in November. Right now I am dilerious with baseball passion. LOL How do you spell delerious?

Redirect your anger towards me…

…I have homeplate tickets to Dice-K’s game tomorrow… :)

Who’s angry?
But you, my friend, have an obligation to get back to us here at the blog and describe those pitches in excruciating detail. Take notes!

This is an easy one… There is an simple reason on why Weaver has a job… he was a World Series HERO last year. I have always thought, and still think, that he is awful, but at least he has last year’s playoffs on his resume. Ponson is terrible, out of shape, personal problems, etc. His last work last year was a 10+ ERA for the Yanks. No excuse for his presence in the league. There is certainly a great amount of luck involved in a full major league season… Yanks miss Santana by one start and get these 2 bozos the next nights.

The one thing I’ll never understand about Baseball is the fact that teams will choose to go with garbage in their rotations when they have decent to good arms pitching in AAA. The Twins have to have somebody who is younger, cheaper and could do just as well as Ponson. This story could be repeated for many other teams as well.

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