Another terrible AB by Sandoval. He didn't swing at a single strike there. How much longer can they really keep him around? Make a trade and just cut your losses already. It would be nice to see Farrell get creative in these tight games where runs are at a premium. God forbid if he ever calls a hit and run or tries to steal a bag.
This pitcher doesn't have to throw a strike to get out Sandoval.
I've been contending since about a month after the Sox got Pablo why would any pitcher throw him a strike, period. The five pitch walk last night was a complete aberration. For a moment I thought he actually made an adjustment and realize how he could get out of this funk by just being a little selective. That with such a turn in his approach, he might actually get a few good pitches to hit.
Then he had his next plate appearance. He swung at a ball two inches off the pate and an inch off the dirt. And then I knew the pld Pablo had never left.
Vladimir Guerrero this man, sadly, is not.
Or as a friend of mine from Alabama often told me: "Stupid means you can't learn. Ignorant means you won't." I've heard Pablo interviewed before and he's not a stupid man. But Ben Cherington may be one after deciding this guy would be a mid to high yield investment of $95 MILLION dollars over 5 years.
I wish we could find another dumb owner with a bad, negative value contract to swap for this guy straight up, but I think the Sox have that market cornered right now.
Post by soxfansince67 on Jun 15, 2017 21:44:57 GMT -5
Something fundamental is missing to have an offense so consistently get stopped by young and/or mediocre pitchers. Coaching? Lack of true leadership? Some ugly, ugly at bats - and this is a movie we've seen far too many times this year - and quite often last year as well.
one of my most enjoyable Yankees losses I have witnessed. We have had some tough losses this year, with tonight being one of them, but this Yankee one may have been worse than any the sox have had. Made the loss tonight feel a lot better
I forgot that we still had Elias. Nice to see Maddox get a look
Pretty clear that he got the shot over Workman and Martin because he's capable of going 3 IP at a shot, something he's done twice in his last 5 outings. Not sure that's a good reason, though. He's been surviving on BABIP (with a worsening of xFIP) since his promotion last year to Portland, and it's rare that that nibbling trick works in MLB.
I don't think that's "pretty clear" at all. Boles was quoted after Maddox's last AAA appearance as saying that was the best he'd looked to him in a couple years or something. When the club is calling up a guy from AAA, they check in with Boles or whoever the manager is for input. It's quite likely he'd have said something similar to them and they figured they'd give him a shot based on that. It's likely going to be a short stay, and he obviously made an impression in camp too staying up as long as he did.
Club isn't hurting for 40-man space at all right now. Holt's about to hit 60-days on the DL, so moving him over would be a formality if they needed another spot.
EDIT: Workman's last three AAA outings (admittedly over the course of a month because of his call-ups - and this is probably part of why they want him to stay in one place for a while) were all 2 innings or more. Martin has gone 2 or more innings in 5 of his last 7 outings.
In Martin's case, it's far more relevant that he pitched on Wednesday night than anything else.
Welcome back - I missed disagreeing with you. Hope the health stuff is going ok.