Tag:Red Sox
Posted on: August 9, 2009 10:41 am

Thoughts on the Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry

  • Am I the only one who finds the idea that Red Sox fans are done with Theo Epstein absurd?  The man not only changed the Red Sox from lovable losers to obnoxious winners, but he changed the entire game and the way teams manage their prospects and rosters.  If I'm running any team in the league (including the Yankees), I'd jump at the chance to hire him.
  • Some fans of both teams are such poor sports it's disgusting.  How many times do we really need to read the "I'm right and you're wrong" arguments on these boards.
  • Yankees fans are incredibly fortunate to have beat writer Peter Abraham blogging.  He's the best baseball blogger I've seen.  Check him out at http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ whether you're a Yankee fan or not -- you'll appreciate the type of coverage he provides.
  • Red Sox fans got a nice reprieve from having to join the rest of the world in the reality that players on their team did steroids this week, with the plausable deniability defense of David Ortiz.  I would be much faster to believe all of it if we hadn't heard it from others many times before (and not once has the person actually turned out to be clean).
  • For any Red Sox fans who read this, why haven't the Red Sox promoted Michael Bowden yet?  Seems like he deserves a shot, given their current pitching nightmares.
  • Speaking of pitchers, I'm disappointed that the Yankees demoted Mark Melancon.  They didn't have much of a choice, I'll admit, but the guy had 4 appearances (5 2/3 IP) without giving up a run, walking 1, and striking out 5.  He'll be a big part of the bullpen next year.  Until the fifth starter is straightened out, however, they'll need to keep Gaudin and Mitre both on the roster.
  • The Yankees finally admitted that they'll allow Joba to go over his innings limit when it comes to the playoffs.  Let's hope he doesn't get hurt.
  • Speaking of young pitchers, the guy who's arguably the Red Sox's best pitcher, Jon Lester, goes tonight.  If you ask most teams which of Josh Beckett or Jon Lester they'd take, they'd take Lester.
  • As far as Red Sox blogs go, I love the format of this one: http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/
  • As a Yankee fan, I haven't forgotten about the fact that the Yankees entered this series 0-8 against the Red Sox.  What goes up may also come back down. 
  • ARod's hip is bothering him, you can tell from his recent performance at the plate as well as how he's moving while waiting for the ball to be hit.  He really needs a day off, and soon. 
  • The Yankees already must regret ARod's contract, and they will grow to hate it in time, unfortunately.
  • The Yankees' minor league system has been demolished by injuries this year.  Jesus Montero, Ian Kennedy, Zach McAllister, Alan Horne, George Kontos, Chris Garcia, and Dellin Betances, among others, have all been lost to injury at some point this year (or for the remainder season, for most of them).  If it weren't for the development of Arodys Vizcaino and Kelvin DeLeon in Staten Island, I'm not sure what I could say that was positive about the minor league system just now.  Maybe that Austin Jackson's finally out of his recent slump?  Or that McAllister is pitching again?  Or that Andrew Brackman wasn't quite so awful in his last outing?
Category: MLB
Posted on: January 15, 2008 8:55 pm

Save Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes was the consensus #1 pitching prospect in the game this time last year (excluding Matsuzaka, who shouldn't have been considered a prospect, but I digress).  Other than pulling a hamstring, he's done nothing that should change our opinion on him. 

Concerns:  Hughes appeared to change his arm angle this year.  It caused him to lose 1-3 mph on his fastball.  That turns him from a guy throwing 95 to a guy throwing 92.  That's a huge difference.  95 mph is a plus fastball.  92 is an average fastball.  Hughes has the control to do well regardless, but without that velocity, he turns from an ace to a #2 to #3 starter.

Signs of Hope: After recovering from the hamstring injury, his stats in September and October were excellent: 3-0, 2.73 ERA, 29.2 IP, 1.18 WHIP, 18 Ks.  He has the makings of an ace, and could be one as early as this year.  Don't forget that he was on his way to his own no-hitter prior to pulling his hamstring. 

Don't trade him:  Cashman wouldn't part with Hughes prior to this season.  Just because Joba Chamberlain had a great debut last season that doesn't mean that they should suddenly trade Hughes.  Yes, it's a blow if the Red Sox wind up with Santana.  That said, if they end up acquiring Santana, their total team salary will become very close to that of the Yankees, somewhere in the $160 million range. 
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