Tuesday, August 29, 2006

2006 - In memoria?

Not surprisingly, tonight's line-up didn't trouble the scoreboard operators too often, and for the second time in 4 days the Red Sox box-score line starts with a 0...

So to illustrate what has happened this last month, a simple table - the first two columns show our season to date performance, the second two, the last 30 days...

Season

MLB Rank

Last 30 Days

MLB Rank

Hitting

R

700

4

136

11

HR

169

6

37

5

RBI

668

4

128

13

AVG

.277

8

.255

26

OBP

.358

2

.337

15

SLG

.449

8

.429

19

OPS

.807

5

.766

18

GDP

112

9

24

7

Pitching

ERA

4.86

26

6.11

29

WHIP

1.43

18

1.65

29

OBA

.341

18

.372

29

SLG

.447

26

.523

30

K/9

6.83

9

6.67

12

BB/9

3.18

11

3.46

21

P/IP

16.67

24

17.13

27


So much has gone wrong in the last month that is difficult to grasp... and for all that people want to assign blame to Theo and the inactive front office, no GM in baseball - none, not even breakfast feeding Brian and his unlimited resources, could cope with all that has gone wrong since the trading deadline.

And to cap it all off today, David Ortiz was sent back to Boston to get further tests on his irregular heartbeat - at least let us hope for one positive story line over the next 30+ days... get well soon Big Papi.

3 threw a strike:

At 4:45 pm, Blogger Lee said...

You mean like losing a Gary Sheffield & Hideki Matsui for over three months, a Robinson Cano for almost a month, all while your bullpen implodes and blows games and your best player turns into Chuck Knoblauch in 2000 and your "best pitcher" keeps thinking he's Kevin Brown circa 2004?

No. I guess no GM has had to deal with injuries and sub-expectation performances by multi-millionaires before.

 
At 11:41 pm, Anonymous Christine E said...

Thanks for the analysis..good info...wish it were better news..:-(

Unfortunately, some Yankee fans always feel the need to make it about them..

Get well soon, Big Papi...

Go Sox!

 
At 2:07 am, Blogger Neil H said...

Lee,

Genuinely?

So after losing your starting LF and starting RF, and your starting 2B, your payroll was still only $50m higher than the next team in baseball, but you are right, Cashman worked expertly to solve the problems... by adding another $22m in payroll commitment - sheesh!

And under the maxim that if major injuries are going to happen, happen early, Matsui's and Sheff's injuries were perfectly timed - by going down when they did, Cash had two full months to see what the in-house replacements could do, and decided they couldn't do enough so he acted, and that isn't a criticism, that is GM doing his job properly - but to compare it to what has happened to the Sox after (the key word here and in the post was after) the trade dealine is just specious.

Neil H

 

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