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4/30: and a Buchholz shall lead them


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#1 budcrew08

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:37 AM

A 6-1 road trip is very nice, but now it's back home to the Fens and the chance to continue to move up in the standings and back above .500.
Yea, Clay's ERA is over 8, but he has two wins and he'll get his third today.
WIN!

#2 Al Zarilla


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:26 AM

Sox facing Tommy Milone, a soft tossing lefty they've never seen before. He came over from the Nats in the Gio Gonzalez deal. Billy Beane up to his old tricks of dealing away guys when they get good and winning some games early in the year with pitchers teams have never seen. Not Beane's fault having to go this way with his crap stadium and organization, but let's rough up this kid, who is also a University of Second Choice guy. He has done well so far. Enough is enough though. Clay re-finds it tonight.

#3 Sampo Gida

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:47 AM

Clay may be pitching for his job. I think he comes up big against an offense that is scoring less than 3 runs per game. Also, it's a night game, and we are 7-3 when the sun goes down. Calling my bookie now.

#4 derekson

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:56 AM

Milone should be the kind of pitcher that guys like Aviles, Shoppach, and Ross absolutely tee off against. We'll see how they do with no exposure to him though. The rest of the league hasn't fared well so far, so the book on him probably isn't very helpful at this point.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:43 AM

Interesting thing about Milone is that he walks no one. Maybe this Billy Beane's devilish new approach: reverse-Moneyball. (Meaning, does it even make sense to be extra-patient and prioritize OBP against pitchers who live around the plate? Or does that just always leave you in a pitchers' count?)

A few K to BB numbers:

2012 A's 13 Ks 6 BB
2011 Nationals 15 Ks 4 BB
2011 Nationals (Triple A) 155 Ks 16 BB

(Not to mention, in three years of college at USC he had 212 Ks and 60 BB, and in spring training this year 12 Ks and 1 BB)

Sources: combo of Fangraphs and Bleacher Report

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:59 AM

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Welcome back, sweet prince.

#7 rembrat


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

This is now a Josh Reddick thread.

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#8 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:30 AM

:rolling:

#9 soxhop411


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:38 AM

:rolling:


HA!, A hawk was back in my backyard last night, feasting.. start a new win streak sox!

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:05 PM



#11 kieckeredinthehead

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:19 PM

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With Josh "Chamberlain" Reddick on the other side, this is truly a civil war.

"We'll fight them, sir, until hell freezes over and then, sir, we'll fight them on the ice."

May the army of Northern Fens be led by the greatest in-game tactician of all time, Robert E. V

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

Fucking magic.

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#13 E5 Yaz


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:54 PM

A soft-tossing lefty they've never faced before?

Uh-oh

#14 went9

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Wonder how Coco and Jonny Gomes are getting along?

Win it Buch.

#15 mauidano


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

Clay may be pitching for his job. I think he comes up big against an offense that is scoring less than 3 runs per game. Also, it's a night game, and we are 7-3 when the sun goes down. Calling my bookie now.


Closer to the truth than some may think. Clay hasn't exactly been dominating. With other options around the corner, Miller, Cook, Dice K, Clay should be hearing footsteps. Prove us all wrong tonight Clay, step up big.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

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#17 dewystoetap

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, RF
Shoppach, C
McDonald, LF
Byrd, CF
Buchholz, SP

Per Speier

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

Marlon Byrd walk-off tonight. 3-2 Boston.

#19 soxhop411


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:09 PM

http://www.nesn.com/...nday-night.html

Peter Gammons will join Don Orsillo in the booth on Monday night as the A's come to town to take on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Jerry Remy is still under the weather and hopes for a quick return. First pitch is slated for just after 7 p.m. ET on NESN with pregame coverage starting at 5:30 p.m.


Nice....

#20 Cellar-Door


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

Josh Reddick is the poor man's Ryan Sweeney.

#21 Nomar813


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

They're at Fenway so hopefully they can get Eck to sit in the booth at some point before Remy's back.

#22 Manramsclan

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:41 PM

Haven't posted in these game threads because the winning streak started and I hadn't posted since it began. Not happy to be back but happy that the Sox are close to .500.

Let's see if the lefty mashers that Ben got to balance this lineup can hit Milone a mile. A few XBH from Cody and Shop with men on base and this team will win.(If Clay doesn't suck today)

I, for one, am surprised that Clay to the bullpen hasn't been talked about. If he sucks again, why wouldn't they make him into an eighth inning guy and see if Cook can start?

#23 TFisNEXT


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:54 PM

They're at Fenway so hopefully they can get Eck to sit in the booth at some point before Remy's back.


I was hoping he'd be in the booth tonight but I guess he is off tonight. Gammo can be alright if he doesn't ramble too much, but he's no Eck.

Win tonight. And stop sucking, Clay.

#24 InsideTheParker


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

I was hoping he'd be in the booth tonight but I guess he is off tonight. Gammo can be alright if he doesn't ramble too much, but he's no Eck.

Win tonight. And stop sucking, Clay.

I keep wondering why he has so much trouble hitting his spots. (Clay, not Gammo) I hope he gets whatever he had that he's lost back, and soon.

#25 Rasputin


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

What do we do if Buchholz gets roughed up tonight?

#26 soxhop411


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:11 PM

Tony Lee @tonylee_vt
Bobby Valentine took blame for not having more of a plan for injuries/bullpen issues. "I'm kicking myself for it," he said. "My fault.

John Tomase @jtomase
Valentine expects Cook will pitch in relief if he doesn't opt out. Could also make spot start during stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
Tim Britton @TBritton_Projo
Valentine also said he's thought about more backup plans after Bailey/Ellsbury injuries caught him a little off-guard earlier in the season.

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#27 soxhop411


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

What do we do if Buchholz gets roughed up tonight?


Phantom DL? Then send him down to the minors to get his stuff together?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

What do we do if Buchholz gets roughed up tonight?


Nothing. Buchholz should get to make mistakes well into May before panic sets in. I'm looking for a gradual increase in velocity and greater success in keeping the fastball down. Buchholz can still be a good #3 starter without the changeup, provided he regains command of the fastball and cutter. The curve is back to its glory days, so he can throw a lot more of them.

#29 mfried

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

What do we do if Buchholz gets roughed up tonight?

It's a cue for action if this weak-hitting team roughs him up. I would put him in the bullpen and get Aaron Cook into the rotation. Not sure whom we can send down or unload.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

I, for one, am surprised that Clay to the bullpen hasn't been talked about. If he sucks again, why wouldn't they make him into an eighth inning guy and see if Cook can start?


With most of his troubles coming early I don't see that transitioning well to a relief role. It looks like his release point is a little lower than past years eventhough he's still generating decent movement. I hope he gets his form back. Tonight's a good place to start.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

A soft-tossing lefty they've never faced before?

Uh-oh


Was going to post this, more or less verbatim.

#32 rembrat


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

Anyone want to explain to me how Milone has a career .249/.283/.361 vs RHH?

#33 Rasputin


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

I was just checking how bad the Oakland offense is. Not only are they the lowest scoring team in the AL, they'd be the second lowest scoring team in the NL.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

I hope Remy is ok. Didn't the sox say the same thing last time, and he was out the whole season?

#35 Al Zarilla


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

I hope they've done homework on cleanup guy Yoenis Cespedes and know he's a potential Mass Pike type. Old killer Mark Ellis is gone, Kurt Suzuki's still there, Reddick bats third. Coco is Coco. Not a lot more. Looked it up but not saying where the A's are team hitting-wise.

Edit, Ras did.

Edited by Al Zarilla, 30 April 2012 - 04:38 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

I was just checking how bad the Oakland offense is. Not only are they the lowest scoring team in the AL, they'd be the second lowest scoring team in the NL.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:51 PM

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With Josh "Chamberlain" Reddick on the other side, this is truly a civil war.

"We'll fight them, sir, until hell freezes over and then, sir, we'll fight them on the ice."

May the army of Northern Fens be led by the greatest in-game tactician of all time, Robert E. V


Now that he has seceded from the union by Cherington, don't we have to call him Jebediah Beauregard Reddick?

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#38 greek_gawd_of_walks


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

You know, I hate the quality start stat, but if the Sox got a quality start every time out, I feel like we should win every game with the offense we have (yesterday notwithstanding).

Clay, just be mediocre, not horrible.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

Alex Speier @alexspeier
Youkilis scratched. Ross to clean up. Punto at 3B, batting ninth

Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
Said Youkilis before the game when asked about his health: "I'm in the lineup." Said Valentine: "Youk says he’s ready."

Edited by soxhop411, 30 April 2012 - 05:04 PM.


#40 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

I don't think they need sage anymore, so I'll just go for good vibes for all.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

Alex Speier @alexspeier
Youkilis scratched. Ross to clean up. Punto at 3B, batting ninth

God dammit.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

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#43 YouDownWithOBP?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

just DL him, I can't take consecutive days of Punto

#44 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Alex Speier@alexspeier
Youkilis scratched. Ross to clean up. Punto at 3B, batting ninth

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Said Youkilis before the game when asked about his health: "I'm in the lineup." Said Valentine: "Youk says he’s ready."


Oh...fuck. *breathes* good vibes, good vibes

#45 Al Zarilla


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

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You just reminding us what he looks like, or are you pointing out the shirt?

#46 nattysez

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

If Cespedes is intentionally thrown any pitches in the strike zone tonight, Valentine should be fired on the spot.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

I don't think they need sage anymore, so I'll just go for good vibes for all.


Youk needs a bunch of those little piles of burning stuff on his body. My TKD instructor applied them to my back years ago. I forget why now...some little injury I recovered from. Of course he also gave me some awful stuff to drink. It contained a lot of alcohol, I can tell you that.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

Cafardo: Punto sparks the team.

Edit: I am an idiot.

Edited by Pearl Wilson, 30 April 2012 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

You just reminding us what he looks like, or are you pointing out the shirt?


It's the glowing red eyeballs

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:12 PM

Youk, Youk, Youk. The love/dislike relationship continues...it's always something.
http://www.boston.co...youkilis_6.html