Monday, July 18, 2011

Great Game

Lots of things to say about last night's game, but I'll try to focus on just a few:

1.  Josh Beckett.  It's fun to think that the Beckett that's shown up this year is the real Josh Beckett, but let's be serious here.

2.  Alfredo Aceves.  Other than Saltalamacchia, he might be my favorite player on the team.  He'd play right field if asked.  Thing is, he can actually pitch quality innings, too.

3.  JP Howell and Jake McGee.  If they were Red Sox, the way they just came in and walked guys, I'd be on this blog asking for their DFA. 

4.  The Red Sox' incompetence in capitalizing off of Howell and McGee sucking.  That's inexcusable.

5.  Adrian Gonzalez and Bobby Valentine.  This was an interesting storyline.  I think it was in the eighth, Pedroia was on second with no outs.  Gonzalez chased the first pitch and flew out to left field, failing to advance the runner.  Valentine crushed him for that.  What I found strange about it was that players do that kind of dumb crap all the time.  I think that's the situation every time JD Drew swings at the first pitch.  And I've never seen anyone get killed for several innings for a semi-dumb move like that.  Perhaps Gonzalez is so freaking good that he's held to a higher standard than anyone else.  Yikes.  Tough crowd.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

DV

The bases loaded-no out situation in the 11th wasn't that surprising. It was a terrible, TERRIBLE waste. But once Reddick didn't get the winning run home I had absolutely no hope that either Varitek or Scutaro would get the job done. Varitek has an absolutely horrible batting average with the bases loaded for his career and Scutaro has never really been a good player anyway. Still didn't stop me from almost throwing my remote through the window when they failed to score though.

What was surprising was that the Sox won after blowing such a great chance to win. You rarely see a team comeback after blowing such a huge opportunity--it was impressive that they had as much resolve as they did.

I like Bobby Valentine as a color guy, but last night was probably a great example of why he hasn't managed in the major leagues in a decade. Was his assessment of the Gonzalez at bat accurate? Absolutely. It was a poor at bat and for such a talented guy, he can do much better. But should Valentine have kept harping on it, especially when Gonzalez is probably the best player in all of baseball this year? No. That type of thing will turn any player off and if that's how he manages you then you have think players either didn't like him after a certain point, of just tuned him out.

--the Gunn

Anonymous said...

nice job by tampa getting 3 hits in 16 innings last night. so what do you figure, they'll get 40+ total the next 4 nights against nyy?

this is in no way meant to nickel and dime your comment on gonzalez gunn (because we all know how tremendous he's been, easily one of the best players in the game this year and maybe even #2). more so it's an opportunity to point out something i've been meaning to for a while, and since the yankees just finished a series in toronto it's all the more appropriate.

what jose bautista is doing this season, and really for the last 1.5 seasons, is incredible. he's slugging .701, and nobody else is even in the .600s. he's getting on base at just lest than .500. i know he's on a .500 baseball team, but they likely wouldn't be near that without him, and it just seems like the guy just shows up and plays. these are numbers we haven't really seen in a few years. tip of the cap to him.

- pf

Anonymous said...

PF

Completely forgot about Bautista. Probably for the same reason anybody would forget about him (he plays in Toronto). But I saw a box score the other day and his slugging percentage is outrageous. He is the best player in baseball this year. Poor job by me forgetting about him.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

Gunn,

Given professional obligations, overall frustration, and the fact that with JD out of the game, I had no more snarky comments to make on the SoreGloveHand Twitter account, I decided to call it a night after the awful eleventh inning. I was shocked they won the game, as that's not the kind of game the Red Sox win.

Agree fully on the Valentine stuff. By the time I went to bed, Valentine was still crushing him for something that happened in the eighth.

PF, it's the fault of Major League Baseball that nobody believes in Bautista. I want to believe in him, as we all do. Because what he's in the process of doing is really fantastic.

If you want Tampa to explode for forty runs, you can refer to the post "Excelling" from this April. All the Yankees need to do to enable that is throw an overpaid Japanese pitcher trying to prove a point out there against them. Is Kei Igawa still kicking around the system?

Anonymous said...

not at all gunn. i knew your point wasn't to declare gonzalez the absolute best player in baseball. it was just an opportunity to bring bautista up, someone we haven't really talked about much, and what he is doing statistically is just ridiculous.

and by the way, i did happen to see that at bat because i wanted to check the score before going to sleep. there's a runner on 2nd base with nobody out. adrian gonzalez leads the majors in rbi. would he like to move the runner over? sure. but it's not like you have a josh reddick up there who all he should be thinking about is getting the runner over. gonzalez is thinking about doing one better - getting the runner in. if he doesn't and happens to move the runner over in the process, great. but he's not going to put it on anybody else. that fastball away from farnsworth is a ball gonzalez does something with at a very high clip. and in this instance he just missed it. gonzalez isn't a traditional pull power hitter either, so thinking about getting the ball to the right side is not going to give him the best chance to succeed. he should be looking for pitches he likes, which are balls out over the plate and away. he got one and put a good swing on it. i'll take my chances with gonzalez doing that over trying to just get the runner over, because on the aggregate it's probably going to pan out. was it reasonable for valentine to still point it out? yes. like i said i wasn't listening. but going on about for more than a minute or two, especially for a player of that caliber, is not necessary.

- pf

Anonymous said...

but outside of that, i really, really like bobby valentine as a color analyst, like you. i think he's been tremendous up there this year. he's animated and has some good insights. seems to really be enjoying himself too, like it's not just another day in the office, which i can always appreciate as a fan.

- pf

Ross Kaplan said...

DV, your comments about Aceves reflect exactly why I wanted the Yankees to resign last off season despite injury concerns. He'll go long, short, start ball games, come in with 2 on and nobody out, etc. Unfortunately, the closest thing the Yankees have to Aceves now is probably Mitre meaning they're good as done in any game the starter can't get out of the 3rd or the game goes to extra innings.

Anonymous said...

very good point ross, yanks definitely miss aceves.

- pf

Anonymous said...

tampa 3 hits and no runs in 16 innings last night. 3 hits and 3 runs in the first inning tonight. you can't make this stuff up.

- pf