Saturday, April 15, 2006
Toronto 13, Sox 7
So Toronto makes someone a 13-run pool winner today. Tonight's game was not on Extra Innings, so I was forced to watch the game via Gamecast and follow it via the Soxtalk game thread and chat. [That will be the only time I ever go to chat; there was quite a bit of annoying teenager stuff there, whether the people doing it were teenagers or not]. It's probably better that I didn't watch that excrescence in person.
It was really too much to ask Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts to follow their success last year. Both of them had much lower ERA's than their peripherals suggest, and Cotts was very lucky to have a sub-2 ERA while walking about 1 guy per 2 innings. And Politte's pitches fell into gloves quite a bit more than usual last year. So I'm not surprised that Cotts has given up more home runs already this year than last, or that Cliff Politte is about 1/2 the way to giving up as many runs as he did last year.
The bullpen, outside of McCarthy, looks extremely shaky at this point. Extremely shaky.
Anderson set a new Sox ERV record (well, since I've been tracking it) with -3.39 ERV tonight. He was just about as bad as he could be tonight, even making the last out in poetic fashion. He wasn't the difference in the game, but he was very bad. He really needs to sit for a few days to get his swing and his head in order.
If Hawk is right and the ball is juiced, why aren't Sox players hitting more home runs?
Fielding: -0.02 (Iguchi Error)
Player of the Game: Joe Crede
Pitcher of the Game: Boone Logan, but it's questionable even giving out this award tonight.
As for pitcher of the game, I'd actually give it to Vazquez. I know that's crazy, but he wasn't hit all that hard and most of those hits just fell in.