Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Melancon sent down to Pawtucket

According to Nick Cafardo's twitter account and the Boston Globe Mark "beg for mercy" Melancon has been sent down to Pawtucket with Junichi Tazawa being called up to Boston.  This move should not come as a surprise (the Deacon predicted this during last night's live chat) he needs to get his confidence back and he can't even do it in a mop up role in the big leagues so there really were no other options then sending him down.  As of a month ago the relief pitchers who were expected to pitch the 8th and 9th innings are both no longer on the active roster.  Those jobs now belong to Padilla, Morales and Aceves.

Today's pitching matchup: Josh Beckett RHP vs. Derek Holland LHP.  The Red Sox player with the best numbers vs. Holland is Nick Punto and he's not even in the lineup.  Josh Hamilton has good career numbers vs. Beckett so look to that matchup early on tonight to see how Beckett is throwing.  If he can get Hamilton out early that should be a good indication that Beckett will have another strong start.

No word yet today on the status of Kevin Youkilis and his groin injury.  If he has another night like last night he may be the next to go with Will Middlebrooks called up to take his place.  Mike Aviles made a strong case defensively last night for Jose Iglesias to be called up as well.  Although he has not hit well at all in Pawtucket.

No live chat tonight.  So leave your thoughts and comments here.  Here is today's lineup:

Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Shoppach C
McDonald LF
Repko CF

Beckett SP

36 comments:

  1. Does Repko have incriminating photos of someone in the Sox hierarchy. Yes I know that the lefty Holland is starting, but man Ryan Sweeney is maybe the hottest hitter we have. I would even give Spears a shot at the OF instead of Repko.

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  2. Also of note, to the positive side, is Ross hitting cleanup. The Rays walked him with lefties pitching since Ross historically crushes them. With Papi in the on deck circle, the Rangers might not be able to pitch around Ross in a key spot.

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    1. I like the new look lineup tonight vs. a lefty with the exception of Repko being anywhere near the field. Now if Youkilis can improve to the point where he strikes out only 3 times tonight things will be looking up.

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  3. At least Beckett was able to hold them to one run in the third and not immediately relinquish a 2-0 lead like Lester did last night. Still I would have liked to have seen Beckett get a 1-2-3 inning and get the bats going again. When things aren't going well it often comes down to the little things like "timely" pitching and hitting. Unfortunately that's not happening for them right now. As for my note earlier about watching the Beckett vs. Hamilton matchup, Hamilton is 2 for 2 off Beckett with a RBI. So far it hasn't hurt Beckett too much, but if he was able to get Hamilton out both times he would really be cruising right now and he'd have a much lower pitch count.

    2 to 1 Sox going to the 4th

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  4. Beckett gives up a 2 run bomb to Napoli in the 4th and the Sox do nothing in the bottom half. 3-2 Texas going to the 5th. The Sox offense is giving more evidence to the thought that Kelly Shoppach was helping the Sox steal signs from the Rays because the offense looks lost again tonight.

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  5. Can we get a new scouting report on Napoli?

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  6. New scouting report on Napoli: He is juiced.

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  7. Sox strand a runner in scoring postion with one out. Still 3-2 Texas going to the bottom of the 7th.

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  8. now would be a good time to use Padilla in the 8th...but he got wasted last night!

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  9. Hey fellas! I'm joining this party late tonight. I was in and out throughout most of the game, but I settled in to watch just in time to see the Sox get a double with one out in the 7th, then see them trot out a couple of replacement-level players who of course didn't drive the run in. Now my man Morales has walked the bases loaded in the 8th. Come on Sox! One time!

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    1. By the way, I will also echo the befuddlement about why Bobby V continues to pencil in Repko in the starting lineup. Does he see something we don't see? All I see is an average center fielder with below average everything else, including his goatee. Can we please just start Ross in center, Sweeney in right, and McDonald in left for four or five straight games and see if they can get on a roll?

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    2. I totally agree. Pencil those guys in for the next 3 games regardless of who the SP is for the other team.

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  10. We have the worst bullpen in America

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  11. Why is our blog set to Pacific time?

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  12. OK, next time up can we just walk Napoli?

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  13. Why didn't we offer somebody better than Frank Francisco to the Blue Jays for Napoli? I would love to see him catching for us...

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  14. Bobby V needs to get his head out of his you know what. Why in the hell is he leaving Morales in when he clearly doesn't have it. It seems as though he is still managing a 18-3 blowout. This was a ONE run game when Morales came in. You have to have someone else ready to go especially when he's walking guys left and right. I thought in game management was supposed to be his strength?! Maybe in the National League a decade ago it was, but I don't see it now. He seems to be out of touch with what's going on on the field.

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    1. I heard someone call into the Morning Jab today that said even in the pressed last night that Booby (intentional) looks like a man who has had the game pass him by, so good point Barry you are not alone.

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  15. I really have to wonder if Ben Cherington is behind the scenes trying to convince Lucchino to fire Valentine. Not sure they have anyone in the organization capable of managing the team, but this is not working.

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  16. I just put this on the Tito-100th anniversary post, but I'll mention it again here. It just struck me that they have no one in the organization capable of managing the team, but the best man for the job will be at the park on Friday!! If Theo can leave and come back to be GM why can't Tito? Let's start the rehire Tito campaign!! That would be Dr. Charles Steinberg's greatest coup of all time. The 100th anniversary celebration needs a grand finale and it should be having Yaz and Jim Rice carry Bobby Valentine to the closest dumpster and throwing him in it. Then Tito walks out from underneath a flag hanging from the monster in uniform (pullover) and retakes his rightful place in the Sox dugout! Holy Shit I love it!!! I'm going to email Dr. Steinberg right now.

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    1. BTW this whole scenario would need to be announced by Jim Ross from the WWE.

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    2. I whole-heartedly endorse this idea!

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    3. Thanks! It started out of frustration, but the more I think about it. I believe it should actually happen. Maybe not the WWE style twist at the end of the celebration, but Tito being rehired. I just tweeted that the maineiacs are officially starting the rehire Tito campaign.

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  17. Wow, calling to fire the manager 12 games into the season. That's a new one even for Red Sox Nation. Settle down. The guy's closer and 2011 team MVP get hurt and we give him 12 games? The only hitters on this team who are well above replacement level are Pedroia, Gonzalez, and Ortiz. The starting pitchers have all shown flashes of brilliance and flashes of disappointment. It's not like he's managing the '27 Yankees into the ground. The players need to go out and get it done. Right now, they stink. They stunk to the tune of 2-10 under Francona after 12 games last year and I didn't hear anybody calling for him to be fired.

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    1. Brandon, stop spewing out stats to try and make us feel better. This team is not good right now I don't care what the fake stats say.

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    2. Maybe now the players realize how good they had it under Francona and would play twice as hard for him if he came back.

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    3. Barry, stop over-reacting to 12 games. If they are still in last place after 50 games then we can talk about re-hire Tito fantasies.

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    4. Let's just buy the team and we can do whatever we want .

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    5. I am over reacting and I am totally aware of the fact that all this team needs is a 9 game stretch against the White Sox, Twins and Orioles, or some teams like them, to turn things around, but that's not gonna change the fact that the team is not being managed well. Bobby V was supposed to win us a couple extra games with his superior strategy. Because some people would have you believe that Tito's been getting out managed by Joe Maddon for 5 years (B.S.). So far Valentine has potentially cost us 2 games on this homestand. My whole point to rehiring Tito is that he never should have been fired/resigned in the first place. It was done during the emotional period right after the collapse. Why not realize your mistake and bring him back?

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  18. That's because Tito is not a complete and utter douchebag. And I never wanted to hire Valentine in the first place so 12 games in is about 12 more than I wanted.

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    1. Here is where my plan hits a snag. I have been totally on the Bobby V bandwagon since before he was hired as I so passionately stated at our Terrill/Allen Thanksmas celebration in November. I have totally flip flopped and now want to get rid of him after 12 games. Sue me for being a passionate Red Sox fan.

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  19. Salty hit the ball hard several times this series, with no luck.

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    1. Oh golly geez we sure are unlucky. It must be the BAPIP ;) Have some of us lost our enthusiasm and passion for the Sox? Maybe I'm the only one who has officially exited the grace period from '04 and '07, but this team is pissing me off. Not sure why the rest of you are so calm.

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