Saturday, August 11, 2012

Double Fisting in the Red Sox Clubhouse

Here's the weekend update from the Red Sox clubhouse...

Beer is allowed after road games. So I'm not going to get into the John Lackey double fisting ordeal too much but here are my two cents.  He and his situation are example #1 of why injured players should rehab away from the team.  No good can come from being around the team too much when you can't contribute.  Two, this isn't high school, if the players don't cry after every loss that doesn't mean that they don't care.  So, to those people who equated Lackey drinking beer after the game to him not caring about the game that they just lost, you need to grow up and realize that you are covering professional athletes and grown men not teenagers. Enough of that on to the update...

We'll start with the bad news.  According to multiple reports Will Middlebrooks broke his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning last night.  The Red Sox will likely call up recently acquired Danny Valencia to take his place.  If true than he will be out for the rest of the season.  Middlebrooks was having an outstanding rookie season and was one of the few bright spots during an otherwise miserable year for the Boston Red Sox.  As a fan of the team I feel upset because we've been robbed of watching another month and a half of one of our key building blocks of the future.  Ben Cherington must be feeling snake bit in his first year as GM of the Sox as it seems that every time something good happens, like a winning streak for the team or a hot streak for a player, it comes crashing down.  Hopefully Will can come back strong for the start of next year and be a key piece for this franchise for years to come, he certainly has the potential.

Felix Doubront who has struggled lately will be skipped this time through the rotation.  According to manager Bobby Valentine he also may be a candidate for the DL.  Prince Felix has been our most consistent starter so far this year, but he is starting to wear down.  After pitching about 87 innings last year for Pawtucket, while battling injuries, he is now over 120 innings for the season and it's starting to show.  Doubront has proven that he is a big league starting pitcher and will be a key part of the starting rotation in 2013 and beyond.

The waiver trade period has begun and so far I've seen reports that Mike Aviles, Nick Punto, Carl Crawford and Kelly Shoppach have been put on waivers with Punto and Crawford already passing through.  I'd be willing to bet that by the time the month is over nearly the whole roster will have been put on waivers.  Is it too late for Ben to be bold?

When will the Red Sox start to play for the future? I wish they would just start now and get it over with.  They need to stop kidding themselves by thinking that they are going to make a run and get into the playoffs. Although I believe that they could call up Iglesias and start playing Lavarnway everyday and it would be an upgrade over what they have now.  Ryan Kalish has certainly shown that he needs to play everyday at Pawtucket for a while before he is ready.  If Ellsbury is going to be traded during the offseason I think it's too early to count on Kalish to be the everyday CF or RF.  With Middlebrooks being hurt there are already reports that the Sox will call up Danny Valencia.  Which would be another lost opportunity to call up Iglesias and let him play everyday with Mike Aviles playing 3B.

The Red Sox continue their series with the Indians today in Cleveland.  Check back here for updates and leave your comments below.




5 comments:

  1. While Valencia is being called up according to several Rob Bradford Tweets and articles this morning there appear to be many options for the Sox at 3B in Willie Middle's absence. The option I like most is playing Aviles at 3B and letting Ciriaco play SS

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    1. I would rather give Iglesias the shot over Ciriaco, but there's no reason why they couldn't use both of them and use Aviles as a utility guy. The same goes for playing Lavarnway over Salty and Shoppach. Of course, these changes are easy for us to make from our couches, but the problem lies with Bobby V. If he starts playing rookies over veterans he may lose the clubhouse even more than he already has. As coaches ourselves think about playing a Freshmen over a Junior or Senior and the types of problems that can create within a team. In other words it's not as easy as it sounds.

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  2. I think bringing up Valencia and letting him play the majority of games at third could help the Sox this winter. If Valencia can regain any of his early promise as a Twin, he could be a useful trade chip this winter. Not on his own of course, but the third or fourth piece in multi player deal. But in addition to Valencia, I would bring up Iglesias, too. Let them man the left side of the infield and use Aviles as the sub ( or better yet deal him ). Ciriaco can be a supersub IF and OF.

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    1. Aviles has been put on waivers so a deal may be in the works. Is the fact that they have not called up Iglesias mean that they no longer think he is the answer at SS?

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    2. Could Valencia be the new Salty? A once promising player who was traded for near the deadline without much fanfare, but he could become a key piece of the team.

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