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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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I was looking on baseballreference.com for this information and just found that the Yanks and the Sox's Pythagorean record is tied in the loss column, with the Sox having 2 more wins.

Wowza.

As Yank fan I'll take Tavarez over Schilling in the must-win situation for the Yanks;)

I just did a quick cursory counting of Wang's game scores. It looks like he has an average of 55.5 if I'm doing my math right.

One of the remarkable things about the Sox pitching is that it has been essentially been injury free. If I were to do a comparable list for the Yanks it would involve looking up the numbers of something like 15 different starters.

Not that I'm making excuses or anything for the Yanks position in the standings. I'm guessing the average fifth starter score has been something like 25 for the Yanks. And Mussina is probably in the low 40's.

Thank God and GOD that the Pythagorean record doesn't mean dick...

Still no comment fro Schill on 38 pitches. His ego must be shot.

Of course not Patti, he's going to need a long time to write the 25 pages he will need to explain why he has SUCKED so bad.

Given the fact that you generally can't shut him up, isn't unusual for him not to say anything?

Can't he just reprint his comments from the Colorado game?

Not really, sometimes he takes a day or two to put up his thoughts (like after the would-be no-hitter).

I don't read his blog for the most part, but I did after that game.

I come back from getting married to this? Thanks Curt!

How bout we focus on something more positive, like the Coco-for-MVP campaign.

"I come back from getting married to this?

Ah, so it's your fault...

'fraid so. I'll have to catch the next flight back to Vancouver, BC to preserve the Sox season. Oh darn.

You should know better than to change anything about your life when the Sox are winning. No getting married, especially. :)

mattymatty, i've taken the liberty of ordering you a few mail-order brides. one for each of the next few weeks... i'll send the catalog to you ASAP, so that you can select some for the rest of the season. it is the least i can do...

(and congrats, by the way.)

WEEI is reporting that Curt Schilling is headed back to Boston for an MRI on his arm or shouder but they do not know the specifics.
Looks like Lester is coming sooner than expected. They'll probably get away with it this week if he's out, but the start after that will be Lester I'm hoping. With the off day on Thursday, they'll probably just rework the rotation if he's out...
Either way, this isn't good news, but it's not like there aren't guys who can do just as well as he's done this year.

Theo could come out smelling like roses here for not giving that contract when Schilling wanted it....
The Red Sox are calling it precautionary only, but they always call it that until they realize the ligaments aren't attached anymore..

Incidentally, if you take away Curt's 89-score one-hitter (an extremely lucky game, considering that 25 batters put the ball in play against him), his average game score is 47.4. Granted, you can't just go wily-nily taking away the best and worst from people like they don't count, but that one game is basically what's separated Schilling from Tavarez this season.

Ah. Well, that explains it. And it does make the non-extension look better. I wonder if Schilling hurt himself reaching back for the 93/94 fastballs during the one-hitter.

where is jon lester!??!

that's what I'm talking about, mike.

One of the remarkable things about the Sox pitching is that it has been essentially been injury free.

Not true. I won't argue about the impact of this fact, but the fact isn't entirely accurate. First, Jon Lester has missed the entire year. Second, Beckett has already had one stint on th DL.

Now, Schilling may be hurt (that's post-facto, obviously).

I don't think you can disregard the fact that Lester has missed 65 games, though.

I guess I viewed Lester's return as a luxury the Sox weren't exactly counting on. I forgot about Beckett though. I stand corrected.

Yes you can, SF, he was not a factor at the beginning of the year anyway. It's like counting Carl Pavano as actual misfortune. You already knew you couldn't actually count on him.

But now the inevitable and unavoidable injuries are slowly rolling in. I wouldn't be surprised to see Schilling on the DL, if just to rest his old, tired shoulder. They may not reach the severity where 2 relied-upon starters are on the DL for weeks at the same time, but it will happen. I don't doubt the Yankees aren't over their injury troubles for the season, either. You just have to have enough pitching depth to muddle through. Or Aaron Small.

Yes you can, SF, he was not a factor at the beginning of the year anyway.

There's a little bit of semantics here. Yeah, you are right, Andrew - he wasn't around at the beginning of the year (in this way, he's even less of an "injury" than Pavano was, who actually pitched and was being counted on - yeah, that's right, he was being counted on). I would just say that Lester's absence (starting last year, of course) impacted the Sox' staff. So I don't mean to equate it with a guy hitting the DL after three weeks, or pulling a hammy, rather I am just pointing out the fact that the optimal rotation for the Sox wasn't available. I don't think Julian Tavarez was "plan A".

Alright, but wasn't Lester out of the Sox's plans for the beginning of the season as soon as he was diagnosed with lymphoma? Obviously the Sox saw Lester as a staple in the rotation for 2007 before he went down, but he couldn't have been "Plan A" either in the offseason. If I remember correctly, Plan A was actually Papelbon.

That's right, Andrew. My only point was that the Sox '07 rotation has been affected by injury, just not the way Nick meant it in his original comment, that's all.

Other than Beckett, of course.

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