Wednesday 11 April 2012

Getaway Day

That was a fun little beating, huh?  It was definitely fun to see Kyle Drabek pitch well for the first 5 innings, though he really lost the zone in the 6th.  I'm not sure if that was something mental or if he was getting fatigued or what, but it would definitely be nice to see him stretch out and get deeper in to ball games.  I found that he was really losing control from the stretch, though that might just be some kind of selection bias.  I'll give Edwin Encarnacion, though he did a lot of his damage in situations that weren't exactly high leverage, but whatever, he was 2 for 3 with a walk and a tater.  And those steals!

I'm not overly fussy about what I'm seeing from Jose Bautista, but I'm sure he's eventually going to get a hold of one of those pitches that he's flailing at smash one 500 feet, but until then, I'd say he's pressing (according to my twitter feed, I'm not the only one who thinks that either).

One more against the Nomah's.  Ricky Romero gets the start today against Jon Lester. Lester has historically beaten the shit out of the Jays, though this edition of the Blue Jays doesn't necessarily have anything to do with those numbers, since he's had Corey Patterson and Lyle Overbay dragging those numbers down.  Romero, on the other hand, has a career ERA over 7 against the Red Sox, which probably means more than the Lester stuff, considering Ortiz, Ellsbury, Pedroia, but again, not that much stock should go in to this.  Afternoon start today, btw.

Sergio Santos will leave the team after today's game to be with his wife, who is set to give birth to their third child.  He's supposedly going to be back with the team Saturday, but will miss Friday's game against Baltimore.

Colby Rasmus is going to get a day off, with the lefty pitcher throwing for Boston today.  I think I'd rather let him play again, and sit Thames considering the way Rasmus has been hitting the ball for the last two days, but this isn't really a big deal either way.  Thames has already gotten a day off, and Rasmus can come in later on as a defensive replacement for the hilariously bad-at-defense Thames if necessary.  Adam Lind will get himself a day off too, but as far as I can tell, neither are injured in any way.

Finally, Mark Reynolds is good at defense:

Escobar SS
Johnson 2B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Francisco DH
Lawrie 3B
Thames LF
Arencibia C
Davis CF

Romero P

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

Lester P

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