Friday, October 19, 2007
Simply - Josh Beckett was incredible last night, the top half of the lineup was clicking and the Red Sox won, so it was a good night. But last night was far from a solid win.
It was not a surprise that Papelbon looked rusty. And it would be no surprise that Paps will be locked in and ready to go for few innings on Saturday. Unlike Paps, I am not confident in the bottom half of the order turning it around, specifically Coco and Lugo. They look absolutely lost at the plate. Unfortunately, Carmona at Fenway is not a good situation to bring in Ellsbury and Cora. At Fenway, Ellsbury is not on par with Coco in center. With the Wall, the Triangle, and Manny to his right, Coco is the best choice. Even though Carmona is right-handed, Cora does not hit power pitchers. Lugo probably stands a better shot at doing something offensively against the sinkerballer.
* It appears that Dana Demuth is in line to be behind the plate on Saturday. Statistically speaking, he has a small strike zone. With a minimum of 300 innings, Demuth has issued the fourth most BB/9 at 3.79. A smaller zone could be to the Sox advantage as Carmona has difficulty finding the strike zone, at times and Schilling has great control. For the Sox lineup, patience is a virtue on tomorrow.
* It’s been discussed that Carmona typically pitches to one half of the plate. It is time for the Sox hitters to adjust appropriately in the box to take advantage of this tendency.