Random Red Sox and MLB Musings


At the Plate

Daniel Nava, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia (photo credit: WEEI)

Daniel Nava, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia (photo credit: WEEI)

On Thursday May 30th, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-3 with a walk and a HBP. He also stole a club record 5 bases. Unfortunately, the game played out as a microcosm of sorts for his career, and he has found himself nursing a groin issue and has not been in the lineup since.

On Saturday June 1, Daniel Nava had career a day. He went 4 for 6, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, including a 3 run HR.  He did all of that damage out of the lead off spot in the lineup. Mike Napoli also had a good day, he went 3 for 5 scoring 1 run and driving in 4. Those 4 came on a grand slam after the Yankees intentionally walked David Ortiz to get to Napoli. To be fair, even with Napoli’s power and how it ended up, it may have been a fair bet to try to strike him out. Mike Napoli leads all of baseball with 80 walks this season. Much to the Yankees dismay it did not workout quite as well as they thought it might.

On the Mound

This past week, the stories on the mound were not about Lester or Buchholz, but rather a couple of spot starters. Alfredo Aceves and Franklin Morales were called upon to make spot starts. Much to the Red Sox enjoyment, both of them exceeded expectations. Aceves pitched 6 innings on Monday the 27th, allowed 1 run on 7 hits with 4Ks and 3BB. Aceves showed the Red Sox and their fans what he is capable of and answered why he is still on the roster. The problem with him has rarely been his ability, and more of his consistency and attitude. This start was a blessing for him and the Red Sox. He was impressive in his start and got the win. Franklin Morales started on Thursday the 30th, in his first start of the year and coming off of the DL, he went  5 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2. Morales also got the win in his spot start.  Morales has shown his flexibility in all facets of pitching and is a key piece for this team going forward.

In the Field

This past week Jose Iglesias found himself in the lineup all week.  His play on both sides have impressed Red Sox fans as well as management. Iglesias’ glove has been as good if not better than advertised. In his 8 starts he has not committed an error and he has gotten to balls that seemed to be base hits off the bat while making it look effortless. His ability at shortstop has already been noted. He has played second successfully as well. Now with proving his ability at third base, the Red Sox have taken notice and there seems to be rumblings about Iglesias sticking around when Middlebrooks returns from the DL. This seems to indicate the end of Pedro Ciriaco with the Red Sox at this time. Iglesias is likely to stay as the utility man for the Sox. It is an opportunity for the youngster and how his bat and play reacts to sporadic playtime will be the judge if he can stay up as a utility man. If he cannot produce off the bench expect him to be sent back down and have to knock the door down to get into a starting role.

On the Mend

Shane Victorino is set to get a short rehab assignment this week and could be back in the lineup towards the end of the week. Middlebrooks appears to be right behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury has been day-to-day since his record-breaking 5 stolen base night on Thursday. He is nursing a groin strain of some degree. No date known for when he will be back in the lineup, but it looks like Tuesday might be the day.


Bryce Brentz (photo credit WEEI)

Bryce Brentz continues to kick at the MLB door trying to knock it down. In Pawtucket he is hitting .275/.324/.485 on the season. That includes 10 HR, and 39 RBI. He is a player to watch if Gomes continues to struggle. The Red Sox may want to find a way to get Brentz up and into games since he is hitting .300/.352/.480 against left-handed hitting. Based on how badly Gomes has hit against lefties, there has to be speculation of what this young man can bring to the Red Sox.

Anthony Ranaudo looks to have regained his form, and looks on the fast track to be moved up to Pawtucket. He is 6-1 with a 1.48 ERA in 54 innings pitched. In those 54 innings he has 58Ks,  15BB, and only 3 HRs allowed.

For the Rest of the MLB

J.A. Haap of the Toronto Blue Jays is looking to get back into a MLB game for Toronto in July, which is good news Blue Jays and himself. for both the. Haap was drilled in the head in Tampa Bay earlier in the year.

The Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera is on a historic pace at the plate and is hitting .369./.445/.676 with 17 HRs and 65 RBI.  Someone needs to run a test to make sure he is human and not a robot, because these numbers are off the charts. Very impressive as he looks to be charging for a second straight Triple Crown.

The Dodgers Josh Beckett is considering retirement after learning his numbness in his hand is related to a nerve problem. No matter how you feel about Beckett, the man had a lot of good years and does not deserve to go out like that.

The Dodgers continue to reel in the injury department. OF Carl Crawford left Saturday’s game with a left hamstring cramp. Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is questionable for his start on Sunday after taking a come-backer to the foot during his last start. When you add up Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the DL, then look at day-to-day and new DL possibilities such as Crawford, A.J. Ellis and Ryu, there is little wonder, at least in part, why the Dodgers have not been playing well this season.

Tyler Moore- MLB Contributor- Title Town Sports



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