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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Rubber arm, Silver Slugger. Bottom of the ninth and here comes Keith Foulke again. Foulke is on a pace to pitch in over 100 games this year, an accomplishment (if you can call it that) only matched by Mike Marshall in the 1974 season for the Dodgers. On the WEEI broadcast tonight, Jerry Troupiano helpfully pointed to Marshall's incredible stats that season.

He pitched in 106 games, none of them were starts. He pitched 208.1 innings. His record was 15-12 with 21 saves. Marshall's ERA clocked in at 2.42.

Mike Marshall was the kind of "closer" that the James/Epstein/Francona brain trust would have loved. He picked up the multi-inning saves, entered games with the score tied, even entered in middle innings. I doubt that Keith Foulke will be used as that kind of closer, but he sure is getting enough work now. Not that we're complaining, he's coming in to save games and so far he's been flawless.

Good on Doug Mirabelli for hitting a couple of more homers tonight. He's always been one of my favorites. When the Sox come to Baltimore and I have a chance to go to the games, I always end up seeing Wakefield pitch, so I see Mirabelli catch. I kid you not, I've seen in person six of the thirteen homers he's hit over the past three years between my frequent trips to Camden Yards and my sadly infrequent trips to Fenway. Just one of those things I guess. Again, we're not complaining.

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Monday, April 19, 2004

Ghostbuster. Play free association with the name Bronson Arroyo and what other young Red Sox pitchers from the past come to mind.

Well for me it's...

Ryan Rupe.
Brian Rose.
Jin Ho Cho.
John Dopson.
Wes Gardner.

Arroyo's performance today was solid, if not beautiful.
IP H R ER BB K HR PC-ST ERA
B Arroyo 6 1/3 8 4 4 1 5 1 99-70 7.11

It was just good enough. With Nixon and Nomar out, Kim eternally on the shelf, and the Yankees in town, it was a very nice performance from a fifth starter. Considering Kevin Brown, clearly the best starter on the Yankee's staff, was going for the Bombers, it's a satisfying win. Let's not fool ourselves: we're talking about Bronson Arroyo here. But today he pitched Brown to a draw. And let's hope that the ghosts of Rupe, Cho, Rose, Dopson, and Gardner are heard from any time soon.

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Sunday, April 18, 2004

It's only April. But still.

Which of the following is more disturbing:

NAME G GS W L ERA
P. Martinez 3 3 1 1 4.82
Derek Lowe 2 2 1 1 9.35

Right. Neither. It's only April.

If you want really disturbing, check out this:

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