Friday, October 26, 2007

World Series Game 2 Thoughts

  • What exactly do you think Matt Holliday was doing when he was caught leaning the wrong way off first in the top of the 8th inning? Was he contemplating stealing second, with Todd Helton at the plate? Very strange play. If Clint Hurdle was calling for a steal with the #4 hitter up and two outs, shame on him. Dumb call that essentially ended the game. If that was just Holliday napping, even weirder.

  • Mike Lowell, Mr. Clutch RBI Guy for 2007, just keeps chugging along. He’s had at least 1 hit and 1 RBI for four straight games now, dating back to game 6 of the ALCS. Last night’s RBI double, of course, knocked in the winning run.

  • The litany of Curt Schilling’s October numbers make you shake your head:
    1) He’s the only pitcher to win a postseason game in his 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.
    2) He has a lifetime postseason winning percentage of .846. That’s the best there’s ever been, when counting pitchers with 10 decisions or more.
    3) Over 19 appearances, his lifetime postseason ERA is 2.23

  • Quick, who’s more valuable, Hideki Okajima or Jonathan Papelbon? Tough question, isn’t it?

  • J.D. Drew is looking forward to seeing Denver this weekend. His career numbers at Coors Field are comforting indeed:
    25 games, 87 at bats, .368 batting average, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 18 RBI, .467 on base percentage, 1.065 OPS

  • The current parlor game in Boston is guessing who gets stuck on the bench in Denver. You didn’t ask me, but here’s my opinion:
    1) Defense is incredibly important in that cavernous outfield, and for that reason I’d play Coco Crisp in center over Jacoby Ellsbury. Remember, Manny has to play left, so Crisp’s bat becomes much less important than his glove and defensive instincts. Ellsbury’s fast, but Coco’s a gold glove.
    2) However, Coors Field’s infield dimensions are exactly the same as Fenway’s (and everywhere else in the majors). With or without the humidor, if the ball’s going to fly farther, I’d rather it be coming off Big Papi’s bat. For that reason, (assuming he’s healthy) I’d start David Ortiz at first, and bring in Kevin Youkilis in the late innings if there’s a need for a defensive replacement. While Ortiz isn’t Youkilis or Todd Helton or Keith Hernandez with the glove, he’s no Kevin Millar or Jason Giambi, either. Of course, if Ortiz is more hurt than we know, the equation changes a bit.
    3) Leave Mike Lowell right where he is, period, full stop. The lineup loses its center of gravity without him. He only gets taken out if we’re up by 12 runs again, and even then I’m not so sure.

  • For the third time this month, we’re all wondering which Daisuke Matsuzaka will be showing up tomorrow night. I’m hoping that Colorado’s never having seen him will help.

  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is quoted as saying “We’re going to make a series out of this.” I’m assuming he then added “Honest, we are!”, sounding just like Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham from Happy Days.

  • If you want my free taco, you’re welcome to it. I’m waiting for the free lobster.


Anonymous said...

Great game last night ... and I LORVE Papelbon. The jig dance in his underwear ... classic!! He is fun ... yet TOTALLY in a zone when he's on the mound. Fingers crossed Dice-K is "on". Not sure I'd take Youkilis out ... but I like what you had to say about Papi. I completely agree with Coco over Jacoby.


Anonymous said...

As usual you right on target with your musings. At this stage, I'm not sure it matters which Dice K shows up if the Red Sox continue hitting. Unless Papi can't move at all, put Youkilis on the bench for a pinch hit that won't be necessary. Go with Jacoby, his speed will win out and he needs the experience. The big issue is "will it be a sweep?"

Yankee fan