Jacoby “Buckner” Ellsbury blows it for Sox

September 26, 2011 | 114 comments | in Featured | by SJK

With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, Jacoby Ellsbury dropped a ball that was in his glove, resulting in an inside-the-park home run for Baltimore’s Robert Andino and the game-winning runs for the Orioles.

AL Cy Young Award: Not so clear-cut

September 26, 2011 | 45 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It’s a foregone conclusion that Detroit’s Justin Verlander will win the AL Cy Young Award. In fact, there’s even a push for him to win AL MVP in some corners of the media. The gaudy 24 wins of Verlander will be enough for sportswriters, because as we know, most sportswriters still take pride in analyzing baseball like the back of a 1987 Topps card. It’s a badge of honor for these people not to educate themselves.

Verlander had an incredible season, there is no denying that. However, if you take a deeper look, it’s not so clear that he was the best pitcher in the league. Our very own CC Sabathia has a legitimate claim to the title also.

Both pitchers have generated the same amount of Wins Above Replacement with seven, so right away Sabathia is even with Verlander. And both FIP and xFIP show Sabathia to be the slightly better pitcher.

The number that really jumps out is Verlander’s unnaturally low BABIP of .236. It’s by far the lowest BABIP of his career (career avg. .285). Looking at Verlander’s batted ball profile, there’s nothing that really accounts for the ultra-low BABIP. On the other hand, Sabathia’s BABIP of .318 is the highest he’s had in any season of his career (career avg. 291). While Verlander had a stellar season, it certainly appears that he either had some good luck or some good defense on his side during his starts.

While Verlander is obviously worthy of winning the Cy Young, this shouldn’t be the one-horse race that is currently being discussed in Mediotville.

Everyone do the ‘Pedroia Hop’

September 25, 2011 | 25 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Boston turns to worst pitcher in franchise history to stop bleeding

September 25, 2011 | 49 comments | in Featured | by SJK

After being dominated by the Yankees “C” lineup on Sunday afternoon and making AJ Burnett look like Walter Johnson, Boston and their $170 milllion payroll turn to John Lackey, the worst pitcher in franchise history, in Game 2 of the doubleheader as they desperately cling to their postseason hopes.

December 16, 2009, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein:

We’re thrilled today to be able to announce that we signed John Lackey to a five-year contract. John’s addition to an already solid pitching staff is a significant boost to this ballclub. He’s somebody that we look to be an anchor in our rotation for a long time coming.

John’s someone, with his track record and his consistency, who has put himself in a position to deserve a contract like this if you look at recent signings and last year’s free agent pitching signings for example, certainly John ranks right up there with those guys who got similar contracts if not exceeds them. It’s something we had to think long and hard about but in the end we believe in John, we believe in our pitching and our starting pitching going forward that this puts us in the best position. If you look on paper, we’ll put our starting five right up there with anybody’s.


Epstein gives up

September 25, 2011 | 38 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Now appearing on redsox.com

September 25, 2011 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

If you go to redsox.com, you will be greeted by the following images:

Have faith, Boston. The Red Sox are the little engine that could!

Boston follows yellow brick road in hope for playoffs

September 23, 2011 | 37 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Russell Martin, we love you

September 23, 2011 | 48 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Adding fuel to baseball’s bitterest rivalry, New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin said he hates the Boston Red Sox and would relish adding to their misery by helping to eliminate them from the playoffs during this weekend’s series between the two teams.

“Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me,” said Martin, who has been involved in the rivalry for one season.

When asked why, Martin sounded like the truest Bleacher Creature.

Because I hate the Red Sox,” Martin said.

And we love you, Russell (no homo – not that there’s anything wrong with that).

45 out of 45 ESPN “experts” picked the Red Sox to win the East

September 22, 2011 | 74 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Original ESPN article can be found here.

This fantastic graphic was created by @EduardoNunezNY – Time to Shine!

View the graphic in full size here.

And they’re celebrating in Boston too

September 22, 2011 | 23 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

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