Showing posts with label Red Sox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Sox. Show all posts

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Curtis Granderson

One of the new Yankees, OF Curtis Granderson, was a topic on Sirius/XM radio this morning on the GM show starring Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette. Let me first emphasize ex-GMs because that is what they are. Both with NY baseball backgrounds they started the show by talking about the Johnny Damon signing in Detroit and how he will fit in so well in Tigerland. Then they proceeded to throw Granderson under the bus saying he was an average OF, less than average arm and couldn't hit lefties. While we know he has had trouble against lefthanders where were all these "experts" when he was a Tiger? And these are the same experts that were all over the Yankees and Damon in the beginning of 2009 saying the Yankees couldn't win with an aging Damon in left with a poor arm and less that average OF skills.
The point is this, why the bashing of Granderson and the love for Damon now? I think I know why? He is a Yankee! Heaven help someone who says good things of the "Evil Empire" on TV or the radio. These are the same clowns that had the Yankees dead and buried last May, missing the play-offs and firing their manager. And I don't remember any of these so called experts apologizing in October about their error in prediction. Once again we will hear this "garbage" all Spring and Summer and into Fall about the "Red Sox" and their superior pitching, their great closer and their grit. How their "boy wonder" GM will pull off something miraculous and how, despite all their injuries, the Red Sox will some how beat the dreaded Yankees and win the WS. Once again I say, "bring 'em on". We are the Yankees and we will beat "Red Sox Nation" on our way to #28.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Go To Hell Pap

"Oh, of course. I mean, I think if we can't come to an agreement on terms here in a Red Sox uniform, I mean I think that's pretty much the writing on the wall."

"Not only the Bronx, but anywhere. I think anywhere is a possibility. You always have to keep that in the back of your mind because you can't just be one-sided and think that, "Oh, I'm going to be in a Red Sox uniform my entire career" because nowadays that is very, very rare and hopefully we can because there's no question I would love to stay in a Boston Red Sox uniform but I have to do what's best for me and play in an atmosphere where I'm wanted."

Who says we want you here?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Will We Ever Beat the Red Sox Again?

Coming into this series the Yankees were riding pretty high. They seemed like a new team. After another sweep at the hands of the Red Sox the Yankees are suddenly stripped of any sort of identity. They have somehow managed to lose eight straight (nine?) to their biggest rival and yet remain only one game behind them. They are a confusing team to say the least. They trotted out what some called the best 1-2-3 punch in baseball before the season for this series and still got crushed. Burnett, who was brought in to kill the Red Sox, has done nothing all year and hardly reversed that trend. The only reason people aren't calling for his head is that he's been overshadowed by Wang, who's been covered extensively. Then C.C. Sabathia finally turned in a good performance but was victimized by a thin bullpen and nonexistent offense against Brad Penny.

They have until August before they play Boston again. By that time this team is going to look a lot different. They need to figure things out by then. I really hate to find myself agreeing with Steve Lombardi, but these Yankees don't look like they can handle the AL's top teams. I mean, David Ortiz is getting hits against us. Hopefully, they can just go out and get a win tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5/5 Red Sox at Yankees; Game 26

YANKEES (13-12)
  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Matsui DH
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Swisher RF
  7. Cabrera CF
  8. Pena 3B
  9. Molina C
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (1-0, 3.13).

RED SOX (16-10)
  1. Ellsbury CF
  2. Pedroia 2B
  3. Ortiz DH
  4. Bay LF
  5. Lowell 3B
  6. Drew RF
  7. Bailey 1B
  8. Varitek C
  9. Green SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (2-2, 7.22).

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yankees-Red Sox-Rays

In the past I`ve always tried to do a comparison between the Yanks and the Sox but I`ve fallen flat at the end because I always started it to late. Now theirs a third team in the AL East to worry about. So, to make sure it gets done this team I`m going to start it now. In the past I`ve gone position by position, dealing with the bullpen as a single entity. Not everything is set yet so I`ll just do it with the positions that seem unlikely to change.

To start out I`ll do first base later today.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pitching Matchups for the Boston Series

The Yankees are currently five games behind the Red Sox, and have six games against them remaining, three of which will be played in the upcoming series. Tomorrow will be Andy Pettitte against Tim Wakefield, Wednesday will be Sidney Ponson against Paul Byrd, and the final game of the series will be Mike Mussina vs. Jon Lester. We obviously aren't throwing three aces out there, but all three of those games are winnable. This will be the biggest of the year to date. A sweep, and the Yankees right back in the race. Even two out of three puts us just four games behind the Sox with a little more than a month to play. The Yanks have been playing well lately, and they need to keep it up if they want to remain in contention.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Manny Shoves Clubhouse Assistant, But It's No Big Deal

Manny Ramirez shoved the Red Sox' traveling secretary to the ground because he couldn't get sixteen tickets to a Red Sox vs. Astros game. He later apologized, and no action will be taken. Why? This is the second time this year Manny has gotten physical with another person, and he continues to get away with it. Obviously, the Red Sox aren't going to release Manny, like the Astros did with Shawn Chacon, but he should at least be fined or suspended.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Predictions for the 08 Season

Here are my projections for the 2008 season. They are basically just my feelings, they are not statistically based. If you want more thoughtful projections look at Pecota or the Hardball Times or the recent post on Replacement Level. There is your disclaimer, so don't tell me how stupid I am. Again, sorry for the lack of posts. Spring Training is painfully boring and Charlie and I have both been quite busy.

AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
AL Wild Card: Red Sox
The AL, unlike the NL, has at least five legitimate playoff contenders, with the Indians as the odd man out. However, I think the Angels are the only lock, as their division sucks. A losing streak or two could be the difference between the playoffs or not for the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and Indians.
Team to Watch: Tampa Bay Rays- made a lot of noise in the offseason, and although they won't contend this year, they could scratch .500.
Players to watch- Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Phil Hughes, Joba, IPK, Laptop Boy

Now for the NL:
NL East: Mets
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Rockies
NL Wild Card: Phillies
Okay, I take it back. The NL does have quite a few legit playoff contenders, but for different reasons. The NL is competitive because of a lack of standout teams, but a large concentration of average-slightly above average teams. I think the Mets could probably win the AL West, but no other NL team would make the playoffs in the AL.
Team to watch: Mets- Diamondbacks- Can they have another successful year with a very young roster, and despite the fact that they were outscored last year?
Players to watch: Troy Tulowitzki, Johan Santana, Dan Haren, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller

There you have it: The Chuck Knoblog's Unofficial Division-by-Division Predictions for the 2008 Major League Baseball Season- catchy, isn't it?

Tomorrow the Red Sox play the Oakland A's in Japan, at 6AM. It'll be nice to wake up to baseball after being without it for five months.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

BA's Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America came out with its Top 100 Prospects, list to say, and I am disappointed. The Yanks have four players on the list. Joba at #3, Jose Tabata at #37, AJax at # 41 and IPK at #45. The list seems kinda Red Sox heavy. As River Ave. Blues points out, earlier, BA ranked Alan Horne as the #7 prospect in the Eastern League, with the BoSox' Justin Masterson at #13, yet Horne didn't make this list, and Masterson in #64. How did Masterson leapfrog Horne without throwing a pitch? That doesn't make sense to me. Also, Micheal Bowden and Ryan Kalish over Jesus? Que?

Going back to my praise of the Yankee front office, this is the 2nd straight year the Yankees have the top pitching prospect.

Also from River Ave. Blues, Horne, Jeff Marquez and Jesus made the "Just Missed" list.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


The AL east race is now over. The Red Sox have signed righty/fatass Bartolo Colon to a minor-league deal. Well, that's it. Colon is a bona fide ace. He posted a 6.34 ERA (72 ERA+) last year in 99.1 IP. In the last two years, he has thrown 155.2 innings. Work. Horse. He has a career 4.10 ERA (112 ERA+) and a 1.33 WHIP. He also has a career 7 K/0 and 3 BB/9. Sheer dominance. Not to mention his robust size. He is listed at 5'11, 250 lbs of sheer musc fluff. According to reports, Colon was throwing in the mid to high 80's in the Dominican winter league. MID TO HIGH 80'S! On top of all that, as if it could get any better, he has done this all before age 35. That's right, he's only 34 years old. The Yankees are screwed. SCREWED I tell you.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections came out today, and the Yankees are projected to win the AL East with a 103-59 record, with the Red Sox two games back at 101-61. Now, these projections are in an ideal season, and no season is ever ideal. Also, it is highly unlikely that two teams in the same division win over 100 games, but PECOTA is still a valid projection system, so this does mean something.

Schilling to Miss 2008?

Update 9:00 PM: According to MLBTR, Schilling has a partial rotator cuff tear. Boston's doctor advised rehab instead of surgery, and one of his own doctors advised him to have surgery. A third party advised rehab, so that is what Schilling will do. He will be out until at least the all-star break.

The Boston Herald reports that everyone's favorite douchebag Curt Schilling may have a serious shoulder injury, possibly as serious as a torn labrum or rotator cuff. If the injury requires surgery, Schilling will likely miss the 2008 season. He recently signed a one-year contract, and had a physical before signing it, and no injuries were found then. I know that you should never be happy about someone else being injured, but in this case, I can't help it. Schilling may lose his 2008 contract, and aside from how much this would hurt the Red Sox rotation, Curt Schilling is an asshole, so I guess this is just karma.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Joba Better Than Laptop Boy

In ESPN's "Heaters" series, they compare young players, and in this particular one, Jerry Crasnick compares Joba and Laptop Boy. Unless you are new to this country or are Buster Olney, you probably already knew that Joba is better, but Crasnick asked nine scouts, and seven of them said they think Joba is better, too. Joba's fastball and slider measure close to 80 on the 20-80 scale, and his curve is in the 70's as well. After Crasnick explains that Joba is better, there are some responses, which just prove that Red Sox fans do not actually watch baseball games not played in Boston. For example:
Steve (Boston): While Joba has a great future ahead of him, I believe that Clay has better raw stuff. Joba has great velocity but does he have an out pitch as nasty as the Bucholz Curve?
Steve, do you watch baseball? Have you ever seen Joba Chamberlain pitch?

jeff(MD): Besides his fastball, Joba doesn't have anyother pitches as refined as Clay Buchholz. I'm sick and tired of listening to new yorkers over-rating their prospects.
Really Jeff? No. Not really.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Santana Not Worth The Price

I am writing this from deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation, where I am visiting family. As you might expect, everyone here is a hick, and this is being written on the only computer in a five-mile radius. All I have been hearing is, "Don't worry, maybe the Bruins won't win the Stanley Cup," as well as the proclamation of Jacoby Ellsbury as the second coming of Jesus and how laptop-boy is better than Hughes.

Anyway, I found this article by Vince Gennaro, a baseball economist. He analyzes the possible Johan Santana trades and it is very interesting, you should definitely check it out. With regards to the possible Santana to Yankees deal, he says it does not make financial sense for the Yanks. He describes the prospects necessary to complete the deal as a tariff, because Santana would require a large sum of money to be signed long-term. I agree with this 100%. He doesn't say it specifically, but implies that it would make sense to sign him as a free agent after this year.

He later adds that it makes even less sense for the Red Sox, but a case could be made for a Mets trade.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Yankees Pull Santana Offer

The Yankees have pulled their offer for Johan Santana off of the table according to ESPN Radio's Andrew Marchand. You can breathe easy now Phil you are safe. Now it seems the Mets and the Red Sox and the two main teams in the hunt for Santana. Recent news points to the Mets as the frontrunners.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Goose Gossage Elected to Hall

Goose Gossage was finally elected to the Hall of Fame today, in his ninth year on the ballot. He recieved 86% of the vote. He is just the fifth reliever to be elected and certainly deserves it, and Baseball Prospectus has got the numbers to prove it. Red Sox fans will whine that Jim Rice didn't, make it, but he really didn't deserve to. He played twelve years and was great for a few of them, but that's besides the point. Congratulations again to Goose.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Santana Trade to Wait Until Spring Training?

According to Jayson Stark, the Twins may not trade Johan Santana for "several weeks." Oh, No! What will we talk about! I think that this just makes the deal less likely to get done. If the Red Sox or Yankees were really serious about this, a deal would have happened at the Winter Meetings, or soon after. The Mets and Mariners are just hanging around to keep the faith of their fans. I would bet Santana will be a Twin at the start of the season.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Yankees Shell Out $23 Million for Luxury Tax

The headline speaks for itself. It's $23.88 million to be exact. The way that the luxury tax is computed is:
  • The average salary for every player on the 40-man roster is added up
  • Any amount above $148 million (the value changes every year) is taxed at 40%
The Red Sox were the only other team taxed, owing $6.06 million. That's almost as much as Roger Clemens alone, who cost us $6.98 million. Thanks, Roger.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Red Sox Suck

There is not a lot of news so I thought I would make a post bashing the Red Sox

The First Image

"And The Hills Were Alive With The Sound of YOULKILIS"

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(click on it to get a closer look)

What a Jerk


(these pics are all made by me use them as you please)

My Dog Ate My World Series Ball

According to ESPN, Jonathan Papelbon's dog, Boss, ate the ball used to record the final out of this year's World Series. Apparently, Boss often plays with baseballs and found this one up on the counter and, "tore it to pieces." My question to Papelbon is, Why did you leave the World Series ball on the counter? Also, will every Red Sox World Series end in some kind of ball controversy?

Also, here is the complete Yankees schedule.