-Joba Chamberlain was absolutely masterful last night against the #3 team in Baseball for Runs Scored last night. Here’s the totals for Joba’s last 3 starts:
IP-21.2 H-8 R-2 BB-8 SO-19
His ERA has dropped from 4.25 to 3.58 and he has an 0.83 ERA since the break. Who needs Roy Halladay? He appears to be a completely different pitcher than the unwatchable Joba we saw for much of the first half. Everyone seems to have a theory as to why he’s been so good. Is it his improved pace? Did he just clear his head in Nebraska and go back to being the old, aggressive Joba? Are he and Posada working together better? Whatever the explanation, the results speak for themselves.
-Let’s not write off Brian Bruney just yet, people. Since coming back from the DL about 6 weeks ago, Brian Bruney has had a grand total of 9.2 innings pitched. Doing a little quick math, that’s about 1 1/2 innings a week. So yes, I believe Girardi when he says he thinks he’s still rusty.
-This Dice-K stuff is hilarious. I can just imagine what they’re saying on WEEI about this. He’s delivered the Sox 34 wins in the past 3 seasons on a 102 million dollar investment. That comes out to roughly 3 mil per win, which if applied throughout Baseball would mean that Cliff Lee should have earned 66 mil last year, AJ Burnett would have made 54 mil in 2008 and the great Sidney Ponson was a 24 million dollar pitcher. And WE’RE the ones who waste money.
-Reports are flying the Victor Martinez will be the next Indian to be traded, and personally I’m hoping he goes to the Red Sox. Martinez is such a good fit for them, he can catch and play some 1B. That’s just perfect for what they need, and they need a hitter more than another starter. While he’s a great hitter who would help that lineup immensely, the prospects involved should take them out of the Halladay sweepstakes, though Scott Miller of CBS Sports thinks they’re not a match anyway. But I’d be much more worried if the Sox got Doc Halladay than I will be if they pick up another bat. Not sure we’ll get him, but the last thing I want is to have to face Beckett-Lester-Halladay in the ALCS. The Sox getting V-Mart could also leave the Yanks as the last man standing, and Brian Cashman would have to at least make a bid for his services.
-George Steinbrenner visited the team last night, and spent about 30-45 minutes addressing the troops. Good for him, nice to see he’s well enough to get out and about.
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