Sunday, May 08, 2005

Fate That Cruel Wind Doth Blow

The Sox got off to a fast start against the Mariners on a very raw and windy May Sunday. The Sox and M's square off in a day-night doubleheader. Jeremi Gonzalez is working game one.

Kevin Millar (he of the homerless drought) smacked a double off the Monster against gale force winds to clear the bases and give the Sox an early 3-1 league against Joel Piniero.

The Sox and Sea Dogs both were rained out yesterday, and the Celtics were in the deep freeze while eliminated by the Pacers.

Cla Meredith (called up to Pawtucket only Friday) was summoned to Boston today; I didn't hear who was sent down (or released) but I have to presume it was Blaine Neal who has shown good stuff and poor command. Wade Miller goes in Game 2, and I presume that means Lenny Dinardo is not long for the roster.

Statheads delight. Click-through to http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/teams/aleast/ to get a great overview of AL East trends and the numbers behind them. We have to remember that this is the 'analysis' portion of the season where GM Theo Epstein and his baseball staff determine where the team needs improvement in preparation for the 'acquisition' phase.

Down on the Farm. Wilmington right-hander Anibal Sanchez worked 5 innings yesterday with a no-decision, yielding two hits and striking out four. One has to suspect he's ticketed for Portland soon after overmatching Carolina League opposition. Sanchez has 48 strikeouts, 3 walks and 23 hits allowed (WHIP ratio about .85) in 31 innings. Scott White (.281/.379/.427) has been their most productive hitter in what looks to be a pitcher's league. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/stats/stats.jsp?did=milb&lid=122&t=l_pit&adsc=SO

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