I don't have a reference, but I think I remember reading that leadoff walks score about sixty percent of the time. There's where the old K/BB ratio rears its ugly head.
Last night, it was David Aardsma, triggering the Jays' seventh inning rally. The Sox staff is back at it today, now with Kyle Snyder walking a pair to open the sixth.
Starters: 4 counting now
Beckett (coming back tomorrow)
Buchholz (on the Bubble)
Colon (in waiting)
Likely rotation resolution:
I've been a Snyder guy but I'm off the bandwagon. Lopez's primary utility is being a southpaw, and Aardsma is another suspect. Corey isn't helping his cause much today, getting mercilessly beaten like a rented mule. He's taking one for the team here.
Of all the sins of relief pitching, failure to throw strikes has to rank near the top.