I'll "smoke em" in the ninth
With Andrew Bailey on the shelf for what could be 4-5 months, the Sox needed someone to step into the closer roll.
Bobby Valentine announced today that that man would be Alfredo Aceves.
It’s an interesting call considering two factors: One, Mark Melancon has experience in the role, racking up 20 saves for the Astros last year. Two, Aceves proved to be a valuable swingman last season. He provided several valuable spot starts, as well as often acting as a one-man bridge from starter to closer.
Aceves may be the right call, but with people already questioning Bobby V’s judgement in general, you have to wonder if playing it safe with Melancon was the better call.
Too much thumb-wrestling
It sounds like things just got a whole lot worse for Andrew Bailey.
The man tabbed to replace Jonathan Papelbon at the back of Boston’s bullpen has been suffering through thumb pain for close to two weeks, and is now facing the possibility of surgery.
Mark Melancon, and Alfredo Aceves have already been mentioned as replacements, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Boston pulls the plug on Daniel Bard’s transition to starter, and slots him in as the 9th-inning man.
I like to cause trouble
It seems as though Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has decided on the starting rotation, but will not reveal it until Sunday.
It will be interesting to see if the rumors of Valentines skepticism regarding converting Bard from relief pitcher to starting pitcher are true. Even if Bard makes the rotation, we have a feeling this story is far from over.
News Flash: Curt Schilling has a opinion!
Former Pitcher Curt Schilling, who is best known for helping the Boston Red Sox break an 86 year “hex”, has decided to kick dirt on the franchise while it’s down.
He told WEEI radio that Bobby Valentine’s reign is “Going bad quicker than I expected it to,” among other things.
The issue here is the fact that we don’t know who Schilling’s source is, and therefore can’t gauge how widespread the problems are.
After last season’s epic collapse, a seemingly entitled, and detached locker room, and a reported rift between GM Ben Cherington and Valentine, these comments seem like piling on. Frankly, some of his former teammates might accuse Schilling of pulling a “bush league play.”
"Is that Duggan with the binoculars........again?"
Dan Duggan, of the Boston Herald takes a sexually ambiguous look at Mike Aviles’ physique, and workout regimen.
Duggan follows that up with an article entitled “‘Biggest calves in the game are attention-getters.”
What? Just sayin’.