Tuesday, April 26, 2005


In general it was an ugly game. David Wells was ugly, the line-up was ugly, the defense was ugly, the baserunning was ugly, Jason Varitek's arm was ugly, Matt Mantei limping off the mound was ugly....Ugly just seems to be the word when the Sox lose a game. When they lose, they make sure that they look bad doing it.

Wells continued his Jeckle/Hyde impression getting bombed after two really good, encouraging starts. For a guy that has been so consistant over the course of his career, he has been anything but that this season. He didn't even make it out of the fourth inning tonight. I still maintain that it was a better idea to bring in Wells than bring back Derek Lowe, but so far it doesn't look like it. The worst part is that Wells limped off the mound after the mear thought of going after a soft hit ball and it's strained his right foot. The seriousness of the injury is still unclear.

I can understand wanting to give Manny Ramirez a night off from fielding the ball. And I can even almost see wanting to get David Ortiz a little time in at first to keep him sharp for interleague play. What I can't see is why you'd do both of those things in the same game and stick Kevin Millar into the outfield. Put Manny at DH when the team goes up against a righty so that Jay Payton can move into left for the night. And if Ortiz is going to play the field, just give Millar the night off. Why would Franconna comprimise two defensive posistions in one game?

I was hoping that the Yanks inherited the 2004 Red Sox inability to beat the Orioles and it looked like they had when New York dropped 5 of their first 6 games against Baltimore. And it almost started to look like the Red Sox weren't going to take that crap anymore with a two game sweep in Baltimore. But after last night's game? Who knows. The Sox have lost 3 out of their last 4 to two teams that they should be knocking around. There's not much positives that can be said about their recent play.

A few notes from the Globe:

Wells has a sprained right foot and is day to day.

Mantei is also day to day with a sprained left ankle.

Wade Miller pitches Thursday at McCoy.
Now according to CBS Sportsline:

Wells is going on the DL and could miss a month or more. Halama will take his place in the rotation until Miller comes back and Dinardo is going to be called up to take Halama's place.
Yep, I was just hearing about that too. It really didn't look that serious. It didn't look like a month long injury. But I guess it was only a matter of time before his ankles collapsed under his weight. I hope Miller comes back strong. I don't want to have to see Halama in the rotation for long.

I was thinking of trying to get us tickets to Thursday's game, but 1) it's probably all sold out and 2) I was supposed to go for training at work and would've been out at 5, but that got pushed back so I'm going to be working until 8 and the game starts at 6.
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