25 Sep 2009
Jason Varitek since June 1st: .192/.308/.313 with 20 runs, 4 home runs and 29 RBI in 253 Plate Appearances.
Jason Varitek since the trade deadline: .129/.219/.212 in 96 PAs. Wow…
David Ortiz since June 1st: .265/.357/.551 with 57 runs, 25 homer runs, 73 RBI in 384 PAs.
Mike Lowell since trade deadline: .281/.347/.477 with 20 runs, 6 HRs, 24 RBI in 144 PAs.
Victor Martinez since the trade deadline: .332/.401/.489 with 25 runs, 6 HRs, 34 RBI in 207 PAs.
Jon Lester since June 1: 10-2, 129.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 141 K’s.
Josh Beckett since mid-August: 2-2, 50.1 IP, 5.90 ERA, 13 HR allowed.
Manny Delcarmen 2nd half: 3-1, 7.15 ERA, 22.2 IP, 26 H, 16 BB, 18 K’s.
Daniel Bard since August 1st: 2-2, 6.89 ERA, 15.2 IP, 19 H, 11 BB, 24 K’s, 4 HR.
Clay Buchholz since Sept 1st: 4-0, 1.38 ERA, 32.2 IP, 24 H, 8 BB, 22 K’s, 1 HR.
Takashi Saito 2nd half: 1-1, 0.79 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 hits, 11 BB, 23 K’s.
From a trend standpoint, the bullpen seems to be figuring itself out for post-season play. Delcarmen and Bard might be spectators (or mop-up options) while Saito has pitched his way into a more prominent role. Billy Wagner too.
Jason Varitek has been a vacuum. It is tough to watch, as he got off to a good start, but has completely disappeared. I see now why the Red Sox saw the Victor Martinez trade as more than just a nice addition to the line-up. He has been vital providing significant offense and, by catching, it has allowed Terry Francona to bench Varitek. Come playoff time, I am not expecting to see Varitek at all baring injury and or a blow-out situation.
David Ortiz has also put together a fine 2/3 of a season. He isn’t the player he was in 2007, but he is still dangerous.
As for the rotation, I think we are going to see Lester, Beckett and Buchholz with Matsuzaka as the 4th starter when/if needed.
Big weekend in New York, not so much for standings and playoff spots, but because the Red Sox have been roughed up by the Yankees of late and it’d be nice for them to stop that trend.
Look for me, I’ll be the Red Sox fan getting pummeled in the stands by angry Yankee fans.