Round 1, Day 2 – Red Sox

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PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ BOTH OF OUR COMMENTARY ON THIS SIMULATION AS WE ARE BOTH WITTY, YET VERY, VERY MODEST. DID I MENTION WE WERE WITTY? AND, MUCH WORK HAS GONE INTO THIS AND WE ARE HOPING YOU ENJOY IT AND CAN PROVIDE SOME MANAGERIAL ADVICE HEADING INTO THE NEXT ROUND. YES I AM YELLING, I SUFFER FROM VOICE IMMODULATION ALSO KNOWN AS VAN ORTON’S SYNDROME.

Ok, after a rough Day 1 for some Red Sox teams, some normalcy has taken over. Both recent World Series winning Red Sox team, versions 2004 and 2007, both made it through to the next round. Joining them will be the 1946 team and the 1975 team.

For the 2004 team, the hitting starts were David Ortiz (1.429 OPS), Jason Varitek (1.271…remember those days, or at least some of those days?), Trot Nixon (1.012 OPS) and Kevin Millar (1.194). Manny Ramirez had a disappointing series, perhaps readying himself for the next round (and completing his steroid cycle…er…excuse me, his womens fertility cycle) Mark Bellhorn also scuffled. The pitching star were Curt Schilling (0.00 ERA and a 0.48 whip). Pedro Martinez was terrible (8.44 ERA as was Derek Lowe, even though Lowe got the decisive win). Keith Foulke, Mike Timlin and Bronson Arroyo, working in relief, pitched well.

For the 2007 team, the offensive stars were Ortiz (1.150 OPS), Jacoby Ellsbury (.985 OPS), JD Drew (1.050 OPS…actually his OPS was fine, but very little production…sounds like the real life Drew). Manny Ramirez disappointed in this series as well (.686 OPS) as did Dustin Pedroia (.583 OPS) and a slightly older Jason Varitek (.325 OPS…older than his 2004 version anyway). The pitching stars were Jonathan Papelbon (2 saves, 0.00 ERA in 4 IPs, but he did give up 4 hits and a walk in semi-typical Papelbon fashion). Josh Beckett was great (1.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) so was Hideki Okajima (3 IP, 0 Hits, 1 BB, 5 Ks). Daisuke Matsuzaka was ok, a typical Matsuzaka game (6 IP, 5 H, 4 W, 5 K and 2 minutes between pitches).

For the 1975 Red Sox, the offensive heros were Carlton Fisk (1.021 OPS), and…well, that’s really it. Jim Rice was ok (.800 OPS), as was Danny Doyle (.760 OPS), but all of the other batters left their bats at home. The pitchers who secured the series win were Bill Lee and Reggie Cleveland (both with a win and a 2.25 ERA and 8 IP) and relievers Dick “Don’t Call Me Ivan” Drago (2 saves, 0.00 ERA) and Jim Burton (1 save and 1 clean IP).

And the first team to clinch was the 1946 lead on offense by (I mentioned this yesterday) Ted Williams (1.700 OPS…yes, other wordly), Wally Moses (1.051 OPS), Bobby Doerr (1.045 OPS), Rudy York (1.055), Dom DiMaggio (.967 OPS and the most famous of the DiMaggio brothers in my opinion…did I mention I’ve never been out of Massachusetts?), and Johnny Pesky chipped in (.439 OBP with 5 runs scored). The key pitchers were Dave Ferriss (2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP), Tex Hughson (3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) and Mickey Harris (3.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). There were only 3 innings pitched by relievers in the 3 game series for the Red Sox, just like things were back in 1046.

Next up:

#1 2004 RedSox vs. #4 1975 RedSox – I put the 2004 team as the heavy favorites in this.

#2 2007 RedSox vs. #6 1946 RedSox – This one is a crap shoot, given the potential of Ted Williams.

Game Recaps:

#1 seed 2004 RedSox up 2 games to 1 entered game 4 against #8 seed 1978 RedSox. Derek Lowe was called on to close it out against Bill Lee. Both pitchers struggled, Lowe giving up 4 runs in 6 innings and Lee giving up 7 runs in 4 and two thirds. The 2004 Sox closed out the series with a convincing 9-5 win. Kevin Millar was the hitting hero, going 3-4 with a double and a homer and 4 RBI. He batted .438 for the series.

#2 seed 2007 RedSox were down 2 games to 1 against the #7 seed 2003 RedSox. 2007 threw rookie Jon Lester against John Burkett. Neither pitcher made it past the 5th as the runs piled up. The 2007 RedSox won game 4 by a score of 9-7 behind 16 hits led by Kevin Youkilis’ 3 hits. Deciding game 5 pitching matchup? Pedro Martinez vs. Josh Beckett. Both pitchers pitched well into the 7th, score was tied 1-1 when the 2007 Sox scored 3 against Pedro on a run scoring single from Youkilis, a double by Ortiz and a sac fly from Manny Ramirez. Papelbon recorded his 2nd save of the series. Final score 5-2 2007 RedSox

#3 seed 1986 RedSox was swept by #6 seed 1946 RedSox (see day 1 post)

#4 seed 1975 RedSox was up 2-1 heading into game 4 against #5 seed 1967 RedSox. Reggie Cleveland vs. Gary Waslewski wasn’t a marquee matchup but both pitched well enough to win. 1975 RedSox scored 3 in the third and added one more in the 5th to secure a 4-2 series clinching win. The ’75 team had 9 hits, all singles with Rick Burleson smacking 3 of them. Pitching was the key for the ’75 team in this series as the hitting never really exploded. All four starters went eight complete innings while the batters did enough to get the wins.