17 Apr 2012
On my drive home from work yesterday, I was able to hear Bobby Valentine’s comments on Kevin Youkilis. Once put into context, they were far less critical than I originally thought and I now believe this is a complete overreaction. What is also becoming disturbing is Dustin Pedroia’s response.
Specifically this: “I don’t really understand what Bobby’s trying to do but that’s really not the way we go about our stuff here. I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon.”
I think this whole organization is upside down right now, with the players running the show. First off, if Dustin is promoting the “Red Sox way” then I’m worried. Look what it got us last year, an unlikable group of baseball players who failed epically. Additionally, are we to believe that the players dictate how business is conducted? Who’s running the show here?
Cripes! More back-wards stuff from the Red Sox. Now, I need to say it is admirable that Pedroia went out of his way to support a teammate, but, like me, he clearly didn’t do his due diligence first (we’re both guilty of that).
Message to John Henry: Please act like the principal owner of the Red Sox and make sure Larry Lucchino, Tom Werner, Ben Cherington, Bobby Valentine and each and every player knows his role. This whole thing is transforming into a circus and an embarrassment.
Quick thoughts on Daniel Bard:
Daniel Bard’s performance on Monday was awful. 6.2 IP, 4 H, 7 BB’s. Even though he only gave up 1 ER, you cannot survive walking that many people.
A quick look at where Bard came from. Drafted out of UNC in the 1st Round, 28th overall, of the 2006 draft, he pitched in 2006 at A and high-A ball as a starter. His line: 75 IP, 76 H, 78 BB, 47 K. Yup, that’s more than 1 BB per IP.
Once the Red Sox decided the bullpen was the place for Bard, he found his grove. In 2008 and 2009 strictly being used as a reliever, he pitched 93.2 IP and walked only 35. Night and day. Now I have no idea why he was able to pitch with much more control as a reliever, probably because he is tall and lanky making his ability to repeat his pitching motion more difficult. By the way, I pulled that theory out of nowhere. Regardless, he has historically been a much better reliever than a pitcher.
Monday’s outing brings his 2012 season line to 11.2 IP, 8 BB. It’s almost the same thing as the minors. 2 starts does not a conclusion make, but it’s the start of a conclusion. If he cannot pitch with control, bad news abounds.