(Solo) Shots For Everyone, Yanks Beat Red Sox 6-4

If someone had told you that one of tonight’s starters was going to give up four home runs, you would have guessed Phil Hughes, right? Wrong!

Hughes had a strange start tonight. He had six great innings and one not-so-great one.

In the great ones, he set the Red Sox down in order – in...

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Game 119: Really? 12.5 Games Back?

In 23 PA against the Yankees, Pedro Ciriaco is batting .500/.522/.682 with 7 R and 6 RBI, and I want him to go away.

Onto the line-ups:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Derek Jeter, DH
Carl Crawford, LF Nick Swisher, 1B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robinson Cano, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Andruw Jones, RF
Cody Ross, DH Casey McGehee, 3B
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My two cents on the Red Sox mess

Of course, none of this is really unexpected. In fact, it seems as though just about everyone expected the Bobby Valentine era in Boston to go badly. In retrospect, that’s not really because Valentine is a bad baseball manager, in fact I think it’s pretty hard to argue that he’s made very many mistakes at all in that regard, given the hand he’s been dealt with his current team, but because he was such an odd fit for the organization that had been presided over by Terry Francona for so many years. It was so odd, in fact, that at time this spring I actually wondered if Valentine’s entire purpose in Boston was to serve as a scapegoat for this season before getting fired.

The most striking thing about the hiring of Valentine was how unconvincing it seemed from the get go. The Red Sox made a rather rash decision to scapegoat Terry Francona for the disastrous finish to 2011, and then someone within the organization leaked a lot of embarrassing details and accusations about him to the local press.…

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The Replacements

All five AL East teams have lost significant pieces, many for a majority of the season. On paper, the Red Sox were supposed to be neck and neck with the Yankees in August. I’ve heard an innumerable amount of injury excuses for teams this year, but 12.5 games now stand between the first place Yankees...

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Does a reunion with Melky make sense for the Yankees?

The obvious rejoinder here would be the assumption that Melky’s breakout over the past two seasons has been a mirage, a bunch of smoke and mirrors attributable to his use of “PE”Ds. As regular readers know, I think that’s roughly 90% hogwash. Even allowing that drug use may have increased his performance at the margins, it’s simply ridiculous to continue thinking of “PE”Ds as magic bullets that could turn one of the worst players in baseball during the 2010 season into one of its best a mere two years later. Whatever the effect of the drugs Melky was using, a huge chunk of his turnaround simply must be attributable to factors outside of juicing.

Consider this illustration by Michael Eder of TYA, comparing Melky’s swing from this year to his swing back in 2009, and you immediately notice a few differences. First, his stance is different. This year he’s slightly more closed, and his body appears to be more coiled as he waits for the pitch.…

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